Architecture in Tenerife: Something to See and Enjoy

Tenerife is an island that is known and recognized in the world for many reasons. Surfers come every year to tame the waves all over the island, even hosting international professional competitions, while lovers and newlyweds see the place as a paradise and perfect spot for honeymoons, at the same time explorers discover the wonders of the Teide and its flora and fauna. 

Now, there is another aspect that really stands out and for what the island of Tenerife should be known for as well, which is the architecture that has characteristics that make it so unique from historical, social and technical perspectives. Let's learn more about the features of Tenerife's architecture, types and influence in the cities' landscapes and general view of the island. 

Details about Tenerife's Architecture 

The architectural nature of Tenerife involves two general sorts: contemporary or modern architecture and traditional or classic architecture. The thing is, both of them have evolved greatly and are present in the island's landscape, complementing each other as well from many centuries ago to the buildings carried out in the 21st century. 

While changes and improvements have been added over time, different traditional architectural styles from the past remain and combine with the modern buildings. Therefore, contemporary constructions shared the cityscape with structures belonging to baroque and neoclassical, gothic and postwar edifications, at the same time appearing clear architectural modernism. 

Before getting to know the main examples of the traditional and modern architecture in Tenerife, it is worth highlighting that Portugal and Andalucía inspired it greatly, as well as Spain in general. Casonas and traditional homes are great examples of that, having strong proper description though that makes Tenerife's architecture very original. 

Traditional architecture in Tenerife 

Traveling through the island, the traditional architecture can be seen in every place and enriching the landscape for sure. Of course, historical places and old towns and regions have more examples of this style, since some of them were built several centuries back. 

La Laguna is one of the most recommended places in Tenerife to see this, being a Historical Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and an historical complex with very characteristic views and buildings, such as little houses built with wood. 

La Orotava is another great example of the classic architecture in the island, known for its balconies and declared as a historical and artistic patrimony of the island. Such balconies are decorated when Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place, as well as the interior patios in which owners sell products and make the place ideal for visitors to come and buy souvenirs. 

Other places with evident historical value from the traditional architecture point of view in Tenerife are: Garachico, Cacerio de Masca, Casa Lercaro and the religious buildings and churches with years of being built can be included in this section as well, such as Basílica de Nuestra Señora Candelaria, Iglesia de la Concepcion and Palacio de Nava. 

Modern architecture in Tenerife 

With no doubt, the cityscape in Tenerife looks quite modern and sophisticated and this is thanks to the contemporary architecture and buildings that have been added over the recent years, using different techniques that are represented in amazing structures, with outstanding designs and state-of-the-art engineering. 

Clear examples of this is the Auditorium Adan Martin Tenerife, being definitely a destination to attend to if architecture is a topic of interest or simply by going and enjoying an amazing building. The auditorium was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, having a very sophisticated roof that covers the place and stands out as a bend over tip.  

Another building to highlight is the Centro Magma Arte Y Congreso, which was inaugurated in 2005 and was designed by the architects Felipe Rufiño and Fernando Menis, residents of Tenerife. The structure was created and inspired by the sea and waves that make the island known, occupying a total surface of about 22.000 square meters. 

Other buildings with modern styles and designs to see are: Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos, Scenic Art School, Santisimo Redentor Church and Facultad de Bellas Artes. a

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