Scene of historic battles, trade and culture
When modern-day cruise liners come into port it is hard to imaging that the bay of Santa Cruz was the scene of Conquistador landings, historic battles and piracy, as well as peaceful haven for explorers and navigators to take on provisions when they journeyed around the world.
But today, this colourful city is home to over 200, 000 people and it is bustling with life, from the busy Calle del Castillo shopping street to its historic monuments, gardens, museums and theatres. Indeed, pavement cafes, restaurants and bars evidence a thriving business community and the grand Ramblas are filled with life. No city can be without a market place and the Our Lady of Africa market, of neocolonial architecture, is as colourful as any around the world, while down by the sea the 18th century St John's fortress shares admiration with the spectacular Sydneyesque opera house.
Santa Cruz is a city designed for living and the César Manrique maritime park and the Las Teresitas beach are playgrounds for all the fmily.
Our meeting place, at a time to be agreed, will depend if you are on a cruise ship or staying at an hotel on the island.
Once we arrive in the city we will first park in front of the exhibition centre for a walk around the gunpowder house, the St John's fortress and the Adán Martín auditorium.
We will then park closer to the city centre and visit the city's famous market which is close to the Museum of Nature and Man. We will spend time strolling around the historic town centre, with its Calle del Castillo shopping area and Plaza de España. If you would like to we can also visit the beautiful San Francisco church, packed with sacred art and evidence of devout Catholicism.
If there is time and you wish to we can drive to the famous man-made Las Teresitas beach before returning through the tree-lined Ramblas avenue.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 6 hours
Six hours is the maximum for those staying in hotels and touring from other parts of the island. For those arriving on a cruise ship or staying in a hotel in the city, the duration would be less, depending on what one prefers to visit and for how long.
Transport will be in a comfortable, modern, air-conditioned vehicle.
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euros - Although you probably shan't need as much per person, I am suggesting this amount in case you wish to take lunch as well as visit one of the beautiful churches or museums.
I am not a mountaineer so would not be able to take clients mountain climbing, for example up the slopes of Mount Teide, but I can, of course, take you on the cable car and walking along the many mountain and coastal tracks in Tenerife.
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Fenomenal day! John Reid is an outstanding tour guide; he was very knowledgeable and offered very interesting details throughout our time in Santa Cruz. Very professional and made me feel comfortable like an old friend.