Making the Most of Your Cruise Stop in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Fri, November 18th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

Over half a million Canary Island cruise passengers annually dock in the port of Santa Cruz and disembark with six to eight hours on their hands and little or no idea what to do with them. With so little time and so much to see, it pays to have a plan ready before the gangplank is lowered. So whether you’re planning on renting a Rolls, trying out the tram, doing the business by bus or fancy finding it on foot, here are my suggestions for getting the most from your cruise stop in Tenerife.


Climb a Mountain. If you want to experience the indisputably number one thing to see and do when on Tenerife, you have to visit Teide National Park and take the cable car ride to within 200 metres of the peak of Spain’s highest mountain and Tenerife’s icon, Mount Teide. The easiest way to get there, which is a journey of some 70km from the port, is by booking onto the cruise excursion but it may not necessarily be the cheapest option. The port of Santa Cruz has a Cicar car hire office (Muelle Ribera) and you can pick up a four door for under €45 for the day. If you want a combined directions and guide for the journey, check out Island Drives.

Uncover Tenerife’s Colonial Past. Stroll from the port to the tram terminal near the Auditorium and jump on a Line 1 tram to the terminus of La Trinidad in the former capital of La Laguna. Constructed in 1588 in a series of squares within a grid, the original city was a blueprint for the design of many South American Colonial cities and has some fine examples of Colonial architecture. It’s also a great place to enjoy some traditional tapas or an arepa – a Venezuelan fried corn cake with a savoury filling.

Soak up the Sun. A plush deck is no substitute for soft sand between the toes and the shade of a palm tree to shield you from the midday rays. Luckily, the port of Santa Cruz is a mere 25 minute bus ride away on the 910 from the bus stop on the port side of Avenida Maritima to what I consider to be Tenerife’s most beautiful beach, Las Teresitas. One and a half glorious kilometres of pristine, golden sand slopes gently into the calm, azure waters of the bay. Teeming with tropical fish, it’s a great place to swim or snorkel, and seafood lovers will find one of the finest lunches a handful of euros can buy in the fishing village of San Andrés alongside.

Stroll the City. From picturesque plazas and botanical gardens to marvellous museums and tax free shopping, Santa Cruz is a city that deserves closer inspection. A compact centre makes it easy to explore Santa Cruz on foot, particularly as you’ll find great places to enjoy a coffee, an ice cream or a tapas lunch with vino every few streets. Steeped in history and very much the beating heart of Tenerife, make the most of the time you have available and get to know this vibrant city.

Posted : Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Category : days out
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