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The capital of Tenerife since 1723, Santa Cruz is home to around 30% of the island population, around 300,000 people. It is a typically busy, bustling, modern Spanish town, with wide avenues, narrow shopping streets and a series of suburban residential districts. It’s a great place for shopping and definitely worth a visit if you want to avoid the tourist-traps of the south! There are loads of attractions in Santa Cruz including monuments, sculptures, museums, art galleries, some nice parks and the brand new auditorium.
In the centre of Santa Cruz is the football stadium, the home of CD Tenerife. Whilst there’s no beach in the city itself, a few kilometers away there is the mile-long, man-made, golden sands of Playa de Las Teresitas which is popular with holidaymakers and usually crowded with local residents at weekends and holidays.
La Laguna (pop. 150,000) is Tenerife’s second most important city.It is the old capital of the island and seat of the Adelantados, situatedon the Aguere Valley amid beautiful countryside. It is also the cultural and religious capital, being home to the San Fernando University and the province’s Bishopric. Its urban design is neatly arranged and the whole city is full of outstanding architectural monuments, palaces and traditional houses from the XVII and XVIII centuries.Among the religious buildings are The Cathedral, the Santo Domingo and the Concepción Churches – the latter being a historical and artistic monument; one can also find the Church of the Holy Christ and the San Miguel Chapel in La Laguna.
History and art in La Laguna are to be found in the Casa Ossuna Museum, the Friends of the Country Economic Society Museum, the ConcepciónChurch’s Museum and the Cathedral’s Museum.La Laguna’s Municipal boundariesextend to the towns of Tejina and Valle Guerra – very rich agricultural areas – as well as Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo, which have become tourist resorts with first class hotels, natural swimming pools and extraordinary landscapes.Areas such as La Cuesta and Taco, home to many of the industries of the Island, are also part of La Laguna.

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