Santa Ursula Introduction
Santa Ursula is situated in the north of Tenerife close to Puerto de la Cruz and the northern airport, Los Rodeos. The fertile north has some stunning scenery with great views of Mount Teide. Santa Ursula is a popular base for those who wish to explore the north of the island either by car or by walking in the hills and valleys.
Why Go To Santa Ursula
A Santa Ursula holiday offers relaxation in pleasant surroundings. The north of the island has much more precipitation than the south and this is reflected in its greener landscape with its many flowering bushes and trees. With year round warm sunshine, Santa Ursula is good place to escape from our dark dreary winters and its position in Tenerife makes it an excellent base for exploring the north of the island.
Who Is Santa Ursula Popular With
A Santa Ursula holiday is popular with those looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. It attracts families as well as couples all ages. Hikers come here to walk in the fertile valleys and in the mountains.
When To Go To Santa Ursula
A Santa Ursula holiday can be taken at any time of year. Summer temperatures can reach thirty degrees with winter temperatures in the high teens. Early and late season are popular times for walking holidays when the weather is a little cooler.
Santa Ursula - The Place
Santa Ursula lies in the historic north of Tenerife and offers many sightseeing opportunities. It is only a short bus ride from Puerto de la Cruz and thirty kilometres from the capital Santa Cruz. Four and five star hotels offer luxurious accommodation in relaxed surroundings and there are a number of restaurants providing a wide range of cuisine. While there is no large commercial centre in the resort, this is more than compensated for by its proximity to Puerto de la Cruz and the capital.
The fertile valleys and hills, with a distant backdrop of Mount Teide, provide picturesque landscapes with some stunning views.
Santa Ursula is a good base for walkers as it is close to the Orotava Valley the Garajonay National Park.
There are a number of charming towns in the north that should be visited. One such, is La Laguna with its historic quarter where little has changed over the centuries.
An excursion to Mount Teide is on most holiday lists. Take a coach to the volcano and then a cable car ride, only for those who are unafraid of heights, to the top. Here you will be rewarded by the most spectacular views over the island.
There are many boat trips from Puerto de la Cruz to neighbouring islands as well as providing the opportunity for big game fishing or whale and dolphin spotting.
A Santa Ursula holiday offers luxurious accommodation relaxing in the sunshine in an area of historical interest and natural beauty.
Santa Ursula Nightlife
Nightlife in Santa Ursula is fairly low-key with hotels providing much of the evening entertainment. There are also bars and restaurants providing venues where holidaymakers can enjoy an evening meal. For a livelier time, take a taxi to the neighbouring Puerto de la Cruz which has many bars and pubs that are open until the early hours of the morning.
Santa Ursula has a number of shops providing holiday essentials as well as the usual number of gifts and souvenirs. Since one of the attractions of shopping in Tenerife is that it is virtually duty free and items such as perfume, alcohol, cigarettes, cameras and electronic goods are all considerably cheaper, holidaymakers may wish to take a bus to Puerto de la Cruz which has many fine boutiques and specialist shops. There has been a problem with counterfeit goods so be on your guard for such scams. The Saturday market at the coast sells many hand crafted items ideal for gifts and holiday mementoes.
Santa Ursula Eating
Santa Ursula has some very fine restaurants providing a range of menu from traditional Canarian to international cuisine. Typical Canarian food is the spicy mojo sauce and salty new potatoes that are boiled in sea water before being baked. Fish features prominently on menus and is often served with the green variety of mojo sauce. Ordering tapas is a good way to try out small portions of local food either as a first course or to fill the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner.