La Laguna was the old capital of Tenerife before this title was taken over by Santa Cruz. Now La Laguna houses the university of the island and it’s historical center is listed a a World Heritage Site by Unesco. If you are looking for beautiful architecture, a relaxing stroll through an authentic city center and great food, then you have come to the right place. Thanks to all the local students, this charming city has a trendy vibe with an authentic feeling.
Location of La Laguna
La Laguna is located on the north side of the island and you have different options to get there.
- If your accommodation is located in the south of the island, you can rent a car to reach the city center of La Laguna. It will take you around 1 hour to get there via the highway. Parking around the city center is not always easy if you don’t want to pay for a parking space. If you don’t mind paying, you can find car parks all around.
- If you are staying in the north of the island you can either rent a car, from Puerto de la Cruz or Santa Cruz. Or if you are staying in Santa Cruz, you can take the tram to get to the city of La Laguna. This is an easy and stress free way to discover the city and without having to worry about looking for a place to park the car.
- When you don’t feel like going to the city all by yourself, you can book an organised tour with your local Touroperator so everything will be organised for you.
Things to see
The city center of La Laguna is pedestrian friendly so you will have the time to look at all the authentic local buildings. One of the main constructions you can not miss is the local Cathedral of La Laguna, also called the Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios. This is one of the most important churches of the Canary Islands and it has only recently been completely restored in 2014, during a 12 year restoration process… Not only the bureaucratic disagreements, but also the very bad shape of the vaults and domes made this a very lengthy process. In the end the new vaults and domes were rebuilt with a special material, making it the first cathedral in the world to use this building material.
The city center is full of 15th to 17th century old buildings painted in bright colours. Walk around and enjoy the local ambiance and atmosphere.
Some of the shops and restaurants are hidden behind the facade of a building, but once you enter, it is like stepping into a whole new world. Beautiful courtyards and high beam ceilings will have you gazing around all day long.
Because La Laguna is located on the north side of the island a little bit inland, the area is always a bit colder and more moist than the rest of the island. La Laguna gets on average 3 to 5 percent more rainfall and 10 percent less sunshine than the southern slopes of the island. Be prepared for this and always take an extra sweater or an umbrella with you.