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Tenerife Carnival, Spain

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What is the Carnival of Tenerife?

The Tenerife Carnival is an annual celebration held on the island of Tenerife,Canary Islands, Spain. This carnival is considered the second most popular carnival worldwide, this is largely due to the sisterhood with the city of Rio de Janeiro. The brotherhood of cities is a form of legal agreement between cities or counties of other countries to promote economic, cultural and political activities. This concept emerged after the Second World War with the aim of fosteringfriendship between countries and cities. Nowadays, Tenerife is sister to Nice, Rio de Janeiro and Cádiz, so it is not surprising that carnivals on the island are so important.

The celebration is a perfect time to have a good time and enjoy an incredible party atmosphere. In addition, it is the perfect activity to make a small escape from everyday life and what better way to do than at the Carnival of Tenerife, full of first class shows, extravagant costumes, music and exorbitant choreographies.

 

 

The excitement is such for the carnival, thatthe party begins before Shrove Tuesday with a grand and colorful opening ceremony involving a great spectacle of floats and hundreds of thousands of lights illuminating the entire firmament. In addition, it has hours and hours of the best entertainment you can get throughout the Canary Islands. All this with the goal of being the winner of the award for the best float of the carnival.

The opening parade is just the beginning of an incredible week of celebration that has dozens of events such asfireworks shows, numerous competitions and many performances by live bands and orchestras. In addition, the carnival also features several dances that usually last until dawn.

The spirit of the festivities is undoubtedly the dozens of carnival groups, which prepare for most of the year to perform a great show that will please the entire audience. Every year the organization of the carnival of Tenerife has a theme that it reproduces in its events, shows and activities.

 

Themes

    • Rome
    • The Jungle
    • Millenarian Egypt
    • The World of Stories
    • The World of Stories
    • Space
    • The Cinema
    • The Circus
    • The Atlantis
    • Atlantis
    • The Thousand and One Nights
    • The Thousand and One Nights

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    • Mexico
    • Prehistory
    • The Prehistory
    • The Middle Ages
    • The world of comics
    • The world of comics
    • Pirates
    • Pirates
    • Odyssey in Space
    • Pirates

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    • The Roaring Twenties
    • The Happy Twenties

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    • The Far East
    • Far East
    • Celia Cruz
    • Hollywood musicals
    • The musicals of Hollywood
    • Tribes or Tribumania
    • Tribes or Tribumania
    • Fashion
    • Magic
    • The Horror cinema

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    • Tenerife, history of a Carnival
    • Tenerife, history of a Carnival
    • Enrique González and the murgas of the Canary Islands
    • Magic

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  • Flower Power. The prodigious 60’s
  • Flower Power.
  • Bollywood: India
  • Bollywood: India
  • The Cartoons
  • The Cartoons
  • The Future
  • The 1980s
  • The Caribbean
  • The Caribbean
  • The Fantasy
  • The Deep Sea
  • Depths of the Sea
  • The flirtatious 50’s
  • The 1950’s

 

For the year 2021, the theme of the Tenerife carnival will be: Carnivals of the World. With this theme, the organization intends to pay tribute to the universal spirit of the carnivals of the world, which are the result of hundreds of hours of work by thousands of people involved. In addition, with great care, the processes ofdesigning the stage for the events and galas have already been carried out.

Due to its great social importance and development of national identity, the Carnival of Tenerife was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest by theSecretariat of State for Tourism. Currently it aspires to become a Unesco World Heritage Site, since such title would catapult the celebration to international level, include thousands of people from all over the world contributing to the economy and consolidation of the carnivals.

 

The Tenerife Carnival is considered the second most popular carnival in the world

The Tenerife Carnival is considered the second most popular carnival in the world

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When is the Carnival of Tenerife?

The Tenerife Carnival takes place before Ash Wednesday, so the celebration is usually held between February and March.

 

 

History of the Carnivals of Tenerife

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Beginnings

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Although the carnivals in Tenerife have been taking place since the first European settlements, it was not until the end of the 20th century that they began to be held in the modern form we know today. In the beginning, carnivals were characterized as a celebration in which people practiced cross-dressing, as indicated by the first documented records dating from the eighteenth century. In addition, there is also documentation that indicates that, by the end of this century, specifically the year 1778, a carnival ball was held, in which the comparsas were mentioned for the first time and 5 years later the use of masks on carnival nights would be banned.



Development

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From the beginning to the middle of the 20th century, respectively the periods ofdictatorship of Miguel Primo and General Franco, the carnivals became known as Fiestas de Invierno. This name change was a way ofavoiding the prohibition of the carnivals. Carnival continued to be celebrated in Tenerife and over time carnival groups began to emerge as the now known Filarmónica Nifú-Nifá. Once the Franco dictatorship ended, the “Fiestas de Invierno” became carnivals again.

Since 1962, the first carnival posters began to be made for each year, with the design of great artists such as Javier Mariscal, César Manrique and Pedro González. Today this tradition is still part of the festivities, even holding contests to choose the artist who will design the posters for the next editions. A decade later, the carnivals began to be themed, with their own slogans for each year. The first theme that emerged for the festivities was the theme of “Rome.” For that edition, the carnivals featured several internationally renowned artists and an apotheosic attendance of people from all over the world.

 

Today

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In 2000, the carnivals of Santa Cruz de Tenerife became World Carnival Capital. For that edition, several groups from other regions of the country participated. In addition, the Tenerife carnival today is considered the second most popular carnival in the world after the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro..

 

Where is the Carnival of Tenerife?

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The carnivals are held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Isla de Tenerife, autonomous community of the Canary Islands, Spain.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a total area of 2,034 square kilometers and is home to approximately 950,000 inhabitants.

 

The colorful and ostentatious costumes are one of the attractions of the Tenerife Carnival

The colorful and ostentatious costumes are one of the attractions of the Tenerife Carnival

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How is the Carnival of Tenerife celebrated?

The carnivals are packed with dozens of activities that take placebefore and during the official carnival dates, all this to ensure you the best parties you can have on the island.Tenerife Carnival is pure fun from start to finish and for that, the carnivals have developed two important strands: Official Carnival and Street Carnival.

 

Official Carnival

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The official carnival has atraditional program of the Carnival in Tenerife, so you can enjoy a great session of murgas, rondallas, comparsas, float contest, Adult and Children’s Choreography Contest, parades and other musical groups. This aspect of the carnivals is the most traditional, the one that is based on a chronogram.

 

Murgas

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La Murga is an aspect of musical theater that is performed in some parts of Latin America and Spain, particularly during the carnival season. The content they perform in their pieces is chosen by the group and is usually performed in the streets of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The themes they use to perform the musical pieces can cover social, political, economic and identity themes, so the number of themes is extremely extensive and varied.

Generally, themurga groups can have up to 17 artists, most of whom are men. In addition, it comprises a chorus and percussionists and they wear colorful uniforms and with a certain resemblance to jesters.

In the carnival of Tenerife you can see a lot of groups of murgas, which participate in contests to obtain the title of winner. Among the murgas that you can find in the festivities are: Adult Murgas and Child Murgas.

 

Rondallas

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This is a grouping of stringed instruments played with the plectrum, also known as plumilla, nail or plectrum. This type of grouping can be seen in Spain; however, it has also reached Latin America and the Philippines.

At the Tenerife Carnival, contests are held both at the Teatro Guimerá and the Auditorio de Tenerife. This type of competitions are part of ancient traditions, taking place since 1961.

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Zarzuela

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It is a spanish lyrical-dramatic genrewhich presents a work where it mixesspoken and sung scenes. The genre has two aspects which in turn is divided into other subgenres: Baroque Zarzuela and Romantic Zarzuela.

 

Groupings

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The groupings consist mainly of musical interpretations of different rhythms, mainly Caribbean. However, the presentations have diversified and incorporated new themes. Today the carnival of Tenerife has both musical groups and senior groups.

 

Laughter Song

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La Canción de la Risa has been a recent addition dating from 2005. Its objective is to award afunny piece of music for the occasion. The theme of the same is completely free and they are performed at the Teatro Guimerá.

 

Street Carnival

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The street carnival takes place spontaneously, as it is carried out thanks to the island’s population. Hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets to participate in the different activities, events and gatherings. These activities are outside the schedule and are made up of events that happen in private facilities such as clubs, restaurants, kiosks and other establishments that offer live entertainment.

 

Tips for going to the Tenerife Carnivals

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If you decide to attend the Tenerife Carnivals, we recommend planning your trip in advance, making an itinerary of activities andbooking your preferred lodging in advance. Also, don’t forget to pack comfortable clothes to fully enjoy your carnivals.

Physical activity and the consumption of alcoholic beverages causes your body to decompose and dehydrate quickly, so we recommend you to stay hydrated. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, even if you are not directly exposed to the sun.

We encourage you to participate directly in the carnivals and dress up for the event. If you don’t know what to dress up as or you don’t have enough creativity, we recommend you to watch a fiction or fantasy movie to get some inspiration.

Remember to establish a meeting point with your family and friends in case one of them gets lost in the crowd.

 

Events in Tenerife Carnival

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The Tenerife carnival has a good number of events that extend throughout the week of celebrations. In addition, it also has someevents that take place before and after the formal carnival festivities. The following program that we are going to offer you corresponds to the year 2021, so it may be subject to change. We recommend that you keep an eye on the official page of the carnivals for any changes that may occur.

 

Pre-Carnival Events

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First Phase of the Murgas Infantiles

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 21

Time: 19h

 

Second Phase of the Children’s Murgas

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 22.

Time: 19h

 

Third Phase of Children’s Murgas

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 23rd

Time: 19h

 

Choreographic Festival

Place: Recinto Feria

Date: January 24th

Time: 17h

 

First Stage of the Adult Murgas

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 25th

Time: 20:30h

 

Second Phase of Adult Murgas

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 26th

Time: 20:30h

 

Third Phase of the Adult Murgas

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 27th

Time: 20:30h

 

 

Finals of the Murgas Adults

Place: Recinto Feria

Date:January 29th

Time: 20:30h

 

Musical Groupings

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 30th

Time: 20h

 

Child Queen’s Gala

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: January 31st

Time: 18h

 

Seniors Festival: Election of the Queen

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: February 3rd

Time: 17:30h

 

The Laughing Song

Venue: Guimerá Theater

Date: February 5th

Time: 20:30h

 

Cursos de Comparsas

(Comparsas Contest

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Place: Recinto Feria

Date: February 6th

Time: 20h

 

Costume Contest

Venue: Fairgrounds

Date: February 7th

Time: 11h

 

Rondallas

Venue: Tenerife Auditorium

Date: February 7th

Time: 17h

 

Concert by Los Fregolinos

Venue: Guimerá Theater

Date: February 9th

Time: 20:30h

 

Carnival Queen’s Election Gala

Place: Recinto Feria

Date: February 10th

Time: 21:30h

Carnival Queen Election Gala

 

Zarzuela Festival

Venue: Guimerá Theater

Date: February 11th

Time: 20:30h

 

Officials of Carnival

Events

Rhythm and Harmony

Place: Francisco La Roche Avenue

Date: February 13

Time: 21h

 

Nifú Nifá-Fregolinos

Place: Plaza del Príncipe

Date: February 14th

Time: 13h

 

Post Carnival Events

Rondalla Festival

Place: Guimerá Theater

Date: February 18th

Time: 20:30h

 

Coso Infantil

(Children’s Play

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Place: García Sanabria Park

Date: February 19th

Time: 18h

 

Nifú Nifá La Zarzuela

Place: Plaza del Príncipe

Date: February 21st

Time: 18h

 

 

Main events

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Announcement Parade

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This is the opening event of theCarnival of Tenerife. It is one of the most colorful events of the festivities. The streets are filled with thousands of colors by the costumes, both participants and spectators. It is a great event in which the murgas, the comparsas, the rondallas and the different musical groups and the winners of the individual and collective costumes participate.

Date: February 12

Time: 20h

 

First Day Carnival

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This is a great celebration for all ages. Large stages are available in different places in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and people can walk around the city looking for the stage of their choice. Various groups, friends and family members attend the event and you can go in costume. In addition, various recreational activities such as games and workshops take place.

Date: February 14

Time: 13h

 

Carnival Monday

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On Shrove Monday there are some live music performances, especially electronic music. Usually, this day is dedicated to music performances and no parade is held.

 

Gran Coso Apotheosis

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This is a big event where carnival groups also find carriages and cars with great thematic decoration. Of course, the show and entertainment cannot be missed. The event has been developing much more with the aim of attracting many tourists to the event.

Place: Francisco La Roche Avenue

Date: Tuesday, February 16

Time: 16h

 

Burial of the Sardine

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This is the first day of Lent. During the day a largefuneral procession is held to commemorate the end of the carnival. In addition, a large effigy in the shape of a giant sardine is made, which is burned at the end of the ceremony. The event is carried out with a great lament, there are women dressed in mourning mourning the loss of their loved one. Likewise, there are also some presentations and participants dressed in mainly religious garments.

Date: February 17th

Time: 22h

 

Second Carnival of the Day

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Like the first Carnival of the Day, this is a great celebration for everyone. The city offers several stages where performances of various kinds are held. This Second Carnival of the Day takes place after Ash Wednesday, falling in the Post Carnival celebrations.

Date: February 20

Time: 13h

 

Las comparsas usan diversos trajes para realizar coreografías en el Carnaval de Tenerife

Las comparsas usan diversos trajes para realizar coreografías en el Carnaval de Tenerife

 

Tenerife Carnival Parades

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The two parades with the greatest participation in importance are: Cabalgata Anunciadora and Coso Apoteosis..

Cabalgata Anunciadora takes place during the night and its main attraction is the varied musical and theatrical performances and dance presentations. It is a show of hundreds of thousands oflights and colors for all ages. In addition, the murgas, comparsas, rondallas and the various carnival groups also participate.

The Coso Apoteosis is an event that takes place during the day and you can find a large number of floats, groups, comparsas and beautifully decorated cars. In addition, the event functions as one of the main attractions of the city to encourage the participation and approach of tourists on the island.

 

Parade route

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife has programming before, during and after the official carnival festivities

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has programming before, during and after the official carnival festivities

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For the Cabalgata Anunciadora the parade starts at the Parque de la Granja and ends at the Plaza de España.

The Great Coso Apotheosis takes place in Francisco La Roche Avenue.

 

The Frangollo is one of the typical dishes of Tenerife

The Frangollo is one of the typical dishes of Tenerife

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Travel Insurance

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What to eat at the Tenerife Carnival

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One of the traditional recipes of Tenerife is Frangollo. Frangollo is a traditional dessert from the Canary Islands that is made with milk, cornstarch, lemon, eggs, sugar, butter, almonds, cinnamon and raisins. In addition, there are some alternate versions with more spices or simply made with water.

You can also find gofio. gofio is a flour made with grains that are ground to a flour-like texture and the color depends on the type of grains used in the recipe. In addition, corn can also be used. This flour can be mixed with water or milk to make various preparations.

In addition, Tenerife also offers you some restaurants, bars and cafes that you can visit to expand your gastronomic experience. Some of the most famous are: Tasquita del Puerto, La Casita De Taby, Bocaditos & Mar, Restaurante El Guanche, El Rinconcito de Hilario and Bar Los Castillos.

 

El gofio es una mezcla de harina con la que se puede realizar varias preparaciones

El gofio es una mezcla de harina con la que se puede realizar varias preparaciones

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What to see and do during the Tenerife Carnival

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If you can extend your visit to the carnival a few days before, you couldenjoy various live music performances, murga shows and dozens of cultural activities that take place in different parts of the city. However, if you can only attend during the official date of the carnivals, you will also be able to see a large number of large-scale events.

The most important events you should attend are the Cabalgata Anunciada and the Coso Apoteosis. In addition, you can be part of the Day Carnivals, where you can see a large number of musical events in the various stages of the city..

Finally, if you extend your carnival until Cinder Wednesday, you can be part of the Burial of the Sardine, along with the burning of a large effigy representing the din of the carnivals. Don’t forget to be part of the small parties and events that happen every days, both the official program and that of the salons, clubs and restaurants.

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What to see and do outside the Tenerife Carnivals

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Tenerife offers you a good amount of tourist attractions that you can visit during your carnival vacations.

Pico del Teide

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This is a natural attraction, which consists of a volcano with an altitude of 3.74/ meters above sea level, constituting one of the highest peaks in all of Spain. The last eruption of the volcano was in 1909 and has some species of flora and fauna.

 

Siam Park

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It is a water park that has been recognized as one of the best in the world. It has 18 attractions that are composed of raft races, rides, slow rivers, roller coasters and slides. It also has some stores, restaurants and private cabins.

 

Our Lady of Africa Market

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It is a large historic building where you can find a great charity of wine, meat, fruit, cheese, seafood and flower stores.

Also if you want to visit museums and important buildings in this city we recommend that you book your ticket in advance through Tiquets:.

Book tickets in the city you are visiting

 

Safety in the Tenerife Carnival

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Tenerife is extremely safe; however, as it is mainly a tourist area, you should pay attention to your surroundings to avoid becoming a victim of pickpockets and scams that target tourists.

Also, it is always a good idea to keep your valuables in a safe place. Likewise, we recommend the following products to keep your valuables safe:

 

 

Weather at the Tenerife Carnival

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The weather in Tenerife during the carnival festivities is quite pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

 

Las comparsas toman la ciudad durante el desfile del Carnaval de Tenerife

The comparsas take over the city during the Tenerife Carnival parade

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How to get to the Tenerife Carnival

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How to get there by plane

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Tenerife has two airports: Tenerife North Airport-Ciudad de La Laguna and Tenerife South Airport. Both airports receive a good number of flights from the region; however, the Tenerife South Airport has a greater number of connections, so we will take the latter as a reference. Once you are here, you can make use of the various means of transport to get to the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

We recommend buying airline tickets through Kiwi.com or Skyscanner where they are usually cheaper. More information on this link to review Kiwi.com..

 

How to get there by ferry

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The island of Tenerife has two international and cruise ports: Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Port of Los Cristianos in the south of the island. In this way, the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife functions as a stop for international cruise ships and tourists, while that of Los Cristianos is used for connections with the rest of the islands.

 

How to get there by bus

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From the south airport, take a Titsa bus on line 111 to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The journey takes 1 hour and the cost ranges between 10 and 13 US dollars.

 

How to get there by car

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From the airport take the TF-1 road to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The trip takes 40 minutes. In addition, you can also use a cab from the airport.

 

Where to stay in Tenerife Carnival

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Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey

5-star hotel 800 meters from the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Rooms feature minibar, satellite TV and private bathroom. In addition, the hotel has a swimming pool, restaurant, bar, spa, parking and free wifi.

 

Hotel Colon Rambla

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4 star hotel 450 meters from the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom. Also, the hotel has a swimming pool, bar, spa, parking and free wifi.

 

Silken Atlántida Santa Cruz

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4 stars hotel, 1.1 km from the center of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and private bathroom. In addition, hotel has a gym, restaurant, bar, parking and free wifi.

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