La Laguna is one of the most interesting cities in the Canary Islands, San Cristobal de La Laguna is often overlooked by visitors; probably because it does not have beaches and because, from the highway TF 5 which runs parallel to the city, it looks like a jungle unattractive.

But the urban facade of the 20th century hides a charming old town. Streets and squares are lined with perfectly preserved buildings of the XVI, XVII, XVIII century, designed by Architects Genovesi, French, Portuguese, Castilians, Flemish. A wealth of such value that l’UNESCO has included in its list of places to preserve.

located far from the coast, 600 meters above sea level in the Valley Aguere at the crossroads to the mountains of Anaga, is considerably cooler than the coastal resorts.

Geography

San Cristobal de La Laguna, is located about 10 km north-east of the capital, along the highway TF-5. Counts 144,347 inhabitants (2007) but now forms a single metropolitan area of about half a million people together Santa Cruz which is also connected by a metro line.

 

 

History

During the Spanish conquest of the island of Tenerife was held here one of the most important battles.

The Adelantado (military governor) Alonso Fernández de Lugo, after the first defeat in the battle of Acentejo because of the increased knowledge of the territory by the Guanches, had his revenge here.

The flat terrain of the valley of Aguere zeroed the advantage of the natives that on 14 and 15 November 1494 suffered a heavy defeat here. The next month was held the second battle of Acentejo, this time with a favorable outcome for the Crown of Castile. The conquest of the island was over.

Alonso Fernández de Lugo between 1496 and 1497 founded the city that became the capital of the island.

In 1701 was founded the University of La Laguna which now has about 30,000 students.

In the eighteenth century began to decline and in 1723 the capital was moved to Santa Cruz.

In 1930 was founded the airport of Los Rodeos.

In 1999 it was declared a World Heritage Site.

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Events

  • Corpus Christi
  • Romeria de San Benito Abad
  • Fiesta del Santissimo Cristo

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