Top things to do

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 Canarian in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

La Hierbita

This place oozes atmosphere. And little wonder, given the history. The first restaurant to be licensed in the city, in 1893, Calle Clavel back then was at the heart of the red-light district; part of the current res…
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…
Top Choice Live Music in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Auditorio de Tenerife

Tenerife’s leading entertainment option has dramatically designed curved-white concrete shells capped by a cresting, crashing wave of a roof. It covers and significantly enhances a 2-hectare oceanfront site. The aud…
Cultural in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Carnaval

Channelling a true Carnaval spirit of exuberance and mayhem, Santa Cruz's own Carnaval is a nonstop, 24-hour party-orgy. Festivities generally kick off in early February and last about three weeks. Many of the gala …
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…
Canarian in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Plaza 18

This fashionable place is located in one of the prettiest corners of the city, overlooking magnificent banyan trees and flower beds with the baroque Iglesia de San Francisco as a backdrop. The decor is colourfully c…