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Iglesia de la Concepcion
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Santa Cruz Half Day City Tour
Reviewed 3 August 2014


We arrived around 08.00, about an hour ahead of HAL’s Noordam, docking close to the inter-island ferry terminal.

The ship’s shuttle dropped us close to Fundación tram (trolley) stop on the Tranvia metro Tenerife system. Being quite early on a Sunday, everywhere was closed and there was little traffic, though there were maybe 15 other locals waiting for the next outbound tram.

Our destination was La Laguna, conveniently located close to the end of one of the Tranvia’s line at Trinidad. The one-way fare was Euro1.35 and we had taken the precaution of having sufficient coins, judging correctly that the self-service ticket machine would not accept euro notes, although it did give change, so there is no necessity to have the correct amount.

La Laguna claims to be Tenerife’s second most important city, its first capital until 1723 and, from 1999, a UNESCO world heritage site. Its full name is Ciudad de San Cristóbal de la Laguna, which is Saint Christopher's city. It sits at 1,600 feet above sea level but only about five miles from Santa Cruz and the principal streets are largely traffic-free. By virtue of it being Sunday, the main street of La Laguna was virtually dead, with most shops closed. Many of the buildings on the main street date back several hundred years. At the top end lies the cathedral, outside of which were several cafes, which seemed to burst into life once the service in the cathedral was over and people streamed out of the main entrance.

The weather was cold here, not least because of the height above sea level, rain clouds threatened and, after exploring a few streets off the cathedral square, we patronised a café in the square for two reasonably-priced hot chocolates and an hour’s worth of Wi-Fi. Then we retraced our steps back down the main street to the Trinidad tram terminus and then back to the ship. Even now, retail outlets in Santa Cruz were virtually all still closed.

Considering this port is very tourist orientated, it was very surprising that most places, not only in La Laguna, but also in Santa Cruz resembled a ghost town because it was Sunday. Seemingly gone are the days, when, if a cruise ship was in port, shopkeepers would stay open until the ship departed!

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Reviewed 17 February 2014

La Laguna is a magnificent part of town easily reached by a 35 minute tram ride from Santa Cruz. Built in the 16th century it is built on a grid with wide streets and grand buildings. Our Lady of Conception Church built in 1515 has the tower alongside that when climbed gives you some excellent views across the area.
It now costs two euro each to climb up 5 floors to the bell tower , the bells chime every quarter . There is little to see in the tower but the views are worth your effort.

The ticket price covers your entry into the church - if you like churches this is another beautiful example with a fancy pulpit , lots of crucifixions and coffered ceilings. Plus and I quote - the font where the reduced Guanches were baptised - the Guanches of course being the original ' savages' of Tenerife.

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

I loved the nativity scene above the altar in this church, and the views from the bell tower were fabulous.

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Reviewed 11 November 2012

For only one euro you can take the stairs up the clock tower. Its not too difficult and the views are great.

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Reviewed 8 November 2012

Something that really shows the history of Tenerife. Being refurbished outside at the moment hence you can see it wasn't really looked after.

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