San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands

🇮🇨 San Cristóbal de La Laguna is a city and municipality in the northern part of the island of Tenerife in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the Canary Islands. The city is the third-most populous city of the archipelago and the second-most populous city of the island. La Laguna's historical centre was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. In 2003 the municipality started an ambitious Urban Plan to renew this area, that was carried out by the firm AUC S.L.. The city was the ancient capital of the Canary Islands. La Laguna lies right alongside the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife; thus, the two cities and municipalities form a single large urban centre, linked by tram.

The city is home to the University of La Laguna which is home to 30,000 students; these are not included in the population figures for the city. La Laguna is considered to be the cultural capital of the Canary Islands. Also there is in the habit of being calling the "Ciudad de los Adelantados", for having been the first university city of the archipelago.

Its economy is business-oriented while agriculture dominates the north-eastern portion of the city. The urban area dominates the central and the southern parts. Tourism covers the northern coast. The main industry includes some manufacturing. The industrial area is made up of the main subdivisions of Majuelos, Las Torres de Taco, Las Mantecas and Las Chumberas. In this city one finds the legendary house of the spectre of Catalina Lercaro, as well as the incorrupt body of Sor María de Jesús, and the Christ of La Laguna (Cristo de La Laguna). Another emblematic building of the city is the Cathedral of La Laguna, which is the Catholic cathedral of Tenerife and its diocese (Diocese of Tenerife).

In 2010, after a survey, La Laguna was listed as the city with the best reputation in the Canary Islands and the third provincial capital city of Spain with the best reputation, behind Gijon and Marbella.

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San Cristóbal de La Laguna has a population of over 153,200 people. San Cristóbal de La Laguna also forms one of the centres of the wider Santa Cruz de Tenerife urban area which has a population of over 538,000 people.

Twin Towns – Sister Cities San Cristóbal de La Laguna is twinned with: 🇨🇴 Cartagena de Indias, Colombia; 🇧🇷 São Paulo, Brazil; 🇪🇸 Telde, Spain; 🇲🇽 Colima, Mexico.

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