The Auditorium is, after the tram and the Torres de Santa Cruz, the most recent architectural acquisition of the spectacular capital. Conceived by architect Santiago Calatrava, the building evokes the hull of a boat and possesses enviable acoustic qualities. As always with innovative construction, its design had many detractors, justifying too many points in common with existing buildings, especially the Auditorium of Sydney, or little originality. It is at the entrance of Santa Cruz, near the commercial port and the Convention and Exhibition Centre. It has hosted numerous concerts and shows, and acceptance has been great (especially among connoisseurs of acoustic and classical music). The interior can be somewhat cold, but you quickly forget that after the first notes that, after all, are what make us hot or cold, and take us to Sydney and beyond.
This iconic and large square is in the capital of Tenerife and the War Memorial presides here in the form of a tower with a cross on top. This square is between the Plaza de la Candelaria, which is where all kinds of trades take place, and the seafront. Plaza de España was remodeled and where there were gardens, now stands a beautiful little lake like a giant pond with a modern building surrounded by greenery which houses the tourist information centre.
This is one of the places that is a must on any visit to Tenerife.
If you enjoy gardening, here you will find different types of gardens, form ornamental to tropical plants.
You will also find monumental trees (tamarind, coconut, etc.) and different types of palm trees.
Also, the park has several sculptures and stands above all the flower clock.
Highly recommended to enjoy a pleasant morning. I encourage you to go there.
Our Lady of Africa Market
Newly restored, this market, despite the large surfaces surrounding it, remains the commercial heart of the city. Nowhere else will you find fresher vegetables for a good canary stew, the finest meats, exotic and tasty fruits, ornamental plants and fruit, candy, coffee shops and restaurants. Life moves in the mornings around this military-style building near the centre but at the same time it is away from the hubbub of the busy streets.
Carnival is the most celebrated holiday on the island of Tenerife. For ten days the streets of the capital become a hive of colorful characters. Beach bars with drinks, food and great music compete to attract a wider audience than their competitors. The result is a continuous party with good vibes, dancing, and disinhibition as its main attraction.
Each year the organization seeks a theme around which to develop the stage of the Grand Gala. They will decorate the streets, the monuments, and even the people dress up for the event. Despite being the coldest time of year in Tenerife, the general good weather of the area allows you to dress up in almost anything, but it is always good to use costumes with a cape or head covering for colder days.
The main tourist office in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is in the Plaza of Spain, under one of the Vertical Gardens of Patrick Blanc (whose roof is a real garden). You can request information about the city and the whole island there. It closes at noon and reopens after 5:00 pm.
The headquarters of the Cabildo Insular in Santa Cruz is in the Plaza of Spain, next to the port and opposite the War Memorial. The building is impressive because of its great size. It was designed by architect José Enrique Marrero Regalado, and opened in 1940. Its white granite facade and the tall tower are the highlights of the building. The tower is on the left, topped by a clock. The interior houses the government offices and insular, but since its construction, it has also been the home of the civil governor, head of Iberia, the Provincial Propaganda Board, Administrative Board of Public Works and the Mining District, and the Tax Office.
A church that I should've entered!
As I say in the post title, I should have gone into the church! But it didn't occur to me at the time and therefore I only glanced at it and took a picture when we went to catch the bus to Garachico. I recommend it. The outside is nice and if you can enter, enter.
The War Memorial in the "Plaza de España" in Santa Cruz, Tenerife a cross-shaped tower with a lookout at the top. The base contains a crypt and it is empty. This monument is a sign of monumental Franco architecture Franco. It has influences of Italian Fascist architecture.
The Guimerá Theatre is in the middle of Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife. Built in the mid-19th century, it was originally known as the Teatro Municipal de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It opened its doors in January 1851, although it has undergone at least 5 renovations. At the end of the last renovation, they finally adopted the look that the architect Manuel de Oráa had planned from the beginning. In 1923, the death of Tenerife's playwright Angel Guimerá, the theatre took his name in his honour. Since then, there had been no renovations until 1989, when new and modern changing rooms and a renovated hall were put in. It has gained more and more importance over the years for its central location and the continued arts support. The theatre is just a few hundred meters from the Plaza of Spain, Mercado "La Recova" and Plaza Weyler. The Tenerife tram stops in "Guimerá", a few tens of meters from the theatre.
This secluded place is near City Hall and the Parque Garcia Sanabria. It's a small square garden that serves as a roundabout for the streets of Viera, Clavijo, General O'Donnell, Costa, Grijalva and Av July 25. It's a lovely and unique square, although it's only frequented by tourists. In the centre, there is a beautiful ornamental tiled fountain, from which the water comes through the sculpture of a swan (centre) and frogs (on the perimeter). In addition, the benches are very peculiar, because they were made with tiles from "Mensaque Rodriguez" Seville house, from Triana, with slogans, anagrams and various brands from the early 20th century. Opposite the square is the Church of St. George.
Tenerife has the privilege of having the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide, which is also third largest volcano at 3,718 meters. Every year thousands of people come here and this has caused the creation of a cable car that almost reaches the summit, around 3,500 meters. I am not in favor of creation such things, but I guess everyone has their opinion, so I recommend reaching the summit on foot. There is only one path that can start at sea level or a little later, specifically in one of the last parking areas called White Mountain. This place is at 2,340 meters. From White Mountain the way to the top can be classified into three parts. The first hour is very simple, the road runs along a wide path from which we can begin to see how the vegetation and landscape change as we climb up. When it reaches a place called "Teide eggs", referring to the huge volcanic stones there. Here the path becomes much narrower and steep. From this time it will rise quickly and after another hour walk, you reach the shelter. Here it's about an hour from the summit. The landscape is entirely volcanic and feels like you're on another planet. This place is really unique and amazes all visitors. The last 200 meters can be covered only if you apply prior and have a Teide National Park permit. In total the ascent and descent may take about 6 hours, depending on the climate. You need to be fit as although it is not technically complicated, we are talking about a very large altitude which you should be prepared for. Moreover, the path is quite long and very steep.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an architecturally and culturally rich city. And thanks to the beaches, which for most tourists are top of the list of attractions in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the city is a perfect place to spend your summer vacation.
Without a doubt, one of the best places to visit in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are its beaches, particularly Playa de las Teresitas, an artificial beach made of sand from the Sahara desert, which has become a meeting place for locals and foreigners. Swim, sunbathe, or enjoy a wealth of watersports and other Santa Cruz de Tenerife activities here!
Near this beach is the Castillo de San Andrés, a fortification in the form of circular tower that once served to defend the city from the pirates. The Canary Islands were once a target for plunderers and pirates, so to defend the city, castles and other defensive structures were created. Nowadays, they are open to the public and are popular things to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Fuerte de Almeyda and the Castillo de San Cristobal are two examples of these famous Santa Cruz de Tenerife attractions.
Heading downtown and wondering what to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife? You'll find more places like Chicharro Square and Plaza de la Candelaria, which houses the palace, the casino, and the chamber of commerce. While there are plenty of religious things to see in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, there's no shortage of modern architecture, like the twin towers, which at 120 feet high are the the tallest skyscrapers in the city and the Canary Islands. And as for stuff to do in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for nature lovers, we recommend the Teide National Park and Parque Garcia Sanabria. The latter houses the so-called "flower clock", a gift from the consul of Denmark.
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