A 16th Century city on the slopes of Mount Teide
Located in the north of the island of Tenerife, La Orotava is one of the oldest towns in the Canary Islands and was founded in the early 16th Century after the Spanish conquest. The town retains a rich heritage which can be seen in its architecture, gardens and customs. La Orotava takes its name from the great valley of Taoro shared with Los Realejos and Puerto de la Cruz. The town is a gateway to the Teide National Park with its 3,718-metre volcano.
Take a walk through film locations and the Corpus Christi Festival
With its long history, La Orotava is home to many religious and social buildings of great importance. Visitors can see the La Concepción church built in the 18th Century, several stately homes that belonged to wealthy families and la Casa de los Balcones (the House of the Balconies); built in 1632 with its beautiful balcony and patio made of carved wood. This welcoming town is a great place to do some shopping and to enjoy its open air terraces. La Orotava is also home to the annual fiesta of Corpus Christi, when the town’s main streets and squares are lined with carpets of sand and flowers.