Your path to the past
New ideas for something to do.
You might not think that a visit to a museum would be a top priority for visitors to Tenerife but you would be wrong.
Research has shown that more and more people want something to do during their holiday, over and above the traditional offering of sun, sand and sea.
Those who have already discovered the museums of the island will know they are far from boring. The emphasis is on presenting information in the most interesting way possible for all members of the family so it is both fun and educational. No-one leaves a Tenerife museum saying it was boring, that’s for sure!
A new campaign has just been launched to introduce more tourists to the cultural and historical value of the island.
Museums of Tenerife has teamed up with Santa Cruz council to produce a special map which gives information about places to visit in the capital. It includes a 50% discount voucher to one of Tenerife’s shining lights when it comes to museums ie. the Museum of Nature and Mankind (or in Spanish “Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre). This initiative is designed to appeal to all sectors, including the growing number of cruise ship`arrivals in Santa Cruz.
Some 60,000 copies of the street map have been produced through the company CamfortMedia. It includes a short text in Spanish and English and pinpoints the location of the “Castillo de San Cristóbal” information centre and the Museum of Nature and Mankind. On the flip side is a map of the whole of the island and other interesting places to visit like the Casa Lercaro, Museum of History and Anthropology, the Cave of Winds (Cueva del Viento) and the Museum of Science and the Cosmos.
You will be able to find the map in various places as they will be distributed in hotels, tourist information points and car rental facilities among others, north and south. You can also pick one up at City Sightseeing Worldwide, the Santa Cruz hop-on and hop-off tour bus which also goes around the capital.
One excellent website you might like to look at is www.santacruzmuseums.org which tells you all about the Museum of Nature and Mankind and its exhibits and interactive programme of events.
For your further information, the Cave of the Winds is at Icod de los Vinos, the Casa Lercaro is in La Orotava and both the Museum of Science and the Cosmos and Museum of History and Anthropology are in La Laguna. Remember, all these towns and Santa Cruz itself are well worth visiting for a day out to discover a different side to Tenerife.