14 Things to do in Tenerife's Capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife

There are many things to do in Tenerife's capital. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it's 2nd only to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in terms of population, making it the 2nd most populated city in the Canary Islands.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is approx an hour from Tenerife - La Bodega. If you decide to visit, here are just some of the things to do while you’re in this capital city.

Auditorium of Tenerife in Santa Cruz
Auditorio de Tenerife (Auditorium of Tenerife)

Since its construction in 2003, the auditorium’s wave like design, which also looks like sails, has become a symbol of the city, and one of the main tourist attractions on the island.

It has a big room for concerts, a room for the opera and other smaller rooms. Tickets are available from its website.

Towers of Santa Cruz.
Torres de Santa Cruz (Towers of Santa Cruz)

These twin towers, finished in 2006, are the tallest skyscrapers in the Canary Islands and the tallest joint tower in Spain.

Church of the immaculate conception, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Iglesia de la Concepciùn (Church of the Immaculate Conception)

This was built in 1786 on the site of the first chapel, which the conquistadors erected when they arrived on the island in 1500 and was destroyed by fire in 1652. It's the main temple of the city and the only church in the Canary Islands to have 5 naves.

Corte Ingles department store, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Corte Inglés

A large department store ideal for some holiday shopping of luxury brands. It also has a supermarket that stocks imported goods.

Fountain in La plaza de españa, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
La Plaza de España

The largest square in the Canary Islands. Located in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, not far from the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Parque Garcia Sanabria in Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Parque Garcia Sanabria

Opened in 1926, with an area of 67,230 m2, it has a large garden and fountains, and it is the largest urban park in the Canary Island.

Museum of Nature and Man, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man)

A museum of archaeology and biology famed for it's large collection of Guanche mummies, the aboriginal people of the Canary Islands.

Palmetum, Santa cruz, Tenerife.
Palmetum Tenerife

This is thought to be the largest collection of tropical island palms in the world. There's over 400 species of palm trees in this former municipal rubbish dump, now a recreational palm paradise in the heart of Santa Cruz.

stadium of C.D. Tenerife in Santa Cruz
C.D. Tenerife

Tenerife's Spanish football team currently play in the Liga Adelante (Spanish second division). If you book ahead, you might get tickets to see a home game.

Santa Cruz market, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África

A large open air market dating back to 1944, where you can buy fresh fruit, veg and meat along with artisan products and fresh flowers.

Las Ramblas, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
La Ramblas

The largest avenue in the Canary Islands (1900m). It consists of a central pedestrian walk way and two traffic lanes on either side of the park with Indian laurels, jacarandas, flame and palm trees. It also has several sculptures, including work by Henry Moore, Xavier Corberù, Joaquin Rubio Camin and Jaume Plensa.

Theatre Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Teatro Guimera.
Teatro Guimera (Santa Cruz de Tenerife)

With over 160 years of history, this is the oldest theatre in the Canaries. Opened in 1851, the theatre’s interior is like that of Madrid's Teatro Real, with semi-circular balconies and plenty of gilt. Outside there's a large theatrical stone mask.

Museo Militar de Almeyda, military museum, Santa Cruz , Tenerife
Museo Militar de Almeyda

The museum explains the island’s military history and the successful defence of Santa Cruz. They've even got El Tigre, the cannon that was allegedly used to blow off Admiral Nelson's right arm shortly after he stepped ashore during the doomed assault of the Spanish island in July 1797.

Tram, Santa Cruz, Tenerife.
The tram

Since 2007 Santa Cruz de Tenerife has had its own tram system, so why not explore the city via tram.

Alternatively you can go on one of these paid tours of Santa Cruz. The price given is based on a lowest price guarantee, and you don't have to line up to get your tickets.