La Laguna was declared a World Cultural and Heritage Site by Unesco in 1999. The city is the former administrative capital of the island and is currently the second largest urban centre, whilst remaining its religious capital. This monumental city comprises a historic group of buildings, which retain their original layout. The excellent state of conservation of the historical centre has not, however, stopped the city from adapting culturally to modern times.
The streets of the centre of La Laguna are full of important monuments and historic buildings, despite the fact that they house an appealing commercial activity, in which small family businesses have managed to survive many years. At these shops the traveller may find typical craftwork, items of the latest fashion, island wines and a whole array of traditional gastronomical products.
Located in the Valley of Aguere, a stroll through the city´s streets can surprise us with views in which the solemnity of the historical monuments contrasts with the surrounding hillside scenery. The hills of Las Mercedes and part of the Anaga Rural Park submerge the visitor in such an original setting. Additionally, being a university city provides it with an atmosphere ideal for both day-time and night-time leisure, as well as a cultural character. La Laguna´s small snack bars _ or tascas _ are an essential feature of this city´s nightlife, in which the young locals mix study with pleasure. Museums and exhibitions provide further opportunities for enjoying the full potential of this very different and charming city.