San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife: Worship First, Party Later

A town with many churches to climb during the day and a wild night life to enjoy after dark? San Cristóbal de La Laguna is exactly that. Located in northern Tenerife, La Laguna is the island's party center. The streets are long and lined with shops, restaurants, bars, and cafes that all lead to classic Castilian style churches. In face, the historic centre of La Laguna is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. You can read more about that here.

Photos are not allowed inside most of the religious buildings, therefore we can only a few of these photos. Please enjoy!

Here are three towers with very distinct styles. The one in the center is the location of the first secondary school in the Canary Islands. Unfortunately, much of the structure burnt down during a fire in the twentieth century, but the symbolic front tower has been nicely restored and is, in fact, still used today.

The tower on the right is Plaza de la Concepción. The ticket to view the tower and church (no photos) costs 2.50 Euros.  

We also visited La Laguna in the evening to check out the night life. We even used Couchsurfing to meet up with a local names Alex, who took us to a tapas restaurant, a local cervezeria (pub in Spanish), and rock bar!

*Quick Story: We had a few pints before entering the strangest, but also coolest rock bar in our Canarian experience. Imagine standing at a bar with a passion-fruit flavored margarita. You can request any rock-genre song you like to the bartender/laptop DJ, so you're thinking about the name of your favorite Queen song when suddenly In the End, by Linkin Park starts playing. Within moments, the entire bar full of twenty-something year old men in black t-shirts start belting at the top of their lunch in unison, "I've tried so hard, and got so far... but in the end It doesn't even matter!!" The only thing to do was raise our drinks and sing along... after standing there in awe for a verse or two.