La Orotava

La Orotava, a jewel in the north of Tenerife of great historical and natural value

Why La Orotava?

In La Orotava you will find a perfectly preserved old town, full of charm and with very picturesque corners. Declared a Historic Artistic Complex in 1976, walking its cobbled streets and observing the beautiful Canarian-style facades is quite an experience. This municipality is the largest on the island, hosting around 78% of Teide National Park.

“I came back from the peak last night. What a show! What a joy! I’m almost in tears. I would have liked to settle here ”- Alexander von Humboldt

The La Orotava valley, crowned by the imposing Teide volcano, is one of the most representative images of Tenerife, capable of surprising all its visitors.

A landscape of unique beauty that has already dazzled great figures, such as the geographer and explorer Alexander von Humboldt. In fact, its name is carried by one of the viewpoints (Mirador de Humboldt) from where it is possible to admire these incomparable views. Its historical complex is added to its protected natural spaces where it is possible to make trails and be in full contact with nature. A natural gift for the eyes!

What does La Orotava offer?

La Orotava is one of the best areas to stay and discover the north of Tenerife. And also one of the most complete and authentic destinations. Its old town is the best example of Canarian architecture, with its typical balconies adorning the facades. You still breathe in its streets that stately style that has always characterized this municipality.

Most of La Orotava’s hotel offer is made up of country-style hotels, which is far from the luxury resorts offered by other municipalities. Staying in one of these hotels is an opportunity to get closer to the values ​​and traditions of the Canary archipelago. Most of them occupy old mansions now converted into accommodation.

Gastronomy is another of La Orotava’s strengths, being one of the best places to eat in Tenerife. In this municipality you will find the famous guachinches, which are the most ideal option to taste typical dishes. But there are also bars and restaurants with modern dishes and original dishes. And don’t forget to try the exquisite wine of the region!

Essential in La Orotava

A route through the historic complex of the municipality is totally essential. It is divided into two areas: Villa de Abajo, where the richest families lived, and Villa de Arriba, with more humble but equally interesting houses on an architectural level. Among the most outstanding points of interest are the Town Hall and its plaza, the Casa de los Balcones, the Iglesia de la Concepción, the Jardines Victoria and the Liceo de Taoro, among many others.

Beyond the undoubted importance of the historic center of La Orotava, its coastline is also a great attraction. It offers its visitors incredible landscapes with wild and virgin beaches. Playa del Bollullo, with black volcanic sand, is the most popular and accessible. Added to this are Playa de los Patos and Playa del Ancón, two incredible beaches where you can enjoy the tranquility and silence, with the only sound of the ocean waves.

In the highlands, nature continues to offer unique landscapes. The Teide National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is mainly part of the municipality of La Orotava. The top of the volcano is also the highest point in Spain, at 3,718 meters. The cones, lava flows and volcanic caves create a unique setting in the world. Without a doubt, an essential visit that should not be missed on any visit to Tenerife. Other recommended natural spaces are the Corona Forestal Natural Park, the Pinorelis Nature Reserve and the protected landscape of La Resbala.

La Orotava Weather

The climate in La Orotava and in the entire northern slope of the island of Tenerife is more humid and cooler than in the southern slope. However, the temperatures are pleasant and mild throughout the year, with no great variations between the warmest and coldest months. You can check here the weather forecast for the next days.

You should bear in mind that the climate in Tenerife can vary significantly from one place to another. This is due to the orography of the island, with significant differences between the coast and the highest areas. In the winter months it is even possible to observe Mount Teide with a blanket of snow while you take a bath on the beach. Therefore, it is recommended to add not only the swimsuit to your suitcase, but also warm clothing.

What to do for free in La Orotava?

The traditional festivities of La Orotava are the best free plan. During Corpus Christi celebrations the main streets of the old town are filled with incredible flower carpets and volcanic soil. A tradition with centuries of history that is worth visiting. The Pilgrimage of La Orotava is one of the most famous on the island, when decorated wagons, traditional clothing and Canarian folklore flood the streets.

Likewise, it is common that throughout the year events are organized in which to have a fun time, such as wine and beer tasting. You can check the agenda on the website of the City Council. If we take it for granted it is that there is no time to get bored in the north of the island. There are many points of interest to enjoy during your vacation days. La Orotava and Tenerife await you!