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Although it boasts an excellent transport infrastructure, Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s compact enough to explore by walking. Indeed, you’ll be able to take in the bulk of what the capital offers to the visitor by enjoying a leisurely stroll (paseo) around it. Its port, in common with neighbour Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, gives the city a certain buzz. And, unlike the southern resorts of Las Américas and Los Cristianos, you won’t find going local here quite such a struggle. For SCDT’s a working city populated, in the main, by native Canarians. Whilst the restaurants offer international menus, the closest you’re come to a cooked breakfast is a sandwich mixto (ham and cheese toastie).
Main City Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Surface 150.56 km²
Whereas the markets in the south of the island tend to attract expat communities, La Recova de Santa Cruz, aka El Mercado de Nuestra Señora de Africa is one where the resident tinerfeños like to spend their centimes. You’ll probably smell it before you see it too, with the stalls offering a pungent mix of fish, meat, fruit, and vegetables, along with herbs and spices. Built in 1944, the neocolonial building’s home to Santa Cruz’s main municipal market.
For a cultural night out, look no further than Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s Auditorio de Tenerife, the Canarian lookalike of Sydney’s famous Opera House, and home to the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. Centrally located, it’s a short walk from the port to this auditorium. As well as classical music performances, you can catch concerts of some of the biggest names in Spanish and international pop and rock music. And if you visit during the day, you can take a photo and make your own picture postcard.
Targeting the discerning clubber, Bulan is found in Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s old town, and is where you can chill out to an ambient soundtrack as you mingle with the city’s beautiful people under the canopy on the roof terrace. There’s an extensive cocktail menu but locals tend to stick to gin and tonic, which has become popular in recent years, although that old fave cubata, rum and coke served in a tall glass, remains a common order too.