Castillo de San Cristóbal

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Located beneath Plaza España are the still-standing fragments of the former castle that once rose up majestically here. The remains can be accessed by an entrance on the seaward side of the plaza. A small museum here commemorates the history of the castle and there's usually someone around to answer questions and to hand out explanation sheets in English.

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