Visit La Orotava
La Orotava is a town on the north west coast of of Tenerife not far from Puerto de la Cruz.
Being on the north side of Tenerife, La Orotava is set in amongst attractive fertile countryside. Much of the town's wealth came from the fertile slopes surrounding the town and today the main crop covering the hills is bananas.
In the past many of the wealthiest residents of Tenerife lived in La Orotava and their influence can be seen in the many beautiful buildings. A particular feature are the beautifully carved wooden balconies and interior courtyards. The Casa de los Balcones and the Casa del Turista both have lovely interior courtyards that are open to the public. The Casa Mendez-Fonseca is another great courtyard and is home to a small museum and wine-tasting. Grapes are another of the main crops in the surrounding hills and so the wine is made locally.
Wandering around the town there are lots of Renaissance mansions to admire as well as some beautiful churches and convents. Head for the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion in the old part of the town and many of the sights are in this area. This church is a baroque church with a dome and two towers and was built in the 18th century.
Garden lovers can admire the formal Victoria gardens with its mausoleum and the tropical Botanic gardens with more than 3000 species of tropical and sub-tropical plants.
Fiesta time is in June for the Feast of Corpus Christi when the town is full of flowers and giant pictures made of sand are made on the floor by the town hall.