Isle of Tenerife

Holiday in La Orotava, Tenerife

La Orotava Vacation in the fertile Orotava valley

Map TenerifeLa Orotava is set in the centre of the fertile Orotava valley. The little town renowned for its stately mansions, elegant parks and stunning architecture.

La Orotava is an important cultural centre, but foremost among its delights is the rich heritage of the steep cobbled streets of the old colonial quarter.

The municipality of La Orotava, territorially the largest on the island, stretches from the peak of Teide down to three delightful black sand beaches at Playa Bollullo, Playa de los Patos and Playa del Pozo, which are rarely crowded.

The town's Botanical Gardens have over 100 tropical and sub-tropical species from the Americas, Africa and Australia, while the elegant Victoria Gardens also have a good variety of trees and flowers in a magnificent formal setting.

La Orotava has some even more impressive civic buildings, such as the majestic House of the Balconies, while the Town Hall and Plaza de la Constitución are equally as magnificent.

The town of La Orotava is home to a number of grand churches. The church of "Nuestra Señora de la Concepción", the parish church of "San Juan Bautista del Farrobo", the former convent of San Agustin, together with the churches of Santo Domingo and San Francisco give testimony to the importance religion played in the development of the town.

Tenerife above the clouds with Mount Teide
View from La Esperanza above the clouds
and Orotava Valley to Mount Teide

People from all over the world travel to La Orotava every year at the time of Corpus Christi (in June) for the annual Carpet of Flowers celebrations.

Magnificent sand paintings, using materials collected from the vast caldera that surrounds Mount Teide, adorn the Plaza General Franco in front of the town hall and the cobbled streets are decorated with hundreds of intricate and delicate images created largely from the petals of flowers.

La Orotava was the scene of the final capitulation by the native Guanches to the Spanish armies of conquest led by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo in 1496.
The famous German naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt, on passing through the Orotava valley on his way to the top of Teide, is said to have fallen to his knees in front of so much beauty.

He was moved to write: "I confess to never having observed in any part of the world a scene more varied, more harmonious or more attractive. I can only compare the views with those of the gulfs of Genoa and Naples; but La Orotava exceeds them for the size of its forests and for the richness of its vegetation."

A lookout offering spectacular views of the valley, Mirador Humboldt, is named after him.

If you spend your holiday in the orotava valley and you want to see what the locals are eating, you can visit the farmers market in La Orotava.

Within the Holy Week some easter processions are held up in La Orotava. Read more: Easter in Tenerife


Beaches in the municipality of La Orotava

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Holiday destinations around La Orotava

The closest vacation spots around La Orotava you can get to are Los Realejos, San Juan de la Rambla, La Guancha, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Ursula, La Victoria de Acentejo, La Matanza and El Sauzal.





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