La Orotava is the largest province in Tenerife and incorporates a large section of the Mount Teide National Park. La Orotava town is steeped in history and has places of interest dating back to 1590.
If you are interested in history and culture, a day out sightseeing around this pretty town is a must while on holiday in Tenerife.
The town of La Orotava is situated in a beautiful valley of the same name, 90 minutes away along the main motorway in the vicinity of the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Renowned for its buildings and architecture, La Orotava has charming narrow cobbled streets, quirky houses and is the perfect place for scenic photography.
The historic old centre is the main point of interest and the ideal place to start a tour of the town with many historic buildings and churches – the Concepcion Parish Church and the house of balconies are prime examples of the architecture of the region.
In addition, a botanical garden showcasing over 3,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plants, mainly from the South American region, should be included in your itinerary.
Victoria Gardens in the town centre is a place to relax and stroll at leisure around the many paths and walkways amid various trees and well stocked flower beds.
The gardens are also home to the Carrara Marble Mausoleum, designed and built in 1882 by French Architect Adolph Coquet. The intricate tomb was built for the freemason Marques de la Quinta Roja, but after a dispute between his mother and widow after his death, the tomb was not used for its intended purpose and still to this day no one really knows what is inside.
La Orotava is the ideal day out from Select Sunningdale and offers the chance to learn more about the history of Tenerife and wander around some fabulous architecture.
Make your own way in a hire car or enquire at reception for more details about planned excursions to La Orotava.