Architecture Walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The streets in the center of Santa Cruz accommodate the wonderful buildings constructed during the last four centuries. They present a variety of styles, architectural forms and colours. The southern extension of the city boasts contemporary futuristic architecture, the best examples of which are Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos and Auditorio of Tenerife. Take a stroll around the city with this self-guided tour to gain unforgettable cultural experience.
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Architecture Walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Map

Guide Name: Architecture Walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Guide Location: Spain » Santa Cruz de Tenerife (See other walking tours in Santa Cruz de Tenerife)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Author: Sandra
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Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos

1) Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos

The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, also known as "The Fair Recint" ("Recinto Ferial") was opened in May 1996. The building, covers an area exceeding 40,000 square meters in the sea front of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

This building is also the headquarters of the World Trade Center in Tenerife. The Great Hall, located on the top floor, took a total of 12,000 square meters, making it the largest covered space in the Canary Islands. This building is also the headquarters of the World Trade Center Tenerife.

The complex was designed by architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava is configured as a multipurpose building that can host major fairs, exhibitions and conferences that take place on the island of Tenerife. After its opening in it have developed all kinds of events: trade shows (food, computers, agriculture, recreation, etc.), Music concerts, contests and gala carnival, congresses, seminars, art exhibitions, TV shows, fashion, and a multitude of activities.

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Torres de Santa Cruz

2) Torres de Santa Cruz

The Torres de Santa Cruz is a residential complex composed of the twin towers. They were designed by Canarian architect Julian Valladares, and were built in the period 2004-2006.

The towers reach 120 m high, without the antenna, becoming the highest skyscraper in the Canary Islands, and the tallest residential building in Spain until 2010 (currently occupy third place in the latter category). The Torres de Santa Cruz are also the tallest twin towers in Spain.

The complex consists of twin towers of 41,753 m2 of which 9613 m2 are below ground - and above ground is 32,140 m2. One peculiarity is that these buildings were not built at once. They are twin towers, Tower I, was built by the company Ferrovial, while Tower II was built by the company Candesa.

They are considered a symbol of the city, next to Auditorio de Tenerife. Precisely the auditorium next to these two towers. The Tower I was completed in 2004 and Tower II in 2006, although the refurbishment work on the site began in 2001.

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Auditorio of Tenerife

3) Auditorio of Tenerife (must see)

The Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín" (formerly named, but still commonly referred to as, Auditorio de Tenerife), was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava Valls.

Construction began in 1997 and was completed in 2003. The auditorium was inaugurated on 26 September of that year with the presence of Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias, and was later visited by former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The majestic profile of the auditorium has become an architectural symbol of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It is one of the major attractions of Tenerife and home to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra).

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Mercado Nuestra Señora de Africa

4) Mercado Nuestra Señora de Africa (must see)

The market building in Santa Cruz is located a few blocks from Plaza España at Plaza de Santa Cruz de la Sierra. The Mercado Nuestra Señora de Africa (Market of Our Lady of Africa) looks like a castle with the arched entrance, towers, the tall clock tower opposite the entrance and the courtyard. This is the main market of Santa Cruz built in 1942. Its architecture presents a fusion of styles called North African style. There is a central patio inside the building with stalls and a cover gallery around it. It comprises a large, traditional market, multiple shops and a commercial center housed in the annex.
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Cabildo Insular de Tenerife

5) Cabildo Insular de Tenerife

Cabildo Insular de Tenerife (Presidency of the Canaries Autonomous Government) building is located on the Plaza de España; its other facade faces the port. This impressive building in Neoclassical style was designed by the prominent local architect Jose Enrique Marrero Regalado. Its construction lasted about 5 years and was completed in 1940. The structure featured the four corner towers; the tallest one is a clock tower, 164 feet in height. The main facade has an arched portico, embedded columns and decorative crown pediments. It houses the headquarters of the island government, as well as more administrative offices like the head office of Iberia, or of the Administrative Meeting of Public works. The building interiors contain a collection of artistic works that include original murals of Spanish artist José Aguiar.
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Casino de Tenerife Building

6) Casino de Tenerife Building

This impressive building located in Plaza la Candelaria occupies the whole city block. The design of the Casino de Tenerife Building was developed by Miguel Martín Fernández de la Torre, the local architect who transformed the city. The building architecture invokes a rationalist style that was common in the 1930s. It was completed in 1935. The building is distinguished by its corner tower and its four dissimilar frontages using different combinations of the same structural elements. It houses the oldest of the Canary recreational societies established in 1840, and comprises a library, cafeteria, restaurant, casino and more facilities. The interiors are decorated with murals and art works of the famous local artists.
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Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero

7) Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero

This grandiose white-blue edifice is located at the intersection of José Murphy and Ruiz de Padrón streets, adjacent to Plaza del Príncipe. This amazing building planned by Mariano Estanga was completed at the beginning of the 20th century. Its architectural style is Second Empire style of the Canary Islands. The facade is decorated with multiple white sandstone sculptures and small intricate decorations, as well as flags. The images are works of Edouardo Tarquis and Teodmiro Robayna. Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero hosts cultural events like plays, films, exhibitions and so on.
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Caja General de Ahorros de Canarias

8) Caja General de Ahorros de Canarias

Caja General de Ahorros de Canarias represents the complex of three conjoint buildings of a geometrical plan that occupy the spacious area near Plaza del Príncipe, in the center of Santa Cruz. This is the headquarters of CajaCanarias, a Spanish savings bank established in 1984, the first financial institution in the Canary Islands. The structure was completed in 1998 and was designed by Jose Angel Dominguez Anadon, Franciso Artengo Rufino and Carlos Schwartz Perez, the authors of many Canarien modern buildings. The facades are finished with natural stone that was delivered from the Tindaya mountain in the Canary Islands. The buildings have characteristic facades with many windows exactly equal and placed in a linear fashion. There are two sculptures of Martin Chirino and Jose Pepe Abad next to Caja Canarias.
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Templo Masónico

9) Templo Masónico

This refined building was constructed at the turn of the 20th century for use by the Masonic lodge. Now it belongs to Town hall. The Temple is located halfway down San Lucas Street. The figures of two sphinxes guard the entrance. The facades feature Egyptian motifs symbolism, a massive triangular pediment, two etched columns near the entrance and an entrance door with carved geometric patterns. It is regarded as one of the major Masonic temples in the country.
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Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

10) Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Town Hall of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is accommodated in the building that is named Palacio de los Dragos as there are a couple of perennial drago trees at the entrance. This palace, built at the beginning of the 20th century, is one of the four public administration establishments in the capital. This Neoclassic building has a three-arched portico crowned with the balcony and a classical pediment centered roof balustrade. This imposing hall is located on Calle Viera Y Clavijo, one block from the Plaza de Los Patos.

Walking Tours in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Create Your Own Walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museums and Art Galleries in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Museums and Art Galleries in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital city, features a variety and multiplicity of museums and art establishments. These reflect the history and heritage of Tenerife Island. Museum of Nature and Man, Museo Municipal de Bellas artes, Museo Militar Regional de Canarias and TEA are world renowned. Explore the popular tourist attractions in their own right with this self-guided walk.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Santa Cruz de Tenerife's Historic Buildings

Santa Cruz de Tenerife's Historic Buildings

Santa Cruz de Tenerife provides history enthusiasts with many sites located in the city’s historic center for perfect sightseeing. Grand Guimera Theater, Parroquia de la Concepcion, Palacio de Carta and other gems are among them. The Tenerife capital preserved its structures in magnificent condition. The tour also includes the earliest Tenerife fortification structures on the shore, which date back to the 17th century.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The cosmopolitan capital of Tenerife enjoys invaluable tourist activity and provides an outstanding sightseeing experience for those looking for impressive architecture, interesting museums and and peaceful gardens. There is plenty to choose from. The city contains many pieces of sculpture and fountains. These are found everywhere and they highlight the beauty of the city’s landscapes. Check out Santa Cruz’s significant attractions included in this self-guided walk.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Santa Cruz de Tenerife for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Santa Cruz de Tenerife has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.