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San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands Spain

A municipality and city of the northern part of the island of Tenerife in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife province, on the Canary Islands. It is in the northern part of the Tenerife island. The city is also a suburban area of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

It 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 Canaries. Also there is in the habit of being calling he a "City of the Anticipated ones", for having been the first university city of the archipelago.

Its economy is business-oriented while agriculture dominates the northeastern 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 Catalina Lercaro's spectrum, also there is in the city the Sister's incorrupt body Maria de Jesus and the Christ of La Laguna. Another emblematic building of the city is the Cathedral of La Laguna, which is the catholic cathedral of Tenerife and his diocese.

La Laguna's historical center was declared World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1999. Starting en 2003 the municipality started an ambitious Urban Plan to renew this area, that was carried out by the firm AUC S.L.




Garajonay National Park, Canary Islands Spain

Located in the center and north of the island of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands, Spain. It was declared a national park in 1981 and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It occupies 40 km2 and it extends into each of the municipalities on the island.

The park is named after the rock formation of Garajonay, the highest point on the island at 1,484 m (4,869 feet). It also includes a small plateau whose altitude is 790-1,400 m (2,600-4,600 feet) above sea level.

The park provides the best example of laurisilva, a humid subtropical forest that in the Tertiary covered almost all of Europe. It is also found on the Azores and the Madeira Islands. Laurus azorica, known as Azores Laurel, or by the Portuguese names Louro, Loureiro, Louro-da-terra, and Louro-de-cheiro, can be found in the park, as well as Laurus canariensis, known as Canary Laurel.

The forests are made up of laurel-leaved evergreen hardwood trees, reaching up to 40 meters in height. Many of the species are endemic to the islands, and harbor a rich biota of understory plants, invertebrates, and birds and bats, including a number of endemic species.

Two species of reptile, Gomeran lizard and Gomeran skink, can be found. Amphibians include the stripeless tree frog, Hyla meridionalis.

The park is renowned as one of the best places to observe the two Canarian endemic pigeons, Laurel Pigeon and Bolle's Pigeon.






Mount Teide / El Teide, Canary Islands Spain

An active though dormant volcano which last erupted in 1909 from the El Chinyero vent on the Santiago rift and is located on Tenerife, Canary Islands. The volcano and its surroundings comprise the Teide National Park. The park has an area of 18900 ha and was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on June 29, 2007.


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