Santa Cruz, Pyramids of Güimar & Candelaria | Tenerife

Santa Cruz

The capital city of Tenerife and 1/2 the capital of the Canary Islands (the other half is in the Gran Canaria, the 2nd largest of the 7 islands) is Santa Cruz. Located in the north of the island, Santa Cruz is a beautiful city to spend an afternoon in to see a bit of the island different from the endless beaches of the south.

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The main Plaza de España in Santa Cruz is right next to the commercial streets with shops and restaurants. Be aware if visiting on a Sunday, however, as many things are closed!

Overall, Santa Cruz is a small, vibrant city with a much more “Spanish” feel to it than the tourist traps of the south. It is a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean, and a good place to see during a vacation in Tenerife.

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Candelaria

A city in the northeast of Tenerife, Candelaria is a simple, pretty town to make a quick stop in on the way around Tenerife. It is a town with Catholic significance, as it is seen as the place of the veneration of the Virgin Candelaria. The church is a beautiful stop to do a quick tour through, and there are many cafes surrounding the main plaza, where the Guanche men statues stand in front of the sea.

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Pyramids of Güimar

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The Pyramids of Güimar are one of the attractions on most lists of “things to do in Tenerife,” however, unless you are incredibly interested in horticulture and plants, I would skip this. It is very expensive for what it is, and really not all too interesting. It was a pretty place to walk through, but I could have lived without the visit. The pyramids are pretty small and unimpressive and the historical artefacts that were excavated from the pyramids are not particularly interesting.

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