Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Cèsar Manrique's Parque Marìtimo
The “Black Castle”
The tallest spanish mountain

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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When you’re vacationing on an MSC cruise of the Canaries, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions.
When you’re vacationing on an MSC cruise to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions. If instead one comes from the old part of Santa Cruz de Tenerife you come across churches built in a variety of architectural styles, from the insular baroque of the church of St. Francis, to the colonial Canary style of the church of the Concepciòn or the 18th century Iglesia del Pilar, built on an ancient hermitage.

As you set ashore from your cruise ship, you can explore the Garcìa Sanabria park with the museum of outdoor sculptures, Esculturas al Aire Libre, where a tropical nature blends with the contemporary art of Mirò, Guinovart, Domìnguez, Moore and many others. A place not to miss is the Parque Marìtimo, designed by Canarian artist-architect Cèsar Manrique, which hosts 5000 palm trees of 300 different species, three pools dug into the lava rock, a beach, bars and restaurants.

You can continue your excursion up to the Caleta de Negros, where you find one of the best preserved castles of the island of San Juan, known as Castillo Negro (black castle) because it was built with lava rock. Beaches: Playa de las Teresitas is one of the most beautiful of the northern coast of Tenerife offering palm trees, a warm breeze and a refreshing dip in the sea.

It is just outside the city, in the village of San Andrés. If you’re fascinated by multi-coloured parrots, penguins and marine mammal shows, try an excursion to Loro Parque, the modern zoo in Puerto de la Cruz: a perfect outing for the whole family.

Tenerife has the tallest mountain in Spain: the Teide, an active volcano measuring 3718 metres in height, within the park that bears its name, which, even during the warmest season will offer the experience of passing from the tropical climate of the beaches to the alpine climate of its peak.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Avenida de Francisco La Roche 49
    38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    Southern Quay

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Ferry connections to the island are provided by Fred Olsen and Armas. From the ferry terminal take the TF1 highway to Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port for the Cruise Terminal.
      If driving from Tenerife North Airport (Los Rodeos), take the TF-5. It will take you around 15 minutes to complete the 7½ mile drive.
      If driving from Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia), take the TF-1. It will take you around 55 minutes to complete the 39 mile drive.
    • Plane

      There are two airports on Tenerife, both serving international and domestic flights: Tenerife Norte (Los Rodeos), which is 12 km (7½ miles) from the port, and Tenerife Sud (Reina Sofia), which is 63 km (39 miles) from the port along highway TF1. Taxis and bus services are available immediately outside the airport buildings.
      Titsa buses operate economical services between the airports, port and bus station in Plaza España.


    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 

    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 

    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.