1. Spain
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Half a Day

Product ID: 57492
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Discover the highlights of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and journey from the days of its birth in 1494 to the stunning contemporary architecture of Santiago Calatrava's Auditorio. Explore the main commercial areas of the Zona Centro and Zona Rambla and more.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live guide
Spanish, English, French, German

Pick-up service

Pick-up from the south of Tenerife. You will be provided with the pick-up point closest to your hotel.
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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • See the main monuments of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in half a day
  • Marvel at the futuristic edifice of Santiago Calatrava's opera house
  • Visit the Church of the Conception, built over the city's first chapel
Full description
Following pick-up in the south of Tenerife, journey north-east to the island's capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, founded in 1494 by the conquistador Javier Alonso Luis Fernández de Lugo. Spend half a day exploring its main monuments and highlights and learning its history.

Between 1833 and 1927, Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands, a role it now jointly holds with Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. Its port is one of the busiest in the Atlantic, connecting Europe, Africa and America. Discover why the British newspaper "The Guardian" called Santa Cruz de Tenerife the 5th best city in the world to live. Explore the commercial streets of the Zona Centro, including Calle del Castillo, Calle San José and Calle Viera y Clavijo. Go to the popular Zona Rambla of the Rambla de Pulido and Calle Ramón y Cajal. 

See the stunning opera house of the Auditorio de Tenerife, designed by the controversial architect Santiago Calatrava and completed in 2003. Home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife), the building is located to the north-east of Parque Marítimo (Marine Park) and looks out on to the Atlantic Ocean. Discover the artificial lake, fountain and pavilions of cafes, restaurants, shops and bars in Plaza de España, the city's largest square. See the home of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, the island's governing body. The square is also the site of the Tenerife Carnival, held each February and considered the 2nd most important in the world after Rio de Janeiro. 

Look at the main temple of the city at the Iglesia-Parroquia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción (Church of the Conception), built as an homage to Saint James in a Baroque-Canarian style above the foundations of the first chapel of the conquerors. Among its possessions is a Holy Cross that is carried during the annual procession on May 3 to commemorate the day the city was founded.
Includes
  • Pick-up in the south of Tenerife
  • Transfers
  • Guided tour
  • Visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch

When you get there

Know before you go
• Please note that the pick-up service is only available in the south of Tenerife