Today we explored Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna. It was the first Christmas Day and we were in Tenerife. Tenerife greeted us with overcast skies and the prospect of rain. Nevertheless, one could see the mountain chain that covered the island.
Next to us at the port were the AIDA Blu and the dream ship, the MS Amadea of Phoenix Reisen. Of course we wanted to explore Tenerife, especially Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna.
We decided to explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife by bus. When the shops are open you can definitely enjoy a wonderful stroll through the streets, but today they were closed. So we decided to take the City Sightseeing bus. For that we had to walk from the berth of the Mein Schiff 4 to the port exit.
From the cruise ship to Plaza de España
There was a free shuttle bus, which drove to the exit of the port. This but drove up to a small building at the exit. The building has an elevator and a staircase leading upstairs. From the upper floor you could walk into the town and you had a great view of the ships in the harbor. We went to the left and passed the traffic lights. Directly on the other side is the Av. Maritima and a tourist information box. Here you can also purchase excursion tickets for a trip to the Teide. If you want to go on an excursion, you should be really early, because the tours start in the morning.
Not far behind the box of the tourist information center is the Plaza de España. There was also a playground, a small market, a pharmacy, several banks and bars. At this place you can take the hop-on-hop-off bus. It is right next to the Calle La Marina.
Two excursions in one – City Tour Santa Cruz and La Laguna
First we bought tickets for the hop-on-hop-off bus (the red City Sightseeing bus). It was really great that many things are included in the price of the ticket. In addition to the ticket for the city tour, you will receive free entry to the Botanical Garden Palmetum, the Museum of Tenerife, a guided tour of the auditorium, and two other bus tickets to La Laguna by bus no. 15 and to the beach (Playa de Las Teresitas) by bus no. 910. Make sure that you get an extra ticket for the buses. Otherwise you can not use them. Always take both bus tickets, you can use it the next time. The bus tickets must be validated before you enter the bus. Today we also wanted to visit La Laguna later on.
Our city tour of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The city tour gave us a nice impression of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. We liked sitting upstairs better more downstairs, because you have a better view. We drove through many streets, parks, saw many Spanish colonial monuments and things to do. Probably it is better to often get off the bus and take a walk. Due to the bad weather we did not get off the bus and only took pictures.
San Cristobal de La Laguna is a beautiful university city of religious importance in the west of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The second most important city in Tenerife was the capital until 1723 and still fascinates with many churches, traditional houses and monuments from this period. Today La Laguna is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was our first time in La Laguna and although almost everything was closed, the city was wonderful. La Laguna is a stunning old town with many narrow streets and small shops. Unfortunately, apart from a shop near the church of La Concepción, everything was closed.
How to get to La Laguna?
With bus no. 015
We wanted to take the bus no. 015 to La Laguna. For that we had to get off the city sightseeing bus at the Estación de guaguas. To get to the bus no. 015 to La Laguna we had to go into the building and then walk to the back of the building to the escalator. With the escalator we went to the 2nd level. There is the bus Nr. 015 to La Laguna. Attention! Here also runs another bus to La Laguna. The 015 goes to La Laguna Intercambiador, the bus station. If you take another bus the ticket will cost € 1.45. So we took the bus 015 and drove across the highway to La Laguna. The journey takes about 20 minutes. Unfortunately we arrived at a main street and hat to walk 15 minutes to the city center of La Laguna.
Therefore, at this point our advice: If you have enough time, do not take the bus number 015 to La Laguna, rather take the tram.
The tram line 1
The trip takes 30 to 40 minutes (price € 1.35 each way), but you arrive much closer to the pedestrian zone of La Laguna. The stops of the line 1 are Teatro Guimera or Fundacion. We took the tram from La Laguna back to the ship, because we were tired of walking back to the bus station. We bought the tickets at the vending machine at the tram stop. It was super easy because we could change the language o fthe machine. So we drove comfortably to Santa Cruz back up to the bus station Estación de guaguas (Intercambiador) and took the hop-on hop-off bus back to the Plaza de España and went back to the ship.
A walk through La Laguna
When the Calle Herradores enters from Avenida Trinidad, the road leads past many small shops and tapas bars. Continuing along the street straight ahead, you come to the square of the Iglesia de la Concepción. This church is the first church that was built in Tenerife. Before the court of the church there is a street on the right called Calle el Tizon. If you follow the street Calle el Tizon, you will soon see on the left side the bell tower of the church. The bell tower has many little balconies and windows.
If you then turn right into the street Calle Obispo Rey Redondo, you will see a small gift shop where you can buy great Mojos (Canarian sauces), pepper chutney, banana or papaya jam and much more. We also bought grape salt (purple), tomato salt and lemon salt.
Continuing along the road, you will walk towards the Catedral de La Laguna. This church dates from the 19th century and was restored several times. Inside the church there is a 41 meter high dome, which was last renovated in 2014.
At the end of Calle Obispo Rey Redondo you will arrive at the Plaza del Adelantado, the main square of the city. All significant events took place earlier on this square. In the middle there is a beautiful marble fountain and around the square you will find the Town Hall and the Santa Catalina Monastery. The walk through La Laguna is full of historical and religious highlights. The city simply offers a special atmosphere that invites you to stroll.