The High Life in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz early summer this year was stunning, at first glance the city seems much like the rest of Tenerife, confused and slightly out of place. Yet if you take some time out to just explore the microcapital by foot Santa Cruz’s exotic warmth manages to charm you like no place can. The Retro council flat style apartments aren’t an eyesore at all like back home, painted in bright colours with chunky designs. All of Santa Cruz feels like a movie set. You can go from central LA to Gotham to Rio, to London and back again in no time at all. Very surreal yet very exciting.

Once you start it’s difficult to stop, your curiosity takes hold of you and you want to take a peek at every street. We stumbled into three communal gardens shared by blocks of flats. Old women were sat outside knitting, children played by the doorsteps, the neighbours yelling greetings at each other. All this time surrounded in lush foreign flora and newly painted pavements. The layout of the living space was so open and social. Whilst pacing across you occasionally catch a glance of Tenerife’s red mountains peering over you.

Then there’s the landmark theatre which simply demands your attention. Inside it’s sleek modern, much like a spaceship. The plazas that surround it are filled with families resting and simply enjoying their day. The people seem calm yet fast paced. Almost relaxed but simply getting things done efficiently.

It amazed me how quickly my opinion changed as we pulled into the city where I was judgmental and dissaproving then four paces out of the bus I was immersed in the feel of the place. My advice, don’t go on a typical tenerife holiday sun, sand and the chlorine. Take a city break like no other and if you demand a beach head to Playa en Teresitas a huge man made beach coated in African sand and coconut palms. The whole city is a wrongly understated surprise.

Streets lined with both Canarian and foreign palm treesI’m still drunk (for the first time) in this picture, can you tell?Communal GardensAuditorio de Tenerife looks different from every angleThe typical red mountains of Tenerife in the backdrop,An Example of the Retro Architecture in Santa CruzYou can see the contrasting green housing block in the backgroundThe landmark is small, but seems large, and smallAll small gardens impressedThe Central Bus terminal felt more like an airport

5 responses to The High Life in Santa Cruz

  1. Hey, nice to see these photos! It’s a long time since we went to Tenerife but we’ve been discussing lately of places where we may eventually like to retire to (after Cyprus maybe) and we’ve discussed somewhere where the temperatures are more constant. The Canary Islands do seem to fit that bill…. So you never know, one day we may just be back there.

    • Chris – Author

      Yeah It is nice I adored the City, but Apart from Santa Cruz Tenerife wasn’t much to my liking. La Gomera and the one beggining with F look nicer though!

      • We’ve been to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote but not yet to Fuertaventura (which can be very windy). Out of them all, we preferred Gran Canaria so far…

  2. Wow there are a lot of palm trees 😀 and the city is so different, so many thing to see. I would love to go there someday…it looks really nice and quiet. 😀 And you don’t look that drunk…you look like you I guess 😛


    • Chris – Author

      I think I want to visit there again in a few years time and see how it’s changed. Was a great city might get a flat there

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