La Orotava is a beautiful town located about 400 meters above sea level; after the Spanish conquest, the gentry chose it as his residence and still exudes an aristocratic air. The area retains the old buildings of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

 

Being on the side of a valley, many of its streets are uphill and during peak hours, very busy.

Seen its hilltop location, you should bring with it some head warmer for the evening.


Geography

  

La Orotava is located on the north coast of Tenerife, in the Valley. Located 5 km from Puerto de la Cruz and about 33 km of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The population is about 40,000 inhabitants. With its 207.31 km² is the largest municipality in the island of Tenerife.

The altitude of the main population center is 390 m, but that of the municipal area, ranging from sea level to 3,718 m of the Atlantic the top of the volcano Teide (the highest point of the island and in all of Spain).

La Orotava is connected with Santa Cruz via Highway TF5.

History

Before the conquest of the Spaniards this was the kingdom of Taoro Guanche, ruled by powerful Mencey (monarch or king Guanche) Bencomo, considered the most influential and strongest of the nine kings of the island.

The Guanches lived mainly in coastal areas or in the vicinity of the biggest canyon and on the slopes of the hills of the valley. In these places it was easy to find food and livelihoods. For the Guanches, the highest peak in Spain (Mount Teide), located in this valley, was a place of worship.

Upon arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, as Alonso Fernández de Lugo, the people of Tenerife resisted, defending their freedom and their way of life. Tenerife was the last of the Canary Islands to be conquered, in 1496.

The original population has suffered high mortality rate, for various reasons, such as being white, the assimilation of the Catholic religion, just like their traditions, and, finally, the normal resistance to disease in Europe and North Africa.

 

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