The name of this municipality located in the north of Tenerife, which also occupies part of the centre of the island, comes from the name that the Guanches gave to this area, “Arautava” or “Arautapala”. It is the largest municipality on the island, with 207.31 km2, and the one with the largest forest area: Approximately 78% of the Teide National Park is part of the municipality of La Orotava. The historic centre of the municipality is located at an altitude of 390 metres above sea level and was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976. Its streets are dotted with buildings of great heritage interest and places of great importance to the municipality, including the Universidad Europea de Canarias. The Orotava Valley has always been characterised by its impressive landscape crowned by Mount Teide, its abundance of water, its beautiful gardens and its pleasant climate. However, it has many protected natural areas, such as part of the Teide National Park and the Corona Forestal Nature Reserve, the Pinoleris Nature Reserve and the protected landscape of La Resbala.
The typical balconies that adorn the façades of its traditional houses, the carpets of flowers and volcanic earth that are made every year in La Orotava during the Corpus Christi celebrations, and its traditional Easter Week, which has been celebrated since the 17th century, are well known.
- Source: www.webtenerife.com/tenerife/la-isla/municipios/orotava/
- More information: La Orotava Town Hall: www.laorotava.es/es