Top things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Top Choice Arts Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (TEA)

The highlights of this dramatic contemporary building are the architecture, its three galleries and the stunning library downstairs. The galleries display temporary exhibitions of art, photography and installation w…
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 delivers shades of the Sydney Opera House plus superb acoustics. Guided 45…
Top Choice Library in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Biblioteca Municipal Central de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This library downstairs at TEA is a design classic, a vast open-plan room with overhanging globular lights, copious natural light, angular lines and a sharp contemporary feel, all fashioned with a sense of unclutter…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Café Palmelita

This delightful cafe has a vintage exterior, a theme which continues within, and was founded in the late 1960s with German origins. The emphasis is on serious self indulgence, with hot chocolate with double cream, o…
Top Choice Japanese in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Kazan

Kazan's Michelin star has assured it a large fanbase in town and far beyond. The setting: lightly polished wood and beige fabric chairs, muted and understated yet stylish. The food: the freshest ingredients coaxed i…
Top Choice Spanish in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Guannabi

This excellence of this handsome restaurant is defined not just by its superb ambience and faultless service, but by its simply supreme menu. Guannabi pulls out all the stops: the focus is on rice dishes, all perfec…
Top Choice Market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África

Dating from 1944, this tantalising market is housed in an eye-catching building that combines a Latin American feel with Moorish-style arches and patios. A lofty clock tower helps in locating the place – or just fol…
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 an excellent museum, despite a rather confusing layout. Set inside the former civil hospital, the exhibit highlights are undoubtedly the Guanche mummi…
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) ceilings. The present church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries, but …
Top Choice Canarian in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Bodeguita Canaria

This terrific local favourite has an earthy, traditional atmosphere with chunky dark furniture and charmingly dated decor. Try local dishes such as ropa vieja (literally 'old clothes'), a tasty meat-based stew with …