San Cristobel De La Laguna to give it its full and complete name is just 20 minutes by bus from Santa Cruz. La Laguna was the first capital of Tenerife, holding that title for some 200 years until Santa Cruz took over in the 1920's. It's also the second largest city of Tenerife (it almost merges into Santa Cruz) and is a university city.
The old-town core of the city is lovely, largely unchanged over the centuries and containing some lovely old buildings and streets, especially around the main square.
Beyond this old core it is quite nice too, and the university quarter is interesting and has some decent cafes and bars aimed at students - which means low, low prices!
I'm fascinated by docks and by shipping, and the bigger the better. Santa Cruz is the main port of Tenerife, and the only port at which heavy cargo vessels call. The harbour is full of container ships, oil tankers, LNG transpots and general cargo vessels. There are also a few ferries, cruise ships and a yachting marina, so boats of every shape size and purpose.
The harbour and docks hugs the seaward side of the city for several km in each direction of the centre (Plaza de Espana), the uglier side of things (oil processing etc) taking place at the two extreme ends. The container dock is quite close to the city centre, by the Parque Maratimo and the Auditorio, from where this picture was taken.
Holy Cross of Tenerife
We have visitied this place for couple of hours.
It has enormous port, and very pleasant almost cosy atmosphere in the old part.
It is a pitty haven't stayed longer, seemed to me very interesting place to see.
Sunday at Mercado de Nuestra
It was Sunday morning and all of the stores were closed. The city seemed like a ghost town until we found our way to the market. Finally, what I had waited for our entire stay- a day at the market. There were merchants lined up for miles along the streets next to and behind the Mercado de Nuestra. Everything from clothes and shoes to squid and jewelry.
Inside the market there were several floral vendors who also sell house plants. Exotic and domestic flowers alike were available.
There are stores lining the interior of the market where you can buy fresh fruits and meats. This is the meat shop where pork and sausage were the preferred choice for the locals.
There are also a lot of fruit and vegetable stands. The prices are pretty standard from one to the next, but occasionally you can find a better deal by comparing. As you can see, this is definitely the place to be on Sunday morning.
In the lower level of the market- accessible by escalator, you'll find this yummy Empañada stand. Definitely grab one of these to nibble on as you stroll the market- they are delicious.
Also downstairs is a fish and seafood market. There are displays of fresh creatures and a special frozen section where you can pick frozen items by the weight. A stroll through the market can help you with your Spanish menu reading- sometimes I wish I had learned a little more about the names of foods before I attempted ordering certain items.
Yes, even clothes are available along the streets lining the market. Though not the best quality, at least they make for inexpensive souveniers. There were also a few jewelry stands with wonderful beading. They will barter a bit, but not too much.
It may be difficult to see, but there are also many dealers selling leather goods- shoes, purses, etc. You can also find some hand carved wood pieces and some flea market junk finds if you please. When purchasing a souvenier- make sure it doesn't say "made in China".