Despite its limited length, Canary Islands boasts a wide geographical range: in the same island you can find sandy beaches, laurel forests, wilderness areas and cliffs. The same diversity occurs in the climate (in fact, one can speak of microclimates), although the islands are known for their temperate and benevolent atmosphere for most of the year.
Its geographical location, Tricontinental nexus of routes, have become Canary a transit place for numerous cultures, from Romans to Normans, through Portuguese and Spanish. Must be added the proximity to Africa, the historical weight of emigration to America and the remains of Aboriginal people prior to the fifteenth century. This has helped to set the cosmopolitan and hospitable identity of canaries.
La Laguna, with 150,661 inhabitants, is currently the second largest urban center in Tenerife, although in the past held the capital and was the focus most important social and cultural development of the archipelago. His plane, which dates from the fifteenth century, inspired the trace of the new towns constructed so in America after colonization. For this reason UNESCO declared La Laguna as World Cultural Heritage Site in December 1999.
SOURCE: Extracted from the Guide of the University of La Laguna.