San Cristóbal de La Laguna

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A little about La Laguna

La Laguna, also known as San Cristobal de La Laguna, is a historic town known for its rich history and beautiful architecture.

The town was founded in the late 15th century and served as the capital of Tenerife until the 18th century. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its well-preserved historic quarter, which features a mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Canarian architecture.

One of the most notable landmarks in La Laguna is the Cathedral of San Cristobal de La Laguna, which was built in the 16th century and features a beautiful Gothic facade. The town also has many other historic churches, convents, and monasteries, as well as a number of museums and cultural attractions.

La Laguna is also known for its lively pedestrian streets, which are lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants. The town has a vibrant arts scene, with many galleries and exhibitions showcasing the work of local artists.


Things to see in La Laguna

  1. La Laguna Old Town

    • Description: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the old town is a maze of pedestrian streets filled with historic buildings, churches, and squares.
    • Link to UNESCO site
    • Opening Times: Always accessible, but individual establishments have their own timings.
    • Price: Free to wander.
  2. Cathedral of La Laguna (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios)

    • Description: A neoclassical cathedral with a beautiful interior.
    • Link to Cathedral
    • Opening Times: Generally 8:00 AM – 7:30 PM, but times may vary for religious services.
    • Price: Free, though donations are appreciated.
  3. Museum of the History of Tenerife (Casa Lercaro)

    • Description: Chronicles the history of Tenerife from the 15th century to the present.
    • Link to Museum
    • Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
    • Price: €5 for adults, with various discounts available.
  4. Institute of Canary Islands Astrophysics

    • Description: Offers insights into the world of astrophysics and the universe.
    • Link to Institute
    • Opening Times: Working hours, but visits should be arranged in advance.
    • Price: Varies based on the type of visit.
  5. Church of Santo Domingo

    • Description: A historic church with a beautiful wooden ceiling and art pieces.
    • Opening Times: Varies, typically open during daylight hours.
    • Price: Free.
  6. La Laguna Market (Mercado Municipal)

    • Description: A bustling market where you can buy fresh produce, local cheeses, and other goods.
    • Link to Market
    • Opening Times: Monday to Saturday, 7:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
    • Price: Free entry.
  7. Real Santuario del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna

    • Description: A revered sanctuary housing an image of Christ that’s an important religious symbol for the island.
    • Opening Times: Varies, typically open during daylight hours.
    • Price: Free.
  8. Tenerife History and Anthropology Museum

    • Description: Offers insights into the island’s history and culture.
    • Link to Museum
    • Opening Times: Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
    • Price: €5 for adults, with various discounts available.
  9. Plaza del Adelantado

    • Description: A picturesque square surrounded by historic buildings and a beautiful fountain.
    • Opening Times: Always accessible.
    • Price: Free.
  10. Convent of Santa Catalina de Siena

  • Description: A historic convent with a serene atmosphere.
  • Opening Times: Varies, typically open during daylight hours.
  • Price: Free.


Places to have a bite to eat or drink

Here are some recommended places to eat in La Laguna:

  1. El Obispado

    • Description: Situated in a historic building, this restaurant offers a blend of traditional Canarian and modern cuisine.
    • Menu Highlights: “Solomillo Iberico” (Iberian pork loin) for around €16, and “Cherne” (local fish) for about €18.
    • Link to El Obispado
  2. Tasca El Tonique

    • Description: A cozy spot known for its tapas and local dishes.
    • Menu Highlights: “Croquetas caseras” (homemade croquettes) for around €6 and “Pulpo a la brasa” (grilled octopus) for about €14.
    • Link to Tasca El Tonique
  3. Brunelli’s Steakhouse

    • Description: Overlooking the ocean, this steakhouse offers prime cuts and a unique dining experience.
    • Menu Highlights: “T-bone steak” for around €28 and “Lobster soup” for about €9.
    • Link to Brunelli’s Steakhouse
  4. La Hierbita

    • Description: Housed in a 19th-century building, it offers traditional Canarian dishes in a rustic setting.
    • Menu Highlights: “Potaje Canario” (Canarian stew) for around €6 and “Conejo en salmorejo” (rabbit in salmorejo sauce) for about €10.
    • Link to La Hierbita
  5. Tasca 61

    • Description: A modern tapas bar with a twist on traditional dishes.
    • Menu Highlights: “Tartar de atún” (tuna tartare) for around €12 and “Risotto de setas” (mushroom risotto) for about €10.
    • Link to Tasca 61
  6. Lemongrass La Laguna

    • Description: If you’re in the mood for Asian cuisine, this place offers delicious Thai dishes.
    • Menu Highlights: “Pad Thai” for around €8.50 and “Green Curry” for about €9.
    • Link to Lemongrass La Laguna
  7. Pizzería La Competencia

    • Description: A popular spot for pizza lovers, offering a variety of toppings and styles.
    • Menu Highlights: “Pizza Barbacoa” for around €8 and “Calzone” for about €9.
    • Link to Pizzería La Competencia