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Tenerife Hotels – Santa Cruz de Tenerife

A mix of stunningly beautiful landscapes, glorious beaches and excellent resorts, Tenerife has something for everyone. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital city, combines a relaxed atmosphere with natural beauty and historic charm, making it the ideal location for family holidays in Tenerife.

Where to stay in Tenerife

When it comes to Tenerife hotels, you have plenty to choose from. From luxury villas and private houses to low cost city hostels, the island has it all. Deciding where to stay depends largely on the type of accommodation you are looking for and the types of activities you want to have within walking distance.
The old town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an area well worth considering when searching for a hotel. Steeped in traditional charm, the area seamlessly blends buildings of historic importance such as the La Concepción church, with plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants. Head to the Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa, a market where salted oysters and freshly baked bread are found aplenty.
For a more budget friendly option, look for a hotel in the area near Parque Garcia Sanabria. Located in the city centre, this large park is an oasis of calm complete with a flower clock and zodiac square.
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What to see in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Playa de Benijo is a stunning spot to watch the waves and simply admire the strange geographical features. A few steps must be climbed to reach this hidden gem but the soft black sand at low tide makes it worth the climb.
The long banana shaped Playa de las Teresitas is a stunning stretch of sand perfect for an afternoon of sunbathing. With sand brought in from the Sahara, and a sea wall protecting swimmers from strong waves, this spot is ideal for those wanting a gentle relaxing dip.
For some family friendly fun, there are a number theme parks, roller coasts and water slides within driving distance of the city. However, one of the most popular is Parque Marítimo César Manrique, which is conveniently located in the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It has several salt water pools, a botanical garden and enough relaxed bars and restaurants to tickle your fancy. A hammock and a hat are included in the entrance price. The opera house, Auditorio de Tenerife, is just on the edge of the park and is a much-lauded architectural gem. Get tickets to one of the shows for a truly magical time.

What to eat – The Canarian cuisine

Dishes that are specifically Canarian can be found all over the island, in almost every restaurant. No trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife is complete without trying a Canarian stew. Containing prime cuts of meat with huge amounts of vegetables piled in, the stew is a delicious, soul-warming feast.
Gofio is a Canary Island staple and is simply a type of flour made of toasted cereals. Believed to have been a staple food of the native peoples of Tenerife, the Guanches, it remains popular even today. It can be eaten as a hearty breakfast when mixed with warm milk, or it can be added to soups and stews as added sustenance.
Papas arrugadas are wrinkled potatoes, the wrinkled effect is created by cooking the potatoes in salt with their skin on. Very flavourful, they are usually eaten with a number of dipping sauces, the more popular ones being the spicy red mojo picón and the green olive oil mojo verde.
Seafood lovers will be in heaven as there is a daily supply of fresh fish to the island. Typical fish recipes include the Caldereta de pescado, a basic fish stew, and Sancocho Canario, a Canarian stew consisting of salted fish in spices.
Bienmesabe cake caters to the sweet toothed among you and is made from honey, almond, egg and rum. It can be eaten alone or with fresh ice cream.

Weather and seasonality – When to visit Tenerife

Due to its location, Tenerife is blessed with near perfect subtropical weather all year round.
The high season runs from November through to March, with December and January being the most popular time for visitors. During these seasons, the weather is cooler than during the summer months, yet still delightfully mild. The weather is so good in fact that you will still be able to take a dip in the sea and sunbathe under glorious sunshine.
May to July is low season. These middle months offer warmer weather, with cool sea breezes making the days very pleasant. August tends to be the warmest month, and it’s a popular time for families to visit because kids are on their school holidays.
For those who are looking for the best hotel, Tenerife often has excellent deals all year round. For the best deals, we recommend planning your trip for the September – December, or March – May seasons. The weather is perfect for both sightseeing and enjoying some relaxing beach time during these periods.

Getting to Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Tenerife-South Airport is a large international hub, and there are plenty of reliable transport options that will take you from airport to your hotel. The most popular options are the reasonably priced shuttle buses. They cost around €10, and the journey to Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes approximately 1 hour. Taxis are also available from the airport and they are a slightly faster option, taking approximately 40 minutes.
The easiest way to get around the city is by Taxi, and there are plenty of Taxi operators to choose from. A more budget friendly option is the local tram service. The tram runs across the length of city, with its final destination being La Laguna. There are about 20 stops along the way, and if you buy a 1 day bonus ticket, which you can get from vending machines at every tram stop, you can get on and off as many times as you like and discover the city on foot.

Practical information

• Language: Spanish (Castilian). Within the resorts and tourist areas most people speak English, but in the rest of the city, knowing a few words of Spanish will certainly come in handy. • Time zone: UTC+00:00 • Currency: Euro • Drinking water: Safe to drink, but has a strong salty taste. Bottled water is recommended for drinking. • Power source: European style, 220V power outlets. Make sure to pack your plug adapter. • Emergency aid number: 112