Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Tenerife
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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The Island's capital is a cosmopolitan and fascinating city. With places such as the García Sanabria Park, emblematic buildings like the Tenerife Adán Martín Auditorium or the Tenerife Arts Venue, the city is full of sights and even the simplest things seem magical here. A dose of retail therapy on its buzzing shopping streets followed by a leisurely drink on a sun-bathed terrace is a perfect example of these simple pleasures.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been the capital of the Island since 1833 and shares its function as the capital of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It lies in the north-east of the Island and borders San Cristóbal de La Laguna and El Rosario, covering 150.56 km2 (58.13 sq miles). The highest point in the municipality is Cruz de Taborno, standing at an altitude of 1,020 m (3,346 ft). It has 58 km (36 miles) of coastline which is divided by the natural barrier of the Santos ravine. Santa Cruz and La Laguna together comprise the metropolitan area. The port is a key point in maritime communications between Europe, Africa and America, and is also well linked to the western part of the Canary Islands, welcoming trade ships and tourist boats.

Santa Cruz is a lively and bright city. Its best-known celebration is Carnival, to the point of being declared a Festivity of International Tourist Interest. Its streets welcome visitors to spend time out of doors and take walks through the park thanks to a lovely average annual temperature of 21.2 ºC (70.1 ºF). The city centre has a number of pedestrianised streets that are always bustling with life, making them great for all kinds of shopping. Its most emblematic historical buildings stand side-by-side with contemporary architectural masterpieces. There are also a variety of museums and art galleries, but the biggest exhibition is on display outdoors: Some of its avenues and parks feature works by Henry Moore, Martín Chirino, Joan Miró and Óscar Domínguez, as well as other artists. The most popular bathing areas are a little way out of the city on the remote beaches of Taganana and Benijos, but there are plenty more beaches such as Las Teresitas, which is adorned with palm trees and located next to the fishing district of San Andrés. The César Manrique Maritime Park is a lovely lagoon-like swimming pool complex in an up-and-coming area of the city.

Approved trails in the municipality

Santa Cruz de Tenerife lies near the Anaga mountain range, a humid forest area of great natural and geographical significance. The municipality therefore has a number of approved trails in Anaga Country Park, such as the PR-TF 2 linking the hamlet of Taborno to the district of Valleseco, on the city's coast. This trail leads hikers through various ecosystems with vegetation such as Macronesian heath and tree heath, as well as several old hamlets. This is an intermediate trail where it is advisable to wear reflective clothing as part of the trail is by the roadside. The downhill walk of PR-TF 5 Chamorga - Igueste de San Andrés is suitable only for more experienced hikers: The route starts at La Cumbrilla and El Lomo de las Bodegas, where it heads downwards to Igueste de San Andrés over a series of steep hills and uneven terrain. There is also the circular PR-TF 6 trail that journeys across Las Palmas de Anaga and El Draguillo. The PR-TF 8 is another circular trail that takes 7 hours and is intermediate in difficulty, passing Afur, Taganana and the Tamadite ravine.

Routes around the municipality

Strolling through the city centre of Santa Cruz, visitors will come across the traditional street of Calle de La Noria, with its wide array of restaurants and bars, the shopping areas all around Calle del Castillo, and pretty gardens decorating the squares and parks. But one of the things that most takes tourists by surprise is the amount of sculptures by international artists adorning the avenues of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There is a walking route to explore them all starting at Rambla de Santa Cruz, a boulevard that crosses the city and is full of thriving Indian laurels. At the point where it crosses Avenida Reyes Católicos you will see “Móvil”, a spectacular work of art by Francisco Sobrino, standing near to the bronze statue of “Femme Bouteille” by Joan Miró. Walking on along the boulevard you will come to the “Guerrero Goslar” by Henry Moore, “Ejecutores y ejecutados” by Xavier Corberó, “Nivel” by Joaquín Rubio, and more. Near to this last figure is the García Sanabria Park, which also houses a series of works from the 1st International Street Sculpture Exhibition. After a slight detour through the park, visitors can return to the boulevard to see the striking work of Jaumé Plensa called “Islas” which shows a series of artists' names hanging from trees, and “Lady Tenerife” by Martín Chirino.

Approved trails in the municipality

Santa Cruz de Tenerife lies near the Anaga mountain range, a humid forest area of great natural and geographical significance. The municipality therefore has a number of approved trails in Anaga Country Park, such as the PR-TF 2 linking the hamlet of Taborno to the district of Valleseco, on the city's coast. This trail leads hikers through various ecosystems with vegetation such as Macronesian heath and tree heath, as well as several old hamlets. This is an intermediate trail where it is advisable to wear reflective clothing as part of the trail is by the roadside. The downhill walk of PR-TF 5 Chamorga - Igueste de San Andrés is suitable only for more experienced hikers: The route starts at La Cumbrilla and El Lomo de las Bodegas, where it heads downwards to Igueste de San Andrés over a series of steep hills and uneven terrain. There is also the circular PR-TF 6 trail that journeys across Las Palmas de Anaga and El Draguillo. The PR-TF 8 is another circular trail that takes 7 hours and is intermediate in difficulty, passing Afur, Taganana and the Tamadite ravine.

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