Tenerife has two ports. Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, near the capital, is the second largest of the Canaries in terms of passenger traffic, receiving cruise ships almost every day. Sea links to other islands of the archipelago, as well as sightseeing boats depart from Port of Los Cristianos, located in the south of the island.
Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
This is the main port of Tenerife. Located less than a kilometre from the capital, on the northeast coast of the island, this port has several uses (fishing, commercial, sports and also passengers) and is the second largest of the Canaries in terms of passenger traffic. Several cruise ships of different sizes dock here almost every day.
This port also concentrates a large movement of goods, with shipping lines operating here to connect Tenerife to the island of Gran Canária, but also to important Spanish ports, such as Barcelona and Cadiz.
History points out that the city of Santa Cruz was born due to the port, and then grew around it. One of the most important episodes that took place in this port dates back to 1993 when, on 26 September, over 45,000 people disembarked to see a Michael Jackson concert (Dangerous World Tour).
The port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, managed by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority, is 10 kilometres from Tenerife North Airport and 60 kilometres from Tenerife South Airport.
Port of Los Cristianos
Port of Los Cristianos, located in the south of Tenerife, has sea links to the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro, that generate a large passenger traffic, including many tourists who visit the island of Tenerife or the other islands in excursions.
Also several tourist boats leave this port for tours, dolphin and whale watching or to visit the cliffs of Los Gigantes. In the existing marina, there are also sailing and diving schools, among other sports.
The first records of the port of Los Cristianos date back to 1523, and the project was completed in 1974. At first, it played a very important role for fishermen and for the transport of goods.
Currently managed by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Port Authority, this is an extremely busy port in the Canaries. It is a 15-minute drive from Tenerife South Airport (Reina Sofia), being well-positioned in terms of services, such as shops, supermarkets, tobacco shops, restaurants and bars.