Top ChoiceMuseum in La Laguna

Museo de la Historia de Tenerife

The documents, maps, weapons and tools are interesting enough at this museum, but the 16th-century mansion – with its creaking floorboards, old window seats, elaborately carved wooden gallery and lovely patio –...

Top ChoiceConvent in La Laguna

Convento de Santa Clara

Of all the convents in La Laguna, this is the most interesting, renowned for its beautiful lattice-work wooden balcony and cloister. The museum covers nine rooms and contains some of the most precious artworks...

Top ChoiceCathedral in La Laguna


Work on this magnificent cathedral was completed in 1915. A fine baroque retable in the chapel is dedicated to the Virgen de los Remedios and dates from the 16th century. Other highlights include some impressive...

Top ChoiceStreet in La Laguna

Calle San Agustín

To see the largest number of splendid mansions standing cheek to jowl, wander along Calle San Agustín. Look for the metal plaques outside the noble facades; they have fascinating historical explanations about the...

Museum in Northeast Tenerife

Casa del Vino la Baranda

This museum, located in a traditional Canarian country house in El Sauzal, is devoted to wine and its production and also offers wine tasting for a nominal cost. It’s a charming place, with some beautiful views...

Church in La Laguna

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Originally constructed in 1502, this is one of the island's earliest churches and has subsequently undergone many changes. Elements of Gothic and plateresque styles can still be distinguished, and the finely...

Church in La Laguna

Iglesia y ex-convento de San Agustín

This church went up in flames in 1964, lost its roof and is now out of bounds and in ruins, but you can peer through the gap in the wall at the somnolent skeletal remains and the plants busy reclaiming the...

Museum in La Laguna

Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos

If you enjoy pushing buttons and musing on the forces of nature, you'll have fun at this museum, which introduces key scientific concepts in an engaging and thought-provoking way. Located about 1.5km south of...

Beach in San Andrés

Playa de las Teresitas

The deep honey-coloured sands of Playa de las Teresitas, just beyond San Andrés village, were imported from the Sahara. It’s a lovely beach with a spectacular mountain backdrop, where the sunbathers are almost...

Gallery in La Laguna

Fundación Cristino de Vera

La Laguna’s prime arts venue houses a mixture of top-calibre temporary exhibitions as well as a permanent collection of works by acclaimed contemporary artist Cristino de Vera, who was born in Santa Cruz de...

Church in La Laguna

Santuario del Cristo

At the northern end of the old quarter, this church contains a blackened wooden sculpture of Christ – the most venerated crucifix on the island. Be as respectful as possible inside, as most of the people here are...

Historic Building in La Laguna

Casa Salazar

Gutted by fire in 2006, Casa Salazar is today home to tranquil patios, which have been beautifully restored behind the very grandiose facade. The building is now used as offices.

Fort in San Andrés

Castillo de San Andrés

One side of this fort has collapsed, but the rest is still standing, so while it may not be that large or imposing, it's a significant chunk of surviving heritage in San Andrés. Dating to the early 18th century...

Church in La Laguna

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Originally a hermitage and expanded in the 17th century, this church contains paintings by Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana, as well as vivid murals painted in the 20th century by Mariano de Cossío and Antonio...

Convent in La Laguna

Convento de Santa Catalina

The closed order in this convent is still active. On 15 February each year the remarkably well-preserved body of Sister María de Jesús de León Delgado, who died in 1731, is rather ghoulishly put on display. The...

Historic Building in La Laguna

Teatro Leal

Both the exterior and interior of the 19th-century Teatro Leal create a pleasingly over-the-top butterfly of a building that is sadly open to the public only during performances.