The town of Orotava, TenerifeTenerife is a wonderful island of the Canary archipelago which offers a great variety of beaches, crystal clear waters and an always mild climate. You can visit places interesting from a historical point of view and surrounded by an unspoiled rural atmosphere. Orotava is the highest and steepest town in Spain and was declared a Monument of National Historical and Artistic Interest in 1976.
Where is the municipality of Orotava?
Oratava is a small hamlet in the northern part of Tenerife, far from the southern coast which is more lively and trendy. To get to this beautiful locality by public transport is easy but it requires patience as you need to take a bus for Santa Cruz and then go to Puerto de la Cruz and another line towards Orotava. It is a very evocative trip, but it is also very long.
If you choose this itinerary, we recommend you spend the night in La Orotava or nearby.
What to see in La Orotava
Orotava houses a lot of historical finds and offers beautiful and picturesque views. Once you arrive, have a stroll in the centre of the town, which is divided into two parts: Villa de Abajo and Villa de Arriba. Start your visit from the southern part which used to be inhabited by the richest families and then go up and reach the part of the town where the humblest used to live.
You can still notice the difference. Have a look at the beautiful, perfectly preserved residential buildings, go along Calle San Francisco and visit the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, Plaza de lo Ayuntamento and the Marquesado de la Quinta Roja Gardens. The surrounding landscape is characterised by its steepness and the traditional houses decorated with picturesque balconies. You must visit the Los Molinos route which was of vital importance for the life of the town. Here was a complex system of canalization ending with an aqueduct which supplied 13 mills. Ten mills are still visible.
If you go to La Orotava in June, you can attend the festival of Corpus Christi which offers a very exciting show: the historical centre is decorated with different patterns created with flowers and sand taken from Mount Teide.
Hundreds of people wearing their traditional costumes walk along the streets leading to Los Realejos, following the route of the ancient pilgrimages. Valle de la Orotava is named after this village: it starts from Mount Teide, in the territory of the National Park and goes as far as the sea, through banana plantations and palm groves.
Beaches close to La Orotava
Orotava is not only a fascinating town with historical and architectural finds. There are a lot of beautiful beaches which belong to its territory. These secluded beaches located in the area of El Rincón are made of black volcanic sand and are surrounded by banana plantations and palm groves. The main beaches are El Bolullo, Los Patos, El Rincón, Playa del Pozo and Playa El Soccorro.
La Casa de Los Balcones
La Casa de Los Balcones is a real architectural jewel in the historical centre of La Orotava which was declared a Monument of National Historical and Artistic Interest. It dates back to the 17th century and is characterized by its wonderful wooden balconies, carved and adorned with flowers all over the façade. It has also a wonderful patio in the typical style of the Canary Islands. You should not miss it!
Restaurants in Orotava
In this area you will find a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. We suggest you pick a typical restaurant offering traditional dishes (guachinche), but there are also many international restaurants.
The integrity of this secluded area (compared to the most touristic ones) allows you to experience the real life and cuisine of the Canary Islands.