Bus Tour of Santa Cruz, the Relaxing Way to See Tenerife’s Capital

Wed, July 13th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

I’m a foot soldier. For me there’s only one way to get a real feel of any place and that’s to pound the pavements, heading off up dead end streets just in case there’s one of those quaint hidden restaurants where, when you knock the door, a shutter is pulled back to reveal a pair of enquiring eyes. Of course it’s never happened but it hasn’t stopped me from checking out every dark alley in Tenerife towns and cities from La Laguna to La Orotava.


However, I’ve had nearly eight years to explore Tenerife, I can take my time mooching about. Not everyone has the luxury of the time, or even the mobility. Take the capital Santa Cruz. It isn’t that big as cities go but anyone who’s arrived by cruise liner, or travelled from Playa de las Américas, Costa Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz won’t want to spend their time wandering aimlessly, hoping to stumble across the best bits. There are two ways to avoid this. One is to get hold of a good guide. The other is to jump on one of the new open-topped city sightseeing tour buses and enjoy getting to know the city in a relaxing manner.

Vibrantly red in colour with psychedelic images of the city plastered across the paintwork they’re impossible to miss at their set-off point next to the tourist office beside the lake in Plaza España. Their funky designs could give the whole idea of going on a trip around Santa Cruz a double meaning.


The buses have only been in operation since April 2011 but have already proved a success, especially with cruise passengers. A day ticket costs €9.99 for adults and €6 for children aged between 5 and 12. The bus follows a route around the city that takes in some of the cultural and architectural highlights including the Tenerife Auditorium Adán Martín with it’s sky-high WOW factor; the bustling African Market where there are lots of rabbits without their clothes on (not a sight the children are likely to be keen on) and the serenely beautiful and artistic Parque García Sanabria. Helpful commentary is provided along the way in eight languages (Spanish, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, French, Japanese and bizarrely Spanish for children).

One of the cool things about the buses is that you aren’t confined to quarters for the full journey (1 hour and 15 minutes). With thirteen stops en route, passengers can jump off whenever they spot something that catches their eye, have an explore, and jump back on the next fun bus that comes along (every 25 minutes).


Another added bonus is that, as the buses are open-topped, visitors can continue to top up their suntans as they experience the sights and sounds of Tenerife’s friendly capital city.

Posted : Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Category : days out
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