Tenerife History and Heritage for Tourism
March 7, 2009 Leave a comment
The Tenerife Cabildo have made great efforts to refurbish and preserve their varied and valuable historical heritage. Tenerife History is a rich tapestry drawing interest from many visitors to the Island.
In most towns on the Island, the churches, civic buildings and houses of great historical value have been restored. Many of them are open to the public and house museums, cultural centres and even rural hotels.
The historical district of San Cristobal de La Laguna was declared a World Cultural Heritage site of Mankind and therefore deserves a special mention. The city was the first capital of the Island after the conquest and its model of urban development was exported to America during the process of colonisation of that continent, its plans being used for reference.
A walk around La Laguna will be a rewarding experience, especially if you are interested in Architecture. One particular striking element of Canarian Architecture are the famous balconies, constructed with robust local pine and decorated in the Spanish- Arabic style of the 16th Century. In order to admire the beauty and originality of the facades you only need to take a look at the historical quarters of Villa de La Oratova, Garachico, Icod de Los Vinos, La Laguna and Los Realejos.
The rural villages of Taganana or Masca, madeup the simple rural dwellings in perfect harmony with the natural environment, are an attractive example of the heritage of Tenerife.
Tenerife Tourism does not benefit from masses of cultural tourists but those that do take the time to look around are surprised by the high standard of preservation.