Visit La Laguna, Tenerife - travel guide and tourism

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Visit La Laguna

La Laguna is a town on the northern part of Tenerife not far from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

San Cristobal de La Laguna is the second biggest city after Santa Cruz de Tenerife and it is an important historical centre, so much so that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

La Laguna sits in the Aguere valley at the foot of the Anaga mountains. The surrounding countryside is very pretty and if you drive up into the hills you can get some fabulous views of the town below, nestled in amongst the hills.

La Laguna was once the capital of Tenerife though this transferred to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1821. It is a university town and houses the only university on the Canary Islands. It is therefore a lively bustling city.

The highlight of La Laguna is its old town which is a real step back in time and full of lovely buildings. If you can, visit during Holy Week when religious guilds dressed in dark hoods carry the cross through the medieval streets.

Places to visit at San Cristobal de la Laguna

The old town in general is full of lots of elegant 15-17th century buildings.

The Cathedral of La Laguna.

The Iglesia de la Concepcion was built in 1502 and has a beautiful tower and a wooden Mudejar ceiling.

The Plaza del Adelantado is one of La Laguna's lovely squares (see picture) and offers some welcome shade. It is home to the town hall and a convent with an attractive balcony qs well as the Palacio de Nava.

The University of La Laguna which dates back to 1701.

Plaza del Cristo is a lively market selling cut flowers and vegetables.

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Map of La Laguna and places nearby

La Laguna places to visit