Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

We visited Santa Cruz in Tenerife on our recent cruise to the Canary Islands. This post contains some useful information to make the most of your day in Santa Cruz.

Where is Santa Cruz, in Tenerife?

Santa Cruz is the capital and largest city of Tenerife and is located in the north-eastern corner of the Canary islands.

Sailing into Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

The dramatic mountainous landscape makes for a really picturesques sail in. We were sailing in when the Captain did a full 360 and actually reversed in. Even after many cruises we are still amazed at the precision that these huge vessels are able to maneuver.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

Where does the cruise ship actually dock in Santa Cruz?

The cruise ships dock in a u shaped harbour, and the day we were docked in Santa Cruz there were 3 other ships in port. The Artania, MSC Musica and the Oceania Sirena. Our ship the Independence of the Seas was docked right near the entrance to the harbour, but the furthest from the port gates. There was a free shuttle bus into town however we decided to walk, it was a very hot 20 minute walk until we reached the port gates. In hindsight we should of taken the free shuttle and would advise you to do the same!

Out and about in Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz

The port gates are right in the centre of town and outside these gates is a wide and beautiful promenade called the Avenida Maritima. This avenue leads on to many streets with plenty of shopping opportunities, bars and cafes. Our first impressions were good, Santa Cruz had a lovely spanish vibe.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

We found a great cafe bar called Plaza 18, on Calle San Francisco. We enjoyed a Dorada Beer and White Wine for under a fiver (6 euros), and the free wifi was also a bonus! It really didn’t feel like you where in a big city it felt very quaint. There are so many places to eat and drink in Santa Cruz, you really are spoilt for choice.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
Cafe culture
Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
City centre

Plaza del Principe de Asturias

Walking further into town we came across the Plaza del Principe de Asturias a lovely oasis of green amongst the buildings. Plenty of places to sit in the shade and watch the world go by, we really enjoyed our chilled out time here.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias

Those that know us know that we love crisps (they are partly responsible for our cuddly appearances and Carole’s nickname at school being spud!) There are plenty of convenience stores dotted around Santa Cruz and were so excited to spot a pack of Lays Salt and Vinegar! As if we hadn’t eaten enough on the cruise we couldn’t resist a pack and savoured every bite!

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
This is our happy faces after finding the crisps!

Plaza de Espana

Just opposite the crisp shop we found the Plaza de Espana, the largest square in Santa Cruz. It was another oasis in the middle of the city consisting of a large paddling pool and areas with plenty of seating. There are fountains here but unfortunately they were not on during our visit, it was lovely seeing the families enjoying the water though. A selection of interesting buildings surrounded the pool with their walls covered with plants. We enjoyed our time sitting here in sunshine. This is very close to the port and walking back to the port entrance only took 5 minutes.

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

We reached the port and sensibly decided to get the shuttle bus back. The shuttle buses were easily sign posted and did include some steps, however there is a lift should you have any mobility issues. The shuttle bus took us straight back to the ship and was a much better option than our hot walk in!

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

Since our visit we have found out that there is also a lovely beach called Playa de Las Teresitas only 20 minutes away by car from Santa Cruz. So if you fancy some beach time, this is within easy reach. Do remember to be back within plenty of time though as it is every cruisers nightmare to see the back of the ship leaving port!

Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information
Sail away

We really enjoyed our day out in Santa Cruz, it is a great port of call and an area that we would love to explore in more depth.

Have you visited Santa Cruz? Is there anything you would like to add to this post? We would love to hear your comments below!

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61 Responses to Santa Cruz Tenerife Cruise Port Information

  1. I haven’t been to Santa Cruz but your photos and story make it sound like a wonderful place. I am amazed at cruise ships’ precision as well so yes, reversing in is pretty impressive! What I really want to know though, is what is your favourite crisp flavour? You can’t tell a crisp lover that you love crisps and not share that info 🙂

    • Hi Angie, LOL good to connect with crisp lovers……well mine is Salt and Vinegar and Paul’s is Cheese and Onion!! Yours?
      Santa Cruz was a great place to visit, thanks for your comment!

  2. Anisa says:

    I love going on cruises but haven’t done one to the canary islands yet! Love the Spanish feel of the town – did they have a lot of Spanish food too? I love the paddling pool too. The water looks so relaxing. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    • Great part of the world to cruise to and the year round warm weather helps. There were lots of spanish food available,though we didn’t eat out as we had already eaten on the ship. It was a lovely port of call 🙂

  3. David says:

    Tenerife is somewhere I’ve been fascinated with for a while now. Nice to read about it and Santa Cruz. Haha, also love some Lays Salt and Vinegar, it’s been so long! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  4. Lolo says:

    I hear so much about Tenerife from Germans who love to visit there! It has never sparked my interest but now with your pictures, it looks incredibly beautiful! #TheWeeklyPostcard
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  5. Great introduction to Santa Cruz! have you ever been left behind at the port? That would certainly be a nightmare!
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    • Thankfully not that is definitely would be our worst nightmare, unfortunately it does happen. We are particularly paranoid and make sure we are back on board in plenty of time, but we have seen other passengers running for it! Thanks for your comment.

  6. Anda says:

    I’ve heard a lot about Tenerife but the beauty of this island surely surpasses its reputation. I wish your pictures were a little bigger so that I can see better these magnificent beaches. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  7. What camera do you use if you don’t mind me asking? The colours are amazing

  8. Midori says:

    Great pictures with such a beautiful colors! Never been there although I’m spanish… O_O
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  9. Simona Barbu says:

    Never being on a cruise, but is definitely one experience that I want to have! Your pictures are very beautiful, and the crisps made the story so funny! Great article!
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  10. Oana says:

    Great photos, the colours are just amazing! We have been to Tenerife for one week in November and we have to admit we weren’t prepared for such a beautiful place. After reading your posts, I want to go so badly on a cruise. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • We had only been to the south of Tenerife previously and it was ok, but the north is definitely better and we loved our short time here. We love cruising and are planning our next trip!

  11. Travel Lexx says:

    Tenerife is calling to me so it’s great seeing your posts on the island. I really want to hike there so definitely considering it for a trip. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Lisa says:

    Looks like a little piece of paradise. Cool streets to wander and lovely cafes. Free wi-fi and some wine…good to go…oh yes and a bag of crisps!

  13. Anna says:

    Wow! That photo of where you first sailed into Santa Cruz, with the mountains in the background, is just gorgeous! The little town looks so cute too and perfect for an afternoon of strolling around and visiting cafes!

  14. Shona says:

    I’m a recent cruise convert. I love pulling into port and having nothing more to think about than whether I have enough cash. Santa Cruz looks like a great spot to have a wander and a couple of beers!
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  15. SamH Travels says:

    I had assumed Tenerife was more about partying but the posts I have seen of late have shown me what a beautiful place it is to visit and I have added it to my travel list 🙂 great photos 👍
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    • The south is the party end particularly Playa Las Americas, but we were pleasantly surprised as we thought the north would be similar but it is definitely not. really loved our stop here.

  16. Barry says:

    I’ve visited Santa Cruz a few time over the years. I used to enjoy holidaying to Tenerife a lot when I was younger in Playa Las Americas. Last time we rented out a car and drove around the island.
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  17. Sarah says:

    Wow! I never realised how stunning tenerife was! what a beautiful place and truly helpful guide! 🙂

  18. Garth says:

    Can you believe we’ve still not been to Tenerife! We LOVE the canaries as the islands are all so diverse. You’ve put it back on our radar! thanks and nice pics 🙂
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  19. Tracy says:

    Gosh it’s years since I was last in Tenerife! Lovely island though! Looks like you enjoyed it! (Ps I was about 11 the last time I was there! Still remember it though!)
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  20. Wow love this port of call Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Tenerife is on my bucket-list and I might just have to visit this island via a cruise. Great photos and information. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  21. Have been seeing a lot of Tenerife photos lately. Seems like destiny. Your post is really tempting us to pack our bags and go, especially since we had a busy January with no time to rest.
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  22. Kreete says:

    I can’t believe how close everything is to the port! Glad you took the bus back to the ship! I dread walking in the heat with no escape. Good tip on the getting back on the boat on time haha! I would probably be scared the whole day I’m off it that I’m gonna miss it haha!
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  23. Looking at the pictures above, Santa Cruz appears to be a perfect place for a day out. I have always been fascinated about being on a Cruise and this trip has really made me crave more for that!

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  35. Becky says:

    Great pictures! Tenerife looks amazing 🙂

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