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2023 Best 10 Trails and Hikes in San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Las Carboneras – Chinamada – Aguaide Viewpoint





#1 – Las Carboneras – Chinamada – Aguaide Viewpoint

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 7.6 km•Est. 2h 30m

Beautiful circular hiking route in the magnificent Anaga Rural Park, being able to enjoy a spectacular landscape.
This route offers the hiker a marvel of nature, and impressive panoramic views of the Mirador de Aguaide.
The excursion begins in Las Carboneras and continues around Mount Tenejías until reaching the top of Morro de Aguaide.
It is a fairly short itinerary if you decide to start from the town of Chinamada.

Mount Aguirre – English Peak


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#2 – Mount Aguirre – English Peak

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 6.6 km•Est. 2h 29m

This spectacular route passes through the exclusion zone of Monte de Aguirre, forming part of the Aguirre massif that leads to Pico del Inglés, one of the highest mountains in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The tour starts and ends going through a path surrounded by huge cacti and aloe with an epic view of the mountain.
The elevation in the first part of the route is quite steep, but the view from the Pico del Inglés is worth it. The second part of the route begins with a long…

Cruz del Carmen – Chinamada – Batán de Abajo





#3 – Cruz del Carmen – Chinamada – Batán de Abajo

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 12. 7 km•Est. 5h 4m

This magnificent and demanding circular hiking route through the Anaga massif begins at the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint, near the visitor center, and continues to the right of a restaurant in the direction of Cabezo de Toro.
During the tour you can see the famous cave houses, the Caserío de Chinamada and also enjoy some impressive views of the island of Tenerife.
The first part of the trail is quite easy, but the second is steeper with almost no shade, so it is recommended to bring sunscreen,…

Aguaide Viewpoint





#4 – Aguaide Viewpoint

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 1.3 km•Est. 21m

Beautiful, pleasant and simple walk, very good to do with the whole family, around the town of Chimanada, within the wonderful Anaga Rural Park.
The tour begins at the Chimanada Citizen Center and continues to the Aguaide del Morro de Aguaide viewpoint, from where you have magnificent views of the Island and the Atlantic Ocean.
It is recommended to wear good hiking shoes as there are some stony sections.
Chinamada is one of the oldest towns in Anaga, being the only one where the vast…

Las Hiedras Trail





#5 – Las Hiedras Trail

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 4.7 km•Est. 1h 29m

Familiar and very pleasant path from the Carretera del Batán, covered with vegetation in most of the way.
The Pista de Las Hiedras, or Sendero de Las Hiedras is a beautiful route surrounded by laurel forest, suitable for inexperienced people, being a good option for hot days because 95% of the excursion passes through a forest area, taking advantage of the shade of the trees.
There is part of the path that borders the river. In summer it is dry but with rain there must be mud and water.

Cruz del Carmen – Cruz de Taborno – Cabeza de Zapata


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#6 – Cruz del Carmen – Cruz de Taborno – Cabeza de Zapata

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 5.5 km•Est. 2h 18m

Beautiful circular hiking route through the Anaga Rural Park, starting from the popular Cruz del Carmen area, where you can ask for information on the surroundings at the visitor center.
Next to the car park of the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint, you can also visit the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
The trail is quite steep and slippery, so it is recommended to wear good trekking shoes.
During the tour you can enjoy incredible views of Roque de Taborno and the Anaga Massif.

Cambada Daughter Trail





#7 – Cambada Daughter Trail

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 1.6 km•Est. 27m

Pleasant and magical walk through the heart of the Anaga Rural Park, from the famous Cruz del Carmen to La Hija Cambada.
During this tour, one of the most popular resources of the Park, the Monteverde, is passed through, discovering a wonderful and real survivor of the past that allows us to see how life can be preserved despite climate changes and adversities.

Punta del Hidalgo – Canyon of the River – El Batán





#8 – Punta del Hidalgo – Canyon of the River – El Batán

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 12.4 km•Est. 4h 53m

Demanding circular hiking route around the island of Tenerife, surrounded by native vegetation and with few shaded areas, within the marvelous Anaga Rural Park.
This tour of Los Batanes allows you to appreciate why this wonderful valley within the Anaga Rural Park was the textile capital for many years, as it introduces you to the places where linen fabrics were produced in the 19th century.
It is recommended to pay attention to the AllTrails map since there are parts of the path that are…

El Juntadero – Volcano of the Roses – Hoyo de las Cuevas





#9 – El Juntadero – Volcano of the Roses – Hoyo de las Cuevas

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 6.8 km•Est. 2h 58m

Beautiful route surrounded by wild vegetation, passing through water pipes built by the locals to irrigate their land and the Las Rosas volcano, the last active volcano in the area.
The trail is quite steep from the beginning, but from the first moment there are impressive views that become more and more beautiful.

PR-TF 10.1 Las Escaleras – Las Carboneras





#10 – PR-TF 10. 1 Las Escaleras – Las Carboneras

Parque Rural de Anaga

Length: 6.6 km•Est. 2h 9m

Nice and short round trip linear hiking route through the wonderful Anaga Rural Park, a perfect option to enjoy the vegetation and nature of the area.
It is recommended to pay special attention since there is a moment where you have to cross a road.
The route begins at Degollada de las Escaleras and continues with some seesaws, passing through Las Carboneras, Tenejías and reaching Chimanada.
– One way: take the guagua (bus) to get to Las Escaleras from the La Laguna Interchange – Line…

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La Laguna on your own

  • La Laguna – some history
  • City stroll through the historic center of La Laguna
    • Casa de los Capitanes
    • Adelantado Square
    • Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo
    • Palacio de Lercaro – Museo de Historia de Tenerife
    • House of the Jesuits
    • Salazar house
    • Catedral de La Laguna – Catedral Nuestra Señora de los Remedios
    • Teatro Leal
    • Nuestra Senora de La Concepcion
  • Our tip for cruise guests

Our cruise ship is in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for one day. We use the stopover to visit San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Tenerife’s second largest city is located 550 meters above sea level on a high plateau. To get there, we take the tram line 1. The train stops in Santa Cruz at the Fundación station, about 600 meters from the cruise terminal. After a half-hour ride, we leave the train in the center of La Laguna. In colloquial language, the inhabitants of Tenerife save the “San Cristobal”; we join them.

La Laguna – some history

In 1496 the colonizer Alonso Fernández de Lugo founded the town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna on behalf of the Castilian kings. The founding of the town was preceded by a bloody battle with the Guanches, the indigenous people of Tenerife. The first, simple buildings were erected without a plan. But since 1500, the requirement was that the streets of the growing city should be laid out in a checkerboard manner. The historic city center, which still exists today, was built between 1500 and 1600. The city was Tenerife’s capital for a long time and since the early 19th century the seat of a bishopric and the location of a university.

A bird’s eye view of La Laguna

La Laguna – Casa Franco de Castilla  

La Laguna was not just the political and spiritual center. In Laguna, successful business people, nobles and clergy built representative buildings. Many buildings are characterized by the colonial style. The colonial legacy has been preserved to the present day. UNESCO honored this achievement with the designation of La Laguna as a World Heritage Site.

City stroll through the historic center of La Laguna

In the present, attractive squares and traffic-calmed streets invite you to stroll. You can relax wonderfully in countless cafés, restaurants, tapas bars and vinotheques. But before the enjoyment comes our city tour. It’s worth the time spent. The recommended buildings are only a selected part of the abundance of historical buildings worth seeing in the city, which has more than 150.000 inhabitants.

La Laguna – street scene

The tram coming from Santa Cruz stops at the final stop, Avenida Trinidad. From there we walk about 300 meters to our first destination, the Casa de los Capitanes Generales and its neighboring buildings.

Casa de los Capitanes

The owner of the building was Diego de Alvarado Bracamonte, one of the General Colonels of Tenerife. The building is currently being used by the city administration. Visitors are allowed to visit the beautiful inner courtyard. He has an admirable wraparound gallery. Deciduous trees and palm trees adorn the courtyard.

La Laguna – Casa de los Capitanes

La Laguna – Inner courtyard of the Casa de los Capitanes 

The Casa de la Alhondiga, the house of the granary, is attached to the house of the Colonel General. This is followed by the Casa Del Corregidor, the governor’s house. The bailiffs have resided in the historic building since the 16th century.

La Laguna – Casa de los Capitanes and the neighboring buildings

Locations: The three buildings are located on Calle Obispo Rey Redondo.

Adelantado Square

After one of the island’s top administrators, the Adelante, decided to move his residence to the Plaza del Adelantado, the area protected by shady trees developed into the most important square in the city. At the center of the facility is a large marble fountain. The square is surrounded by the Palace of Justice and the City Hall. Another building worth seeing is the Palacio de Nava.

La Laguna – Plaza del Adelantado

La Laguna – Plaza del Adelantado – fountain complex 

Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo

From the Plaza del Adelantado, Calle Santo Domingo leads straight to the former Santo Domingo de Guzmán monastery. The building, which is hardly noticeable from the outside, has served as a monastery, school and public library over the centuries. The symbol of the monastery is the simple bell tower made of lava stones. The main sights inside are the cloister and the monastery church. The magnificent main altar and the wall paintings that fill the room are noteworthy in the church.

Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo

La Laguna – Ex-Convento de Santo Domingo – the monastery church 

Palacio de Lercaro – Museo de Historia de Tenerife

In the Calle San Agustín we visit the Casa Lercaro, built at the end of the 16th century. The listed building complex reflects Italian building traditions both inside and out. No wonder, the client’s family had Genoese roots. In the centuries that followed, the building underwent considerable structural changes, depending on the respective purpose. The city palace houses the Museo de Historia de Tenerife.

La Laguna – Museum of History of Tenerife

La Laguna – Museum of History of Tenerife 

House of the Jesuits

On the opposite side of the street, the Jesuit order built the Casa de los Jesuitas in the first half of the 18th century. After the order was expelled from Spanish territories, the building became state property in 1767. The University of San Fernando used the property at times. Nowadays the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País de Tenerife has its seat there. The organization has pursued charitable goals for more than 200 years. She owns one of the most important private documentary and photographic archives around the Canary Islands.

Salazar house

The Casa de los Jesuitas follows, now on the other side of the Calle San Agustín, the two-storey Palacio Salazar made of gray stones. The magnificent building with the beautiful inner courtyard comes from the second half of the 17th century. In 1892 the Casa Salazar became the seat of the Canary Islands diocese and the episcopal administration.

Catedral de La Laguna – Catedral Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Our next destination is the cathedral, adorned with two church towers. The current church, built in the neo-Gothic style, was built at the beginning of the 20th century.

La Laguna – towers of the cathedral

La Laguna – facade of the cathedral 

The previous cathedral, built with inferior building materials, was in danger of collapsing. Only a large part of the facade made of dark stones remained of the old building fabric. As an innovation, a passage around the chancel was added. These building measures were not made to last forever. Due to the danger of the vaults and the dome collapsing, the cathedral was closed again in 2002 and renovated by 2014.

La Laguna – central nave of the cathedral

La Laguna – main altar of the cathedral 

Location: Plaza de los Remedios

Teatro Leal

From the cathedral we go through Calle Obispo Rey Redondo to the Teatro Leal. The theater originated in the early 20th century. The facade shows elements of the Spanish Art Nouveau. In the 1960s, the Teatro Leal was used as a cinema. After a lengthy renovation and restoration, the theater has been used for cultural and artistic purposes since autumn 2008, following its intended purpose.

La Laguna – Leal Theater

La Laguna – pediment of the Teatro Leal 

Opposite the theater is the Hotel Aguere. The building, commissioned by the Marquis of Torrehermosa, has a beautiful inner courtyard.

Nuestra Senora de La Concepcion

The church, originally built in 1511, was the mother church of the island of Tenerife. The three-aisled church has had its current form since 1558. Poor quality building materials were often used in construction. This fact made many on-site changes necessary. That is why the church is a mix of different stylistic epochs. Apart from that, the inside of the church is very worth seeing.

La Laguna – Nuestra Señora de La Concepcion

The bell tower collapsed twice before it was made of solid building material in the late 17th century. The 28 meter high tower can be climbed. The view of the city and its surroundings offered from the height justifies the climb leading over 99 steps with sometimes unfamiliar heights.

Location: Plaza de la Concepción, near the Teatro Leal.

Our tip for cruise guests

The tram (line 1) goes from Santa Cruz (Fundación station, approx. 600 m from the cruise terminal) to the final stop Avenida Trinidad in San Cristóbal. 
The price of a single ticket: 1,35 euros (as of 2021). The day ticket costs ten euros and entitles you to travel on all public transport. 
If churches are to be visited, we recommend the collective ticket, which entitles you to visit three churches, the Casa Salazar and to climb the tower of the Iglesia de la Concepción. The tickets are sold in all buildings that require entry. They cost five euros.

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la Laguna, El Medano: Putach’s track notes

Continue to study towns of one of the Canary Islands – Tenerife. Our holiday in Tenerife was very active, every day we tried to see something new. La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, was our next destination. The full name of the city – San Cristobal de la Laguna eventually dwindled to La Laguna, about 150 thousand people live here. nine0003

La Laguna was founded in 1496 by the Spanish conqueror Alonso de Lugo. This warrior, great by Spanish standards, achieved particular success in exterminating the local population of the island of Tenerife – the Guanches. It was he who announced the complete victory over the Guanches, in the same year he founded the capital of the island, the functions of which were performed by La Laguna until 1723.

Despite such a beautiful description, during the whole walk we did not manage to find the secret, thanks to which the city is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Yes, La Laguna is a pleasant colonial-style town, with many preserved old buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. But the thing is, these buildings are nothing special. nine0003

There are nice restaurants and shops here, which will appeal to fans of a relaxing holiday.

The center of the city is quite insipid, although it can be seen that the buildings are quite old.

In the yard of one of the old houses.

Christmas scenes everywhere (January, after all, the holidays have just ended)

La Laguna Cathedral

Streets of the city, in the background you can see the unusual church Iglesia de la Concepción

The tower of this church is everywhere – it is one of the most interesting sights of the city.

Another notable attraction of La Laguna is the Catholic Church of Christ – Real Santuario del Cristo de La Laguna, the photo shows only its bell tower and the outer facade.

Otherwise, this is an ordinary town, of which there are a great many in the Canaries.

In fairness, I should note a few expressive details that I captured with my camera. This is an amazing lantern. nine0003

Vegetation on the roof

A sad dog in the window

And a wonderful Tenerife balcony

The abbreviation MKhAT here does not mean at all what we are used to thinking. So in La Laguna is called the Anthropological Museum of Tenerife.

This is where we said goodbye to the former capital of the island, the town of La Laguna, a pleasant but completely unimpressive city. nine0003

And we did not go anywhere, but our favorite place on the island – El Medano.