Santa Cruz Tenerife Port Guide

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port is situated in the capital city of the Canary Islands and is only a half mile away from the town proper. Tenerife has a population of approximately 225,000 people. It is also the biggest city in the Canary Islands with lovely beaches, art centers, restaurants, museums and souvenir shops.

Whether you go for a historic tour, a summer beach getaway or enjoy dining and night leisure, your objectives will be met while you are in Tenerife.

Shopping

Your shopping activity can start with a visit to Villalba Hervas; you can buy inexpensive souvenir products; especially compared prices in big department stores such as El Corte Ingles. You can also find the same low-priced items in El Castillo and Bethencourt.

Visitors enjoy walking along the streets of San Jose, Plaza de Espana or Plaza de Candelaria. There is a wide variety of crafts, artworks, shirts, ornaments and other souvenirs and gift items. A popular item in the Masca shop is custom made walking canes to be used on the rugged trails on the island.

For fresh produce, you can go directly to the market and you will find seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables and even flowers for your vases. The flea market in Santa Cruz is opened early on Sundays and closes around 1 or 2 in the afternoon.

Things to See

You can schedule a tour at Tenerife to appreciate its history and arts background. You can start with a visit to the Museum of Man and Nature which emphasizes the very history of Canary Islands. Next, a visit to the Military Museum is worthwhile to understand the military background of the island.

For an appreciation of early architecture which includes seventeenth, eighteenth or nineteen the century structures, you can simply tour the island and see the many preserved buildings. As a highlight to your Canary Islands' history tour, you can go watch some musicals, opera and plays scheduled in the Guimera Theater located in the town center.

Your visit may be during some of the many celebrations on the Canary Islands. Although carnivals and festivities are held everywhere, Tenerife is considered as the most elaborate in preparations and celebrations. These are international festivities that attract many tourists to the island. As part of their celebrations, you will find the participants wearing costumes and masks with street dancing and performances that are aimed at entertaining locals and tourists alike. These celebrations are similar to the merry festivities of Rio de Janiero Festivals and Carnivals. Whatever month you will be in the island, you are sure to catch and witness at least one festival because they are held all year round focusing on different themes from religious to political to social themes.

Restaurants and Bars

After the merry making programs, you can head to dining establishments to satiate your hunger. There are many restaurant choices in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You can choose from local Canary cuisine, Spanish, Mediterranean, Italian, and other international dishes. The most visited restaurants include Los Menceyes which serves international cuisine in a garden setting, El Coto de Antonio for local cuisine, and Da Canio 3 for Italian cuisine. For Mediterranean choices, you can try La Tasca de la Bodega or for Spanish cuisine, go to El Covacho de Pedro.

When you eat in local restaurants, which can be found almost everywhere, you can order puchero, their most common and favorite dish. It is cooked meat with vegetables.

For some bar and nightlife experience, you can go to the Costa del Silencio or the Veronicas Strip and find some English and Irish style pubs and bars. For live entertainment, step into the Aristocats, Heritage or Chicago's Bar and Restaurant.

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