What to do and see in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain: The Best Places and Tips

July 13, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Santa Cruz de Tenerife (commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz (/ˌsæntəˈkruːz/, Spanish: [santaˈkɾuθ, -ˈkɾus], locally [sãtaˈkɾu]) is a global city (with Sufficiency status) and capital (jointly with Las Palmas) of the Canary Islands, the capital of Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and of the island of Tenerife. Santa Cruz has a population of 206,593 (2013) within its administrative limits. The urban zone of Santa Cruz extends beyond the city limits with a population of 507,306 and 538,000 within urban area. It is the second largest city in the Canary Islands and the main city on the island of Tenerife, with nearly half the island population living in or around it.
Restaurants in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

1. Bubble Soccer Tenerife

38010 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 693 74 30 23
Excellent
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5 based on 127 reviews

Bubble Soccer Tenerife

Futbol Burbuja Tenerife or "Bubble Soccer Tenerife" is a new way to play soocer. In this way all the players are into a bubble that cover them from the knees until their heads, that garrante the fun and they are protected. Is a new Sport and leisure activity new in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Reviewed By traveler_mru72 - Ljubljana, Slovenia

We did see it for the first time live and we didn't wait...
It was just one group waiting and we manage to agree with them to match up...
Fun, different, energizing, enjoyable... All we hear was laugh all the time... Despite playing hard bubble on bubble... :))

2. Museo Historico Militar de Canarias

Calle San Isidro 2, 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 29 85 57
Excellent
55%
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4.5 based on 172 reviews

Museo Historico Militar de Canarias

Reviewed By Montysadog - Livingston, United Kingdom

We went round early one afternoon. Had a lovely time wandering around looking at the many exhibits detailing the military history of Santa Cruz and Tenerife. Not all the exhibits have English descriptions but many have. Interesting is the story of Nelson and the people...MoreThank you very much

3. Palmetum Santa Cruz Jardin Botanico

Avenida Constitucion 5, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 22 93 68
Excellent
57%
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4.5 based on 377 reviews

Palmetum Santa Cruz Jardin Botanico

Reviewed By PJBS - Newtown, United Kingdom

A wonderful place to spend a couple of hours. Great relief from the bleak landscapes of the south. Less than 2 hours on the bus from Costa Adeje and well worth the trip. Only 10 minutes from the bus station.

4. Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa

Avenida San Sebastian 51, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 21 47 43
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa

Reviewed By Cathy H - Orlando, Florida

This market is not exactly close to the port, but a healthy walk, maybe a little over a mile. The street level is open air, but covered and has lots of shops and restaurants and also vendors selling local products-food, jewelery, souveniers, etc. If you take the stairs or escalators down to the lower level, there are more seafood stalls and restaurants, so don't miss out on the opportunity to get a good lunch.

5. TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

Avenida San Sebastian No 8, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 84 90 57
Excellent
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4.5 based on 288 reviews

TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

Reviewed By Villeneuve1959 - Salisbury, United Kingdom

Another accomplished art gallery by Herzog+deMeuren, again providing a large volume with only so much exhibition space. (This now becoming the international standard, see Tate Modern in London etc.). Incorporates an inviting library with lots of desks to use on site. While I was there the temporary Exhibitions were of some post-war work by locally born Oscar Dominguez (intelligent and skilled), and a motley selection of contemporary installations, most of which were fashionably self-regarding and of minor importance. Good cafe too. Well done to Santa Cruz for orchestrating it's construction, recommend you go, if only for the architecture...

6. Sendero El Bosque Encantado

Montes de Anaga, 38129 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 103 reviews

Sendero El Bosque Encantado

Reviewed By Jeffrey T - Broadstairs

We did this walk from a Fred Olsen Cruise. Very knowledgeable guides and a beautiful forest. We learned a lot about the area. This was a long walk up the side of a mountain and then down through the forest finishing with light refreshment at a local bar. Would highly recommend proper walking shoes.

7. Iglesia de San Francisco

Calle Villalba Hervas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Iglesia de San Francisco

Reviewed By Rytkynpera - Central Finland, Finland

Both outside where a shade giving small park in the front is already peaceful, and the inside with old baroque style furniture and vault ceiling is very beautiful. You can be imaging people sitting here praying and looking for silence and a peaceful moment. The cameras are forbidden inside, so no pictures. This is one place to put on the ‘must see’ list in Puerto de la Cruz.

8. Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

Calle Fuente Morales, s/n, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 53 58 16
Excellent
47%
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4 based on 374 reviews

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

The Museum of Nature and Man has organised a modern museum exhibition project to present the investigation and conservation work conducted over the decades by the Museum of Natural Science and the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife. The result offers an insight into the natural wealth of the Canary Islands on the one hand, and on the other, it is a chance to discover the largest existing collection on the Guanche culture. The Guanches are the aboriginal people that inhabited Tenerife before the arrival of the first European conquerors.

Reviewed By Alan R - Richardson, Texas

If you want to learn about botany, geography, human habitation, volcanic activity, birds, insects and about anything else concerning these Islands, a visit to this museum is educational and fascinating. In event you need a break, there is a lovely and restful open courtyard so you can rest a bit. And there's free internet, in the courtyard as well (with good speed and connectivity).

9. Playa de las Teresitas

San Andres, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
Excellent
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4 based on 3 reviews

Playa de las Teresitas

Reviewed By Esmekaya68 - Liepaja, Latvia

This years we were very satisfied about Tenerife Islands , our hotel la siesta,Lora parque , and upstairs daily travel with bus mountain, really all was wonderful but it was not enough one week.Two time joined trip one day flying and back Latvia,the rest four days.But now we are ready our next holiday but this time definitely ll be two weeks.

10. Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Spain
Excellent
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4.5 based on 106 reviews

Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion

Reviewed By Stan W - Budapest, Hungary

You no doubt will have visited grander churches and basilicas in your travels. i know I have. still for this city in this climate it is a beautiful edifice- clean and white and tastefully built. The interior eschews marble in favor of native stone and is very appealing. The stone/wood carvings are magnificent and gilt- edged. Worth a look, especially in concert with a visit to the Mercado and nearby museums.

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