La Orotava Holidays
Travel Agent's ViewLa Orotava is an ideal choice for those seeking sun and relaxation
Located on the northern coast of Tenerife, La Orotava is an ideal choice for those seeking sun and relaxation. There is plenty to keep visitors busy, museums, churches, botanical gardens and not forgetting the incredible Mount Teide National Park.
There are a few beaches and small coves in the La Orotava area, El Bullullo, Martin Alonso, El Rincon and Los Patos. The dark sandy beaches are fairly secluded, and less crowded, which is probably why Los Patos is popular with naturists.
The night life here is fairly tame in comparison to the busier resorts in the south, however there are several bars and restaurants in which to enjoy an evening meal and drink.
Los Rodeos Airport is approx 36 km from the resort.
Insider's Viewby Andrea Montgomery
Tenerife's classiest town ... you'll be eyeing up the windows of the estate agents
The first thing to note about La Orotava is that some of its streets ought to provide ropes and crampons for pedestrians to use
If you're after Brit bars and fish and chips, forget La Orotava. This is Tenerife's classiest town and if you enjoy exploring old streets, museums, gardens, hidden courtyards, churches and monasteries, you'll be eyeing up the windows of the estate agents.
The first thing to note about La Orotava is that some of its streets ought to provide ropes and crampons for pedestrians to use. The second thing is that in winter it's cooler than the coast, so pack a sweater.
Thousands of visitors get herded to the Casa Turistica; a beautiful old mansion with carved wooden balconies which is packed to the beams with hand made embroidery and souvenirs. My advice is to avoid the crowds and head inside Casa Méndez-Fonseca across the road. Sit awhile in its leafy courtyard then pay the peanuts fee to go upstairs and wander around the rooms filled with dusty exhibits; it's like a time warp.
The town's awash with churches and monasteries but one not to miss is the big, Gothic, Iglesia de la Concepción to see the coloured dome from the inside and at night time, stand in front of the Town Hall and photograph its skyline.
Wander around the Victoria formal Italian gardens and climb to the mausoleum, then go to the Botanical Gardens behind the Town Hall for a mini-jungle and nice toilets.
Find time to sit below the bandstand in Plaza Constitución and enjoy a barraquito coffee (assuming you like coffee and liqueur with your sugar) and at lunchtime pop into the grand Liceo de Taoro opposite for their set lunch.
And the must-sees? You simply have to see the flower carpets at Corpus Cristi, you may never see anything as beautiful again. Go up to a balcony on the 1st floor of the Town Hall for the best view of the sand tapestry.
- Buenavista del Norte
- Callao Salvaje
- Costa Adeje
- Costa del Silencio
- El Duque
- El Medano
- Golf del Sur
- Guia de Isora
- Icod de los Vinos
- La Caleta
- La Laguna
- La Orotava
- Las Caletillas
- Los Abrigos
- Los Cristianos
- Los Gigantes
- Los Realejos
- Los Silos
- Playa Paraiso
- Playa San Juan
- Playa de la Arena
- Playa de las Americas
- Puerto de Santiago
- Puerto de la Cruz
- San Eugenio
- San Miguel
- San Miguel de Abona
- Santa Cruz
- Santa Ursula
- Santiago del Teide
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