Do you know San Cristóbal de La Laguna? Do you know why it is called that? And why has it been declared a World Heritage Site?
We give you the opportunity to discover the secrets of a city that has been the first capital of the Canary Islands.
In each street many stories of its ancient inhabitants are hidden, with the houses of the most important families of the island of Tenerife.
Walking through the city in the company of our guides you will discover very interesting things and that you can hardly discover alone!
Do you dare to visit it with us?
We will visit:
The Plaza del Adelantado.
Starting point for anyone visiting the city of La Laguna, it is configured as a city center, both from the historical point of view, as well as from the political, social, cultural and economic point of view.
From the historical point of view The Plaza del Adelantado is the central space around which the “New Villa” or “Villa de Abajo” will be defined. The square receives this name because the first Adelantado, conqueror of La Palma and Tenerife, Don Alonso Fernández de Lugo decided to build his second home, at one end of the Plaza de Abajo, in a part of the lot that the Convent occupies today from Santa Clara.
The round Bishop King Street.
It is one of the first and most important roads in the history of the city.
This street initially led from the Plaza de Abajo (today Plaza del Adelantado) to the Plaza de Arriba where the church of La Concepción is located, which was also known as the church of Santa María de la Antigua in order not to confuse it with the church of Los Remedios (Cathedral), which was built by mandate of the Adelantado.
St. Augustine Street.
It receives its name from the Augustinian convent, but has had others. It was the street that goes to the lagoon, Sancto Espiritus street in the first years of the 16th century and later, like those of La Carrera, Herradores and del Agua, Calle Real. Paved in 1542, it was also called merchants and, occasionally, Calle de los Escaños or Ascanio. Since the seventeenth century it maintains its current name.
The tall houses or leftover houses and the armeras houses have in the street of San Agustín a wide representation. They are houses of landowners who can exercise another activity.
It receives its name in honor of one of the most important historical chroniclers of Tenerife, Don Antonio de Viana. Previously it was called Calle del Pino and also Calle San Sebastián, because it was located in an old hospital that had this name.
Square of the Christ.
The Plaza de San Francisco or Plaza del Cristo is located at one end of the historic center of the city, bordering with the Vega, and served as a boundary between the urban and rural part of the municipality. The name of San Francisco is due to the existence of this convent from date before 1506. However, the square is commonly known as Plaza del Cristo, because without a doubt, what gives more importance is the presence in one of its corners of the Royal Sanctuary of Christ of La Laguna, an image that arouses great devotion among the lagoons and, in general, among all the Canaries.
Points we will visit: The Plaza del Adelantado, Calle Obispo Rey Ronda, Calle San Agustín, Calle Viana, Plaza de el Cristo.
Route: about 2km on foot
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lunch: not included;
Duration: 2 hours approximately;
Price: adult € 15, children free (up to 12 years old);
Meeting point: The Plaza del Adelantado. (in front of the fountain)