La Orotova

Old city with rich history full of beautiful buildings

La Orotava is located on the north-west coast of Tenerife, near Puerto de la Cruz, and is set in a picturesque fertile landscape overlooking the volcano. Much of the city´s wealth came from the fertile slopes surrounding the city.

Historic city centre

In the past, many Tenerife´s richest people lived in La Orotava, and their influence can be seen in the number of beautiful buildings, which are characterized by carefully carved wooden balconies and beautifully decorated inner courtyards. The houses that have beautiful inner courtyards that is open to public are the Casa de los Balcones and the Casa del Turista. You can also visit the large courtyard of Casa Mendez-Fonseca, which serves as a small museum and where you can taste local wine. Beautifully carved wooden balconies can be seen at Casa Lercaro, which was built in the 16th century and now serves as a restaurant and shop. The old town of La Orotava has been declared a place of national historical and artistic interest and there are many Renaissance houses, beautiful churches and monasteries. Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion is a Baroque church with a dome and two towers that was built in the 18th century and its visit should not be missed. I also recommend visiting the Calvario Chapel, the Church of San Augustin and the Church of San Benito Abad. The pink 18th-century Liceo de Taoro, surrounded by beautiful gardens, is also beautiful. It is located on a hillside, overlooking a valley. It is now a bar so you can sit back and enjoy the views.

Parks and gardens in the city

Garden lovers should explore the Jardines del Marquesado and the Hijuela del Botanico, which has more than 3,000 species of tropical and subtropical plants, including iconic drago trees, which are indigenous plants of the Canary Islands.

Watermills near Orotova

In the vicinity of Orotava there are watermills, which are definitely worth a visit. Take the Los Molinos Trail, which starts at Villa Arriba and leads to nine watermills. The watermills were built in the 17th and 18th century.

If you want to enjoy magnificent views of La Orotava and Mount Teide, visit the Mirador de Humbolt, you will not be disappointed!