Tenerife, Part II

Did you know the Canary Islands are named for Dogs and not little yellow Birds ?
The Church of San Francisco dates back to the 18th century. It’s adjacent convent now houses The Museum of Fine Arts.
Like many Cruise Ship ports, Tenerife offers a variety of activities for tourists, Bingo Parlors, Casinos and Shopping !
The theater Circulo de Amistad of Santa Cruz de Tenerife opened in 1904. Architecturally, it is a curious building where the bourgeois architecture of the XIXth century and the Art Nouveau architecture of the Canary Islands meet. The building houses a social organization known as “The Recreation” where members enjoy dominoes, swimming, card games, volleyball and a myriad of other sports and activities.
Just a few steps off of the Calle Castillo, I found this unusual building.
Balconies were on almost every building I saw.

Incredible colors and tiles

Tropical Tenerife

The island of Tenerife is one of 7 islands that make up the Canary Islands. The capital city of Santa Cruz is a tourist destination because of it’s warm climate, volcanic history and beaches. Spanish is spoken here, as is German and English. The architecture of Tenerife ranges from modern sleek buildings to the colorful traditional facades.

     I had a very limited time on the island but made a quick tour around the city center to take in as much as I could. Architecture in Santa Cruz reflects the style of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Traditional Canarian buildings are among those built in the Baroque, Victorian and Renaissance styles.

Calle Castillo is the main shopping thoroughfare in city centre. You can find everything from small boutiques to world known retailers such as this one, Benetton.