The island of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is renown for its climate, beaches and warm seas tourist, making it one of the most popular destinations in Europe. However, its historical and cultural heritage is in many cases forgotten by the tourists visiting the island.
Here is our list of the 10 most interesting things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
1. Visit the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The port of Santa Cruz shelters some unique and magical places, from which to contemplate the city of Santa Cruz.
2. Auditorium in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The Auditorium of Santa Cruz has been designed by renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inaugurated in 2003. It has two independent spaces that houses the symphony orchestra and chamber orchestra.
3. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Known as one of the most important carnivals in the world, the Carnival of Santa Cruz lasts two weeks and begins with the election of the Carnival Queen.
4. García Sanabria Park
This park is located in the city centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and is a true oasis for both locals and tourists. Take a walk through the park and disconnect from the chaos of the city.
5. Visit the old town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The city of Santa Cruz was founded in 1499 and to this date, some historical monuments have been preserved. It does not cover a very large area, making it a comfortable walk from Plaza de España. There are organized tours that will guide you through all the secrets of the old town.
6. Walking route to Mount Teide
The ascent to Mount Teide is not too complicated, but the route takes about 5 hours at a medium slow pace. But, you will definitely enjoy the unique views while walking to the top of the mountain.
7. Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA)
This building, located in the renovated old town area, has over 20,000 m2 distributed among a library, exhibition centre and Tenerife’s Photographic Centre. The TEA will not leave you indifferent.
8. Visit the Castle of San Cristobal
For many locals, it was a surprise to discover that under the Plaza de España lay the ruins of the ancient Castle of San Cristobal. In 2006, the local council decided to conserve and exhibit the castle’s remains in an unApartmaederground museum.
9. IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey
This iconic luxury hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a reference on the island, where many personalities from the fields of art, film, politics and culture have stayed and enjoyed the comforts of this unique hotel. The hotel has 3 gourmet restaurants and a cocktail bar.
10. Cooking classes at the Mencey’s Cookery Classroom
You can find more information at the tourist office in the Plaza de España.