Monday, February 08, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Town Hall

Santa Cruz Town Hall Image: AtmanVictor, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

If I had a euro for every time I've translated a phrase like "... broadcast through the town hall's social media networks" - referring to coverage of a mass event that is currently prohibited from taking place because of the restrictions in force - since the pandemic hit, I'd be quite well off. This is a bonus: while it's sad that we can't go to all of the usual carnivals, fiestas and other colourful and lively events that are so much a part of Tenerife's character, we can now see ones on television or online that we wouldn't normally get to, whether that's because we're on the wrong side of the island or the wrong side of the world. And when we can see them again in person, we'll understand and appreciate so much more.

While preparing posts too, I'm forever looking up the address of said town hall's website, Facebook page, Youtube channel etc., so I thought I'd gather those links into one place for reference and publish them because they could be useful to you too. If you're on the island you may need to find the town hall physically for some official business and then there's the fact that most of them are historical buildings worth seeing for their architectural merit. 

We'll start with the Town Hall of Santa Cruz, because it's the capital, the biggest and the most currently relevant with the virtual carnival about to begin. The Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Santa Cruz de Tenerife Town Hall) address is Calle Viera y Clavijo, 46, 38004 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Phone: +34 922 60 60 00.

Located in the Los Hoteles neighborhood, it is the current headquarters of the Mayor's Office and the plenary sessions. The neoclassical building that houses the Santa Cruz Town Hall dates back to 1902 and was originally intended to be the Palace of Justice, although in 1904 it was already the Town Hall. Many call it "The House of the Dragos" because of the two Dracaena draco specimens on both sides of its main entrance.