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La OrotavaSpain

Discover the magic of this lesser-known town, noted for its beautiful 17th-century houses and strong Canarian identity. 

La Orotava contains one of Tenerife’s most well-preserved old towns. Stroll through this compact part of town to see charming plazas, carved wooden balconies and other beautiful examples of traditional Canarian architecture around almost every corner.

After the Spanish conquest, La Orotava flourished throughout the 16th century because the lush valley surrounding the town was cultivated for chestnuts, grapes and bananas. During this prosperous time, the town’s wealthy inhabitants constructed beautiful mansions and churches. Look for many of these structures still visible today.

Don’t miss the Doce Casas (the Twelve Homes), which represent some of the finest examples of the town’s traditional Canarian architecture. Be sure to see the intricately carved balconies of Casa de los Balcones, which dates back to 1692.

Nearby find the Iglesia de la Concepción, a beautiful Baroque building. Originally built in the 16th century and restored 200 years later, the church’s design drew inspiration from the religious buildings of Latin America. Admire its pair of 79-foot-high (24-meter) bell towers and check out the lovely wooden sculptures housed inside.

Go for a walk in Hijuela del Botánico, a lovely botanical garden home to more than 3,000 different types of plants. As you make your way along the network of paths, look for Australian conifers, Indian chestnuts and a towering dragon tree.

Look inside the Museo de Artesania Iberoamericana, which is set in a 17th-century former convent. The museum displays folk art from Spain and Latin America, including ceramics, textiles and various handicrafts. Notice the interesting musical instruments from Peru and Nicaragua.

Adjacent to the museum, you’ll see the distinct Baroque-style spire of Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Step inside the church and admire its Mudéjar ceiling and exquisite paintings.

La Orotava is located in northern Tenerife. It’s connected to nearby Puerto de la Cruz by a regular bus service.

Top Hotels in La Orotava

Hostel Tenerife
Hostel Tenerife
1 out of 5
Calle Marqués 24, La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Free cancellation
The price is CA $55 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26

Situated in La Orotava, this hostel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Orotava Valley and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Taoro Park. Casa de Los Balcones Museum and Nuestra Senora ...

4/5Very Good! (1 review)

"Location was good, could do with a deep clean, under the beds etc, and a bit of TLC in the courtyard"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2019

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Parador de las Cañadas del Teide
Parador de las Cañadas del Teide
3 out of 5
Las Canadas del Teide, La Orotava, Tenerife
The price is CA $203 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23

Situated in La Orotava, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Las Canadas del Teide National Park and Teide National Park. Teide National Park and Mount Guajara ...

4.3/5Excellent! (167 reviews)

"Excellent location just 5 minutes drive to cable car station. Covered heated swimming pool with Teide view was a pleasant extra. Room is clean and convenient. There is mini fridge but no electric kettle , would be great if they provided. Baby cot was provided for my little son and was also clean ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2020

Parador de las Cañadas del Teide
Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
La Orotava, Canary Islands
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Situated by the ocean, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Orotava Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of Montana de los Frailes Park and La Villa ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Beautiful Property in a Great Location

"This is a beautiful property & lives up to the expectation of the photos. Inside the house, the design element is excellent & is a truly unique feel to it. The garden area is large, not overlooked & well thought out with a nice dining area & barbecue with a lovely view The house is situated down ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in La Orotava

Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
La Orotava, Canary Islands

Situated by the ocean, this romantic vacation home is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Orotava Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of Montana de los Frailes Park and La Villa ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (28 reviews)
Beautiful Property in a Great Location

"This is a beautiful property & lives up to the expectation of the photos. Inside the house, the design element is excellent & is a truly unique feel to it. The garden area is large, not overlooked & well thought out with a nice dining area & barbecue with a lovely view The house is situated down ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 16, 2020

Designer Villa Cesar Manrique
La Hacienda Grande
La Hacienda Grande
3 out of 5
Carretera TF-31, Calle Hacienda Grande 5, La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Situated in La Orotava, this golf apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Orotava Valley and within 3 mi (5 km) of Lago Martianez Swimming Pools and Plaza ...

4.1/5Very Good! (9 reviews)
Lovely studio next to La Orotrava

"The studio in the Hacienda was lovely and Annie-Lie very helpful. The kitchen was functional if a little basic. The beds comfortable and the bathroom clean. The Hacienda is located well close to the historic city of La Orotava and also Puerto de la Cruz."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2018

La Hacienda Grande
House in La Oratava Tenerife 101357 by MO Rentals
House in La Oratava Tenerife 101357 by MO Rentals
3 out of 5
Camino de la Candelaria, La Orotava

Situated in the mountains, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Orotava Valley, Casa de Los Balcones Museum, and Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion Church. ...

House in La Oratava Tenerife 101357 by MO Rentals
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
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