La Laguna, a city bursting with life

La Laguna is the finest example of how the force of a volcano affects the local people. This fascinating and lively city is full of students who attend its university.

Its layout can be read like a star chart, where the cardinal points signal the city's most iconic sites. The fact that it served as the basis for the towns founded in America during the Spanish conquest saw it declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. The historic quarter is pedestrianised, inviting visitors to take a leisurely walk among its sumptuous and well-kept houses and buildings, reminiscent of the city's former position as the Island's capital.

Among the elements that attract visitors' attention are the imposing doorways and wooden balconies made of local pine wood, or the spacious and welcoming hallways at the entrance to these grand houses. Altogether, the effect is beautifully picturesque. A guided tour is a great way to explore the city in the hands of professionals who know La Laguna's history and secret nooks and crannies inside out.

Here, you can purchase wine with volcanic essence, handicrafts and the very latest in fashion from the lovely shops in the city centre. An unwritten rule says that you must enjoy its cafés and taverns that are buzzing with bohemian charm. These establishments are full of character and are a great place to find respite from the hustle and bustle of the street while savouring a cup of tea or coffee, a portion of churros or other delicacies. Some prefer to spend a little longer inside these venues sampling drinks and hearty dishes in the laid-back company of the locals.