Tour of the commercial and cultural capital of the island.
The tour focuses on the city of Santa Cruz, located northeast of the island, between the Anaga Massif and its own bay . It was founded on May 3, 1494 to reach the place where the conqueror of Tenerife (Advanced Fernández de Lugo) nailed a cross,this historical event that gives the city its name. Between 1833 and 1927 Santa Cruz was the sole capital of the Canary Islands and today is the island and the province. Its port is one of the busiest in the Atlantic; communicates Europe, Africa and America.
In 2012, the British newspaper The Guardian named Santa Cruz the fifth on the list that included the world’s best cities in which to live. In the so-called Zona Centro ( streets Castillo, San Jose or Viera y Clavijo , among others) or Zona Rambla ( Rambla de Pulido , calle Ramón y Cajal ) have many shops. Today the city has about 200,000 inhabitants.
Work of the controversial architect Santiago Calatrava, the Auditorium of Tenerife has established itself as a symbol of bold contemporary architecture in the Canary Islands and also the rest of Spain. Head Tenerife Symphony Orchestra , has two chambers: chamber and symphonic. The building with its prominent wing is located in the northeast of the Marine Park.
Plaza España brings emerging lake fountains, park pavilions in which cafes , restaurants , shops and bars, and parking area are located. Here the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife is also found . The celebration of the popular and acclaimed Tenerife Carnival ( Festivity of International Tourist Interest ) has its hub in this public space and its surroundings .
Built in Baroque style canary on which is the foundations of the first chapel built by the conquerors, the Church of the Conception is the main temple of the city and pays homage to St. James. In its facilities the cross Alonso Fernández de Lugo drove in their day to disembark in the city is also retained. The banner carried in procession during the festival of May 3 commemorating the day when the city was founded .