La Orotava: Overview
La Orotava is a picturesque town located in the north of the island of Tenerife. To date, La Orotava has about 42000 inhabitants and gives its name to the valley that extends between the top of the Teide mountain and the coast.
This city is full of activities and places of cultural importance, in fact, it is part of the “Historical ensemble”, a disc where the lists of the Spanish cultural heritage. The first note is that La Orotava includes the entire Teide park and the top of it, this is the city, which has the highest mountain in Spain.
If this is not enough, the Orotava is also the first system among the highest cities in Spain.
The parties it has to offer, however, are also religious, cultural and historical. In short, it is a city that, despite the years, has kept its cultural identity intact and jealously preserves its treasures.
History of the City
At first, Aboriginals (also called guanches) are concentrated in coastal areas and in mountainous areas where food and other resources are easy to obtain.
It is only with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors that the city has really taken shape. Despite Tenerife was the last island to be conquered, after the conquest that have been described many of the “limits” we know today.
In this particular case, the city was formed only because there was no division of land and resources among the conquistadors who have contributed to invading the island. The official origin of the city dates from 1502.
It should be added that, thanks to the cultural and racial background of the island (white and adapted to Christianity), the inhabitants of the city did not suffer particular massacres. The same is true of epidemics, in fact, most of the epidemics spread in Europe never reached the archipelago.
What to see?
There are many things to see in the city, we have a brief description:
Palace of extraordinary beauty. It maintains precisely the characteristics that have accompanied it over the years.
- Chiesa Concepción
One of the pillars of the city. It is established here as a small building, during the founding of the city, which will eventually expand and then Ricotruita in the eighteenth century, after the damage suffered during an earthquake. Today the church contains 7 rooms where some works of art are exhibited.
- Houses with balcony
An architectural spectacle. The whole area of the city is characterized by beautiful structures and a strong artistic presence.
- Botanical Garden
Beautiful garden in the heart of the city, an excellent idea to spend a few hours in complete relaxation.
However, the beauty of the city does not stop at these few points. Every corner breathes culture and has a history. Also, if you get bored of walking around the city, La Orotava offers numerous hiking trails and even some beautiful beaches.