Fort de San Juan

Fort in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The central waterfront zone has undergone a major facelift and you can now enjoy a pleasant 10-minute walk southwest of Plaza España to reach the squat 17th-century Castillo de San Juan (don't be misled by the name, it's more of a modest fortress than a castle). Stand in the shadow of this protective fort and contemplate its harrowing past when this was the site of an active trade in African slaves.