Lovely beaches on Tenerife's north side, but also fascinating nature and history.
A Guanche stronghold at the foot of Teide peak.
The La Orotava region is home, first and foremost, to the highest mountain in Spain, El Teide. Located on Tenerife's north side, it's the island's largest municipality, where most of the villages and towns are on the coast and nearly all of life has revolved around the sea. The environment of this area made it one of the island's earliest centres of civilisation, as well as its greatest bastion of resistence to Spanish invasion of the Canary Islands in the 15th century - this was the last bit of territory to fall. Nowadays Teide peak itself is a symbol of the Guanche aboriginal culture and its last stand against the invaders.