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+ home arrow Rural Tourism in Tenerife arrow SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA: CIUDAD DE LOS ADELANTADOS

The City of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is located within the Valley of Agüere (native name that had this part of the kingdom of Anaga) in the northeast of the Island of Tenerife and nailed between the Macizo (Massif) of Anaga and the Macizo central (forest of La Esperanza)  

la lagunaThe history of this city is associated with the conquest of the Island of Tenerife by the Castilians. The city was founded by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, first conqueror and first “Priviledged” person on the Island (from here the name of city of the “privileged ones”). We can say that to the most probable date of its foundation and date that has been chosen as official is the 27th July 1496. Once the conquest was over, the new gentlemen moved to this part of the island because its hydro resources, like the Lagoon that existed in this zone, as well as the affluents that emanated from the mounts of Anaga and which brought water to the city in the street of El Agua (Water) or Nava and Grimón. In addition to having been the first capital of all Canary Islands, La Laguna is also the seat of the Diocese and the University City. 

La Laguna is not only history but it is also culture, art, etc… This city counts on a great artistic patrimony made up of more than 400 houses and historical buildings of the XVI, XVII and XVIII centuries. In addition to this artistic-cultural wealth, La Laguna is the University City par excellence. Students come every year from all the Islands as well as from the Peninsula and other European countries. This city has an added dynamism through the presence of the students as well from the tourist visitors that come and go. We can find Palaces like the one of Nava and Grimón or the House of Salazar, as well as convents like the one of San Miguel de Las Victorias, El Cristo, home to one of the most respected and adored images by the canary town, (El Cristo de La Laguna) or the one of Santa Catalina de Siena (where the incorrupt body of the Servant of God (Sister Maria de Jesus) is conserved). 

We also come across churches like the one of the Conception or the cathedral of La Laguna, as well as with the consistorial Houses as those of the Regent or the House of the General Captains. On top of all this cultural patrimony, La Laguna offers a Gastronomical route through its Tascas in which we can taste typical local dishes, as well as those from the new Canarian kitchen.

If what we are looking for is to have some fun, the city counts with the “quadrilateral”, zone with a concentration of more than 100 pubs which the islanders frequent. If we wanted to have a guided tour of La Laguna, there is a place in Plaza del Adelantado where the town hall organises free visits for all those who want to get to know the city. Starting off at Plaza del Adelantado or Plaza de Abajo, we can contemplate to the old Town hall of Tenerife (today’s host of the City council of La Laguna) as well as the market of La Laguna, located in one of the corners of this same square, where we can breathe the most traditional atmosphere of the city. Going up La Calle de la Carrera, which is nowadays paved as it was in the XVI century, we will arrive to Villa de Arriba.

Throughout the trajectory, we will see great houses that follow the style of the Castilian colonial architecture, until we arrive at the Villa de Arriba where we find the Church of the Conception. From there we descend the street of San Agustín until returning to the Plaza del Adelantado. Amongst the celebrations of this town we must emphasize Easter with its processions, as well as the Corpus Christi, where the locals arrange beautiful floral or sand carpets that decorate the main streets of the historical centre. Another one of its great festivities is the celebration dedicated to the Holy Christ of La Laguna (14th  of September) as well as the Romería (popular festivity) dedicated to San Benito Abad. We shouldn’t forget the Hearts of Tejina, considered like a celebration of general interest. 

La Laguna is culture, history, art, traditions and an endless amount of emotions that we will only be able to discover if we visit this part of the Island of Tenerife.

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19 March 2018

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