Everybody knows that the south-west corner of Tenerife is home to the resorts populated by traveling Brits. Package tour deals catering to the needs of those seeking an all-inclusive experience of sea, sand and fun in the sun redirect to Playa de las Américas. Here the streets are saturated with bars offering two for one cocktail deals and blaring cheesy pop tunes for all to sing along to. But, Tenerife’s nightlife doesn’t start here and it definitely doesn’t stop here either. The lively university town of San Cristobal de la Laguna is home to 30,000 students and if one thing is for sure, where there are students, there is a buzzing nightlife. For chilled out vibes, beers and tapas head to Bar 7 Vies. Those after cocktails should make for the atmospheric Strasse to sip on superbly mixed spirits. And, to dance the night away, Pub Gabbana is the place to be.
Located in the Anaga Country park, high above La Laguna, Cruz del Carmen lookout point offers excellent panoramic views over the former capital of Tenerife and Vega Laguna. What appears, at first, to be a simple observation platform is actually of some historical significance. This vantage point served as a rest stop of those traveling with goods from nearby villages. On Wednesdays and Sundays, it also served as a small trading space where villagers exchanged produce. Now, it makes for an excellent afternoon out, and if conditions are right, you may even be able to catch a glimpse of Mount Teide. The lookout also serves as a starting point for three great walking trails one of which is fully wheelchair accessible. For seasoned hikers, here you can begin a 10-kilometer hike from the Cruz del Carmen lookout to Punto del Hidalgo. Some sturdy boots and a camera are essential.
If you're wondering what to do in La Laguna, head to the Bosque de Esperanza (forest of Esperanza) to be transported to another world. Located on the mountain ridge, Cordillera Dorsal, this forest is often bathed in mists that give the wooded landscape an ethereal feel. This is in large part due to the clouds of the trade winds which stick to the mountains, leaving the trapped moisture to envelop the area. Whether it’s just a stroll for those moving at a leisurely pace or a hike for the outdoorsy, a stop off at the Bosque de Esperanza is an absolute must. The forest’s micro-climate means there is a rich diversity of vegetation with everything from pine trees to eucalyptus and laurel trees. The area also boasts a varied population of woodland critters, including birds, rabbits and lizards. And, that’s not all, on clear days you can get some truly spectacular views of all of Tenerife.
However, following, after the Spanish conquest of Tenerife, the Spaniards set up their own settlement in the area in 1496 which served as the island’s capital until 1723.
Due to this unraveling of events, the town features two historical centers, each pertaining to a different time in history. The so-called La Laguna’s Upper Town is the town center of the original settlement located next to the lagoon and has a lovely unplanned urban structure. The Lower Town, sitting 1 kilometer to the east, was designed upholding philosophical principles and Royal regulations. It is the first example of an unfortified grid-model town which centers around the founding square, Plaza del Adelantado. The plan was so successful; the Spanish used it as a universal model for their colonial cities in the New World including Lima, Oaxaca, and Havana.
However, architecture enthusiasts are not the only one who will the place fascinating. What to do in La Laguna? Well, firstly, the town offers a perfect escape from the unbearable heat of summer. It sits at a higher elevation than Santa Cruz. Hence, the climate is noticeably cooler than other towns and villages. The freshness does come in handy in the height of broiling summer sun! Besides, you can explore museums, art galleries, surrounding countryside, or simply chill in the ever-bustling bars, restaurants. If you stay for the night, the city’s nightlife won’t disappoint either. Browse the page to find more things to do in La Laguna.