Santa Cruz And It’s Popularity with Cruise Liners

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The cruise port of Santa Cruz in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is located 300 km away from Africa’s North-West coast and 1300 km from Mainland Spain. Based on its location, it is considered a great confluence between three continents – Europe, Africa and America. The Anaga Mountains surround the cruise port of Santa Cruz, located on the north-east of Tenerife, it is one of the deepest ports in the world and welcomes millions of tourists each year with so much to offer. One of the busiest days Santa Cruz cruise port terminal experienced was September 26, 1993 when over 45,000 people attended Michael Jacksons concert, part of the Dangerous World Tour. The City of Santa Cruz is less than 1 kilometre away from the port, with Tenerife North Airport just 10 kilometres away and Tenerife South Airport 60 kilometres away. Public transport is easily accessible in Santa Cruz with the excellent bus service and taxis available everywhere. Along with the picturesque views, modern architecture and beautiful beaches, just a very short distance from the cruise port of Santa Cruz there is so much to experience. Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz is home to the second largest carnival in the world, after Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Just a short way from the port you reach Plaza de España which is the city’s main shopping area. This plaza is the largest square in Santa Cruz and a great place to grab a coffee or something to eat while watching the natives interact with each other. Santa Cruz is great for shoppers because it is a free port, have a wonder up to Plaza de la Candelaria for many tax-free purchases. Not too far from Plaza de España, you will come across what is considered the most stunning building on the entire island, the Auditorio de Tenerife, located in the Avenue of the Constitution. This iconic symbol represents Spanish architecture with a 20th century touch, it was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is now home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Santa Cruz was the scene of battles for control of the island and, in 1797, Nelson lost his arm trying to storm the harbour. The Regional Military Museum on Calle San Isidro is a great place to visit if you are interested in seeing the cannon that did the damage. The city also home to the Museum of Man and Nature on Calle Fuente Morales, where you can explore different aspects of the history of Tenerife with three floors of exhibitions. If you have some time to spare you have to arrange a trip to Mount Teide, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the many spectacular views. This is still one of Tenerife’s biggest attractions. Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain with an elevation of 3.718 metres. Another great day out is Loro Park on the outskirts Puerto de la Cruz, with a huge variety of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles as well as different animal shows. It really is a great family day out.