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La Orotava
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Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (province)
Island: Tenerife
Area: 207.31 km²
Population: 39,909 (2001)
Population density: 192.50/km²

Atlantic Ocean
390 m
Teide (3,718 m)
Postal code: E-38300
Location: 28.3833/28°23' N lat.
16.51667/16°31' W long.
Municipal code: E-38025
Name of inhabitants: Orotavense or
Villeros m
Car designation: TF
Mayor: Isaac Valencia Domínguez

La Orotava is a municipality of Spain, located on the north coast of Tenerife, within the Orotava Valley. It is located 5 km E of Puerto de la Cruz, about 33 km SSW of the island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, west of the Tenerife North Airport. The population is 39,909 (ISTAC, 2003), its density is 192.50/km² and the area is 207.31 km². The municipality's area is the largest in the entire island of Tenerife. The altitude of the main population centre is 390 m, but the one of the municipality area goes from the sea level of the Atlantic to the 3,718 m of the summit of Teide volcano (Canary Islands' and Spain's highest point), inside the area of the municipality, making La Orotava the highest municipality of Spain (though the highest center of population is Valdelinares, in the province of Teruel). La Orotava is linked with the TF5 Motorway and the old highway linking Icod de los Vinos and the capital. Farmlands are in the valley areas and within the Atlantic, urban areas covers much of the area and the mountain and the hills are to the south. Its climate is vegetation.

The coat of arms or La Orotava was adopted by Alfonso XIII in 1906. In gastronomy, La Orotava was honored for the Denominación de Origen Valle de La Orotava or the Denomination of the Origin of the Orotava Valley (Valle de La Orotava) in wines.



  • La Florida, La Perdoma, La Fariña, Pinolere, La Torrita, Iván's house and La Cruz del Teide.

Historical population

Year Population Change
1991 35,142 -
1996 35,642 -
2001 37,738 182.93
2002 38,670 -
2004 39,909 192.5/km²

Sites of interest

  • El Ayuntamiento (Municipal palace)
  • Mirador Humboldt, after Alexander von Humboldt, from the greatest panoramic attraction over the valley.
  • Casa Molina
  • Plaza de San Francisco
  • La Casa de Los Balcones
  • El Teide, which is Spain's highest mountain



La Orotava has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasia, churches, a post office and a few squares plazas.


The English author Christopher Isherwood describes completing his novel Mr. Norris Changes Trains in La Orotava in the summer of 1934 in chapter 10 of his autobiography "Christopher and his Kind".

The English author Radclyffe Hall in chapter 37, section 3, of her novel "The Well of Loneliness" has her heroine Stephen Gordan state to her love interest Mary Llewellyn,"I'd like to get you right away for a bit, the weather seems pretty awful in Paris. Puddle once told me about Teneriffe, she went there ages ago with a pupil. She stayed at a place called Orotava; it's lovely, I believe — do you think you'd enjoy it?"

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