What to See in La Laguna

Wed, November 23rd, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

There’s no beach, it’s pretty much always a few degrees cooler than anywhere else on the island and in winter, it’s no stranger to rain. But the former capital city of Tenerife and UNESCO World Heritage Centre has more Canarian character in just one of its plazas than there is the whole of Playa de Las Américas, Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes put together. So if fascinating old quarters of cities, pretty plazas and tasty tapas are your thing, make a date to discover the best of La Laguna.

Plaza del Adelantado. The spiritual heart of La Laguna with its marble fountain, its 76 trees and its shady, stone benches beneath the Indian laurels on which elderly gents put the world to rights. Check out the 17th century convent of Santa Catalina with its fretted gallery on the roof through which the nuns could see without being seen; the wide portico of the Town Hall and the tiny Ermita of San Miguel which now doubles as an art gallery.

Calle Obispa Rey Redondo. The wide, pedestrain street that runs off Plaza del Adelantado is one of La Laguna’s most charismatic streets. Buildings date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and are well worth popping inside to see the original tiled floors and walls, the pretty courtyards and the wonderful carved wooden balconies. As they’re all government buildings of one sort or another, public access is not an issue and you can wander into any of the public areas. The fountain courtyard of the Casa de los Capitanes is where you’ll find the tourist office and a street map.

La Laguna Cathedral, Plaza Frey Albino. This stunning looking cathedral has been closed for renovation for as long as I have lived in Tenerife which is a shame for anyone wanting to see inside. But it’s worth a quick visit to see its beautiful 1820 Neo Classical façade, and don’t miss the duck pond outside.

Instituto Cabrera Pinto, Calle San Agustín. Dating from the early 16th century and originally a convent, the courtyard garden of the Cabrera Pinto is, to my mind, the most beautiful you’ll find in the whole of Tenerife. As well as the tranquillity of the garden, you can wander around the modern art exhibition on the ground floor or go upstairs to the permanent exhibition.

History Museum, Calle San Agustín. It would be worth visiting the museum for the building alone but it also happens to have some fascinating photos and artefacts. Casa Lercaro was built as a family home at the end of the 16th century and is a warren of wooden floors and ceilings and enclosed wooden balconies.

Plaza del Cristo. A vast, open plaza with the La Laguna farmer’s market all along one side where you can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, all manner of local produce and stunning exotic plants and flowers. On the other side of the square is the Franciscan Convent and the Church of El Cristo where you can see the 16th century Flemish carving of Christ which stands against a silver cross on the altar and is one of the most venerated images in Tenerife.

Posted : Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 at 11:08 am
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