Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Cèsar Manrique's Parque Marìtimo
The “Black Castle”
The tallest spanish mountain

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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When you’re vacationing on an MSC cruise of the Canaries, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions.
When you’re vacationing on an MSC cruise to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, welcomes cruisers ashore on its ramblas (wide, tree-lined avenues) that lead to the central Plaza de España where the Francoist architecture finds one of its maximum national expressions. If instead one comes from the old part of Santa Cruz de Tenerife you come across churches built in a variety of architectural styles, from the insular baroque of the church of St. Francis, to the colonial Canary style of the church of the Concepciòn or the 18th century Iglesia del Pilar, built on an ancient hermitage.

As you set ashore from your cruise ship, you can explore the Garcìa Sanabria park with the museum of outdoor sculptures, Esculturas al Aire Libre, where a tropical nature blends with the contemporary art of Mirò, Guinovart, Domìnguez, Moore and many others. A place not to miss is the Parque Marìtimo, designed by Canarian artist-architect Cèsar Manrique, which hosts 5000 palm trees of 300 different species, three pools dug into the lava rock, a beach, bars and restaurants.

You can continue your excursion up to the Caleta de Negros, where you find one of the best preserved castles of the island of San Juan, known as Castillo Negro (black castle) because it was built with lava rock. Beaches: Playa de las Teresitas is one of the most beautiful of the northern coast of Tenerife offering palm trees, a warm breeze and a refreshing dip in the sea.

It is just outside the city, in the village of San Andrés. If you’re fascinated by multi-coloured parrots, penguins and marine mammal shows, try an excursion to Loro Parque, the modern zoo in Puerto de la Cruz: a perfect outing for the whole family.

Tenerife has the tallest mountain in Spain: the Teide, an active volcano measuring 3718 metres in height, within the park that bears its name, which, even during the warmest season will offer the experience of passing from the tropical climate of the beaches to the alpine climate of its peak.

Must see places in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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  • THE TEIDE TREK EXPERIENCE

    ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

    TEN11

    Join us on an excursion that promises to allow you close-ups with the enchanting nature of Tenerife. A scenic coach drive will take you to “El Teide National Park”, named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Once at the park, your experience guide will take you on a 3-hour adventurous trekking to the enormous crater landscape of Las Cañadas del Teide. At a height of 2,000 metres, you will have unique possibility to admire impressive geologic formations as well as the special vegetation of the park, all that’s worth capturing in some photos for your memory book. At the end of the trek route you will reach a great viewpoint for a break before starting your coach drive back to the port. Please note: due to the trekking nature of this tour, it is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. The trekking duration may vary from 2 to 3 hours depending on the physical conditions of the participants. Guests are recommended to wear sturdy trekking shoes and must be at least 07 years old to take part.
    • No guide available

    • Limited seats

    • Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health

      Difficulty Level
      Strenuous

    • Duration
      6 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • La Laguna & History Museum

    CITY TOUR

    TEN12

    La Laguna & History Museum
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • PUERTO DE LA CRUZ & OROTAVA

      CITY TOUR

      TEN02

      Located off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, blessed with a mild climate and beautiful countryside as well as home to numerous wonderful seaside resorts, one of which you will visit on this enjoyable tour: the town of Puerto de la Cruz on the northern coast of the island. Leave the port and enjoy a short coach ride through Tenerife’s exciting landscape to reach your first destination: the Orotava Valley and the small town of La Orotava. Founded in the 15th century by some of the wealthy families who lived on the island, the town has retained many appealing remains of its medieval beginnings. You will have a chance to take a stroll through the centre of the small town to reach the famous Casa de los Balcones, a 17th-century three-storey building that features pinewood balconies and patios to the front. The Casa is a typical example of what an aristocrat’s house would have looked like in the Canary Islands in this bygone age. Next stop will be Puerto de la Cruz is the island’s main tourist centre, its capital and a great place to spend a few hours exploring the busy streets, soaking up the lively atmosphere or hitting the many shops to indulge in some serious retail therapy. Numerous seafront cafés provide a welcome chance to have a break and a drink, watch the world go by or enjoy grand views of the North Atlantic Ocean. A veritable paradise of plant life then awaits you at the next stop on the tour: the wonderful botanical gardens and their profusion of tropical plants. The relaxing return drive then brings the tour to a close. Please note: this tour includes walking on cobblestones and uneven ground so it is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair.
      • Shopping

      • Best seller

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • LORO PARQUE

      FAMILY FUN

      TEN05

      Board a coach and enjoy a drive through the lush vegetation of Tenerife’s beautiful and rugged landscape to the Loro Parque, or parrot park in English. Situated on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, it counts as one of the most important wildlife parks in Europe. Originally opened in 1972 with the aim of being a parrot paradise, it has since grown not just in area, but also in the wide variety of species it supports. Apart from officially boasting “the most diverse collection of parrots in the world”, the park is also home to primates, jaguars and tigers, reptiles, exotic fish and sea horses as well as sea lions and dolphins, to name but a few. You will have sufficient time to explore the park on your own or with your family and enjoy its attractions, such as the popular sea lion and dolphin shows. Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
      • No guide available

      • Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour – Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • DOLPHIN QUEST BY CATAMARAN

      NATURAL WONDERS

      TEN10

      Spend half of your day in Tenerife for a thrilling exploration of marine wildlife on an enjoyable tour that will commence with a 1-hour coach drive to Puerto Colón. Located on the south of the island, Puerto Colón will be the starting point of your marine adventure; board a catamaran and reach an area inhabited by dolphins only 3 miles from the coast. The catamaran will drop the anchor and you will have the chance to observe these extraordinary creatures that, although belonging to a species that is normally migratory, have chosen this stretch of water between the lands of Tenerife and La Gomera as their “home” because of the calm waters and abundance of food. After this amazing experience you will move to “Cala Spaghetti”, a protected bay where the catamaran will anchor and you will have some time to relax in the sun, sipping a refreshing drink, or to take a dive into the sea. You will finally sail along the coast to reach Puerto Colón and your coach that will take you back to your cruise ship. Please note: guests must be good swimmers and at least 03 years of age to take part. The tour is unsuitable for guests using a wheelchair. Information will be provided in English and German only during the tour. While sightings of dolphins cannot be guaranteed, they are very likely (more than 90% success rate).
      • Drink included

      • Possibility of swimming

      • Limited seats

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    • MOUNT TEIDE & PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

      NATURAL WONDERS

      TEN01

      A scenic drive in a comfortable modern coach first takes you from the port and inland through the lushly forested area known as La Esperanza to reach El Portillo, the natural gateway to the circular Las Cañadas mountain range. This is also where the volcanic Mount Teide is located, whose summit reaches a dizzying height of 3,718 metres above sea level. Your tour then continues on to the rock of Mirador, known also as el Dedo de Dios, which translates as “The Finger of God”. A brief photo stop will be made at this incredible geological formation. To ensure your full enjoyment, time will also be taken for a leisurely lunch in Puerto de la Cruz. Next, a veritable paradise of plant life then awaits you at the next stop on the tour: the wonderful botanical gardens and their profusion of tropical plants. Your tour concludes with your return to the port and your ship. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with heart problems due to the height reached, with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        7 h

      • Adults$112.00Price per person

      • Children$79.00Price per person

    • A TASTE OF TENERIFE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      TEN03

      After leaving the port, we will drive to San Andrés, a typical fishing village. We will stop at “Las Teresitas” beach before continuing our tour to “El Baladeiro”, the highest point on the island, with breathtaking views of the valley. We will then drive down towards the valley to reach the village of Taganana, famous for its vineyards and goat’s milk products. Taste some local cheese and wine before continuing to “La Laguna”, ancient Spanish capital. Please note: this tour is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties.
      • Best seller

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$49.00Price per person

    • IMPRESSIONS OF TENERIFE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      TEN08

      Take some time out and get set to soak up some of the most arresting vistas that Tenerife has to offer, starting at one of the most romantic landscapes on the northern coast: La Garañona viewpoint. Gorgeous views of the craggy coastline and the Atlantic Ocean simply beg to be captured on film, so do bring your camera. The lovely little village of El Sauzal, a settlement that goes back to the island’s pre-Hispanic era and continues to observe Portuguese traditions, is next. As part of your visit, you will not only have a chance to view the early 16th-century Church of St. Peter, but also to walk to the 16th-century estate of the former Marquis of El Sauzal – known as El Marquesado. The colonial-style mansion boasts a wonderful terrace that not only affords sublime views of Mount Teide, but is also a charming spot to sip a glass of sparkling Spanish cava. Last on the itinerary are the verdant environs of García Sanabria Park in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. With many trees and plants labelled with explanatory plaques, the attractively landscaped park is a great place to stretch your legs and go for a gentle walk through the luxuriant greenery. Your journey back to the ship then ends your tour. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.
      • Drink included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4 h

      • Adults$55.00Price per person

      • Children$39.00Price per person

    • JEEP ADVENTURE

      SOMETHING SPECIAL

      TEN04

      Discover Tenerife’s nature-given beauty on this exciting jeep adventure, which begins when you board a modern 4x4 vehicle at the pier and set off along a road noted for its hairpin bends. Look forward to spectacular views as you travel through the mountains en route to the village of San Andrés and its Las Teresitas beach. A stop is scheduled at the Mirador Bailadero, a great place to take photos, followed by Taganana, a pretty hillside village with views of the sea and little white houses that cluster around the Church of Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves, one of the oldest on the island. Moving on again, the next brief stop is scheduled at Playa de Almáciga, a volcanic black-sand beach, after which a scenic route will see you reach Roque Negro, the name of both a village and a large rock that dominates the landscape. As a final treat, you can then soak up incredible views of the entire island at the Mirador Pico del Inglés at about 990 m/3250 ft. above mean sea level. The return journey will then give you a chance to relax and enjoy more lovely views as you head for the ship. Please note: the tour is unsuitable for guests with mobility problems, back/neck injuries and for pregnant women. The jeep driver will provide brief information only in Spanish or English.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults$85.00Price per person

      • Children$59.00Price per person

    The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
    Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

     

    Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

    Spain

    Love at first sight
    Love at first sight

    If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

    Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


    A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


    And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

    So should you – prepare to be surprised.