Historic La Laguna
This tour is designed for those of you who would like a closer look at the island's history, at its roots embedded in religious culture and feudal conquest.
Originally called Aguere by the ancient Guanche inhabitants, Alonso Fernández de Lugo named it San Cristóbal de La Laguna in 1496 after finally defeating the fiercely proud and brave Guanche people at La Victoria. Spanish conquests were always accompanied by Catholic missions and the city's churches and convents, many with 16th century origins and proof of strict religious and monarchic order, are brimming with priceless treasures.
La Laguna's historic centre was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999. It is the original capital, where the wealthy, the nobility and the administrative and intellectual classes first lived and the Palace of Nava and Grimón, the Casa Lercaro, where we will visit the Museum of History and Anthropology and House of the Jesuits are examples of a cultured past.
I will collect you from the port if you are on a cruise or hotel at 9am, or earlier if agreed, and drive to the city of La Laguna. Here we will spend approximately two hours strolling through the old town centre and visiting monuments.
Depending on where you are staying, be it a hotel or cruise ship, we may have time to drive to the town of town of Tacoronte to visit a bodega to sample some of the island's famous wines, and the beautiful church of St. Catherine of Alexandria.
We will return you to the port or hotel at approximatly 3pm.
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Cruise Ship Port, Airport, Hotel, Address or Intersection, Monument/Building
Duration: 5 hours
Transportation will be in a private vehicle,taxi or hired car. The vehicle will be modern, with a capacity for up to six travellers or more if specially requested. It will be clean and air-conditioned.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 Euros - This estimate should cover sampling local wines, a delicious light tapas lunch, entrance fee to the Museum of Anthropology and any donations you might like to make upon visiting a monastery.
I am not a mountaineer so would not be able to take clients mountain climbing, for example up the slopes of Mount Teide, but I can, of course, take you on the cable car and walking along the many mountain and coastal tracks in Tenerife.
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See my earlier review of John's Wine and Bananas tour. Great guide.