La Laguna to Lunar Landscapes

Leaving the port of Santa Cruz on Tenerife Island in the Canaries, we walked fifteen minutes along the tree-lined promenade to catch the tram that whisked us up the mountain to the historic city of La Laguna. The city dates from 1500 and its original layout has remained intact since its construction and it has been a model for many cities in the New World.

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Iglesia de Concepcion tower across from tram station.

Tenerife4 Beautiful tramway tracks

 

We found the old city to be a picturesque locale to spend a Sunday afternoon exploring.

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Tenerife8 Dragon Tree

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Museum of the Arts that features beautiful architectural details

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Tenerife17 Casino de La Laguna founded in 1899

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La Laguna City Hall

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Tree clothes for winter

Steeple bells

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Neighborhood streets

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Our view of the port as we returned to the ship.

Barb opted to visit the countryside.Tenerife is the largest of the seven islands in the Canaries, drawing about five million tourists each year. The island was created volcanically, and is home to the world’s third largest volcano, El Teide, which is 12,270 feet high. This volcano’s most recent eruption was in 1909.

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The foothills of Mt. Teide contain areas covered by pine trees.

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The terrain in other areas appeared as lunarscapes 

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As well as rocks and valleys

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Much of the volcanic rock we saw was surprisingly colorful: black lava, red, and green rocks of various sizes and textures, through which the road was cut.

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An extensive multi-national research facility, located near the top of Mount Teide, is used to study volcanoes and volcanic activity in this area and elsewhere. Through the use of electronic equipment and satellites, researchers have learned to predict volcano eruptions by measuring temperature changes and seismic activity.

 

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2 Responses to “La Laguna to Lunar Landscapes”

  1. rozzellmaryann@aol.com December 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    It certainly has a varied landscape for such a small island. Very clean & tidy . No people out on Sunday I guess. Mary ann

  2. In a word — exquisite; In two words, exquisite and elegant !!!

    PS … was there no poor/shabby section, housing or otherwise?

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