Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital city of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands. More flights than ever are now going direct from the UK, so there’s never been a better nor easier time to take advantage of a free weekend, by jetting over to the Island of Eternal Spring.
Santa Cruz is a brilliant city with loads to do, far too much for just a weekend; but don’t worry, we’ve done our research and compiled the ultimate 48 hour guide to Tenerife’s capital.
When you arrive:
You don’t want to waste any of your precious time at the airport, so head straight out and jump on the bus that takes you to the centre. You’ll need the 111, it leaves every half hour and takes you the 60km to the city centre. It only takes 45 minutes, but if you want to be even faster, a taxi will cost you around €60.
Know where you are:
Getting around Santa Cruz de Tenerife on foot is a piece of cake, but it’s a good idea to choose a landmark as reference, to help keep track of where you are. The most obvious is the Auditorio, a spectacular building shaped like a white tsunami, a cobra head or a centurion helmet depending on where you’re standing, it’s an iconic landmark and home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. If you note where it is, you’ll always be able to work your way back.
Soak in culture:
Santa Cruz de Tenerife boasts dozens of world-leading museums and galleries. Take some time on your first day to visit a couple of the best.
The Museum of Nature and Man is a fascinating tour through the history of the Canary Islands and its inhabitants over time. It houses some of the Canaries’ most significant archaeological finds, including fascinating artifacts from the lives of the Guanches, the earliest civilisations on the island, going as far back as 1000BC.
Enjoy the view:
Santa Cruz’s skyline has boomed over recent years. There are now plenty of high-rise spots where you can enjoy spectacular views across the city and onto the ocean. There are bars, cafe, restaurants, all at the top of modern skyscrapers. You’ll have to decide on your budget first, because some places are very high-end.
Shop ‘till you drop:
This major city has all of your usual retail outlets, and then dozens of independent shops selling local goods and luxuries. High-street fashion can be found on Calle Castillo, the hub of Santa Cruz’s shopping district. Then head over to the nearby African market to sample some extraordinary street food, cheeses, fruit and sweet treats.
Thanks to a group of world renowned artists, including José Abad, Miró, Oscar Dominguez and Henry Moore, Santa Cruz de Tenerife now has a sculpture trail through the city. Get some comfy shoes on and grab a map; it’s a great way to explore the city as well as get up close and personal to some fabulous works of art.
End your weekend with a special dinner. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is home to some truly fabulous classic Spanish cooking and you’ll find small tapas bars throughout the city, rammed with energetic and friendly locals. For something more romantic, hunt down one of the many fine-dining establishments now popping up all over the place. Head to Bistro de Victor Cruz and try an island classic: the rabbit burger.
You’ll be pretty tired after a busy two days, but at least you can sleep on the plane. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a great spot of a weekend getaway and with Cheap Holidays Tenerife, you can enjoy all if has to offer at a fraction of the price you would expect.