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Tenerife`s capital city - Santa Cruz is located on the eastern side of the island. It has everything that one capital city can offer. Santa Cruz harbor is one of the most important and busiest harbors in the Atlantic Ocean, frequented by over four million passengers each year. Thousands of ocean ships are using Santa Cruz as their main stopover place when cruising long destinations.
Santa Cruz is a lively and cosmopolitan city that offers everything – from museums, art and theaters, to beaches, parks, shopping centers, fine restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Although it is largest of all holiday resorts, you can still explore it just by foot or by using trams or busses. The average annual temperature is pleasant 22 C, so you do not have to worry much about bad weather.
End of February is an interesting period to visit Santa Cruz, when the whole city parties during the big Carnival. The Carnival is a major attraction, as all the plazas and streets are turned into stages for the festival and the partying never stops. Dancing, singing, costume parties go on 24 hours straight, with people coming from all over the world to join in the festivities. Regarding the nightlife – Santa Cruz is the liveliest place on the island. You have plenty of choice when it comes to bars, pubs, restaurants, tapas bars, nightclubs or discotheques.
If you are a fan of cultural activities and spots, then Santa Cruz is perfect place for you to be. In the Military Museum you can check out the large collection of military artifacts and other treasures. Guns, flags, uniforms, medals, maps or ships – here you can find it all. Santa Cruz is also the home of Guimerá Theatre, which is regarded as one of the best Spanish theaters.
Museum of Man and Nature is also good place to see where you can learn everything you want to know about the Canarian Islands. Another great place to visit is the Santa Cruz`s most beautiful old church called Iglesia de San Francisco, built in Baroque style in 17th century. If you do not want to go anywhere specifically, the streets of Santa Cruz are full of ancient buildings dating back as far as the 17th century.
When it comes to beaches and summer fun – Santa Cruz is the home of Tenerife's most beautiful beach called Playa de Las Teresitas. This beach is about eight kilometers away from the city center, and is near the small village called San Andrés. Golden sand in combination with hundreds of palm trees stretching to almost two kilometers makes this beach perfect place for summer fun.
The beach is well protected from the trees of the close Anaga Mountains, so the waters are always calm and there are no strong winds. Even with several thousand tourists on this beach it never looks crowded. If you want to take a small break and enjoy good meal while still being close to this beautiful beach, then you can visit some of the great fish restaurants located in the nearby village of San Andrés.