Parador de El Hierro
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- Twin rooms (36)
- Double rooms (11)
- Capacity (94)
- Conference room
- Air conditioning
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (17km)
- Port (12km)
Parador de El Hierro - Modern hotel facing the Atlantic (3*)
El Hierro, the smallest and least populated of the Canary Islands, lies to the southwest of the archipelago, and was long thought by Europeans to mark the end of the known world. The island’s landscape is rugged and volcanic, and the Parador de El Hierro sits on a narrow shelf above the sea at the foot of steep mountains.Whilst the setting is wild and awe-inspiring, this elegant hotel with its various terraces offers the guest a cheerful and friendly atmosphere and every possibility for rest and relaxation.
Communal areas are bright and airy and decorated in typical Canarian style with mahogany features. Many of the Parador’s bedrooms benefit from incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean and majestic mountain range. Rooms with sea views also benefit from balconies, inviting guests to soak up the sun whilst looking out over the spectacular open sea.
Facilities include a fascinating garden featuring much of the island’s autonomous flora, and a tranquil swimming pool area as well as a sauna and Turkish bath, offering maximum relaxation.
El Hierro’s location close to Africa and its lengthy trade history with South America is reflected in the local dishes, many of which draw inspiration from the typical cuisine of these lands. The Parador’s restaurant features a wide range of dishes including Viejas (fishcakes served with a limpet and sea urchin sauce), Caldo de queso herreño (a soup containing cheese, egg and potato) and Alforsiños con burgados (local fish served with periwinkles).
As the smallest and most westerly of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a haven of tranquillity and natural beauty. The island is shaped in a near perfect triangle and measuring less than 40km in length. Despite being located a good distance from mainland Spain, scholars agree that the purest form of Castilian is spoken by the locals.
El Hierro, like many of the Canary Islands, is steeped in mythology and a proud history predating the Spanish conquest. It is argued amongst experts that the island itself came into being from an underwater volcanic eruption, an explanation for the vast amount of volcanic rock found in El Hierro.
The island played an important role during the Discoveries and Christopher Columbus himself visited the isle in 1493 whilst preparing his caravels for his long journeys to the new world, commenting on the beautiful mystery surrounding the isle. One of its most magical aspects is the Pozo de la Salud thermal spring which is said to possess healing properties, and was frequented by many of the Spanish explorers.
El Hierro’s natural features, its steep coastlines, black sandy beaches, surrounding reef, and incredible biosphere reserve are its largest attractions, drawing in tourists looking to explore these wonders by foot and water. Diving is particularly popular thanks to the majestic marine flora, and both La Restinga and El Golfo offer excellent diving opportunities.
A visit to the Mirador de la Peña observatory is a must-see for visitors to the island. The fairy-tale like atmosphere, combined with spectacular views and the impressive work of Canarian architect Cesar Manrique makes for a magical experience sure to stay with you long after your visit. The observatory looks onto the El Hierro Nature Reserve which spans 12,000 hectares along the island’s coastline and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Dragon trees, coconut palms, and many other species of exotic flora make up the island’s vegetation such as the infamous Laurel Forests, with towering trees creating a mystical atmosphere. It was here that the island’s sacred ‘Garoé’ laurel tree resides. The tree was worshipped by the island’s original inhabitants, the Bimbanches, for whom the tree was a primary drinking water source.
El Hierro small size and dense vegetation make this the perfect tropical island getaway.
Click here for Lorna Robert's expert view on this Parador as she journeys through the Canary Islands.
Parador's 'Gastrobar' concept
Extensive lunch and dinner menus are served in the new 'Gastrobar', which offers a range of meal options from light snacks to 3 course dinners in an informal but well serviced environment. We hope you enjoy this new experience.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.30 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.00 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
At the restaurant guests have the opportunity to taste the exotic dishes of the Canary Islands, including Viejas (fishcakes served with a limpet and sea urchin sauce), Caldo de queso herreño (a soup containing cheese, egg and potato) and Alforsiños con burgados (local fish served with periwinkles).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are yet to be confirmed for 2019 but are expected to be in line with this years date (The swimming pool is open all year round for 2018)
Please note this will depend on the weather and the availability of lifeguards.
- G Wright
'The El Hierro location was outstanding - and there was a bottle of champers in the room for her birthday! Just brilliant all round, and we have fallen in love with El Hierro itself, a wonderful island and the mountain pine forest is awesome.'
How to get there
How to get to El Hierro by air: The airline Binter Canarias flies to the island from: Gran Canaria, Tenerife Norte (3 daily flights). How to get to El Hierro by sea: Fred Olsen travels to the island from Tenerife to Puerto de los Cristianos ( 2 daily boats) and la Gomera (San Sebastian) The ferry arrives at Santa Cruz Port and you should follow the main road south in the direction of Brena Baja. Once you enter the region El Drago, you take the turn off towards to San Antonio and once in San Antonio’s main road you turn off towards el Zumacal and the Parador is aproximatley 2Km away.
Canadas del Teide - 1 hour by car + 30 minutes by plane. 4 hours by boat.
La Gomera - 3 hours by boat. 30 minutes by plane.
La Palma - 5 hours by boat. 30 minutes by plane.
El Hierro Airport - 17km
Region & Cuisine
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.