La Orotava is located in the Orotava valley in the North of the island of Tenerife. On a rainy day, we took our hire car to Orotava.
Our objective: Get out of the hotel and go for a little walk. La Orotava covers the biggest area. The national park Teide is regarded as part of the city area. The inner city is under monument protection. We arrived in the city without a goal in mind and braved the weather armed with an umbrella. The signs that pointed us in the direction of some landmarks every once in a while came in handy as they guided us to some of the city’s noteworthy spots.
Casa de los Balcones
This marvellous house was build in the 17th century. Particularly interesting are the balconies on the front and in the backyard. The balconies are characterised by beautiful carvings. Tropical plants hang down from the upper balconies and provide a lot of shade. The carvings are worked into canary pine wood. We found a wooden grape press in the backyard. The old three-story building is used as a museum and a gift shop for embroidery today.
Calle San Francisco 2
38300 La Orotave, Tenerife
daily 08.30 – 18.30
Liceo de Taoro
The Liceo de Taoro in La Orotava has been painted a russet colour. The city Palais is used as a culture centre.
Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro
Plaza de la Constitución 6
38300 La Orotava Tenerife
Plaza de la Constitutión
This is the city’s centre of communal life and also the main meeting place. One can stop in the small pavilion for a relaxing cup of coffee or be lured into one of the bars in the later hours of the evening for a drink and a chat. The view over the Orotava valley from this plaza is great.
Plaza de la Constitución
38300 La Orotava
Visitors can’t miss the City Hall of La Orotava. All events in the city take place here. An enormous arrangement of pictures made from lava rock and volcanic dust in different colours is displayed here on Corpus Christi Square.
Plaza del Ayuntamiento 1
38300 La Orotava