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Tandem paragliding - Taganana, Tenerife
Tandem paragliding - Taganana, Tenerife 30 minutes
Gliding over the fantastic Taganana Valley, ravine, dramatic rock formations and quaint villages as you tandem paraglide above the undulating Anaga region.
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Paragliding tandem in Tenerife: The Acentejo cliffs in Tacoronte
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Paragliding tandem from Ifonche to Costa Adeje
Paragliding tandem from Ifonche to Costa Adeje 30 minutes
Launching from 1000 metres from Ifonche towards the southern coast of Tenerife, this paragliding ride offers you impressive aerial views over rocky landscape, gorge and mountain.
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Paragliding excursion: Taucho to Costa Adeje
Paragliding excursion: Taucho to Costa Adeje 30 minutes
Tenerife tandem paragliding from Taucho village at 800 metres towards the bustling resorts of the southern part of the island. Marvel at the impressive scenery of Adeje rock formations and beautiful coastline.
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Hiking in Tenerife: El Batan (Route of Trade)
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Hiking in Tenerife: Traces of Volcano
Hiking in Tenerife: Traces of Volcano 7 hours
A timeless scenic hiking tour through Anaga. It features the oldest volcanoes, fathomless ravines, vine cultivation and one of the best black sand beaches of Tenerife. There will be opportunity to taste some wine.
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Hiking in Tenerife: Secret of the Forest
Hiking in Tenerife: Secret of the Forest 3.5 hours
Discover the secret beauty of the laurisilva forest of the Anaga Mountains. A 6.5km hike at relaxing suitable for all with opportunity to taste some local produce.
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Hiking in Tenerife: Taborno Route (Share the Traditions)
Hiking in Tenerife: Taborno Route (Share the Traditions) 4.5 hours
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Travel Inspirations - San Cristóbal de La Laguna
The population of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is settled on the verdant hills of the Aguere valley.The city's altitude above sea level means it is usually four degrees cooler than in the city of Santa Cruz on the coast. This provides a refreshing atmosphere, sometimes with a mysterious mist covering the picturesque town. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is located in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife , in the north of the island. With over 150,000 inhabitants, it is the third-most populous city of the Canary Islands and second-most populous city of Tenerife . The city has an interesting grid layout, with old-fashioned streets, as well as some more modern developments. The cosy streets of the old town are lined with colourful, historic buildings that have been wonderfully preserved, and there are several peaceful green areas scattered throughout. The city prides itself on many good restaurants offering Canarian specialities and there are some decent shopping streets, particularly Calle Herradores. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is considered to be the cultural and religious capital of the Canary Islands and boasts eleven churches. Among these is the spectacular cathedral (Diocese of Tenerife ) in the centre of town. There are also several extravagant palaces showing off a range of architectural styles. The city was declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in December 1999. History The city was founded in 1496 with the settlement of soldiers and civilians in the area surrounding Iglesia de la Concepción where the festival of Corpus Christi was celebrated for the first time. Iglesia de la Concepción was the first church on the island, built in 1502. Inside the church is a large, glazed 16 th century baptismal font, which was used to convert Guanche warriors to Christianity after the conquest by Alonso Fernández de Lugo and his men. After the island’s conquest and up until the 19th century, San Cristóbal de La Laguna became the first capital and centre of politic and economic power. However, the 1706 volcanic eruption, which destroyed the harbour of Garachico , caused a slight decline in progress, and the ascending city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife began to take over. The city centre displays typical examples of the type of urban structure that was developed in Latin America during the process of colonisation. In the late 16th century, during the reign of King Phillip II, engineer Torriani drew his plans of San Cristóbal de La Laguna with a structure consisting of 400 buildings. These have been listed with different degrees of monumental or environmental protection. The city has also maintained its grid layout. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is considered an ancient capital and remains the religious centre of the island with Augustans, Dominicans, Jesuits, Blemits and feminine orders all founded their convents there. In 1818-1819, however, the Nivariense Diócesis established its headquarters in the city. The city is also known as ‘the city of the anticipated ones’, since it was in San Cristóbal de La Laguna that the first university of the archipelago was established in 1701. The University of La Laguna is situated a short walk away from the old town and accommodates 30,000 students. The city is remembered for its outstanding military history and role in the conquest. In 1723 the General Captaincy of the Islands was transferred here. Due to its historical and artistic value, the city was declared Humanity’s Patrimony in 1999, and was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. From 2003 the municipality started a plan to renew the area and the city has since been raising its profile, and tourism has expanded considerably. In recent years it has become clear that there exists a de facto union between La Laguna and the neighbouring capital city, Santa Cruz. This is due to rapid population growth and lack of empty space between the two, forming a merged metropolitan union. This large urban centre is in the process of consolidating its union with other populations. Transport ties between the two cities have improved, and a new tramline was installed between them in 2007. The Tenerife North Airport at Los Rodeos was opened in the 1930s and is today expanding, with many low cost airlines flying from here. The name La Laguna originates from a small lake that used to exist where the population settlement is today. Culture Being the cultural and religious centre of Tenerife , there are many festivals held in La Laguna throughout the year reflecting its history. Festivities of deep-rooted tradition in Tenerife are the Corpus Christi festival and Holy Week. There is a special devotion to these festivals in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, given it was here that the first Corpus festivity took place. On the last Friday of every month, a cultural, nocturnal walk of the historic old town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is held by the Museo de Historia y Antropología de Tenerife . You will be told about the diverse cultural influences on this city and the rest of the island, starting from pre-colonisation. Traditional Guanche pastimes are said here to have included the Canarian wrestling and cock fighting. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is home to some of the best folklores in the Canary Islands . Amongst the 50 over folklore groups, the most famous group being Los Sabandeños. Traditional music and various other genres can be heard in bars throughout the town, and there are outdoor shows during the summer months. The manufacture of traditional costumes is characteristic of this municipality and there are a variety of crafts activities including lace work, embroidery, metal works and wood work. Contemporary culture can be found at El Kastillo Espacio de Arte y Creación Contemporánea de La Laguna, where Canarian artists display their work. Economy The economy of the city is business-oriented, with one of the main industries being manufacturing. The industrial area is made up of the main subdivisions of Majuelos, Las Torres de Taco, Las Mantecas and Las Chumberas. Tourism in the area has grown over the years, specifically since 2003 when the municipality started a plan to renew the area. Agriculture dominates the north-eastern part of the city. How to get there By Bus: From Puerto de la Cruz : TITSA Bus 101 departs every half an hour (between 06:00- 21:30) to Santa Cruz de Tenerife via La Orotava , La Victoria, Tacoronte , Guamasa, Tacoronte , Guamasa and San Cristóbal de la Laguna. TITSA Bus 102 (express) runs 24-hour and between 07:15 and 21:15, buses depart frequently, i.e. every half an hour. Most of these buses stop by the North Airport. TITSA Bus 103 (express) departs hourly from 07:00 to 21:00 and do so every half an hour between 09:00 - 11:00 and 13:00- 19:00. From San Cristóbal de la Laguna: TITSA Bus 014 runs 24-hour (every hour or two) and with most frequencies between 06:00 and 21:45 (every 5 to 10 minutes). TITSA Bus 015 (express) departs on 05:35, every 10 to 15 mins from 05:50 to 22:00, 22:20 and 22:40. From the South (Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas ): TITSA Bus 110 (express) departs Playa de las Américas every half an hour from 06:15 to 18:45, 19:45, and 20:45. Departures reduced to 6 times a day in the weekends between 08:25 and 20:45. TITSA Bus 111 (via Los Cristianos and South Airport) runs frequently from Playa de las Américas especially between 06:30 and 22:30 when you can expect departures on every half hour. By Car: From the north, Autopista del Norte is the fastest route to Santa Cruz de Tenerife . For example, it is about 38km (or 30 minutes drive) away from Puerto de la Cruz . From the South, take Autopista del Sur. Driving from Playa de las Américas will take around 50 minutes (77km).
Sights Plaza de la Concepción This is a pretty public area surrounded by relaxing bars, a large Drago tree and many colourful flowers. The bell tower of Iglesia Nuestra Senora de la Concepción can be admired from here, while sitting on one of the many benches. This is where one of the two Tourist Information Centres of the city is located, a handy starting point of your sight seeing in San Cristobal de la Laguna. To the South of Plaza de la Concepción is Plaza del Doctor Olivera Address: Plaza de la Concepción, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife (eastern end of Calle Adelantado and northern end of Calle del Tizón). Iglesia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción Built in 1502, the church is the oldest on the island. Closed in a private room is the large glazed 16 th century baptismal font, which was used to convert Guanche warriors to Christianity. The church is beautiful and grand with elaborately carved wooden ceiling panels in Moorish design, and decorative painting. Gothic origins are mixed with Renaissance style and Baroque embellishment. The church is less than 50m, southeast of Plaza de la Concepción. Address: Calle San José, 9, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 259 130 Visiting hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 12:00 noon and 17:00 to 19:30. Sundays 08:30 12:00 noon and from 17:30 to 19:15. Casa del Corregidor (currently Town Hall of San Cristóbal de La Laguna) This is one of the oldest buildings in the city, and was used by Tenerife ’s first governing body. The structure of Neoclassical design, clad in bluestone, assertively displays the city coat of arms, with a plaque reading “During the Reign of Ferdinand VII, MDCCCXXIV”. The hall can’t be missed with numerous national flags decorating the face of the building.The red stone façade is a bold example of Plateresque architecture and invites in visitors. Address: Excmo. Ayuntamiento de La Laguna, Calle Obispo Rey Redondo, 1, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 601 100 (general line) Website: www.aytolalaguna.com Convento de Santa Catalina de Siena Founded in 1611, the convent of cloistered nuns can be found across from Plaza de Adelantado and the old Municipal Market. Declared in 1986 as monument of ‘Good Cultural Interest’ by UNESCO, this Dominican convent prides itself with its exceptional interior, Santa Rosa de Lima sculpture by Rodríguez de la Oliva and the body of the Sister María de Jesús de León Delgado (1643 - 1731), the well-loved Servant of God. Address: Calle Nava y Grimon, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Palacio de Nava (Palace) This palace shows off a striking combination of Mannerist, Baroque and Neoclassical design. In 1976, it was designated a cultural heritage building. Address: Calle Nava y Grimon, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Plaza del Adelantado Set in the heart of the city, many locals can be seen relaxing in this shaded square. Surrounding it are several cafes and bars, as well as important buildings, including the large city hall and the Church of San Miguel. Address: Plaza del Adelantado, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Iglesia de San Miguel Built in 1506, this appealing little church on the eastern edge of Plaza de Adelantado is presently an exhibitions and cultural centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Address: Plaza del Adelantado, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Convento de Santo Domingo This convent dates back to the 17 th century, and has interesting Mudejar moulded ceilings, as well as housing some important figures, and some frescoes by Mariano de Cossio (1860-1890). Address: Calle Santo Domingo, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 250 077 Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 18:00 to 19:30; Sundays and public holidays 10:00 to 12:00 noon, 18:00 to 19:30. Palacete Rodríguez de Azero (currently a Casino) This building, completed in 1899, is a stunning example of eclectic architecture, reflecting influences from French palaces, as well as Modernism. The building is now used to house the Casino de La Laguna private club. Street: Calle Nava y Grimon, 7, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 252 005 Website: www.casinodelalaguna.org Real Santuario del Santismo Cristo de La Laguna This church is situated in the large public space of Plaza de San Francisco. It holds one of the most worshipped figures in Tenerife , the gothic style carving of Christ. Locals saved the figure when the San Miguel de las Victorias Convent, which previously stood in this area, was burned down. Address: Calle Quintin Benito, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Casa de Montañes This18 th century building was built by Sergeant Major Francisco Montañés Machado, and is currently the headquarters of the Canarian Government’s Advisory Council. There is also a small information centre. Hidden away behind its walls is a peaceful, lush courtyard, in the centre of which is a small trickling fountain. Address: Calle de San Agustín, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Santa Iglesia Cathedral This cathedral can be easily spotted due to its beautifully sculpted Neo-gothic domes protruding from the low skyline. The former church became a cathedral in 1818, when the Bishopric of Tenerife was created (Nivria Diocese) by a Papel Bull issued by Pope Pious VIII. The building was demolished, except for the neo-classical façade, and was rebuilt and reopened in 1913. Address: Plaza Fray Albino, S/N, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 258 938 and 922 258 939 (The cathedral is currently closed for renovation, please call prior to visiting). Iglesia y Hospital de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores The front of this building is notable for its grand, stone doorway, a sign of its authority. In fact the edifice has been declared a cultural monument. It has two annexes used for different purposes. On one side a hospital founded in the 15 th century once stood-now having been converted into a public library. Next to this is the present day church, which dates back to the second half of the 18 th century. Visitors of the small church can admire the many religious images it houses. Access via: Calle de San Agustín and Calle Juan de Vera, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Instituto de Canarias Cabrera Pinto (Cabrera Pinto Institute of Canarian Studies) The first thing that is noticeable about this building is its handsome bell tower. At the front of the building is an attractive, traditional patio, and next-door is the burnt out shell of the 17 th century San Agustín monastery, which was destroyed almost 100 years ago Address: Calle San Agustín, 48, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 250 742 and 922 250 743 Museums Museo de Historia y Antropología de Tenerife (Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife) Situated inside Casa de Lercaro, this museum tells about the diverse geography of the island, from its pyramid like shape, to its varied climate. It also describes the native Guanches of Tenerife , and how Alonso Fernández de Lugo was finally able to conquer the island, dominating the Guanches and converting them to Christianity. The museum recounts the dramatic population, economic and political changes that occurred as a result. On display are documents from public institutions since the time of the conquest, recognising Tenerife as the only island lucky enough to preserve its entire historical pedigree. Address: Calle San Agustín, 20 y 22, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 825 949/43 Opening hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 09:00 to 19:00. Close on Mondays and 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st and 6th January. Entry: €3 Museo de Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museum of Science and Cosmos) This museum provides a lively, interactive approach to science and is worth a visit for children since there are hands on activities and fun learning approaches to be experienced. Street: Calle Vía Láctea, sin número, 38200, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 315 265 /080Entry: €3. Free on Sunday and for children under 8 years Opening hours: Tuesdays - Sundays 09:00 to 19:00. Close on Mondays and 24th, 25th, 31st December and 1st and 6th January. Casa de los Jesuitas The Jesuit fathers moved here in 1737 and moved out again in 1767, when they were expelled from the Island. This is said to be the birth place of the city’s university. It is currently the headquarters of the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País, and has an excellent library open to the public. There is a museum where valuable archives are on display, of documents from the House of Nava y Grimón, Tabares de Nava and about the legacy of chronicler Rodríguez Moure. Address: Calle San Agustín, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 257 735
San Cristóbal de La Laguna has close proximity to Anaga - a favourite haunt for nature lovers and mountain bikers alike. The Teide National park is also close by, about 1 hour drive away. This heritage city also close to several paragliding spots around the northern region, so don't miss the opportunity to fly high and admire the impressive landscapes of Tenerife island. Paragliding Tandem Flight (free pick up) When you are done exploring the unesco heritage buildings of San Cristóbal de La Laguna , why not have a little bit of adventure up in the air? Tandem paragliding is a great way to savour the amazing volcanic landscapes and greenery northern part of Tenerife has to offer. Free pick ups available in La Laguna, taking you to various spots around the north of Tenerife for some paragliding thrill.
Festivals Festivities of great tradition, and of special devotion in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, are Holy Week held in the last week of Lent, Corpus Christi held in June and Pilgrimage of San Benito Abad in July. Also hugely popular is the Tenerife Carnival held in February/March. There are also many other religious celebrations held in this city and throughout the island all year round. During a visit to the island the tourist information offices can be asked for up to date information regarding celebratory dates. Corpus Christi The festival of Corpus Christi involves the streets being completely covered in an array of pictures and collages made from flowers, petals and leaves. Visitors can admire the works of art before the procession then marches through the town. Pilgrimage of San Benito Abad Among local celebrations is the Pilgrimage of San Benito Abad, which is held on the first Sunday of July, and is visited by people from all over the island. It has been declared a national tourist interest with competitions and prizes increasing the popularity of this urban festivity. The celebration is customarily marked by a small group of local women in traditional dress carrying fruit and flowers as an offering to the Saint. The Hearts of Tejina The Hearts of Tejina festival is extremely popular and unique. At the end of August, the men bring out their neighbourhood’s ‘heart’, decorated with bread, cakes and fruit. This is followed by a lively parade. Festivity of Christ Another significant religious celebration is the Festivity of Christ, which involves a fireworks display, is held on the 14 th of September. At the end of July is the San Cristobal festivity, which is a significant celebration for the city. Restaurants Taberna la Casa de Óscar This sophistocated establishment has a bar area as well as an extensive dining area. It is the ideal place to taste a traditional meal, or to try their delicious tapas, with a glass of wine from their ample wine list. Address: Calle Herradores 66, 38204 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Neke Restaurante Asador This medium-priced restaurant is located opposite the Tenerife North Airport, on Subida del Pulpito. It has been converted into a modern establishment retaining a cosy and pleasant atmosphere, serving traditional cuisine, including fish, meat, and salads. Address: Subida del Pulpito, S/N, 38206 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife . Nightlife Being a university town, San Cristóbal de La Laguna has a vibrant bar scene and is credited with having the liveliest nightlife on the island. The university zone is known as the "cuadrilátero," where an extensive array of over 100 bars and pubs, with diverse music, can be found. Students frequent bars in this area all nights of the week, although weekends are the busiest. Shopping Within the old town, the best shopping street is Calle Herradores, which has progressed since the growth of tourism in the area. Here there are a wide range of clothes, and souvenir shops, as well as cafes and bars. There are traditional shops scattered throughout the old town, where crafts can be bought.