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- 1 Get to know La Orotava, the largest municipality in Tenerife
- 2 Places to see in La Orotava
- 3 PLACES TO EAT IN LA OROTAVA
Get to know La Orotava, the largest municipality in Tenerife
Did you know that this municipality located in the north of the island of Tenerife is the largest on the island? And not only that, but it is also the one with the largest forest area thanks to the fact that 78% of the Teide National Park is part of this municipality.
The buildings and different constructions have never put aside the majestic air that has persisted since the conquest of the island, which led to the declaration of La Orotava as a historic and artistic site.
It is considered one of the most beautiful places on the island, being characterised for the most part by a landscape crowned by Mount Teide, its gardens and typical balconies adorning the facades of houses, carpets of flowers and the pleasant climate that accompanies the municipality throughout most of the year.
In this post, we will leave you with 8 spectacular corners of this wonderful city that you definitely cannot miss during your stay here.
Places to see in La Orotava
HOUSE OF THE BALCONIES
Considered the most unique house-museum on the island thanks to its combination of architecture, history, traditions, folklore and handicrafts.
Its construction was completed in June 1632, and it is the most important temple of Canarian fretwork in the archipelago, being one of the two most widely used craft techniques in the islands: it is an embroidery that consists of unravelling a fabric tensely attached to a wooden frame.
It is an ideal place to disconnect and relax while we know in depth the Canarian culture and history through a journey in time to which its patios and balconies move us.
- Monday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- It is only closed on the day of La Romería de La Orotava.
- Free parking.
IBERO-AMERICAN CRAFT MUSEUM OF TENERIFE
Its construction dates back to the seventeenth century, becoming one of the most important convents in the province of Tenerife for the beauty of its facilities, especially the stone arch of the entrance, The Cloister, the wooden ceilings and the stone staircase. All these elements reflect the work done by the Canarian architect, Antonio De Orbarán.
Thanks to the fact that the MAIT is within the outreach program carried out by the Island Council of Tenerife, we can appreciate, through its large exhibition, a detailed representation of all Ibero-American crafts, prioritizing especially those from the Canary Islands.
- Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 pm.
- Saturday: 10:30 – 13:30.
The gofio is a roasted cereal flour that is part of the food base of the Canaries since the guanches based their food on it. Even after the conquest, our Canarian Aborigines continued to use it, and thanks to this, its use has been transmitted to our days.
Mills exist in La Orotava since the sixteenth century. In this stretch of street, we can find the “road or water route” formed by 13 original Mills of which today 10 are preserved. They are built around a water channel that went down this street, but currently, only part of the sections made in stone are preserved.
The gofio is still present in the diet of the Canaries, and mills like this, are still active as small shops selling to the public.
THE TOURIST HOUSE
The tourist House is currently a souvenir place for tourists. In it, we can glimpse the most elegant and exquisite embroideries that bring with them the Canarian artisan tradition, the traditional costumes typical of the seven islands, and different and unique clay objects made in the same house by local artisans. In addition, we also can not leave behind the best of the craft of the islands, as well as the agri-food products so typical of us.
- Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 18:30.
- Sundays: closed.
HIJUELA DEL BOTÁNICO EN LA OROTAVA
4000 square metres have led to this romantic garden being distinguished as an Asset of Cultural Interest since 2008.
Initially, it was presented as a complementary center of the Garden of acclimatization of La Orotava, but today it is recognized as the Botanical Garden of Puerto de la Cruz.
Visiting this place will give you a unique opportunity to stroll among the hundreds of differents species that it gathers, such as the chestnut of India, the fire tree, the conifers of Australia and even a beautiful specimen of the Sacred Tree El Drago.
- All year round: 09:00 – 14:00 h.
- Free admission.
The Victoria Gardens are located next to the Plaza de la Constitución and the Liceo Taoro. Here we have before us a majestic space that can go perfectly unnoticed if you don’t know the area or if you don’t know of its existence.
They were built in the XIX century by the French architect Adolph Coquet, which may explain the peculiarity of their design. They are formed by a seven-story step, where gardens full of greenery abound, decorated with fountains of inexplicable beauty. In addition, at the top of the gardens, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the old town of La Orotava.
If what you were looking for was to discover unique places in the Canary Islands, the Victoria Gardens serve you that opportunity on a plate thanks to the order and precision of its entire structure.
CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF CONCEPTION
We go back in time to 1948, when this church was declared a National Historic Monument. However, in 2012, the Council of Tenerife modified the category of Cultural Interest declared by the Decree by which the Church of La Concepción was declared a Historic Artistic Monument, passed to that of Monument.
The history of this church tells us how the building suffered the consequences of earthquakes prior to the eruption of the Volcano of Güimar, which generated such deterioration in it, which had to be declared in ruins in the year 1758.
Thanks to contributions from the Crown, it was rebuilt in 1788, where Baroque, Neoclassical and Mudejar styles combine to highlight the outstanding sculptural design of this honourable church, making it one of the identifying symbols of the whole town.
It is one of the architectural and historical jewels of La Orotava, with characteristics typical of the Baroque, as well as with Genoese influence.
This manor house has two patios. The central courtyard has a “U” shape and although it has undergone a series of remodels, it still maintains the original structure.
On the other hand, there is a lower courtyard where the water mill is located, being the last mill in the locality through which the water channel that came from the springs used to run.
Once again, we have before us an emblematic place that deserves a visit. We will be accompanied at all times by the presence of tropical plants and Canarian endemisms, thanks to its splendid botanical garden.
PLACES TO EAT IN LA OROTAVA
Spending the day among gofio mills, flowers and botanical gardens and exploring the unique history of this municipality can whet anyone’s appetite. Therefore, here we leave you a series of places that will be just a few steps from any of the places you decide to visit:
BAR LA DUQUESA
Lentils, gazpacho, salmon … La Duquesa bar offers us a variety of dishes that are perfect for discovering the wonders of our local cuisine.
Have you ever asked someone if they had to recommend a place to eat in La Orotava, what would it be? Probably among your first responses is Los Gomez.
It has always been said that the best area to taste local food is the north of the island, and this guachinche lives up to this fame. You can not leave it to long.
If you are looking for a place where the best local products are always served at a price within the customer’s reach, this place is ideal for you. Here you will spend some time surrounded by nature that beautifies the corners of La Orotava, while you taste the best dishes on the island.
A municipality brimming with natural beauty, with a story yet to be told, and with places to taste the best local cuisine on the island, what more could you ask for?