Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital and biggest city of Tenerife. It’s also the capital city of the Canary Islands, together with Las Palmas. The city is located at the eastern tip of the island of Tenerife. The municipal borough covers an area of 150.56 square kilometers and it is divided into two differentiated areas: the Anaga Massif and the southern ramp formed by the lava flows that run down from the Acentejo peak to the coast.
How to get there
Two different airports are serving the tourists who want to visit the islands. The Tenerife South Reina Sofia International Airport is located about 60km away from Santa Cruz, in the south of Tenerife. The other airport Tenerife North Los Rodeos International Airport which is closer to the capital, was limited only to island and nationals flights. Getting a taxi from Tenerife North International Airport to Santa Cruz will cost you about 15 Euros. From Tenerife South International Airport to Santa Cruz is more or less 60€. You can also take a bus (lines 102, 108, and 109 go from Tenerife North Airport to Santa Cruz). Line 111 connects Tenerife South Airport with Santa Cruz and travels onwards to Los Cristianos
Getting here with a ship is another option. The Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the main ports of the country in transit of passengers. You can arrive the city with a Ferry that connects Santa Cruz de Tenerife with Cadiz, in the Mainland. The trip is 2 days long.
History of Santa Cruz
Before the arrival of the Castilian conquerors, the territory where the San Cristobal is located used to be zones of wild vegetation pertaining to the kingdom of Anaga that governed the Mencey Beneharo. The pre-Hispanic history of the city is carried out by the legacy of ‘guanches’ (from Guan Chenech, meaning ‘man from Tenerife). At the end of the 15th century a heterogeneous society began to form, composed of soldiers, native sailors, and merchants. With time, San Cristobal became one of the most important ports of the Atlantic and the Canary Islands, and kept that status till this day. Between 1833 and 1927 Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the only capital of the Canary Islands. But, in 1927 a Royal decree ordered that the status of capital city of the Canary Islands would be shared with Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. In 2012, the British newspaper The Guardian included Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the list of the five best places in the world to live.
What to see
The beaches here are heavenly. The largest is Las Teresitas and is made of imported yellow sand. To get there you can take the bus number 910 which will take you there within 20 minutes. The quieter beach Las Gaviotas is on the next bay over and features black sand. It is nudist friendly.
But, beaches aren’t the only thing to see here. You can visit the natural history museum (Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre) which only five minutes walking from the bus station, where the No. 14 bus stops. It has some interesting mummified human remains on display. There is also a gallery in the town and a small planetarium-science centre on the way to La Laguna. There is a free history museum of the former castle now buried under the car park at the Plaza Espana. Here you can get good and interesting info about town’s history.
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the biggest and most spectacular events of its kind in the World. Every February, Santa Cruz de Tenerife hosts this historical event, attracting millions of people from everywhere. It’s equally good and fun as the Rio de Janeiro’s carnival. Make sure to arrange your visit in February so you can witness this event.
Best time to visit
The weather is always nice here, but perhaps the best months for visit are around December till February as well as May and October. But, this means crowds of tourists, so if you are going there to get a good rest choose any other month. The temperature goes from 20 to 25 degrees Celsius all year round.