Discovering Santa Cruz in Tour
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with more than 200,000 inhabitants, is the main city of the island and its administrative centre together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria since 1927. Santa Cruz is close to San Cristobal de La Laguna, and they form the greatest urban area of the Canary Islands with the biggest touristic port in Spain. The city is popular for its architecture both ancient and contemporary. The auditorium is just an example.
The story of Santa Cruz dates back to the ancient past of Tenerife. The area where it lies has been inhabited since the time of the Guanches people, the native population of the Canary Islands, that lived here about 2,000 years ago as witnessed by numerous archaeological rests.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is in the territory (called Añazo by the Guanches people) where Fernandez de Lugo landed and planted a cross after that the city was named in 1494. The cross is now stored in the Iglesia Matriz de la Concepción and is carried in a procession on 3rd May, the day of the Cross.
During the 16th century, the economic growth transformed the city into an important port for commerce and a passage for America, reinforcing the English economy. Between 1833 and 1927, Santa Cruz was the only capital of the province of the Canary Islands. In 1927, during the dictatorship of the general Miguel Primo de Rivera, the territory was divided into two provinces: Las Palmas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. From that moment, there were two capitals of the archipelago, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
This city is so interesting that it could be the destination for different types of excursions. Here you will find two opportunities. The first concerns the urban area and the second is focused on the surrounding environment.
Santa Cruz and La Laguna – Taganana
This tour shows both the beauty of the city and the wonderful natural landscape of its surroundings. The excursion starts in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and passes through the main points of interest such as Plaza de España and the modern building of the Auditorium of Tenerife Adán Martín. You will have a stroll in the historic centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, one of the 15 Spanish cities recognised as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
During the walk, a guide will explain the origins of the main buildings, such as the Cathedral of Santa Cruz de La Laguna (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios), the Baroque palace Casa Salazar and the bell tower of the Iglesia Matriz de la Concepción in Tuscan style.
You will have at least one hour to have lunch and then you will be free to walk around La Laguna. Afterwards, you will leave for the peninsula of Anaga, through the Laurel forest of Las Mercedes. Once at the Anaga Mountains, Reserve of the Biosphere thanks to their unique environmental heritage, the tour will end in Taganana. In the streets of this locality you will see different buildings in the style typical of the Canary Islands, surrounded by lush gardens.
If you want to go on one of these tours, you need to book in advance. If you are interested in the City View tour, you can check the dedicated page on the website, where you will find all the information (the times of the first and the last tour change according to the season).
For the second tour you need to contact your tour operator which will provide all the information. You will have to book in time and specify the place of your stay, as they will pick you up from there. The free cancellation of a reservation is possible until 24 hours before the tour starts.
People with disabilities cannot always participate in these tours. You should notify in advance the presence of a disabled person.
Costs and reservations
The City View service, for non-resident adults, costs 22 euros. Check the dedicated site for more information as you can find different options which may change the price of the ticket.
The second tour costs around 30 euros but it depends on the place of departure, on the pick-up service and the number of participants. There are opportunities for small groups: a unique occasion to be on a private tour!