Tenerife, Spain maintained to keep its own flavor in architecture despite the influence of some major European architectural trends. Its pastel-colored houses that are common throughout the Canary Islands manifest how the island retained its own architectural taste.

If you want to get a glimpse of some of the island’s best manor houses, then the ones found in La Laguna and La Orotava are the places to be. Its traditional balconies and interior patios make those houses stand out among the other abodes in Tenerife. They are characterized by their simple façades and lattices that are wooden. Inside, its sash windows and customary chairs add up to the house’s uniqueness and beauty. Counters and benches, water pumps, and still stills are just among the elements to be seen in a typical Tenerife manor patio.

The island’s government buildings and churches on the other hand were built in accordance to Tenerife’s changing style over centuries. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción was Tenerife’s first church. It was constructed in 1502 and has already undergone several renovatoions. Its elements are of plateresque and Gothic style. The Catedral is another prominent church in Tenerife for its architecture. It was completely rebuilt in 1913 and is characterized by its fine baroque retable dedicated to Virgen delos Remedios.

In recent years several governments have launched the development of architectural projects. Some may be ostentatious, but many were designed by renowned architects. An example of this is the Plaza de Espana (in Santa Cruz) remodeling by Herzog & de Meuron who are Swiss architects.

Architecture in Tenerife may not be as grand and as fabulous as there is in bigger metropolitan cities of Spain. Nonetheless, this adds personality and uniqueness of the island.