In north east Tenerife, and just approximately 200km across the Atlantic off the coast of Africa, is the joint capital (along with Las Palmas in Gran Canaria) of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz. Tucked away from the main tourist areas which tend to be along the southern island coast, Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife is well worth a visit during holidays in Tenerife. If you’re staying at one of the southern resorts, you can get to Santa Cruz easily enough by taking the TF1 motorway which will take you straight there. Modern, cosmopolitan, with communities from Latin America, Western Europe and Africa, it’s a vibrant city with a long history that stretches back over 2,000 years. Recent development has changed the skyline, with new structures raising the skyline to the sixth highest in Spain behind Valencia, Bilbao, Benidorm, Madrid and Barcelona. Plaza de Espana Despite the urban nature of this, as with any city, there are plenty of parks and open public spaces to enjoy. Plaza de Espana is the largest and is in the centre of the town close to the Auditoria de Tenerife which is regarded as one of the finest structures on the islands and is home to the Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife. The square is known as a haven of tranquility in the centre of the busy town and is a great place to sit and relax at one of the many bars or cafes, watching the world go by and soaking up the sun. If you’re travelling by bus, it’s easy to reach on foot from the main bus terminus. Iglesia de la Concepcion Declared a site of cultural interest, the church is situated in a pretty part of the town and is surrounded by lovely examples of colonial Spanish architecture. The church itself has a baroque style, and is the only church in Tenerife to have five naves. It’s built on the site of the original chapel that was erected by the Spanish Conquistadors. Well worth seeing for history buffs or those who simply love old churches. Beaches Santa Cruz and the nearby regions has its share of fabulous beaches for when city life gets too busy or you just fancy taking it easy for a few hours. Teresitas Beach, for instance, is about 15 minutes from the city and is golden, peaceful and child friendly with plenty of car parking if you’re driving there. You can walk up the mountain behind the beach for some spectacular views, or just enjoy the warm sands and water. There are various bars or cafes situated close by for refreshments as well as sun beds on the beach itself. It’s less commercialised than the beaches to the south of the island. Just a few ideas here for things to do and see on holidays in Tenerife. There is so much packed into this relatively small island that all the family will love it.