Santa Cruz, You’re Not That Far

Mon, January 6th, 2014 - By Jack Montgomery

Research information about Tenerife online and one of the first things you’ll find out is that it’s the biggest of the Canary Islands.

But ‘biggest’ is relative. In reality Tenerife, like the other Canary Islands, is quite a small island. It doesn’t take long to travel around and nowhere is really that far from anywhere.


Tenerife Sur Airport, Tenerife


However, reading some online advisory sites you could be forgiven for thinking that getting from the south of Tenerife to the north of Tenerife involves the same sort of planning that Scott put in to his preparations for attempting to reach the South Pole.

We live in Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and getting to the south airport takes us about fifty minutes by car. It’s a hop, skip and a jump of a journey on the motorway.

There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding Tenerife; the idea that it takes a long time to get from south to north or vice versa is just one of them.


Santiago del Teide, Tenerife


If you use public transport it’s going to take you longer to get anywhere but that’s true of everywhere. In Britain at New Year we had to catch a ferry and two trains to get to the airport to fly back to Tenerife. Getting around Tenerife is a doddle by comparison.

A lot of the misconceptions about Tenerife come from different people’s perceptions. Canarios in the north of Tenerife, for example, generally think nothing of travelling south for a night out. Faro Chill Art in Costa Adeje is as popular with Canarios from northern parts as it is with the holidaymakers who stay in the hotels around it. We’ve done it ourselves plenty of times. One occasion involved a round trip of nearly 300 kilometres just for a meal. That’s a bit like travelling from Manchester to Birmingham. That instance was excessive but, as the restaurant was El Rincon de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes, it was definitely worth the effort.


Teide National Park, Tenerife


There are usually two ways to get around Tenerife on wheels. The most direct route and the scenic route. The most direct route gets you from A to B as quickly as possible. So if we want to head south we take Tenerife’s version of a motorway. If we’re out exploring we take the more leisurely paced old roads. Often the distance by old road is shorter, but it always takes longer. Take driving from Los Cristianos to Puerto de la Cruz. By motorway it’s 104km and takes just over an hour. Head via Mount Teide and it’s 97km but it’ll take nearly three hours.

And what of Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz? A mere thirty minutes from Puerto de la Cruz and fifty minutes from the southern resorts, yet this great little city is ignored by many visitors.


Tenerife Auditorium, Santa Cruz, Tenerife


The Thrills might have been singing about another Santa Cruz a decade ago but the words still fit, it’s really not that far; nowhere is on Tenerife.

Posted : Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Category : about tenerife
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