A place where you could easily spend more than one day, we’ve narrowed down the list of things to do in this port city to our favourite five.
Whether you’re after a day lazing on soft sands or something that delves into this city’s rich history, there’s an array of activities up for grabs from the second you’ve stepped off your ship.
1. Playa de las Teresitas Beach
Regarded as one of the top beaches in the north of Tenerife, Playa de las Teresitas Beach is a mile-long stretch of coast that used to just consist of rocks and black sand.
That’s until a mountain of sand from the Sahara Desert was shipped over, creating a golden coastline that’s become incredibly popular with both tourists and locals.
These beautifully clear, warm waters are perfect for taking a dip to cool off, and the views around you won’t disappoint either. Sitting just below the Anaga Mountains and only a 20-minute taxi journey from Santa Cruz port, it’s definitely worth a visit.
There’s always an activity or two going on too – get involved in a game of volleyball or have a go at one of the yoga and aerobics classes that regularly take place.
There’s plenty of facilities here if you’re planning on coming for the day, including sunbeds, sunshades, showers and toilets. Just next to the beach are a few bars and restaurants, so you can cool off with a cocktail afterwards!
2. Tenerife Auditorium
If you love a good show and you’re into your music, then a visit to the Tenerife Auditorium is a must.
Check in advance to see if there’s a concert you can catch – the building’s ability to harness sound is simply amazing.
Even if you don’t have time to catch a convert, a wander inside this impressive piece of architecture will impress just about anyone – it’s like a piece of art!
There’s a cafe and restaurant on the ground level, making for the perfect pit-stop on your day exploring. And just to top it off, there’s also impressive paintings of your favourite music stars on the surrounding rocks outside the building. They’re rather quirky but equally impressive!
3. Market of Our Lady of Africa
For an authentic Spanish market experience, the Market of Our Lady of Africa offers a variety of traditional, local goods for you to browse through.
Pictured above, the castle-like gateway signals the entrance to the market, where a courtyard of shops and stalls are full to the brim of goodies. From locally-produced spices, cheeses and fruits to artisan crafts and clothing, there’s something here that’ll tickle everyone’s fancy.
All beautifully displayed and full of life, this market will give you a real insight into the local culture. It’s also a great spot to head for brunch with several eateries being dotted around the middle!
4. Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
For an insightful introduction to this island’s history and natural environment, Santa Cruz’s Museum of Natural History and Archaeology makes an interesting visit.
Spread over three stories, you’ll learn all about how the island was formed – covering the biodiversity, archaeology and natural sciences of the Canary Islands.
There’s some fascinating exhibits on display too, from mummies to ancient artifacts.
Most of the museum’s signs are in Spanish, but there are language cards in some of the rooms that translate the signs into various languages. Alternatively you can easily download an audio guide to your phone to have the information provided to you in English.
At an entrance fee of around €3.50, this museum isn’t only informative, it’s brilliant value too!
5. Santa Cruz Botanical Gardens
This unique and interesting botanical garden is teeming with wildlife, and definitely worth a visit for an entrance fee of only 3-4 euros per person.
Boasting various types of palm trees, flowering shrubs and even cacti, it makes for a delightful place to a walk around on a pleasant day. There’s also some stunning look-out points over the sea and the city, and if you’re lucky you might even hear a frog chorus coming from one of the ponds!
These gardens are right in the heart of the city, just an 8-minute walk from the Tenerife Auditorium – so you can easily visit one after the other. It’s also easily accessible, with a lift provided for those who are unable to use stairs. Definitely worth a look!
Time to book?
Santa Cruz is a popular stop-off on most Canary Island itineraries! Take a look at our favourite sailings heading there here – or simply give us a call on 0800 107 2323. We’re here 7 days a week to help find you your perfect sailing!