Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The capital of Tenerife is the second most populated city of the Canary Islands with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Its present importance comes from the development of its port and its commercial calling which made it progressively absorb the civic centres of la Laguna until it reached the status of capital at the beginning of the last century.

Its greatest development was originated by the decree of free ports in 1852 when the consequent intense commercial traffic contributed to the progress of a middle class intent on making the city grow. Today Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a city with large landscaped areas which preserves the charm of the modernist architecture.

Santa Cruz, Tenerife island, Canaries

Santa Cruz, Tenerife island, Canaries

Its tree-lined avenues, parks and squares are ideal for strolling because the green of Santa Cruz complements its peacefulness and the sunny climate which it enjoys all year. For a few years the city has also had a maritime park designed by Cesar Manrique, where the old trade docks are used for recreation.

Places of Interest

  • Cabildo Building
  • Archaeological Museum
  • La Concepcion Church
  • Guimera Theatre
  • San Francisco Church
  • Municipal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Site of Parliament of the Canary islands
  • Pilar Church
  • Town Hall

The most frequented place in Santa Cruz is La Plaza de España by the sea, where the building Cabildo de Tenerife stands. Castillo, the commercial street par excellance, of the city starts from Plaza de la Candelaria which is at the side. Behind it is the sixteenth century church of “La Concepcion”.

Higher up stands the charming Plaza del Principe, next to which is the eighteenth century San Francisco church and the convent which houses the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts. Pilar street, where the eighteenth century church of the same name stands, starts from this square. This street leads to what is possibly the finest place in Santa Cruz, the park of Garcia Sanabria where lush trees from all over the world stand out from dense exotic vegetation.