In a beautiful valley of banana plantations, this historic town has been designated as a National Historic-Artistic Site. The historic quarter is filled with handsome old buildings and impressive monuments. Be sure to see the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, a 16th-century Baroque church with two remarkable bell towers. Another architectural gem is the Casas de los Balcones, which houses a collection of handicrafts from Spain and America.
Besides its cultural treasures, La Orotava boasts natural beauty. The exquisitely landscaped Tropical Garden, the Hijuela del Botánico is filled with colorful exotic flowers, rare plants, expansive lawns, and decorative pools. The tropical plants in the botanical garden are from South America, Central Africa, and Australia. Nature lovers will also appreciate the Playa del Bollullo, a stunning beach of black sand with strong waves. This beach is accessible by a dirt road or by taking bus 374 from the city center. Amenities at the beach include public toilets and umbrella and lounge chair rentals. Despite the isolated location, Bollullo Beach has an excellent restaurant.