The Canary Islands are renowned around the world as an incredible vacation spot. If you're looking to see everything the most populous of the isles has to offer, there's no better place to go than the region's largest, most vibrant city. Santa Cruz de Tenerife has it all - breathtaking beaches, an exciting selection of shops, restaurants, and historical attractions, and even the wide open spaces of a nearby national park!
Located on the northeastern tip of the island of the same name, our vacation rentals in Santa Cruz de Tenerife let you experience a little bit of everything. Mountains to the north and east slowly flow into flatter land to the south and west, with the coastline featuring Atlantic waves and several beaches to the north and south.
The warm, welcoming climate makes the city an amazing place to visit at all times of year, so don't think you need to wait for a specific season! If you do want to plan for a specific time of year, try planning around one of the city's festivals! The February Carnival is the largest in the Canary Islands, with colorful costumes and a parade that's famous throughout the world! Other festivals, like the Fiesta del Mayo and bayside Fiestas del Carmen, in early to mid summer.
With a history spanning over four centuries, it's no surprise this Spanish city has plenty of older attractions for visitors to explore! Start your trip through time at the bustling Plaza de España. The bustling space lets you admire the rough-hewn stone of the old San Cristóbal Castle, as well as the beautiful Fuente de la Alameda. From here, you can head westward to the shaded trees of the Plaza de Príncipe, just across the street from the austere Biblioteca y Museo and the city courthouse.
Of course, you can also head south, towards the towering Neoclassical architecture of the Tenerife Island Council. More historic sights are just a little farther to the south, from the nearby Baroque styles of the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de La Concepción church to the frescoes of the Teatro Guimerá. The roads are lined with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, and bars to please every taste!
Unlike beach towns like Palm-Mar to the southwest, Santa Cruz de Tenerife doesn't have a massive stretch of beachfront to call its own. Much of the city's coastline is dominated by rocky cliffs, and the parts that aren't make up the city's bustling waterfront - featuring an auditorium, a botanical garden, and even a water park. The Playa Parque Marítimo is near the water park of the same name, with black sands that make it stand out.
If you're up for the trip, you should absolutely journey the six miles northward to the nearby Playa de Las Teresitas. Nearly a mile of soft golden sands await you, bordered by restaurants to the west and the crashing waves of Punta de los Órganos to the east. Rest up back at your vacation rental before embarking on an unforgettable adventure the next day. Teide National Park is just 25 miles away, featuring bracing hikes and stunning mountain views.
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