La Villa de La Orotava is worth a mentioning separately, where our Manor Houses, handicraft and gastronomic centres can be found. King Felipe IV awarded the town the title of “Villa” by Royal Decree on November 28th 1684 and its inhabitants proudly offer the visitor an elegant and stylish old part of the town, a small jewel perfectly preserved and effortlessly indulged.
Its colonial origins have left a tangible mark that impress the visitor and whose fascination is transmitted in the paved streets and squares, in the carved wooden balconies and hidden patios and shadows, in the steep narrow streets that offer unexpected majestic views over the Atlantic.
In tune with the passion and respect all Canarians feel towards the town, which boasts magnificent gardens and natural open spaces.
The Taoro Gardens and the Acclimatized Botanical Gardens with its wealth of plants and exotic flowers, ideal for a relaxing stroll, or at the same time enlightening with its museums such as the Artesania Iberoamericana situated in the old convent of Santo Domingo.
Fray Alonso de Espinoso in his work “History of Our Lady Candelaria” published in Seville in 1594, writes about La Orotava and its neighbours saying “the great most glorious people that ever came to the Island”.