Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a modern cosmopolitan city, full of life and many interesting places to visit.

In his busy harbor arrive daily cruise ships and ferries from mainland Spain, the airport of Tenerife North connects the other islands and the main cities of Spain.

Although the city is a very attractive destination, tourists flock mainly in the seaside resorts of the south of the island and Santa Cruz is not usually included among the places to visit, perhaps because its distance from Tenerife South Reina Sofia, located in the southern part of the island and the destination of most tourist flights and flights from all over Europe.

The city returns a magnet during the Carnival season, and Tenerife is considered one of the largest in the world, for a few second only to that of Rio. The date of celebration varies every year, and usually falls in January or February. The celebration of the Carnival of Tenerife was not suspended even during the era of Franco, but since it had been prohibited carnival celebrations, demonstrations were held under the name "Winter Celebrations".

Geography

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, commonly abbreviated as Santa Cruz, is the capital (jointly with Las Palmas) in the Canary Islands, the capital of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the island of Tenerife.

The municipality of Santa Cruz in 2013 had a population of 206 593 inhabitants, considering the urban area that extends beyond the boundaries of the city population is 507,306.

Located on the northeast coast of the island in a large bay with behind the mountains of Anaga reaching 1000 m. in height.

Until 1927 Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands, following a decree ordered that the title had to be shared with Las Palmas.

Its port is of great importance and is a center of communication between Europe, Africa and America, where the cruise ships arriving from many nations and is the central hub for ferries to mainland Spain and the other islands of the archipelago.

The city is the seat of the Parliament of the Canary Islands and half of the ministries of the Government of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands, the presidency is shared in cycles of four years with Las Palmas).

The city is connected by the motorway TF-1 with the south coast of the island while the TF-5 motorway crosses the coast north to Puerto de la Cruz / La Orotava.

In 2007 was inaugurated the first tramway that connects the island with the city of La Laguna and in the near future is expected to increase up to the airport of Tenerife North.

History

The territory occupied by the present city of Santa Cruz was already known by the name of 'Añazo' by the Guanches, the ancient people who lived on the island before the arrival of the Spaniards.

The archaeological remains and the famous mummy San Andrés evidence of human presence from about 2000 years.

Between 1494 and 1496 Fernández of Lugo various battles with the mixed results managed to conquer the island of Tenerife for the Crown of Castile. It is said that in his landing planted a cross from which the city took its name, this is preserved in the Iglesia Matriz and is carried in procession on the day of the Cross (May 3).

To visit

Auditorium di Tenerife: was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava. It is located on the Avenue of the Constitution, is the architectural symbol of the city. Construction began in 1997 and ended in 2003. It was inaugurated on 26 September of the same year with the presence of Felipe de Bourbon. It is one of the most important contemporary Spanish architecture.

Torres de Santa Cruz: these are the tallest buildings in the city and the Canary Islands, with 120 meters high. Until 2010 they were also the highest residential buildings in Spain, are the tallest twin towers in Spain.

Iglesia Matriz de la Concepción: is the most important church in the city, and is nicknamed the "Cathedral of Santa Cruz de Tenerife", but in reality it is not a cathedral; Cathedral of Tenerife is the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna.

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre: is considered the most important museum of Macaronesia. Currently, the museum contains archaeological remains of prehistoric much of Tenerife as the rest of the archipelago. They emphasize especially the collection of Guanche mummies and funerary world Aboriginal.

Plaza de España: is the central square of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, seat of civil government with the Palacio del Cabildo de Tenerife and the heart of the social life of the city. It is the largest square in the Canary Islands and was built in 1929 on the site of the Castillo de San Cristóbal, the historic castle that had been erected to defend the island against pirates.

Parque García Sanabria: was opened in 1926 and is notable for its plant species and for its large collection of sculptures. It is the largest urban park in the Canary Islands.

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Spiagge

Santa Cruz is a port city and beaches are not found inside. There are, however, some within walking distance:

Playa de las Teresitas - Tenerife

Playa de las Gaviotas - Tenerife

Playa di El Llano

Playa di Antequera

Playa di La Nea

Playa de Radazul

Playa de Tabaiba

Nightlife

The nightlife of Santa Cruz takes place in the neighborhood Noria where you can find the most fashionable. On summer weekends you can drink up to two thirds of the night accompanied by the music of live bands.

Subsequently the night continues in clubs and discos in the area of Parque Maritimo.

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