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14 Exciting Things To Do In Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Canary Islands

City and mountain view of residential houses or buildings in serene hill valley in Santa Cruz, La Palma, Spain

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Santa Cruz is Tenerife’s capital city and is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for sun seekers looking for a beach resort holiday.

But there are so many things to do in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, that simply visiting for the beach and not checking out the city would be a huge shame.

Santa Cruz

From historic landmarks such as San Cristolbal castle to gorgeous nature parks, you’ll find there is something for everyone in Santa Cruz Tenerife.

As part of our city guides series, we interviewed Linda Wainwright who has lived in Santa Cruz for over 25 years.

Linda shared with us her insider tips on what to do do in Santa Cruz, plus recommendations on where to stay, eat, drink, and explore.

Is Santa Cruz de Tenerife Worth Visiting?

historic building
Circulo de Amistad

Because Tenerife is very much a tourist destination, I inevitably have to point out to tourists thinking of visiting that there is more to the island than sun, sea and sangria, and part of what’s here is Santa Cruz and neighbouring La Laguna.

Both are full of history, lovely old buildings and stunning modern ones (the older parts are often compared to South America), and both have lots of good restaurants and bars where you can eat al fresco.

Very much cities with hustle and bustle, but still a laid-back vibe. There are also museums, art galleries and churches to visit.

Yet ten minutes outside of Santa Cruz is the island’s prettiest beach, Las Teresitas, and ten minutes outside La Laguna and you are in rich, verdant farmland.

For all these reasons and more, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is definitely worth visiting.

Things to Do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Below you will find some of the top attractions in Santa Cruz, one of the most bustling places in the Canaries. Whether you’re looking for museums, beaches, nature or parties, there’s something for everyone on this list.

1. Visit the Auditorio de Tenerife

curving sail shapes of the tenerife auditorium
Tenerife Auditorium designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

The contemporary Auditorio de Tenerife (often compared to the Sydney Opera House) and home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, annual Heineken Jazz Festival, a short opera season in Autumn and year-round music and dance performances of every type.

The Tenerife Auditorium is one of the most iconic sites in Tenerife because of its impressive modern architecture. It was designed by architect Santiago…

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