"A very Noble and Faithful Town”

I was born and raised in La Orotava. It's also the place I go back to every time I get homesick. So, with this article I want to tell you about one of the most beautiful towns in the whole of Spain.

And now I get to talk about my town. I love it, and as a result I have a great tendency to think that it's one of the country's best towns: it's a lovely place, with stunning natural beauty in every sense of the phrase. The city is well looked after and clean, with very enjoyable traditional festivities and brilliant people. Luckily enough, despite my bias, everything I write about La Orotava in this article is also based on fact! Joking aside, La Orotava is very special and, during your stay in Tenerife, if you decide to spend more than one day in the town, you'll know that I'm right.

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Muy noble y leal villa (a very noble and loyal town) is the title that was granted to La Orotava by King Alfonso XIII. Visitors tend not to disagree with this statement, as when you first arrive in town and get to know the locals, you can feel the special atmosphere that comes with this very appealing and historic place.

When you head to town via the La Orotava valley, you will be greeted by magnificent views, all of which can be enjoyed to the fullest from the Humboldt viewpoint (currently closed). There, you're able to marvel at the sights of the banana plantations, the coast and the majestic Mount Teide.

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When you get to La Orotava, park your car close to Plaza del Quinto Centenario, and head to the bridge via Teatro Teovaldo Power. From the bridge, you can walk along the side of the Iglesia de San Agustín and head towards Plaza de la Constitución – where you can experience the wondrous combination of history and the sea. Afterwards, I would then head past Liceo Taoro, and continue on to the Victoria Gardens, where there is an ancient masonic mausoleum.

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There is a cultural walking route organized by the Museo Iberoamericano which, in addition to teaching you about the many cultural secrets that La Orotava has to offer, will give you the chance to enjoy some of the town's traditional flavours.

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If you leave Victoria Gardens via Calle León, you'll come across the Hijuela del Botánico, which is located just behind the impressive town hall. From there, you can see the different stately homes that are close to Plazuela de San Francisco, the most popular of which are Museo del Alfombrista, Casa de Los Balcones, del Turista and Casa Lercaro. Heading down through Calle Colegio, there is a gofio (toasted meal) mill, and you'll arrive at the Iglesia de la Concepción. If you walk in the direction of Calle Tomás Zerolo, the large number of 20th-century buildings and mansions will be quite striking. Callehuela de los Ascanio leads away from the hustle and bustle, and to a different La Orotava with old rear courtyards. This place takes me back to the 90s, although the area has been around for much longer. Having arrived at the Iglesia de Santo Domingo and the Museo Iberoamericano, you'll then head to Plaza de Franchi Alfaro. After having lunch in one of the many restaurants in the square between Calle Calvario and Avenida Canarias or having some dessert at Casa Egón, you could then head back to your car. If neither of these places takes your fancy, then you could drive to Casa Matias where you can sample some delicious traditional food.

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There are various walks through the historic hub of La Orotava, such as the Molinos de Gofio route and the very interesting 18th-Century Historians route.

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Since La Orotava has much more to offer than just culture, on clear and sunny days you're going to want to go down to the beach or enjoy nature. Don't worry, La Orotava has got you covered. If you have time, walk from the town through the Rincón area which is filled with banana trees, and head towards the marvellous black-sand beaches. There are three beaches in La Orotava: El Bollullo, Los Patos and El Ancón. The latter two are quite hard to get to, as the stairs to them lead down the cliff and haven't been repaired after many years of use. These beaches are the perfect refuge for surfers. Make sure to take extreme caution with the currents and strong waves, and to bring your own food and drink.

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La Orotava has the steepest incline of all the towns in Spain. You have to keep in mind that the town stretches from the northern coast up to the top of Mount Teide – which has an altitude of 3,718m.

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La Orotava also has you covered if you prefer mountain life. The highest part of the La Orotava Valley has many interesting areas for walks. There, you'll discover one-of-a-kind ravines, ancient volcanic craters which are now used as recreational areas and many trails. If you head towards Las Cañadas del Teide National Park (which has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007), you can walk along isolated trails, climb the world's third-largest volcano and discover incredible rock formations. This area is commonly used as a setting for films and TV adverts. Due to its unique plant life and geographical layout, you definitely get the feeling that you've arrived on another planet. Remember to bring some sun cream!

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Although you can discover many of the area's natural secrets on your own, we also recommend you do one of the planned excursions with groups like Patea tus Montes, who take you to the heart of Barranco de Los Arcos, or Volcano Teide Experience, who take you to the Izaña Observatory or to watch the sunset from Mount Teide's summit.

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The choice of excellent entertainment and cultural festivals in La Orotava is also extensive. The festival to end all festivals usually takes place in June, when locals celebrate the octave of Corpus Christi with carpets of sand and flowers and a religious atmosphere. During the days that follow the octave, all the locals wear traditional dress, and everywhere is filled with local food and ancient traditional sounds. This festival is definitely a marvel – at least, in my opinion!

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And if you feel like sleeping like a local, then this list of accommodation is second to none: Hotel Rural Orotava is a charming rural converted mansion with its own traditional restaurant called Sabor Canario; then there is Hotel Alahambra, which has 5 impressive rooms and bathrooms all decorated in an irrefutably Arabic style; and lastly, there is Hotel Rural Victoria, which is a 16th-century mansion with 13 rooms located near the town hall.

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On the other hand, the number of rural houses available in the town is very extensive. For example, there is some rustic houses in La Florida, which boasts over 150 years of history and is situated in an area brimming with all kinds of plantations and vineyards. The view from the rooftop is particularly breath-taking.

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La Orotava is the ideal place for a stroll, to find beauty and fun, entertainment and adventure in the island. It is a town filled with charm. La Orotava doesn't just have fascinating architecture and history, but is nature in its purest form. It's a town with intense flavours and smells, and you'll have every opportunity to discover and fall in love with the town's charm with every choice we have listed here.

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