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Paintball in north of Tenerife
Paintball in north of Tenerife
Paintball in north of Tenerife 2 hours
Enjoy a game of paintball while holidaying in Tenerife north, especially if you have a group of more than six. Ideal for birthdays, corporate team building, stag and hen parties etc. Price starts from EUR15 pp. Minimum of 6 persons.
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VIP Teide Tour
VIP Teide Tour
VIP Teide Tour 8 hours
Enjoy the VIP treatment on our comfortable 4x4 vehicle and explore the beautiful La Orotava valley, Santiago del Teide, Teide National Park, the Chinyero volcano and more. Lunch included.
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Jeep Safari tour to La Gomera (from north Tenerife)
Jeep Safari tour to La Gomera (from north Tenerife)
Jeep Safari tour to La Gomera (from north Tenerife) 8.5 hours
Based in north of Tenerife and would like a day trip to La Gomera? No problem. We have created a full day jeep safari to show you the highlights of La Gomera including the San Sebastian de la Gomera, Agula, Garajonay and more. Lunch incl.
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Paragliding Tandem Flight North
Paragliding Tandem Flight North
Paragliding Tandem Flight North 3 hours
Experience the incredible feeling of flying on a tandem paraglide. Marvel at the awe inspiring and diverse landscapes of the island of spring - Tenerife. Flight time: 30 mins. No license required.
Price from: €110.00
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Tour and activity categories in La Orotava

Jeep safari
Jeep safari
Paragliding
Paragliding
Paintball
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Sightseeing Tours
Sightseeing Tours

Travel Inspirations - La Orotava

La Orotava is one of the few Canarian towns that has managed to preserve its historic and picturesque centre. The streets are lined with small plazas and impressive Castilian mansions with sweeping wooden balconies while lush, green parks are dotted throughout this idyllic colonial town. Best explored on foot, La Orotava is situated in the magnificent valley of the same name and is cut deep into the hills of the island, giving visitors the chance to explore the many steep roads that make up the majority of the old town. The La Orotava valley is a major cultivator of bananas, chestnuts and vineyards and provides excellent hiking opportunities with its winding maze of footpaths leading deep into the pine woods. Sweeping panoramic views of the costal plane that sits at the bottom of the valley help convey the surprisingly large, yet beautiful landscape of the island. To visit the small town of La Orotava and delve into the old quarter really is like stepping back centuries in time. Experience first hand the beautiful artistry inside the churches and convents and exploring the well preserved aristocratic mansions with their wooden, galleon style balconies and grand hallways. One of the most attractive towns on the island showcasing some of the Canaries best and most loved architecture, art and history, La Orotava is definitely worth a visit!  History  La Orotava, originally christened La Arautava in pre-Hispanic times, belonged to the ancient kingdom of Taoro, one of the most powerful in the of the Guanche kingdoms. After the Spanish conquest of the island in 1496 La Orotava, one of the richest and most fertile parts of the island, was distributed by the Crown to the conquerors and became the main seat of the island’s aristocracy. Given the valleys ideal climate and fertile land, colonists in the area were able to cultivate a great variety of crops over the centuries. Sugar cane was popular throughout the 16 th century before being replaced by vine stocks and two quality wines, Malvasia and Canary Sack. The wealth generated through the flourishing trade of these products reflected in the town with its rapid growth and o f grand buildings and convents and primarily the Iglesia de la Concepción (Church of the Immaculate Conception), one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in the Canaries. During the 18 th century, La Orotava’s wine trade disappeared due to restrictions placed on many businesses and joined the rest of the island in a period of economic recession. However, due to the town’s fortunes accrued throughout the years, La Orotava was able to continue enjoying a prosperous existence during this economically challenging time. The cultivation of the banana helped lift the valley out of recession during the 19 th century and became the sole agricultural export of La Orotava as well as being of significant benefit to the countryside, helping to expand its natural area and slowly increase its greenness. The wealth generated through the export of the banana saw La Orotava enter a more eclectic building period in the town with many impressive modernist and neo-gothic buildings appearing towards the end of the 19 th century. Steeped in history and tradition, La Orotava’s coat of arms still to this day bares the message Villa Muy Noble y Leal (A Most Noble and Loyal Town). Culture The culture that surrounds La Orotava is essentially laid back and relaxed with an heir of dignity that resonates throughout the newly built areas of the town through to the quieter and sedate old quarter. The town celebrates the traditions of both the past and the present and is one of the top cultural places to visit on the island. A walk around La Orotava will provide a showcase of both typical Canarian architecture contrasting against the stunning Baroque and Gothic inspired buildings that formed later in the towns history. The grand churches and large noble homes that make up the area provide a sense of elegance and a reminder that religion is still firmly embedded in La Orotava’s values and day to day life. The historical centre has been perfectly preserved over the years and has been declared of National Historical and Artistic Interest. The well established artisan traditions of the town are still fondly ever-present, making La Orotava an excellent place to shop for traditional Canarian souvenirs and trinkets including hand made wood work, leather goods, ceramics and lace. Wine also plays a significant role in the culture and community of the area as the Valle de la Orotava (Orotava Valley) is one of Tenerife ’s five wine producing regions and bares an all important Mark of Origin. The Verdant Valley provides a wealth of fruit including the grape and the locals like nothing more than to enjoy a glass of locally produced wine in one of the towns many picturesque plazas.     Economy La Orotava is the town with the most surface area on the island as it houses the majority of the expansive Teide National Park, considered one of Spain’s most unique natural areas. The main economic activity in La Oratova is agriculture and specialises in three main crops; bananas, vine yards and potatoes and employs a fifth of its active population to work within this thriving industry. The rest of La Orotava’s economic activities are centred on tourism, commerce and construction.   How to get there By Bus: You can catch bus 101, 345, 348, 350 or the 352 bus from Puerto de la Cruz , or the 101 or 107 from Santa Cruz. There aren’t many car parks around, therefore public transport would appear to be the cheaper and least stressful way of travelling. By Car: La Orotava is linked with the TF-5 motorway and the old highway linking Icod de los Vinos and the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife .
Beautiful and expansive valley aside, La Orotava is the perfect place to perform paragliding. There is also a paintball centre where you can bond with a bunch of friends and have a paintball game or two! The good thing about La Orotava is that it is close to Puerto de la Cruz, a northern hub for various exciting activities which you can enjoy Hiking Being 390 meters above sea level, La Orotava is benefiting from the wet climate and greeneries. With its scenic location in the La Orotava valley (Valle de La Orotava), this area has been the favourite of famous explorer - Alexander Humboldt 200 years ago, and many visitors since. No doubt, the lush area of the valley is great to be explored on foot. You can hike up to the Mirador del Humboldt for an expansive views of the valley. There is a cafe and a restaurant there for your disposal. Alternative, should you wish to join an hiking excursion exploring wonderful trails around the island such as Teide, Anaga , Masca and the Teno mountains, there are hiking companies offering free transfers from La Orotava.
The town of La Orotava itself doesn’t sit on the coast although the region baring the same name does make contact with the ocean at one point, offering small and secluded black sand coves for an opportunity to escape the crowds and relax. Surrounded by a cavernous shoreline of rock, typical of coves and beaches along the northern coast, some of these coves are reachable by car whilst others have little or no vehicle access and can only be visited on foot.
Festivals January:  Fiesta de San Antonio de Abad and Vigen de la Esperanza End of Feb- early March: Carnivals April: Holy Saint Baile de Magos June:  Corpus Christi June: Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza. Pinolere Craft Fair This popular craft fair is held every year around the first weekend of September at the Pinolere Ethnographic Park. With a theme material each year, this 3-day fair is packed with stalls featuring over 200 artisans and their hand-made collections. Spectators will also be kept entertained with various demonstrations, workshops, music and theatre performances. Location: Pinolere Ethnographic Park, 38310 La Orotava, Tenerife island.   Restaurants Restaurante Sabor Canario Address: Calle Carrera, 17 y 23, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: 922 322 793 Bar Restaurante La Barraca Address: Calle Sixto Perera González, 2, Urb. El Mayorazgo, 38300 La Orotava Telephone: (+34) 922 323 050  Opening hours: Wednesdays to Mondays 10:00 to 23:00, close on Tuesdays.     Nightlife La Orotava is not known for its nightlife though it does have a few well priced bars offering a selection of good local beers and wines. Most nightlife is hotel based therefore making it advisable to travel to nearby Puerto de la Cruz for a livelier scene. Most cafes double up into bars with emphasis on good food and friendly service. El Paladar A café/bar offering customers local and imported beers and a strong wine list to enjoy whilst they soak up the impressive views of the San Agustín Church. Bar Kiosco Based in the heart of the town on Plaza de la Constitución, Bar Kiosco is one of the livelier places in town. Bar Parada Situated on Calle San Agustín, Bar Parada is an outdoor terrace area and quality tapas and beer offer a welcoming atmosphere for the young set to relax after a days work.     Shopping Shopping opportunities in La Orotava are limited as the town is more of a one day stop destination for tourists’, though an array of small trinket and souvenir shops are dotted around the newer quarter. Traditional handy-craft can be sought out in many of the museums where charming leather goods and quality wickerwork are all available at reasonable prices. The Canary Islands are also known for their exquisite embroidery (bordados) as well as their fine thread-work (calados), produced by the towns skilled local women with Casa de los Balcones being the best place to purchase such goods. Beware however, of street sellers selling imitation goods of inferior quality imported from factories and claiming it is produced locally. Quality pottery can also be found in La Orotava as highly skilled local potters still to this day produce excellent and distinctive household items that make for perfect gifts. Ganigos (household pots), as well as hand carved jewellery decorated with traditional Guanche symbols can be found in the many craft shops that line the streets.  
Plaza de la Constitución This plaza is the centre of the old town, with everything else there is to see leading off from here. There is a vibrant atmosphere about the place. Tourists and locals alike congregate in the bar and cafe that trade from the shade of the church and trees, along with the people who are just passing through heading up into the streets of the Old Town. Where: Plaza de la Constitución (on Calle San Agustín, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Mausoleum of the Marquess of Quinta Roja (Victoria Gardens) Almost like the icing on the cake, the marble mausoleum sits on top of the three-tiered ornamental gardens next to the Plaza de la Constitución in emphatic style. The gardens are a well recognised and appreciated tourist attraction in the town with the flower beds and water features overlooking the old town and surrounding coastline, resulting in picture-perfect scenery. Where: next to Plaza de la Constitución,  Calle San Agustín, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Liceo de Taoro Cultural Society The house could almost be classed as modern compared to the contrast of the 17 th century Old Town it sits around on the Plaza de la Constitution. Built in 1928 by Tomás de Ascanio and Méndez de Lugo, its gardens and architecture offers something a bit different to the town with its 20 th century style. However the property is just as impressive, with its sloping garden leading up to what is now a thriving centre for art exhibitions and events. Adress: Plaza de la Constitución,  Calle San Agustín, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 330 119 Iglesia de San Agustín (Church) One of many baroque style churches, this ex-Convent of Nuestra Señora de Gracia takes pride of place overlooking the Plaza de la Constitución . Built in 1671, the church is renown for its crossed moulded ceiling, aesthetic reredos and ornate sculptures, with the two of ‘Nuestra Señora de Gracia’ and ‘San Agustín’ of particular interest. Address: Plaza de La Constitución, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 330 050 Opening hours: during church service. Iglesia de la Concepción (Church) The Church of the Conception sits at the heart of the Old Town with it dominating the sky line. Despite being in the familiar baroque style that is commonly seen throughout La Orovata, the Church of the Conception was built on a much larger scale and is one of the greatest examples of its kind to be found in Spain. Inside are numerous examples of artwork, sculptures and beautifully crafted gold and silver treasures that really amplify the importance of religion in the area, past and present.  The neo-classical pulpit and unique Genoese tabernacle are features that add to the overall class and stature of the place. Address: Calle Tomás Pérez, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 330 187 Hijuela del Jardín Botánico (Auxiliary Botanical Gardens) Built in 1788, this 4,000 square metres of enclosed romantic garden creates an utopian atmosphere as visitors walk through the entrance and into a mass of greenery and nature. There are over hundred of flora species including the infamous dragon tree. It is a perfect get away from the bustle of the town. Entrance via: C/ Tomás Pérez s/n, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife .   La Casa de los Balcones (House of the Balconies) One of the key attractions in the town, the House of the Balconies gives tourists a great insight into traditional Canarian culture and ways of life. The 17 th century mansion was built for the marriage union between Juana Nieto  and Juan de Castro Bazo y Merino in 1657 and is a fine example of high class society and Spanish architecture with ornate wooden balconies enveloping a picturesque pebble-dashed courtyard. The ground floor is a mixture of craft and souvenir shops were visitors can watch craftspeople weave top quality Canarian lace, as well as having to the option to buy the reasonably priced linen, pottery, food and wines. Entrance to the museum upstairs costs €2, where visitors can witness what life was like for the Canarian aristocracy in the 17 th century and also view Tenerife  in a past age. Address: Calle San Francisco, 3, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 330 629 Opening hours: Daily 08:30 to 19:30 Free parking for clients. Museo Iberoamericano de Artesanía de Santo Domingo (Museum of Iberoamerican Crafts) This popular local museum, located at the far northern end of the Old Town down Calle Tomas Zerolo, exhibits examples of handicrafts and popular arts from not only Spain but America too. The history between the two countries goes back centuries and there are many fine and highly skilled pieces of work for visitors to take in as they make their way around the building. Such pieces include the fine lace and linen that the Canary Islands are renown for making, along examples of leather and pottery that has taken years of expertise to achieve. The museum circles a picturesque courtyard where guests can sit and relax in the sun, whilst taking in the large sculptures on display. The price of entry is €2 per person and there is a reasonably priced gift shop too. Address: Convento de Santo Domingo, Calle Thomas Zerolo 34, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 323 376/ 922 321 746 Opening hours: Mondays 09:00 to 15:00, Tuesdays to Fridays 09:00 to 17:00, Saturdays 09:00 to 13:00, close on Sundays. Iglesia de Santo Domingo (Church) Santo Domingo is one of many churches that can be found in La Orotava. The church’s defining feature is its baroque style spire that cuts into the town’s skyline as people look down towards the coast and is a common image for many postcards of the area. Constructed in the 17 th century by the influential Mesa family, the church was adapted over a hundred year period to what is today and be found right next door to the Iberoamerican Crafts Museum. Inside visitors will find many exquisite paintings, with one of the most famous being ‘Virgen de La Consolación,’ a 16 th century piece that was over from Antwerp. Address: Calle Thomas Zerolo 34, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Pueblo Chico Situated just outside of La Orotava, Pueblo Chico has shrunken the best parts of the Canary Islands into a quaint little model village. The tourist attraction is a great family day out, where visitors can take in popular sites such as Mount Teide, South Tenerife  Airport and the Cliffs of the Giants in minute detail. The path takes people past sixty-five different models over 20,000m² of park, as they travel from old-age, traditional Tenerife  into modern times. Address: Camino Cruz de Los Martillos 62, 38300 La Orotava, Tenerife . Telephone: (+34) 922 334 060 Opening hours: Daily 09:00 to 18:00 Admission fee: Adults €12.50, Children (4 to 11 years old) €6.50; Residents: Adults €8.50 and Children €5.00.