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Discover Santa Cruz with Tenerife Car Hire

tenerife (1)There are plenty of reasons to visit Tenerife. Its beaches, volcanic scenery and vibrant holiday resorts are reason enough, but for those who can’t get enough of the city, a trip to the island’s capital, Santa Cruz, makes a cracking day out.

 

Wherever you’re based, TenerifeCarHire.com advise hiring a car to make the most out of your trip, as this gives you the utmost flexibility. Enjoy a leisurely drive along the scenic roads en route, perhaps stopping to appreciate the many coastal towns and villages along the way, before parking up and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city.

 

As a lively port city, there’s plenty to explore. Lonely Planet describes the city centre as an evocative place with “brightly painted buildings, sophisticated and quirky shops and a tropical oasis of birdsong, fountains and greenery”. It’s a typically Spanish city, far removed from the tourist resorts on the south coast, so it makes a refreshing change and a fantastic insight into modern Spanish living.

 

Candelaria-CathedralMake a beeline for the city’s oldest church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción. The current structure was built in the 17th and 18th centuries but the original foundations were laid in the late 15th century. It has a superb bell tower and some impressive ceiling decor, along with a magnificent altar featuring the Holy Cross of the Conquest. This translates to the Santa Cruz de la Conquista, which gives the city its name.

 

The North Airport is less than half an hour’s drive from the city, but if you’re flying in to the South airport, it’s well worth hiring a car to reach the city. It generally takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to drive from the south coast along the motorway to Santa Cruz, which makes it an easy and very worthwhile day trip.

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