The first thing you may notice as you approach Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a captivating modern building evoking a huge wave. The futuristic Auditorio de Tenerife is a welcoming introduction to this bustling port and the island of Tenerife that has embraced its past as it celebrates its future. Sophisticated and quirky shops as well as excellent museums populate the thoroughly Spanish capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. But there’s so much more to discover during your visit to Tenerife – here are a few things you might not have known about this gorgeous Canarian island that will inspire your explorations. 

  1. It’s home to the highest peak in Spain – Mount Teide. The summit soars to 12,198 feet, which you can visit via a cable car to marvel at the astounding views. 
  2. The island is an epicurean’s dream. There are several Michelin-starred restaurants, including the Basque-focused M.B.; NUB, which presents tasting menus that fuse Italian, Chilean and traditional Canarian flavors; and the popular Rincón de Juan Carlos. For an immersive experience, one of our new Go Local tours takes you to several typical towns and then a private residence for a traditional Canarian meal. Wherever you explore, tapas and deliciously fresh seafood dishes accompanied by a glass of local wine won’t disappoint. 
  3. You can visit the pyramids – the Pyramids of Güímar, that is. You may think you’ve stumbled upon ancient Mayan ruins on Tenerife as you explore the impressive Pyramids of Güímar, but they have been dated to the 19th century and are likely related to regional agricultural techniques.
  4. It’s home to two impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites – San Cristóbal de la Laguna and Teide National Park. Founded in the late 15th century, San Cristóbal de la Laguna is the former capital of Tenerife and its ideal urban structure influenced a number of South American cities. Teide National Park is home to Mount Teide, which is surrounded by atmospheric conditions that create an ever-changing landscape and cloudscape, making a striking backdrop for photos – you might even spot a snowcapped peak.
  5. You can join us for sunset yoga on the beach. One of our wellness tours in Santa Cruz de Tenerife invites you to partake in a tranquil yoga session led by a knowledgeable instructor on Teresitas Beach, one of the most beautiful on the island. 

Contact your Avenue Two Advisor today to book a Transoceanic and Mediterranean cruise that visits Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
This blog first appear on Sep 06, 2019 at https://www.oceaniacruises.com/oceania-experience/post/mediterranean/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-tenerife#blog-navigation