Santa Cruz de Tenerife
is a city and a municipality on the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The city is the capital of the island, the second most populous in the Canary Islands, and the 21st largest city in Spain. In 2008 it had a population of 221,956. The population of the metropolitan area was 573,825 (the 13th largest metropolitan area in Spain).
Santa Cruz is the state capital of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and a co-capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands.
The city is home to the Parliament of the Canary Islands, the Canarian Ministry of Presidency (shared in a 4-year terms with Las Palmas), one half of the ministries and boards of the Canarian Government, (the other half being located in Gran Canaria), the Tenerife Provincial Courts and two courts of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands. There are also several facilities of the La Laguna University in Santa Cruz, including the Fine Arts School and the Naval Sciences Faculty. Its harbour is one of Spain’s busiest; it comprises three different sectors. It is important for commercial and passenger traffic, as well as for being a major stopover for cruisers en route from Europe to the Caribbean.
The main landmarks of the city include the Auditorio de Tenerife (Auditorium of Tenerife), the Santa Cruz Towers and Church Counterfoil of the Concepcion.