La Orotava Things to Do

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    Drago tree

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 19, 2013
    Drago tree

    Not as impressive as the large drago tree you can see on the island that is a tourist attraction in itself but nevertheless impressive to find such a tree in a medium size town. You can see the tree from the elevated section of the road near Plaza de la Constiticion.

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    Coloured Houses

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 17, 2013
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    The town map for visitors describes the streets around the Le Concepcion as the 'streets of coloured houses'. These are indeed very picturesque and wonderful just to wander through. Illustrated by the photos below.

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    Plaza Patricio Garcia

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 13, 2013
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    The most beautiful square in the town best approached up a long line of steps with flowers at their side from below the square. You can of course approach from the main town side. Here you will find the La Concepcion church ( see separate tip) and the statue dedicated to the flower carpets (see separate tip). This is a beautiful square with seating and surrounded by trees and flowers - the church is a wonderful backdrop as is the old post office building (now just a sorting office) and lots of wonderful old houses.
    There is a café here if you need a break too and a taxi rank.

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    Jardines del Marquesado de la Quinta Roja

    by Britannia2 Updated Oct 12, 2013

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    Jardines del Marquesado de la Quinta Roja

    The Jardín Victoria (Victoria Garden), also known as the Jardines del Marquesado de la Quinta Roja, is a recreational green area with many walking paths amid trees and flowers. Here is also the Carrara Marble Mausoleum, designed by French architect Adolph Coquet in 1882, who built this intricate tomb for the freemason Marqués de la Quinta Roja. When the member of the Taoro Masonic Lodge died, his mother and widow disagreed on where to lay his body to rest and the crypt of white marble carvings and niches was not used for its original purpose. No one is sure what is inside.

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    Iglesia de San Agustín

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    On the plaza's northeastern side is the Iglesia de San Agustín, a simple church with a pretty wooden ceiling. 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.

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    The Town Hall

    by Britannia2 Updated Oct 12, 2013
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    A very ornate town hall with a beautiful plaza in front of it. Stand on the steps leading to the town hall door for a panoramic view of the town and valley below.
    The City of La Orotava is the institution that is responsible for governing of the village and the municipality of La Orotava ( Canary Islands , Spain ).
    It was built in 1895.

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    Plaza de la Constatucion

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    The main square in the town and as the photos show quite pretty with tree lined walk ways and some cafes with outside seating. The only bank we saw in the town was here and this was a pleasant place to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by.

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    Liceo Tahoro

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    A beautiful large house with wonderful tiered gardens - we had no idea what the building was and no one in the building spoke English but they did indicate we could have lunch there.
    On return to England it seems this is a private club with free access to the terrace, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the valley.
    Worth seeing for the gardens and beautiful entrance hall.
    Website is in Spanish only.

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    Church of La Concepcion

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    The Church of La Concepcion is located at Calle Tomás Pérez. It is the best example of Baroque construction in the Canary Islands. It is also called the Basilica of La Orotava. It was started as a chapel in 1503 by the Bishop Diego de Muros. In the 17th century there were several modifications to the church. There are two bell towers that measure 24 meters high and these were finished in 1637. In 1704 there are earthquakes caused by the Guimar Volcano explosion that damaged the church. The new church was constructed between 1768 and 1778. The church has three naves. The main altar has the Neoclassic style and it was created in 1823. It is made of marble by the artist Giuseppe Gaggini from Genoa. This has 8 Corinthian columns and is flanked by two angels. There is another chapel that has a Baroque altarpiece of the Immaculate Conception. The artists Lazaro Gonzalez de Ocampo and Gabriel de la Mata worked on this. The altarpiece was polychromed and gilded in 1717. The sculpture of its Immaculate Conception was the work of the Genovese sculptor Angelo Olivari in 1822. The church was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1948. Website in Spanish only.

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    Flower carpets

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    Ever since Leonor del Castillo y Monteverde decided in 1847 that it might be a nice idea to put some petals on the ground outside her house for the evening Corpus Christi procession to walk over, every June the streets of La Orotava have been transformed into urban floral works of art. . The show-stealer of the festival is the 850 square metre volcanic sand tapestry which fills the plaza outside the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall). Created from soils collected within Teide National Park, the intricate religious iconography usually commemorates a special event or delivers a powerful moral message and is never anything less than awesome.The streets that surround Iglesia de La Concepción and form a circuit between the church, the Town Hall and Las Casas de Los Balcones are transformed into beautiful carpets of rainbow coloured petals.
    As we visited in September we did not see this but we will re-visit to see this. We did see a statue to commemorate the displays however.

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    La Casa de los Balcones

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 12, 2013
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    The name means the house of the balconies in Spanish in which the balconies and patios are in the front of the building. It is open from 08:30-18:30 Mon-Fri, to 17:00 Satursay but only to 13:00 on Sundays.
    The house was built in 1692, the interior and exterior balconies feature ornate carvings and there is a small separate museum showing furniture and costumes of a period in the 1920s. You pay 2.00 to see this but otherwise there is no admission fee.
    There are many things to buy in some of the best gift shops I have ever seen - the goods on sale from honey, wine, chocolate to crafts and embroideries are of a good quality.
    There is a further shop, costume and craft exhibition with a café across the street.

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