Welcome to the Santa Cruz Cruise Port Guide. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a city of about 200.000 on the island of Tenerife, which is part of the Canary islands. In the middle of the Atlantic ocean off the southern coast of Morocco we find a group of islands that make up the Canary islands or Canarias. The 7 main islands all have their own landscape and identity and that makes cruising through the area a delight. Tenerife is the biggest islands and well known for housing Spain’s largest mountain: Mt. Teide. This dormant volcano reaches a height of 3718 meters and that makes it the 3rd largest volcano on earth. Visiting this moon landscape is an absolute delight. Tenerife is more than a volcano hotspot though. There are tuns of little scenic villages that you can visit, you can lay on the beach or simply stay in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz is a city where old and new meet. On one hand you can find the beautiful modern design architecture, but you will also see its old historical buildings with wooden balconies here. The city has a great vibe and there is plenty to explore here.
Find this central market in the middle of town. This prominent building houses the best market in town. Find any local product here. It is not just a market, people also come together here to share a drink or bite.
The port shuttle drops you off here. This cruise terminal marks the exit of the port. From here you walk straight into the city centre. In the cruise terminal you will find limited facilities or interest. You can find a car rental service inside and some souvenir shops.
Mt Teide is the highest peak in Spain. It is over 3178 meters high. Visit this incredible volcanic landscape by bus or taxi. Find the park 40 km west of the cruise port.
This is the bus terminal of Santa Cruz. From here you can take buses all over the island. From port this is about 2,5 km walk or you can take the public bus from Plaza de Espana to Intercambiador (bus station). Double click here for the local bus planner.
This is the main shopping street of Santa Cruz. Find the big brands and small boutiques here. Planning a day of shopping: your trip should start here.
Just a few km’s up from Santa Cruz in the mountains on the horizon is where we find La Laguna. It lies about 480 meter above sea level. It is one of the most important cities on the island and definitely the most charming. It is considered to be the cultural and religious capital of the island. Until 1723 it even was the official capital. Its historical centre is on the UNESCO world heritage list because of its beauty and historical significance. Easy take the tram from the city centre of Santa Cruz to go to La Laguna.
Your ship will dock at the long cruise pier in front of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Read our cruise port guide for detailed information about the port.
In town there are no beaches, but if you would like to go to one catch bus 910 to Teresita at the main road in front of the cruise terminal. This is the closest beach available with sand that was imported from the Sahara.
You will find a tourist information point on the Plaza de Espana, which is a few hundred yards from the cruise terminal. They provide great information on what to see and do and all your transportation options.
Although the bus system in Santa Cruz is extensive there is also a tram service you can use. This tram is ideal to take to La Laguna. Find the location of the tram stop on Bravo Murillo street. Buy a ticket for 1,35 euro one way with coins or credit card at the machine at the stop. Tram leaves every 10 minutes.
El Corte Ingles is the biggest department store group in Europe and ranks fourth worldwide. It has all the big Spanish and International brands under one roof. This shopping mall is huge and paradise for any shopoholic.
In the Northern part of island we find the Anaga Mountains. Most of Tenerife is dominated by a dessert like landscapes due to its volcanic activity, but in the north is the complete opposite. Find the green areas here that make up the skeleton of the island. Go for a scenic drive through the mountains from village to village.