Santa Cruz de Tenerife Travel Guide

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Highlights

  • Pro
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     Vibrant, Friendly City, Good Nighlife 

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     Not a very desirable shoreline. 

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     One Season All Year Spring! 

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Things to Do

  • Castillo de San Juan,Santa Cruz

    The fort,which was a coastal artillery fort, was built in 1641 and then rebuilt in 1765.Also known as the Black Castle due to the dark volcanic rock from which it is built.Up until 1641 the only defence of the island was by the use of watchtowers that lined the coast looking for foreign sails anchored beyond the shipping routes.Not sure whether it...

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  • Largest Plaza in the Canary Islands.

    The Plaza de Espana is in the heart of Santa Cruz,and the largest Plaza in the Canary Islands.An attractive square with a large artificial lake which is located by the harbour.A very popular place for the locals to congregate,especially in the evenings.Plenty of comfortable cafes available with outside seating where you can watch the world go by.

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  • The Best Zoo in the world!! (Parque...

    Parque Las Aguilas is the best zoo I have been to. It has a variety of animals, birds, bird shows, bob sledge, adventure Jungle Raid, water scooters, view points over Tenerife & Restaurants. - You can see more photos of Parque Las Vguilas @ my travelogue. -

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  • Scuba Diving!

    There is many Divers Clubs to choose from. We went with Neptune Divers. We saw Small Baracudas, a small seahorse & a few other fishes. You can go for Try Dives, Shore Dives, Boat Dives, Wreck Dives, Night Dives & courses are available.

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  • February is Carnival Time

    From January 26th until 21st February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife it's carnival time. It is the second biggest Carnival in the world next to Rio de Janeiro and is a MUST SEE at least once.This is the link where you will find the full programme.http://tenerifeexplored.blogspot.com/search/label/Carnival%202010%20Tenerife

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  • Belenes (Nativity Scenes)

    It's the time of year when the traditional Belenes are opened to the public, they are Nativity scenes, they can be in door or out door, some are the normal Nativity Scenes eg. Mary,Joseph and baby Jesus being visited by the three kings, other like the famous San Mathias Belen is like a miniature working village, they are all really great to see,...

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Restaurants

  • Sophisticated dining with a sea view

    Los Abrigos is a pretty working fishing port on the South East coast of Tenerife, a favourite place for a day out. While walking along the harbour side we came across this new restaurant Los Roques. It is like a little piece of London transported to Tenerife. We had a simple lunch, great salads (not just tomato, onion and sweetcorn) and were so...

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  • Strange Local Dishes

    You may or may not be able to see it from the picture but this place does some pretty strange sounding dishes. I have no idea what most of them are but most are I think, simply lost in translation.We have "mountain hard egg"Edge of calfMere to the plateCroquetas of birdmarinated backStill, if you're not veggie and you are prepared to eat whatever...

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  • Hole In The Wall Cafes

    There are loads of place slike this in Santa Cruz, and especially down the Rambla. Basically an open frontage witha serving counter that runs down one wall (in this instance the right) and a row of seats and bench style tables down the other wall, with a minimum of space between the two. They look like the kind of place where everyone is a regular...

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  • Meats cooked on hot stone

    Located in an 18th century building, El Rincon de la Piedra is known for its meats cooked on a hot stone. It also serves a variety of other excellent dishes as well, in a charming setting. Their specialty: the variety of meats which you cook yourself to your liking on a hot stone and served with sauces, salad and fries.

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  • Fabulous local cuisine

    El Archete is a must. Set in a lovely and charming mediterranean house style, it serves fabulous local dishes with a creative touch that border gastronomy. I would therefore recommend to go during the daytime to enjoy the setting and order a wide variety of the delicious starters so you can taste the most of it.El Archete is perfect for any...

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  • Simple restaurant

    No seafront, no charming, just the best local food for a reasonable price. You can taste "pescadito frito", "papas arrugadas con mojo" and seafood. Near the capital and the beach. Camarones, pescadito frito, calamares, chopitos y cerveza de barril.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Nightlife

  • Student Nightlife

    Barrock is a well known club in La Laguna, 15 mins away from Santa Cruz. It plays the usual popular music. Entrance fee is cheap and it is open till after 6.00am.If you want somewhere to go to dance all night, this is the place.

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  • fun and dance

    best places to go out for dancing in santa de la crus, tenerife are located 5 mins walk from the Opera Theater, right after public swimming pools, next to Mc Donalds. Unfortunately i forgot names of these clubs. But they are huge and you can hardly miss them. Don't forget that they are open on thursdays, fridays, saturdays only.

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  • Belgian Beers

    I have no idea what this bar is called, I just know it from its big Leffe sign outside. Sit at canopied tables in the street outside, or sit inside if you prefer (noisier and smokier, but still pleasant).Sells a good range of beers, and most especially Leffe.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Transportation

  • Catamaran to Gran Canaria

    If you fancy a day trip to the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria then why not take the Fred Olsen express catamaran from the harbour.It runs several times a day and the crossing takes 1 hour.

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  • Visit my page on Isla de Tenerife

    Please, visit my page on Isla de Tenerife, then, Transportation Tips, or go directly to Transportation Tips; thanks.

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  • Excursiones Busses

    If you are going to an excursion, they have free busses & you can give the driver a tip. The bus stop is opposite Los Cristianos 1 & near the Big Bus stop & Taxi Pick up.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Shopping

  • Fresh Fruit & Veg

    This is the main market of Santa Cruz. Like many markets it is best to go in the morning, in the afternoon it begins to shut up. As with all continental markets we were stunned at the size and apparent quality and freshness of the fruit and veg. None of this "buy now, wait 2 weeks till you can eat it" rubbish like we get at home, and no stuff that...

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  • Sunday Market

    The Sunday Market in Santa Cruz takes place in the streets between the Cathedral and the Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa. We strolled through it on our way to the bus station as we went for the bus to San Andres and a busy morning on the beach. It was a much more pleasant experience than the market at Los Cristianos which to be frank was too...

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  • One Stop Supermarket Shop

    Hiper Dino is the name of a supermarket chain and we used the one in central Santa Cruz to stock up on a few things, most especially convenience foods that we don't see at home. We have a cupboard full of packet this and dried that that we have picked up from Austria to Malta, Bahrain to Dusseldorf and now Tenerife. Palm Honey, Pollen Grains,...

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Local Customs

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    One of the shops selling hand woven laces

    by AnneAlex Written Jul 26, 2004

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    One of the items the island is known for is its hand embroidery and hand woven lace. You should be able to find several shops around the Santa Cruz area offering different styles and lace creations. This is one of the main stores with many touristy and local creations. You can find this one along the strip stretching from the Plaza de España.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Warnings and Dangers

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    Windy Day At Santa Cruz

    by steventilly Updated Apr 3, 2005

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    It gets windy down by the seafront. We were at the Auditorio/Lido area and the wind was so strong it almost blew us off our feet - and being so close to the sea that wasn't a good idea!
    In the city, amongst its streets it didn't seem so windy, the buildings sheltered us, but at night on the top floor of our hotel we really feared something was going to blow away (particulalry the building!). We got no sleep that night (not really from fear, but from the constant noise of the howlong gales).

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Tourist Traps

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    Olympo is a prime example of a tourist restaurant

    by AnneAlex Updated Jul 29, 2004

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    Many restaurants in tourist heavy locations have expensive prices for average meals. You'll know a tourist restaurant because it has pictures of its food and a menu that's translated into 5 different languages. You can find meals that are much better and half the price by walking over a street or two and looking for a menu without translations.

    Unique Suggestions: I am not saying the food at these locations is not worth eating, and it's very useful to have a menu which you can actually understand without a translation guide, but if you must eat at these places the waiters prefer you order by number instead of name.

    Fun Alternatives: There are many wonderful places to eat in Santa Cruz. In fact- there's even a "good eating guide" that your hotel is likely to have. Pick one up and find some culinary delights that even the locals enjoy.

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Off The Beaten Path

  • La Laguna

    As I mentioned before, the old town area is the most picturesque part of town having a small maze of streets filled with colourful and interesting buildings, like the Calle La Carrera and the other streets just off the main square.. We wandered largely without a guide book and it was a delight to stumble across the sights and the streets...

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  • La Laguna

    San Cristobel De La Laguna to give it its full and complete name is just 20 minutes by bus from Santa Cruz. La Laguna was the first capital of Tenerife, holding that title for some 200 years until Santa Cruz took over in the 1920's. It's also the second largest city of Tenerife (it almost merges into Santa Cruz) and is a university city. The...

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  • San Andres

    The beach is hemmed in by a breakwater which virtually encloses the whole bay. This makes the bathing inside of the breakwater very safe, and the sea is always calm here. On the day we visited the waves were crashing everywhere else, but the breakwater kept the bathing water like a mill pond.The palm trees are nice for giving a bit of shade, which...

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Favorites

  • Tourist Info

    Tourist OfficePlaza de España, 138002 Santa Cruz de TenerifeTel.: (+34) 922 23 95 92Fax: (+34) 922 23 98 12Internet:www.canarias-turismo.com (and look for Tenerife) orwww.canarias-turismo.com/es/islas/tenerife.phpE mail: amonteverde@cabtfe.es

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  • Meeting the Blond

    We met a blond exchange student from California. She told us the problems she had here with the local men who persisted in following her everywherre.Blonds---don't come here alone.

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