This picturesque town is situated in the hills above Puerto de la Cruz, in the Orotava valley, and the old town is a popular place of interest for tourists.
People visit La Orotava to see the house of the balconies, Casa de los Balcones, or the church Nuestra Senora de la Concepción.
The streets of La Orotava can be quite steep. There are cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture and plants everywhere you look. Notice the Spanish balconies on the old houses in the centre of the old town.
In the historic Casa de los Balcones, from the 17th century, you can for instance buy all kinds of table cloths. There is an entrance fee for the museum, but the area where you can buy souvenirs and other local products is open.
The origin of the town’s name is not known, but it is believed it derives from the Guanches, who called La Orotava Arautaba or Arautápala.
You’ll find restaurants and cafe’s throughout the old town of La Orotava. We also recommend you visit the restaurant and viewpoint Mirador de Humboldt.
Alexander von Humboldt
The famous explorer Alexander von Humboldt was so fascinated with the Orotava valley that he called it the most beautiful place on earth. Mirador de Humboldt, high up in the Orotava hills, is named after him. It is a cafe & restaurant with magnificent views over the valley and Puerto de la Cruz, and a statue of Humboldt enjoying the view.
How to get there
To visit La Orotava you can either take the main road past Santa Cruz, and follow the directions to Puerto de la Cruz, or drive through the El Teide national park and enter La Orotava near the centre of the old town.
Just above La Orotava is the Guanche museum Pinolere ethnographic museum and park, where you can learn more about the island’s history.