Attractions

Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

It's difficult to miss the striking bell tower of the city’s oldest church, which also has traditional Mudéjar (Islamic-style architecture) ceiling work. The present church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries, …
Top Choice Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre

This brain-bending amalgam of natural science and archaeology is the city’s number one attraction, and one of the best museums in all the Canary Islands. Set inside the former civil hospital, the exhibit highlights …
Top Choice Arts Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA)

The highlight of this dramatic modern building is the excellent art gallery which covers three large and light galleries. Don't miss the permanent exhibition of both the paintings and audiovisual exhibits dedicated …
Top Choice Notable Building in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife

This magnificent, soaring white wave of an auditorium was designed by the internationally renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and possesses a Sydney Opera House presence, as well as superb acoustics. Guide…
Gardens in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Palmetum

Opened in 2013 on a former landfill area, this 12-hectare botanical garden has the most diverse collection of palm trees in Europe, imported from all over the world. A detailed mapped leaflet helps in identifying th…
Gallery in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museo de Bellas Artes

Founded in 1900 and formerly part of the adjacent church (note the fabulous stained glass), this excellent museum has an eclectic collection of paintings by mainly Spanish, Canarian and Flemish artists, including Ri…
Castle in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Castillo de San Cristóbal

Located underneath Plaza España are the still-standing fragments of the former castle that once sat majestically here. These can be accessed by an entrance on the seaward side of the plaza (which some people apparen…
Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museo Militar de Almeyda

Explains the military history of the islands and the successful defense of the city, brought alive by a superb 30m scale model of the flagship Theseus. The most famous item here, however, is El Tigre (The Tiger), th…
Notable Building in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Teatro Guimerá

One of the city’s architectural highlights is the 19th-century Teatro Guimerá, fronted by a suitably theatrical giant mask sculpture. The sumptuous interior is reminiscent of Madrid’s Teatro Real, with semicircular …
Church in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Iglesia de San Francisco

If churches are your religion then don’t miss this pretty baroque church from the 17th and 18th centuries with its richly carved ceiling and ornate altarpieces. Check at the tourist office for information about conc…