Casa de los Balcones

Top choice historic building in La Orotava

The setting is sublime, an ornate mansion dating from 1632 with rooms set around a central patio complete with historic photos and memorabilia. One room is devoted to lacework. Bypass the Chinese imports to admire the fine local needlework; there may well be a demonstration taking place. There is also a bodega with an original Lagar wine press. Ask for a taste of the banana liquor but, no, it doesn’t count towards your five a day….