Tour groups flock to the Casa de los Balcones to marvel at the ornate eponymous balconies and to wander the splendid inner courtyards with their views over the valley. Casa Méndez-Fonseca has a particularly stunning inner courtyard, a wonderfully quirky museum upstairs with entrance for the price of a button, or thereabouts, and the splendid added bonus of local wine tasting.
The town is blessed (ouch) with an abundance of churches and monasteries, the best of which are the Iglesia de la Concepción – a Gothic masterpiece, and the Iglesia de San Agustín – A Baroque masterpiece.
Floral perfection is provided by the perfectly manicured beds of the formal Victoria Gardens with their mausoleum and by the lushly tropical contrasting chaos of the botanical gardens.
La Orotava’s skyline is characterised by the dome and twin towers of Iglesia de la Concepción which lend the town a Muscovite appearance. Photograph it by day with the terracotta tiles of the old town in the foreground, or wait until dusk when the domes are under lit and the sky turns mulberry to capture the true aristocratic profile of the town.
If you’re lucky enough to time your visit with the Feast of Corpus Christi, normally in early June, (on 30th June in 2011) streets are covered in flower carpets and the town hall provides the setting for a breathtaking tapestry of flowers, coloured soil and sand which has just entered the Guinness Book of Records as the largest of its kind in the world. It’s a sight to behold.
Puerto de la Cruz is Tenerife’s main tourist resort in the north of the island which, although it welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors a year, remains resolutely Canarian in character.
Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz has a reputation as a sophisticated holiday destination and its many fine restaurants, its stylish garden beach, its elegant plazas and streets and its upmarket shopping make it a favourite with Spanish mainlanders throughout the summer months and with Northern Europeans who stay in Puerto for their Tenerife holidays over the winter.
A beautiful modernized and extended finca above the Orotava valley in a secluded spot but 10 mins drive from the town and 2 mins drive to the Caldera and some amazing hiking and cycling trails. Puerto de la Cruz can be reached in under 20 mins by car. There are local shops, schools and restaurants a mile away in Aguamansa. Property includes a large entrance hall, office or bedroom 5, two large bedrooms downstairs, one with en suite. Separate bathroom.
Beautiful 90m2 (and 35m2 of terrace) two bedroom flat on ground floor. Big kitchen, garage and communal pool. Fitted kitchen with oven, dishwasher and washing machine. Really good location, ten minutes walking to beach or city center. Next to a school, language academy, tourism college and hospitals. nice views to see and Teide Mountain.
Our Large 4 bedroom house sits in the stunning La Orotava valley of north Tenerife. This house is all about the views. All four bedrooms are large doubles. The house has a fully fitted family kitchen/diner, two living areas, mezzanine level used as an office at present with its floor to ceiling window giving you an amazing view of the valley and sea. A washroom and other storage areas. There are 3 patio areas and nice manageable garden, with beautiful views of Teide.