Plaza de Espana, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Built in 1929 to replace a 16th-century fortress, Plaza de Espana serves today as the principal square of the Canary Islands. Surrounded by ornate government buildings and other plazas, and centered upon a giant manmade lake, the square lies directly in the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Admire the plaza’s mountain-ringed backdrop and its monument to the fallen soldiers of the Spanish Civil War. Grab a coffee or a drink at one of the plentiful cafes, or sit down for a meal at one of the surrounding restaurants serving traditional Canary Island seafood. History buffs can visit an underground display providing history and artifacts from the Castillo de San Cristobal that once stood here. Before you head to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Santa Cruz de Tenerife planning app , to make sure you see all that Santa Cruz de Tenerife has to offer, including Plaza de Espana.
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  • I went there in August 2016 and it was very hot so the feet in the water in downtown it was great! and in December 2017 it was beautiful with all the lights
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  • Walking around Santa Cruz can be difficult. Very hilly in places and no real directions as what is where. We found a quaint market and a lovely church but unlike most places there does not seem to be ...  more »
  • Visit with family, took a walk around the plaza, nice photos taken. Just one of things to see, nothing spectacular.  more »
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  • Nice welcoming place for tourists coming off the cruises. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants near. Also, you can shop in the downtown street just a few meters from the square. Stunning reflection of the mountains on the pool. Great for photography.
  • Good to visit when you are driving through santa cruz! Good coffee shops nearby too.
  • Great area with fountain and plenty of coffee bars. Dont miss the museum near the comemorative statues with " el tigre" the canon that took Nelson's arm.
  • Great place to just chill out, meet the people or get a coffee. You can see there lots of people are sitting which is always sign of well designed public space.
  • Pretty site on the edge of Santa Cruz. Fascinating architecture.

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