This charming colonial city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its exceptional cultural heritage. San Cristobal de la Laguna is the former capital of Tenerife Island. The lovely historic town has many architectural gems such as its glorious cathedral, Renaissance and Neoclassical churches, and impressive mansions built by wealthy families in the 17th and 18th centuries. The town’s parish church, the Iglesia de Nuestra La Concepción was built 1496 and modified in the 16th and 18th centuries. The sanctuary is simply adorned and has Mudéjar coffering. Another important church is the 17th-century Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The facade features Plateresque details on the facade and an ornately designed Mudejar ceiling. Paintings by the Canary Islander artist Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana decorate the interior. For a historical overview of the region, head to the History and Anthropology Museum. This museum illustrates the history and culture of the island of Tenerife throughout the centuries.
Sun-worshippers and nature lovers should also make time to enjoy the town’s beaches. Al Apio Beach has a sandy, gravelly shore with moderate waves. El Navio Beach is a great place for watersports and windsurfing. Near the lighthouse, Arenisco Beach invites visitors to take a scenic walk along the coast.