Destinations: Von Humboldt Mirador, La Orotava, Orchid Gardens, Taoro Park, Puerto de la Cruz.
Duration: 6 hours approx.
Pick-up time: 09.00 am (or another agreed time if you prefer)
We call this the historic north route because we will be spending most of our time strolling through two of the most enchanting and historic towns in the Orotava Valley, Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava, preferred destination for those early European travellers who began to visit the islands in the 19th century for artistic, scientific and health reasons. In La Orotava we will visit the old town centre and one of its beautiful churches packed with sacred art and imagery. We will also peep into the Casa de los Balcones, one of the noble homes which still belong to descendants of the island’s 15th century conquerors and is now a traditional craft centre. This is a leisurely stroll but bear in mind the steep, cobbled streets. Puerto de la Cruz is where tourism in the islands began and was frequently used as a base by 18th and 19th century European scientists who came to explore rock formations around Mount Teide or British artists like Marianne North, many of whose paintings can be found at London’s Kew gardens. It is also home to some of the first British settlers in the Canary Islands. Thanks to them we will find the lovely All Saints Church, the English Library and a number of magnificent British-built mansions like Sitio Litre, steeped in history and home to the most beautiful orchid gardens. Puerto is brimming with the old fashioned charm and colour of an old fishing harbour. If requested we recommend allowing time for sampling some typical local cuisine and wine.
The prices for our excursions do not include the purchase of food and drink, souvenirs, entrance fees to museums, etc. If you are in any doubt, please contact us.Book Now