La Recova

Neocolonial building home to the most popular market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Nuestra Señora de Africa Market, also known as La Recova, is a neocolonial building, constructed in a neoclassical style in 1944. Today, it is home to the most popular market in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There are plenty of stalls, mainly fresh food and artisan products, which give life and colour to the building.

It was built on the orders of the then General Captain of the Canary Islands to try to give the city a new image. The interior of the market is composed of stalls spread across three large patios. Its main entrance consists of an enormous arch, which leads you into the vast central patio, from which you can see the Moorish Clock Tower that presides over the area.

Presiding over the main entrance outside the market, you can find a unique statue known as the Lechera (The Milkmaid). Nearby, you can find the TEA (Tenerife Arts Space), and the Serrador Bridge (Puente Serrador), which crosses the Santos ravine to connect it to the Calle del Castillo, which is the main shopping street in Santa Cruz.

Open every day from 6am – 2.00pm.

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Calle José Hernández Alfonso, 1, 38003 Santa Cruz
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