Santa Cruz in Tenerife is the capital of the Canary Islands, and has the cultural diversity that one expects to find in capital cities. Almost all tourists, regardless of who they are, appreciate holidays in Santa Cruz, whether they are looking for cultural interest and sightseeing or beach relaxation.
Whilst package holiday deals are available to Santa Cruz, visitors should bear in mind it is a port city. That said there are beautiful beaches that are reasonably easy to access from the city. Playa de las Teresitas sits 10km northeast of the city and although it can be crowded at times – particularly on Sunday evenings when people flock there to enjoy a barbecue – it is worth the drive at least once during your stay. It is a stretch of sandy beach that is ideal for sunbathing and swimming in the sea, and although parking can be tricky, there is a bus service that runs from the city. It is best to bring your own food and drink if you can as the food venues near the beach are sometimes closed.
In the city itself, there is a lot to appreciate, from the interesting birds that reside there to the sculpture trail across the city. While there are package holidays in Santa Cruz available, the city has a typical, Spanish atmosphere that is in contrast with the tourist-heavy resorts further down the coast. There is a wide range of museums and other cultural highlights in the city, as well as theatres and music venues, so it's worth checking before you go to see what's on while you will be in the city. The Museo de Bellas Artes is a popular spot for tourists (especially as entry is free on Sundays) and it exhibits a large selection art ranging from the old to the new.