San Cristóbal de la Laguna

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02 November 2021

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San Cristóbal de la Laguna

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.

San Cristóbal de la Laguna


The most representative building in La Laguna is the San Cristóbal Cathedral. In its interior rest the remains of the conqueror and founder of the city Alonso Fernández de Lugo. The dome of the Cathedral of San Cristóbal can be seen from practically every point in La Laguna.


Officially known as Santa Iglesia Catedral de San Cristóbal de La Laguna, its construction began in the 16th century, later undergoing, with the passage of time, several modifications and reconstructions, the most important being those that give it its current shape, at the end 18th century.


It was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument at the end of the last century. The most striking thing about the Cathedral of La Laguna is inside, where it houses a wide and very interesting artistic and cultural heritage, from the spectacular main chapel to the historic altarpieces that embellish the temple, without forgetting the wonderful marble pulpit, the canvases, and carvings, the neoclassical choir or the important series of sacred ornamentation.

San Cristóbal de la Laguna


It was the first temple to be founded in Tenerife, and therefore in La Laguna. The mother church from which all the others on the island have been gestated. Oral and written tradition indicates that the first mass took place there, on the Corpus Christi festival, with the clergy who accompanied Adelantado Fernández de Lugo.

Its 28 meter high tower stands out, which has become one of the icons to see in La Laguna, and which houses the largest bell in the Canary Islands.

San Cristóbal de la Laguna


Anaga is a massif of mountains with sharp edges and deep ravines, in tight succession, covered in a green blanket of laurel forest and dotted with charming hamlets here and there. All this, less than an hour’s drive from La Laguna, a Unesco World Heritage city, and from the capital and main port of the island of Tenerife, Santa Cruz. Exploring Anaga is traveling to a place with a clear rural flavor and to a bygone era in which the relationship between humans and their environment was closer.


Do not hesitate to contact the reception of Hotel El Duque and we will be happy to offer you all the necessary information so that you can visit this magical place on the island of Tenerife.


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