I'm continuing my tales from Tenerife with a little bit about the town of La Orotava.
I remember getting back to my Uncle’s place after a long day of exploring and waxing lyrical about this town. There was something distinctive and prestigious about the feel of this town that seemed to permeate my time there.
Perhaps it was something to do with the history of writers and artists that have set up shop in La Orotava to create and explore their art in this island haven.
Perhaps it was the clash of this cultural epicentre with Tenerife’s extreme natural beauty.
Perhaps I just happened to be in a good mood due to a good night's sleep or having some food drugged by a friendly spiker…
Perhaps the town just emanates prestige… Who knows?
The big sights in this small town are the church, the main square, and some historic buildings. They were all beautiful in their own right and it was a welcome change to see some man-made beauty after already exploring Teide National Park and the mountainous region around Masca.
The architecture was fantastic to marvel at, especially against the backdrop of the non-man-made, natural beauty of Tenerife! I especially enjoyed my encounters with Dragon trees, which are huge and plentiful in this town.
If you’re close by, I’d take a few hours to check La Orotava out and explore the quaint streets.
As night fell on this town, I realised I was several hours from where I was staying and already worn out from a day of exploring. It was one of those realisations that makes you wonder why you ever leave your house… Or why they haven’t got round to inventing teleportation yet?
I kept myself awake by listening to obscene podcasts with fresh air blowing in my face while concentrating on the curvy mountain roads that made this such a driving challenge. It was a tough slog and I took refuge in the wise words of the many motivational speakers that I listen to on YouTube. This encouragement got me through, despite arriving back in a manic and unintelligible state.
Perhaps it was this mental state that had me singing La Orotava’s praises from the hilltops. The joy of being alive had transferred to the joy of seeing La Orotava.
Well that makes a bit more sense…
So enjoy the photos of the town and don’t forget to watch our 360 VR experience as well, to fully immerse yourself in this town. Ciao for now!