Why choose a cruise to Santa Cruz de Tenerife?

You’ll disembark in a thriving modern port area, but walk a couple of streets inland and it’s as if you’ve stepped back in time. The sight of paved avenues lined with squat palm trees and rainbow-hued houses greets your eyes. The city is packed with iconic buildings, including museums, churches and palaces.

But Santa Cruz de Tenerife also has a modern side, with a futuristic auditorium and a large plaza designed in a contemporary style. The fact that there are four stunning beaches just a few miles from the city is another huge bonus.

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A guide to Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s hotspots

One of the benefits of a Santa Cruz de Tenerife cruise is being able to shop until you drop. Hit up the lively, pedestrianised Calle del Castillo for some high-street bargains. The historic district also houses quirky shops selling vintage jewellery, products made from local aloe vera and hand-rolled cigars.

Ancient meets modern at the Plaza de España, a vast square surrounded by historic buildings such as the Palacio de la Carta. Yet it has an unmistakably contemporary feel, having recently been redesigned by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, who placed an artificial lake in the middle of the square.

santa cruz de tenerifeThe Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre is one of the city’s most popular attractions. Avoid the hot midday sun by exploring the fascinating exhibitions, including the grisly Gaunche mummies and skulls, and the interactive, child-friendly displays on Tenerife’s natural history and geology.

One of Tenerife’s top beaches, Playa de Las Teresitas, is located a mere six miles from the downtown area. This long curve of pristine golden sand is fringed by palm trees, and bordered by rugged volcanic mountains. The pure-blue waters are calm and perfect for children.

santa cruz beachCruise lines that sail to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The best time to visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has long, hot summers. Visit in July and August to enjoy the benefit of cloudless skies, and temperatures that often hit 28˚C.

However, you can take a Santa Cruz de Tenerife cruise at all times of the year, due to its superb sunny climate. Come during February for the week-long carnival celebrations; a festival of colour, music and dance. The temperatures in February can reach a blissful 21˚C.

Did you know?

· The Plaza de España is the largest city square in the Canary Islands

· Try a glass of Tenerife’s unique banana wine

· It was while trying to invade Tenerife that Admiral Nelson lost his arm