San Cristobal de la Laguna
Tenerife

The tour of Tnerife (Canary Islands):  From the old, colonial time streets of Laguna, Santa Cruz, Icod de los Vinos to the new tourism oriented Los Cristianos.

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       The main driving force to put our feet on Canary Islands in the middle of the freezing winter in Europe was exactly the Freezing Winter. Indeed it was undeniably a very good reason given the fact that since landing on Tenerife we found ourselves in the arms of an everlasting spring.

Actually it quickly came to my mind that the biblical Garden of Eden was without doubt “misplaced” by being assigned to Mesopotamia by ancient story-tellers.

After just few days in Tenerife I’m deeply convinced that the local climate and beauty of nature in far better way corresponds to our mind-generated perception of “Garden of Eden”…..

After this initial finding we started exploring the hidden and not so hidden treasuries of the island.

San Cristobal de la Laguna

     The city of Laguna was founded in 1496 by Alonso Frenandez de Lugo – the conqueror of the Canary Islands for the Spanish Crown and its first governor. Perfect location in the sunny valley protected by the mountain range with abundant water and vegetation made it an ideal place for the administrative center.

Tenerife tour in pictures

Tenerife tour in pictures

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Typical canarian colonial architecture. On the left - Casa Bigot from 17th Century

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Free Tenerife Laguna pictures




Casa Franco de Castilla from 18th Century



     For almost 300 years Laguna was the capital of Tenerife Island and its largest city.

Till today the city preserves the atmosphere of the long gone colonial times. Its narrow streets with characteristic wooden balconies hanging along buildings’ facades, richly ornamented portals, robust, dark walls from volcanic stone, make you feel that here time is moving at much slower pace….

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Tenerife tour in pictures

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Left: Portal of Casa Mesa from 18th century....
Three pictures on the right: 17th century Casa Salazar


       Construction of the Casa Salazar was started in the middle of 17th century by Cristobal Salazar de Frias, Count of Valle Salazar.

The predominantly Baroque style of building’s architecture includes also some pre-Columbian Aztecs elements as well as neoclassical motifs reflecting Spanish colonial past. From the end of 19th century the Casa Salazar was the seat of the Tenerife's Bishop. In early 2006 the fire seriously damaged the building. Renovated to its past glory the Casa Salazar reopened for public in 2008.

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Tenerife tour in pictures

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The bell tower next to the church "Our Lady of the Conception".
Right- View from the tower on the new residential part of the city and the Laguna valley.

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Free Tenerife Laguna pictures -church


Nuestra Senora de la Conception - the first parish in Tenerife dated from 1496.

      The church- declared the national monument holds several magnificent pieces of religious art. The magnificent pulpit carved in cedar by the French artist Verau is shown on the left photo. Other treasures include - the large container for baptismal water in 15th century ceramic from Seville, several wooden carvings, statues and silver work that represent the best of European and local art.

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Tenerife tour in pictures

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20th century street lamp adds the charm to the atmosphere of the old city.
Most right - Bolong -the West African instrument used by hunters.


     Wandering along the streets I met a very cheerful African artist playing the bolong. This seems to be one of this unknown to the West instruments that can deliver surprising vibes, specifically if combined with skills and colorful image of the artist. I regret I do not have his permission to include his photo from the street (I did not ask for it) so we all could "visually" enjoy the native African music.

Well, may be this is one more reason to visit Laguna not only in pictures?

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Street-cars in modern day Laguna.

Street-cars are the newest addition to the public transport in Laguna. The "Tranvia de Tenerife" links Laguna with Santa Cruz covering the distance of about 8 miles (12.5 km) with 20 stops.

Given the fact that the major part of island's electricity is generated by wind farms, the tramway is not only a colorful addition, but also an ecological one. The most surprising for me was the apparent availability of the Wi-Fi in the public transport - see the most right picture. But I did not have a chance to check it personally.

On the southern - touristic part of the island it was quite difficult to find an internet-cafe or a bar with the wireless internet, not mentioning the fact that most of apartments offered for tourists did not have access to the internet!

So what I'm getting from the tram's photo is that the progress is coming quickly to Tenerife (actually it is running on the wheels :-).

To continue the tour of Tenerife cities in pictures click:
Tenerife Tour  

However:
If you want to make a tour of the Tenerife's El-Teide National Park, get friendly with animals in the Loro Parque, experience the bird's view of the island when paragliding, visit the secluded village Masca, taste local potatoes or witness the unique whistling language in La Gomera then click any of the following links:

El-Teide Volcano Park - and follow several pages
La Piedra de la Rosa 
Tandem Paragliding in Tenerife
Canarian potatoes
Whistling Language in la Gomera
Loro Parque-Tenerife
Masca Village


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