Update 22 November 2012: This year, La Laguna’s Noche en Blanco is this Saturday, 24 November. The previous three occasions have been roaring successes, and this one is set to go on longer than any. As before, shops will be open all night, there will be street entertainments on every pavement and around every corner, and cultural things going on in every historic building or museum with tour guides giving different sorts of guided tours at intervals throughout the night. The tram to Santa Cruz will run all night with increased services for the literally hundreds of thousands of people expected. For more information, see the Ayuntamiento’s page on the event HERE, and there’s also a map with event locations HERE.
Update 22 November 2011: This year, the Noche en Blanco is a week on Saturday, 26 November. It’s the third time it will have taken place in La Laguna, and the first two occasions were roaring successes. Shops will be open all night, there will be street entertainments on every pavement and around every corner, and cultural things going on in every historic building or museum with tour guides giving different sorts of guided tours at intervals throughout the night. The tram to Santa Cruz will run all night with increased services for the literally hundreds of thousands of people expected. For an idea of what it’s like, see last year’s post HERE.
Update 28 November 2010: It was absolutely packed to the rafters in La Laguna last night. We got there around 9pm, thanks to the marvellous tram from the Intercambiador in Santa Cruz, and as we expected from the way the tram became increasingly packed as we neared La Laguna, the town was already packed. Local press says that by then there were already 120,000 or so there. By the time we left around midnight people were still pouring in and one could hardly move. There were musical performances, sideshows and fashion parades in the streets, something going on in every cultural building, and all the shops were open.
I have never seen such crowds in Tenerife, and I hope the businesses had a superb night. Not the night to move freely and enjoy the sights of the old town, perhaps, but for atmosphere, it could not be beaten. One thing I did see that I had not seen before, was the inside of the Iglesia de la Concepción, where various musical and theatrical performances were being staged. It is a gorgeous church, there is no other word for it, but then the whole town is. I already can’t wait for my next visit.
Update 26 November: Given the forecast for Tenerife over the next few days, tomorrow’s Noche en Blanco is being spoken of in terms of “weather permitting”, but nonetheless plans are well advanced to transform La Laguna into a spectacularly pretty magical night. Apart from the cultural aspect of the whole thing, businesses too are eagerly anticipating a good night’s business, and are praying the rain holds off.
Over 150 police and security agents will be on hand to ensure things pass off without incident, and to help if there is any sign of trouble; Metropolitano de Tenerife is increasing its bus connections between 4pm and 3am to offer 10,400 more seats than usual; Titsa is organizing a free service between the Guajara campus and la plaza de La Milagrosa between 10pm and 6am; and the Universidad de La Laguna and other schools and colleges will be opening their parking areas for the night. PV
Original post 22 November: La Laguna will hold its second Noche en Blanco on 27 November. The town will be open all night, with a whole range of cultural events, street entertainments, open air musical performances, and the shops and new maret open until 4am. Things start at 5pm, and 50 young volunteers will be on hand to help co-ordinate and inform what is happening throughout the town: they’ll be on hand to help with anything from security or health concerns, to timetables and locations of the more than 60 free activities on offer, and transport. Parking will be very scarce, so the best option might be to park in the intercambiador car park and get the tram the whole distance from Santa Cruz to La Laguna’s La Trinidad stop. The full programme of events is HERE, with some more general information HERE.