Santa Cruz Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View famed as a shoppers paradise, the city boasts excellent shopping opportunities with international brands at the added bonus of being tax free

Santa Cruz will appeal to any type of holiday-maker, be it families, groups, couples young or old, there is something for everyone here

Situated to the north of the island, Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife and is famed as a shoppers paradise, the city boasts excellent shopping opportunities with international brands at the added bonus of being tax free.

Santa Cruz will appeal to any type of holiday-maker, be it families, groups, couples young or old, there is something for everyone here. There are no shortage of things to keep you occupied here, there are museums such as the Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Nature and Man, nature parks for hiking and walking such as Anaga Natural Park and Garcia Sanabria Park. For those who want to relax and catch a few rays on the beach, Playa de las Teresitas is 1.5 km long with white sand imported from the Sahara Desert and is the most popular beach here.

As with the rest of the island, Santa Cruz enjoys spectacular festivals. The largest, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place the week before Ash Wednesday and lasts for around 5 days with parades with decorated floats, fancy-dress, music, fireworks and fantastic party atmosphere.

Los Rodeos Airport is approx 15 km and Reina Sofia airport is approx 60 km from Santa Cruz.


Insider's View

 by Andrea Montgomery

Tenerife Insider there's the plazas, the museums, the pavement cafès... did I mention that I love this city?

The sun shines pretty much constantly in Santa Cruz

Tenerife's capital is a cracking place to spend a bit of time if you know where to go. It's more like a big town than a city so I do most of my exploring on foot but there's a slinky tram system if you're planning the full tour. You really shouldn't miss the harbour for a nosey at the ocean liners and at Tenerife's most iconic building; the blindingly white Auditorium. I still can't decide if it's a wave, a cobra's head or a helmet.

My credit card strains at the leash on the streets around Calle Castillo, in the African Market and at Cortes Inglés near the bus station; Spain's version of Selfridges. The sun shines pretty much constantly in Santa Cruz so I like to dip my toes into the lagoon at Plaza España to cool off. Just don't try paddling or you'll be arrested. Another favourite spot for me is the fountain with the statue of the woman with the big boobies in Parque García Sanabria. This amazing park is just one of the many 'must sees' in the city. Then there's the plazas, the museums, the pavement cafes...did I mention that I love this city?

The area I invariably end up in for a tapas lunch or some after dark fun is the Noria district. Its maze of old streets is home to the city's trendiest new bars and restaurants and it's the 'in spot' to hang out at night. It's a great place to chill out at the best of times, but when the Blues Festival adds an über-chic soundtrack in June, it just oozes cool.

And the must-sees? It has to be 'Carnaval'; the most flamboyant and outrageous parades and street parties outside of Rio de Janeiro. If you long for the archetypal tropical paradise beach, don't miss Playa de las Teresitas to the north of the city and have lunch at San Andrés.
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Santa Cruz Hotels


 
Adonis Capital Hotel
Located within the commercial area, the Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel is an ideal choice for those staying on business. ...

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Adonis Plaza Hotel
This hotel is a small city hotel perfect for business travellers and those wanting to explore the area....

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Barcelo Contemporaneo Hotel
Contemporaneo Hotel is perfect for business travellers. Families and couples are welcome to enjoy their stay in this city...

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Colon Rambla Hotel
Colon Rambla Hotel was renovated in 2006. It is a small city hotel suitable for couples, families and business...

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Escuela Hotel Santa Cruz
Escuela Hotel Santa Cruz was constructed in 1998. With its central location and amenities nearby the hotel is ideal...

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Horizonte Hotel
Offering guests comfortable basic accommodation in a central location. Ideal for budget travellers....

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Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey
Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey is the only 5 star luxury hotel in Santa Cruz. It is an ideal place...

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Nautico Hotel
Nautico Hotel is a small hotel located in the middle of the busiest area in the city. Couples, families...

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Nh Tenerife Hotel
Nh Tenerife Hotel is a smart newly built hotel which was established in 2007. The hotel is ideal for...

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Pelinor Hotel
Pelinor Hotel is a small, simple hotel suitable for couples, families and business travellers. A great base for exploring...

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Principe Paz Hotel
Principle Paz Hotel is a small hotel set in a privileged location. The hotel is ideal for business travellers...

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Santa Cruz Plaza Hotel
A 2 star hotel ideal for budget travellers and those looking to explore the area....

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Silken Atlantida Santa Cruz Hotel
Silken Atlantida Santa Cruz Hotel was opened in 2001. It has a modern and futuristic design to it and...

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Taburiente Hotel
A quiet complex ideal for business travellers. The hotel has a quiet location, opposite the Garcia Sanabria Park around 1km from...

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Tanausu Hotel
The Tanausu Hotel has been recently refurbished to offer guests comfortable accommodation and modern amenities in a good location....

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