La Orotava Map and Guide

Useful La Orotava map, and guide to the Tenerife town.

Detailed Street Map of La Orotava Tenerife

La Orotava Map: Shown above is a detailed street map of La Orotava, a town in the beautiful Orotava Valley in the north of Tenerife, in the Spanish Canary Islands.

La Orotava Tenerife: Possibly the prettiest town on the island of Tenerife, La Orotava lies in the heart of the beautiful Valle de la Orotava (Orotava Valley), just inland from the resort of Puerto de la Cruz. It has a population of around 40,000, and has a well preserved old town, with some handsome churches and public buildings.

La Orotava History: Founded in the early 16th century, La Orotava rapidly grew into a busting village, and officially became a town in 1648, as a result of a decree by King Phillip IV. It also developed a port area, Puerto de la Orotava, which later became the now popular coastal resort of Puerto de la Cruz. Even before the Spanish founded the town, the area was settled by the indigenous Guanches, and due to its location on rich agricultural land, was one of the most prosperous areas of Tenerife.

La Orotava Attractions: Well worth a visit if you want to get away from the busy coastal resorts, and especially handy if you are staying at Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava has plenty of attractions, which should easily fill a whole day and may even warrant an overnight stay. Among the most popular attractions are:

The Church of the Immaculate Conception (Iglesia de la Concepción): Originally dating from the 16th century, it was rebuilt after an earthquake in the 18th century. This masterpiece of Baroque architecture has a magnificent interior and became a national monument in 1948.

Plaza de la Constitución: Known as “the Balcony of La Orotava”, this is a good place to enjoy the wonderful views over the town, to the coast.

Iglesia de San Agustin: Located on the north-east side of the Plaza de la Constitución, this former monastery dates from 1694 and has a beautiful Renaissance-Baroque façade, it is now a music school.

Palacio Municipal: The Neo-Classical ayuntamiento (town hall) dates from the 19th century and features allegorical wall carvings.

Liceo de Taoro: Standing above the Plaza de la Constitución, is the former grammar school, turned club, with bar, library, games room, and attractive garden. A nominal fee buys membership for a day if you want to take a peek inside.

Hijuela del Botanico: Begun in 1923, this botanical garden was set into motion using cuttings from the long established Jardin Botanico, in Puerto de la Cruz (hence its name which means “daughter of the botanical garden”), it now features over three thousand species of plant.

Other Attractions: Other attractions in La Orotava include the Convento de Santo Domingo, the Casa de los Balcones (17th century), the Casa Torrehermosa (17th century), the Casa del Turista (16th century), the Iglesia San Francisco, the Museo Cerámica, and the Museo de Artesana Iberoamericana.

La Orotava Hotels: La Orotava has a reasonable selection of hotel for your stay in the town, you can choose from the Hotel Alhambra, the Hotel Rural Orotava, the Hotel Rural Victoria and the Parador de Canadas del Teide.

As can be seen from this La Orotava map, the town can be reached via the TF-5 motorway, it is 6 kilometres driving distance from Puerto de la Cruz, and 36 kilometres driving distance from the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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