Today we have to talk about this city in the north of the island of Tenerife, San Cristóbal de La Laguna. It was the first city in the Canary Islands, and so far it is the only one to be declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Its colonial architecture, the linear layout of its streets, which was made in the 15th century without protective outer walls, and a large pedestrian shopping area give a distinctive mark to this old university city. Enjoying its historic streets is an unforgettable experience.
The area around the present city has been inhabited since the Guanche era (the ancient native inhabitants of Tenerife). The Guanches settled in the area as well as the rest of the island approximately 2000 years ago.
San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the largest city in Tenerife and the only one on the entire island to be declared a World Heritage Site. This historic town was founded in 1497 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo, who chose an inland city to avoid pirate attacks along the coast. Thus, La Laguna was the first capital of Tenerife and concentrated all the power of the island.
In 1927 he opened the first university in the Canary Islands in La Laguna. Since then, the university and youth atmosphere of La Laguna has been the main hallmark of the city. Although the capital moved to Santa Cruz in 1833, the development of La Laguna has been unstoppable. Today, it is home to numerous palatial buildings, shops and restaurants, and the Tenerife North Airport.
Here we tell you 3 must-see places when you are in San Cristobal de La Laguna.