From untouched nature to lively cultural centers, the island of Tenerife has a lot to offer.
The lively university town La Laguna, located at 540 m above sea level, is the past capital of the island. Here, rich history meets young culture. The historical city of La Laguna was the role model of the city complexes of the Spanish colonial rulers in Central America. It is mostly preserved originally, is elected as World Heritage and attracts with a pleasant mix of historical-cultural sights and the lively bustle of a Spanish city.
The capital Santa Cruz offers a lot of museums, art galleries and exhibitions. A little bit smaller than but almost as spectacular as the Opera House in Sydney. The Auditorio de Tenerife is located at the harbor of Santa Cruz and is designed by the Spanish star-architect Santiago Calatrava. It opened its gates after an almost endless construction in the year 2003. A highlight of the program is the annual International Canarian Music Festival which takes place in January and February.
TEA – Tenerife Espacio de las Artes is a vibrant art and cultural centre including a library which is opened 24h a day, cinema and showrooms. Next to the permanent exhibition of the surrealist Óscar Domínguez (1906-1958) there are always interesting changing exhibitions to visit.