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Tenerife has long been a popular stop among traveling scientists; even Charles Darwin dreamed of visiting on his Beagle voyage, though the ship was turned away due to a quarantine rule. The Museum of Nature and Man occupies the Old Civil Hospital...
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Santa Cruz’s largest public square was built atop the ruins of the 16th-century San Cristóbal Castle. Visitors can still see vestiges of the castle walls in a small museum beneath the square that also contains a cannon called El Tigre, which...
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Calle Padre Herrera, s/n, 38200 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Though Santa Cruz is Tenerife’s modern capital, historically the capital was La Laguna. It remains one of the most beautiful cities on the island, not to mention a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city center boasts pastel-colored mansions and...
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Tenerife’s most popular beach is just a 25-minute drive up the coast from Santa Cruz. The golden sand was imported from the Sahara Desert to create a spacious beach that runs for more than half a mile, and a manmade jetty parallels the beach,...
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Vast lava fields surround Spain’s tallest mountain at Teide National Park. The 3,719-meter Teide Peak is a tempestuous volcano crowned by a deep caldera, surrounded by a national park with UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Hiking to the peak...