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        Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island of Tenerife in Spains Canary Islands. It has a very busy harbour that can accommodate large ships. Most of the beaches in the Canary Islands are made of black volcanic sand. Just seven kilometers (four miles) north of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is Las Teresitas, one of the largest artificial beaches in the world. It is made from millions of tons of imported yellow Sahara sand. A man-made offshore reef protects it from ocean currents. So far, this palm-shaded beach has not been spoiled by development.

        This is a wonderful place to spend a vacation or even a weekend. Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a splendid shopping district along the Calle de Castillo. There is plenty to see and do for people staying in Santa Cruz de Tenerife hotels. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a historic city, and there are many reminders here of the communitys colourful past. In the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (The Museum of Nature and Man) you can see mummies of the Guanche people the original inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who were annihilated by European invaders. There is also a cannon which is alleged to have fired the ball that took off the arm of the English hero Lord Nelson, during an unsuccessful attack. The city has two notable churches dating from the 16th century: Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion. The Museo de Bellas Artes has an excellent collection of paintings, and fine examples of contemporary sculpture can be found in the Parque Municipal Garcia Sanabria. Visitors staying in hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife might want to get out in the morning to browse the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa (Market of Our Lady of Africa), which is a combination bazaar and food market. For information on Santa Cruz de Tenerife cheap hotels, discount hotels, Santa Cruz de Tenerife travel and tours, check for details.