Santa Cruz de Tenerife Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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.
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Introduction Walking Tour
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: 20
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: Sandra
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plaza de España
  • Monumento a la Virgen de la Candelaria
  • Parroquia de la Concepcion
  • Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueologia
  • Mercado Nuestra Señora de Africa
  • Tenerife Espacio de las Artes
  • Puente Serrador
  • Teatro Guimera
  • Parroquia de San Francisco
  • Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes
  • Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero
  • Plaza del Príncipe
  • Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar
  • Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Iglesia de San Jorge
  • Plaza de 25 de Julio
  • Plaza Weyler & Fuente
  • Rambla General Franco
  • Plaza de Toros
  • Parque García Sanabria
Plaza de España

1) Plaza de España (must see)

Plaza de España, is the largest square in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Canary Islands. This square is considered one of the "main squares" of the island of Tenerife, together with the Plaza del Cristo de La Laguna in San Cristóbal de La Laguna and the Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias in Candelaria.

The Plaza of Spain is surrounded by the Palacio del Cabildo de Tenerife, the Palacio de la Carta and the Plaza de la Candelaria. In the centre of the square stands the Monumento a los Caídos (a tribute to the fallen in the Spanish Civil War).
Sight description based on wikipedia
Monumento a la Virgen de la Candelaria

2) Monumento a la Virgen de la Candelaria

Monumento a la Virgen de la Candelaria, also named El Triunfo de la Virgen de Candelaria, is located in Plaza de La Candelaria adjacent to Plaza de España. Made of Carrara marble, it is the work of Pascuale Bocciardo in 1778. The statue represents the patron saint of Tenerife, the Virgin Mary with Child in arms. There are four more natural-sized marble figures guarding the image of the Virgin at the foundation. The monument is four meters high, in Neoclassic style, and the image of the Virgin Mary is in Gothic style. It is the most significant monument in Santa Cruz.
Parroquia de la Concepcion

3) Parroquia de la Concepcion (must see)

The Iglesia-Parroquia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de La Concepción is a Catholic church located in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is the only church in the Canary Islands have five naves.

This church was built upon the first chapel erected by the Spanish conquistadors after landing on the coast where they would later build the city. This church is the main temple of the city, which is why it is called "the Cathedral of Santa Cruz. However, it not is a cathedral; the Cathedral of La Laguna is the cathedral of Tenerife.

The Iglesia de la Concepción is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. In this church is the image of St. James (patron saint of Santa Cruz de Tenerife). Inside the church is kept the cross that gave rise to the founding of the city.

The architectural style of the church is baroque and Tuscan. The bell tower is the most identifiable part of the church. The Church of the Conception has been declared a site of cultural interest.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueologia

4) Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueologia (must see)

Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueologia is a museum based in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It contains many significant archaeological finds and is considered the best repository of objects from the Prehispanic Canary Islands. The museum also houses significant paleontological, botanical, entomological and marine and terrestrial vertebrate collections, in an excellent state of preservation, and is considered the best Natural Library of the Canary Islands. The museum also integrates the Archaeological Museum of Tenerife, the Bioantropología's Canary Institute and the Museum of Natural Sciences of Tenerife.

The museum is located in the downtown area of Santa Cruz, in the former Civil Hospital, a building that constitutes an example of the neoclassical architecture of Canary Islands. The archaeological section was founded in 1958.The museum holds the largest collection on the culture of the Guanche and also has one of the most modern methods of presentation of mummies. It is also an internationally renowned museum and has participated in international meetings on archeology, but its fame is mainly due to its formidable collection of Guanche mummies. In 1992 the Museum of Nature and Man participated in an international research project on mummieswith a global exhibition of mummies. For this reason, the Museum of Nature and Man is a world reference in regard to preservation of mummies. It is also regarded as the most important museum of Macaronesia. The museum also exhibits a fine collection of ceramics and fossils of prehistoric animals both of Canaries and of the rest of the world, such as the giant lizard of Tenerife, the Tenerife Giant Rat and a megalodon shark tooth.

Operating hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm; Sunday - Monday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Mercado Nuestra Señora de Africa

5) 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.
Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

6) Tenerife Espacio de las Artes (must see)

The Tenerife Space of Arts (TEA) is a building of approximately 20,622 square metres that houses the contemporary museum Óscar Domínguez Institute; the Alejandro Cioranescu Island Library and the Center for Photography Island of Tenerife. In addition, the property has a hall, a restaurant, a shop, a public square, and many offices.

This cultural space, promoted by the Council of Tenerife, is located in the center of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island of Tenerife, on the banks of the Gulley of Santos; between the market of Nuestra Señora de Africa and the Church of the Conception, and near the Museum of Nature and Man. The building was designed by the Swiss firm of architects Herzog & de Meuron and directed by the Canary architect Virgilio Gutierrez Herreros.

Its design provides the opening to the outside of its interior spaces, bringing light and energy to the whole and connecting the old part of town with the modern. This area contains a public square, open and accessible to visitors, whose main function is to lead the public into the building. It also has a wide spiral staircase that connects to both the upper and the lower.

The objectives of this cultural space, directed by the Bilbaoan Javier Gonzalez Durana, its to contribute to the flowering of culture, cultural cooperation with various countries and the promotion of young talents of the island.

Operating hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Puente Serrador

7) Puente Serrador

Puente Serrador is a bridge that spans the ravine de Santos, located near the Market of Our Lady of Africa. Designed by architect José Blasco Robles, the bridge was built in 1943; it was recently reconstructed. It was named in honor of Ricardo Serrador Santes, a general captain of Canaries. At the entrance point of the bridge there are two bronze lions intended to glorify the victories of the general.
Teatro Guimera

8) Teatro Guimera (must see)

Teatro Guimerá is the oldest theater in the Canary Islands.

Founded in the 19th century. The first known as Teatro Municipal de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, first built in 1849 by the architect Manuel de Oráa and in classical-romance style, it was first opened two years later on January 1851, it underwent several works in the interior decoration in 1888 and other occasional improvements in 1895, 1899, 1901, 1905 and in 1908 and accommodated largely in the ending of the conclusion of the original project of Oráa.

It underwend important works of modification in 1911, headed by Antonio Pintor, and it took two years to complete. These works saw a total renovation and the structute as well as the outside of the building were intact. Since 1923, after the death of Ángel Guimerá, the theatre was named in honor of a Tinerfeño dramaturgist.

The building which had been done for 150 years, the theatre provided many actors and actresses, ballets, orchestras, musical companies, congresses have taken place. Between these events it forms a part of the Canary Islands Music Festival.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Parroquia de San Francisco

9) Parroquia de San Francisco (must see)

Parroquia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco) is located in Plaza del Principe in the city center. Originally the church was the Franciscan convent. Today it is a Catholic temple. The building of the church took place in the 17th and 18th centuries. It is made in Island Baroque architectural style, and has three naves. The front of the Church of San Francisco features two Corinthian capitals at the entrance with the image of Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady of Solitude) above it. The sanctuary has figures of La Inmaculada of the 19th century, San Francisco de Asis, Santo Domingo of the 17th century, the Master of the Ordeals, and more artifacts of religious and artistic value. Parroquia de San Francisco is one of the most important religious buildings in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes

10) Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (must see)

The foundation of Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes (Museum of Fine Art) dates back to the end of the 18th century. Today it shares its location on 12 Calle JOSÉ MURPHY with the municipal library that is a repository of the Island's archives and Canarien Literature, next to Plaza del Principe. The classic style building was developed in 1929 according to the plan of architect Eladio Laredo. Its exterior features the busts of prominent people from Tenerife. Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes comprises 14 rooms that display an outstanding collection of art works from the Flemish period of the 16th century to the 20th century painting of Spanish and Canary artists. The museum fund and Prado Museum deposit are exhibited. The museum also welcomes temporary exhibitions. Admission is free. Museum hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-20:00; Sat-Sun 10 am-2 pm.
Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero

11) 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.
Plaza del Príncipe

12) Plaza del Príncipe

Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias occupies the square in the historic center of the city. It was developed on the site of the Franciscan Friary garden at the end of the 19th century. It is the work of Manuel de Oraá and Arcocha. It is like a treasure box that contains two statues from Genoa representing Spring and Summer at the entrance, and a sculptural work named Courage by Hanneke Beaumont in 1995. There is also a summer house in the center of the plaza and a fountain.
Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar

13) Parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar (must see)

This parish church is located in the historical and commercial center of the city. It was conducted by missionaries headed by Father Claret. The temple was constructed in the 18th century. Its structure comprised one nave and a chapel. Two side chapels were added later. The historic meeting of the local manufacturers took place here just after Nelson’s attempt of invasion in 1797. Santa Cruz got the status of Exempt Town that led to its subsequent growth. The most known treasures of Iglesia del Pilar are the Baroque chancel table and the statue of the Virgen de las Angustias.
Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

14) 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.
Iglesia de San Jorge

15) Iglesia de San Jorge

Iglesia de San Jorge (Church of San Jorge) is situated on Calle Viera Y Clavijo, near Plaza de los Patos. The former Anglican Church was built at the end of the 19th century. Its structure features the Latin-cross plan, lancet openings, cross-gabled roof and cut-stone façade. Inside the church the traditions of the Anglican architecture are also perceptible in the design of its nave and aisles, wooden framework and multiple wooden elements, as well as stained–glass windows.
Plaza de 25 de Julio

16) Plaza de 25 de Julio

Square of 25 of Julio is the round area located on the avenue bearing the same name. July 25, 1797 was the day on which the city succeeded to hold off Nelson’s attack. The site is also known as Plaza de los Patos, with more than 1,330 square meters developed in 1917. It features the colourful mosaic surface and elements. There is a round pool in the center of the plaza and the replica of the fountain in Maria Luisa's Park of Seville with frogs, turtles, and a goose. Among the trees in the square, there are some Indian laurels and palms.
Plaza Weyler & Fuente

17) Plaza Weyler & Fuente

This square was developed in the center of the town in 1893 according to the plan of Vicente Armiño. The Plaza Weyler was named in honor of Spanish general Valeriano Weyler whose mansion is located nearby. Originally this square of 3600 м ² used to be the public transport hub. Today it’s a pleasant recreation venue with a beautiful fountain in the center. The Neo-renaissance fountain of Carrara marble built in 1899 is the work of Achille Canessa. The fountain has a pyramidal shape and is topped with two children’s figures. There are four more children’s figures holding dolphins below. The four big vases underneath gather and fuse the water from all springs above.
Rambla General Franco

18) Rambla General Franco (must see)

Rambla General Franco is an avenue that stretches along more than 2 km from Rambla Pulido to Plaza del Doctor Pablo Abril. It's a wide boulevard that features a park line between the two roads. This park area lined with various trees and plants contains benches and booths selling newspapers, drinks and snacks, as well as some expressive modern sculptures. There are many places to eat along the sides of the streets of Rambla. This amazing avenue is busy day and night.
Plaza de Toros

19) Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros (the Bullring) is located northwest of the center of Santa Cruz, and is adjacent to Rambla General Franco Street. Initially the bullring was constructed in 1893 under the project of Antonio Pintor. It was destroyed in the fire of 1924. Plaza de Toros reopened in 1927 and served until 1983. Its circular structure features horse shoe arches and battlements. Later it served as a venue for the city’s cultural events, as well as for the carnival.
Parque García Sanabria

20) Parque García Sanabria (must see)

Parque García Sanabria is a public urban park. It was inaugurated in 1926. It is a large garden area, combined with fountains and architectural groups.

Its name derives from the Mayor Garcia Sanabria, who approved its construction. It is the largest urban park in the Canary Islands. It has an area of 67.23 square miles (174.1 km2). In 1973 an international sculptural exposition took place there. Some of the sculptures, thirteen or so, were displayed on that occasion to adorn all corners and walks in the park.

The park's floral clock was manufactured in Switzerland by the house Favag and was a gift from the Consul of Denmark to the island of Tenerife in 1958.

The flower clock is flanked by two staircases and behind him is the central source. It is characterized by constantly adorned with fresh flowers.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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