The town of Santa Ursula is set among lush greenery on the north coast of Tenerife. Rather than feeling like a tourist town, it belongs to Spanish culture, and has a laidback vibe. With a scattering of bars and restaurants in its pretty white plazas, you can while away the days nicely here. It’s a good base for hiking in the surrounding area and all the attractions and nightlife of Puerto de la Cruz are just 5 miles away.
Hotels in Santa Ursula
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Things to do
Whether you're looking for a beach getaway or city break, Santa Ursula has something to offer every discerning traveller
The main beach of Puerto de la Cruz has good facilities, loungers, umbrellas and lifeguards, as the sea can get rough.
Playa Socoro, Los Realejos
Black sand beach popular with locals and surfers, set on a beautiful stretch of coastline surrounded by plantations.
A nice secluded beach away from the tourist crowds, with black sand and sea that can get choppy.
Playa de las Arenas
It’s an hour’s drive to this seasonal beach, with rocky pools where you can cool down away from the waves.
Museo de Tenerife
Many archaeological delights await here, including Gauche mummies and interesting ancient pottery.
Pyramids of Guimar
These mysterious and rectangular, stepped sided, pyramid-shaped structures are made from lava stone.
Centro de Arte la Recova
Located in a former market, this gallery houses exhibitions of contemporary Canarian and mainland Spanish artists.
Basilica of Candelaria
This sacred place is dedicated to the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the Islands and is beautifully decorated.
Teide National Park
Explore a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava at this national park.
If you're into watersports activities, Santa Cruz is perfect for diving, surfing and kayaking.
If you're lucky, you may see these majestic creatures on a boat ride. Different species can be seen all year round.
With its incredible sceneries inspired by Thai architecture, Siam Park is Europe's biggest waterpark.
Try caldereta de pescado (fish stew) or sancocho Canario (Canarian stew), which is salted fish cooked in spicy sauce.
Papas arrugada (Canarian potatoes)
Ever so moreish and better than chips, these are potatoes in their skins, cooked in salt and served with dipping sauce.
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll love this dessert made with honey, almonds, cream and rum. Enjoy it with ice cream.
At nearby Puerto de la Cruz, you can enjoy UK favourites pie and mash and a full English breakfast, anytime of day.
There are cafés in Santa Ursula where you can sip on a sundowner, but the liveliest nightlife is in Puerto de la Cruz.
Mirador de San Telmo
Catch live Canarian music as you enjoy a mojito or sangria at this seafront haunt popular with locals.
The Bee Hive, Puerto de la Cruz
Head to this friendly bar where you can play pool or darts and watch football on the big screen.
Blanco Bar, Puerto de la Cruz
At this bar and club you can dance to chart music, R&B, hip hop, dance, and Latino sounds until the early hours.
Holidays in Santa Ursula
Santa Ursula has something to offer everyone from last minute breaks to family friendly holidays