Sophisticated La Orotava in north Tenerife isn’t a tourist town but, like Garachico, during daylight hours it attracts bus loads of visitors. It has a noble history and some of the best colonial architecture on Tenerife.
Beaches – Playa Bollullo
The municipality of La Orotava boasts a trio of Tenerife’s best beaches at Playa Bollullo, the best known of the sandy threesome. Access isn’t easy by either car or foot which keeps the crowds down. The most remote of the three beaches is positively a puzzle to get to and at one point the path seems to reach a dead end at the gates of a banana plantation. Persevere, it doesn’t.
Shopping – Independence Rules
La Orotava is a town of two halves, a charming old half and a workaday new one. Clothes shops in the old part of town are independent and chic; a bit of window shopping reveals why some of the residents of La Orotava look so damned stylish.
Hotels in La Orotava
Hotels in La Orotava are at the opposite end of the spectrum from their luxurious town-sized counterparts in Costa Adeje on the other side of the island. Here, style and quality is whispered rather than shouted about and hotels are intimate and historic. Rural hotels like the Hotel Victoria are full of atmosphere and charm rather than amenities.
I Like the Nightlife
Visitors might choose La Orotava for a tranquil taste of authentic Tenerife. But there is a diverse nocturnal scene that includes classical, jazz and folklore concerts as well as ballet and plays at the Auditorio Teobaldo Power. There are also street exhibitions, cosy tascas and a couple of arty bars in which to hear local bands.
Food and Restaurants
Like so many things with La Orotava, it’s quality over quantity. Fancy good Canarian cuisine? Check. An inviting deli with hanging hams? Check. Maybe even a sleek modern tapas bar a la Barcelona style? Check. There’s even a contemporary Asian fusion restaurant in case you tire of gofio, serrano ham, rabbit, goat and montaditos.
La Orotava boasts Tenerife’s ultimate thrill ride – climbing Mount Teide. “Rubbish,” I hear you cry. “Mount Teide is nowhere near La Orotava.” Maybe, but it does lie within the borders of La Orotava which, incidentally, is the biggest municipality on Tenerife.
People who like a stroll through wild lush, leafy gardens or past immaculate flower beds are spoiled in La Orotava where there are gardens galore ranging from the formal Victorian Gardens above Plaza de la Constitución to the mini version of the Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz behind the town hall.
The real joy of La Orotava lies in strolling cobbled streets past grand churches and colonial mansions with intricate tea wood balconies. There are just oodles of beautiful buildings to explore, many with a history that ranges from the aristocratic to the quirky.
When it comes to fiestas La Orotava has some crackers, the most famous being the Corpus Christi flower carpets in May/June. The biggie in front of the town hall is actually sand and soil from Mount Teide whilst the surrounding streets are where the real flower power lies.
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