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Santa Cruz de Tenerife
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Introducing Santa Cruz de Tenerife

There are lots of reasons to like the bustling port city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: evocative, brightly painted buildings, sophisticated and quirky shops, interesting art galleries, an excellent museum and a tropical oasis of birdsong, fountains and greenery in the city park. Despite all this, though, maybe the very best reason for visiting is that this is an energetic, workaday and wholly Spanish city that’s a world away from the package tourism resort towns of the south of the island. The city also has an excellent bus system, making it a sensible base for exploring Tenerife’s northeast.