What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

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13 June 2022

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What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

Just 8 kilometers from Puerto de la Cruz is one of the prettiest and most historic towns on the island: La Orotava. This town founded at the top of a homonymous valley is part of the Teide Natural Park and offers privileged views of the volcano and the Atlantic from 360 meters above sea level.

 

In its old town you will find old houses steeped in history, beautiful churches, gardens, museums and plenty of restaurants where you can taste Canarian cuisine.

 

The historic center of La Orotava was declared a National Historic-Artistic Site in 1976 and is included in the European Cultural Heritage Protection Inventory as a Monumental Site.

 

Here we leave you some places that you cannot miss when you visit this wonderful town in the north of Tenerife.

What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

CASA DE LOS BALCONES

 

It is a house built in 1632 by the landed bourgeoisie of Tenerife that today has become one of the main tourist attractions on the island. The main attraction of this stately home is its carved wooden balconies adorned with flowers.

 

Its activity focuses on the approach to the customs and traditions of the region, through a complex of three stately mansions in the Tenerife municipality of La Orotava.

 

This set brings together Crafts, History, Gastronomy and Architecture, in a unique showcase. Managed today by the 3rd generation, it remains committed to the same offer and seriousness as in its origins, maintaining the values.

What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava
What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

IGLESIA DE LA CONCEPCIÓN

 

The Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Concepción is the most important religious building to see in La Orotava. This baroque-style building has a dome inspired by that of the Florence Duomo. Its façade also highlights its 25-meter-high towers and the circumferences in which the Canary Islands and Cuba are represented.

 

This church was founded in 1788, in the same place where an old hermitage, built in the 16th century, could have been found. The original church was built on three steps, of which the last one stands out, which creates a baroque-style building from which the curved line prevails. Its interior is divided into three naves, separated by columns with Ionic bases and Corinthian capitals. Its central nave has a neoclassical tabernacle of Genoese origin. Of this monumental church we highlight its impressive dome, a true symbol for its congregation.

What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava
What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

GOFIO MILL THE MACHINE

 

The Villa de La Orotava still preserves active grain mills with more than 500 years of history. The Chano Mill, whose origin dates back to the early years of the 16th century, and the La Máquina Mill, dating from 1634.

 

The water from the Aguamansa springs was used until 1961 as hydraulic power to move, taking advantage of the slope from the Camino de la Sierra to the back of the Casa de Lercaro, thirteen mills of which ten are preserved and only two are still active, although now moved with electrical energy.

 

Gofio is a toasted cereal flour that has been the food base of the Canarians since pre-conquest times until the middle of the 20th century. The Canarian aborigines, or Guanches, already based their diet on gofio, which they made from wheat and barley, and ground using two large circular stones that they operated manually. The Guanches assimilated by the conquest continued to use it and transmitted its use to the present day.

What to do in Tenerife: La Orotava

VICTORY GARDENS

The Victoria Gardens were built by an architect of French nationality in the 19th century named Adolph Coquet under the commission of the De Ponte Family, with the aim of depositing a mausoleum in it where the remains of Diego Ponte del Castillo would go, although in the end, they would not be. His remains are buried here. The construction of the mausoleum was completed in 1884.

 

The Victoria Gardens are made up of a staggered seven-story structure, where gardens full of vegetation abound, and where you can also find fountains of great beauty. Also at the top of the gardens you can enjoy a beautiful view of the old town of La Orotava.

 

If you want to visit this charming town, do not hesitate to contact the reception of our hotel and we will be happy to help you.

 

Hotel El Duque Blog Team

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