Serving as a blueprint for other colonial Spanish cities that came after it, those like Cartagena, Colombia and Antigua, Guatemala, San Cristóbal de La Laguna stands as an impressive reminder of the beauty and evolution resulting from Spain’s fingerprint on the Canary Islands and beyond to Latin America.
Walking through La Laguna, as it’s known, is like stepping back in time when Spanish settlers and pirates first came to the area. The wealthy families who settled here constructed impressive buildings and outposts reminiscent of their homes on the mainland, and began anew. Today the city invites you to stroll through its quaint plazas and streets, stopping at one of the many cafes or restaurants to enjoy local delicacies. Shops selling Canarian treasures like pottery, wine and honey are plentiful.
The colors and architecture of La Laguna must be witnessed firsthand. For any European or American interested in the history of how certain cities of today came to develop and function, La Laguna can offer a beautiful insight into our past, present and future.