The historic centre of La Villa de La Orotava
Without doubt, the historic centre of La Villa de La Orotava presents a picture of unique architecture in the islands.
It is admired by all those who visit it, simply to observe or to capture on camera the beautiful images they find around them.
The use of stone, the entrance, the beauty of patios and so on offer a whole range of unique buildings.
The neoclassical facade finds its best representative at the Palacio Municipal (City Hall), designed by the architects Pedro Maffiotte and Manuel Oráa.
These romantic facades are reflected in several buildings in the old town, showing, for example, the use of stone in the frames. In addition, wood is a feature of much of the old Orotava architecture. Thus, we can observe studded doors (Casa Fonseca) and the Casa de Ponte-Fonte amongst others.
Wood was also used in windows, such as the windows with bearing devices, as well as the sash windows of Portuguese origin.
The local carpenter would produce real works of art in wood, such as the balcony located on the top floor of the Ponte-Fonte. The visitor will see the balconies to their maximum effect at the beautiful Casa de los Balcones. This undoubtedly sets the tone for the best architecture of all times in La Orotava.
Renaissance art leaves its mark in La Orotava through the Casa de Mesa and Casa de Molina.
The best example of the Baroque influence can be seen at the Church of la Concepción, with this style reflected in the casa de Ponte-Fonte.
Neoclassical art came in the second half of the 19th century, with the the splendid building of City Hall (Palacio Municipal).
The romantic designs of the 19th century can be admired in various buildings around La Orotava, such as the casa de Ascanio and the casa de Méndez.
In the 20th century, we proceed to the construction of some buildings with a more modernist façade, emphasised by the casa de Machado. Along with this style, there are properties which highlight Gothic, Neo-Baroque, Neo-Mudejar, etc.
The historic centre of La Orotava has a priceless value which deserves to be respected. Under this idea of respect and protection.
To this end, many researchers and local people defend the possibility of converting the old centre of La Orotava into listed status or “Patrimonio de la Humanidad”.
The richness and variety of buildings leads to an incalculable urban complex. It is therefore vital to act in favour of defending the precious heritage that La Orotava has managed to retain.
Undoubtedly, the title of Patrimonio de la Humanidad would become a prize to a Villa with more than 500 years of history.