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 19:30 to 22:30 in Winter and 20:00 to 22:30 in Summer.
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 outdoor swimming pools is open all year round 2019.
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
The Canary Islands
The seven islands are some of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain, particularly the islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Just off the coast of West Africa, the Canary Islands enjoy year-round mild temperatures and are surrounded by the wild and majestic Atlantic Ocean.
Despite their beaches being famous as a haven for sunbathers and windsurfers alike, the Canary Islands do not have any natural white-sand beaches. The volcanic nature of the islands which creates the wonderful rocky terrain also means that their natural beaches are formed of black sand which can get very hot, so white sand has been imported from locations around the world - including the Sahara Desert – in the areas frequented by tourists, although the traditional black beaches are still a favourite amongst locals.
One of the main attractions of these islands is the natural beauty on offer. There are 141 protected nature areas on the islands, four of which are National Parks which vary from rocky volcanic landscapes to verdant forest such as La Gomera’s UNESCO World Heritage Garajonay National Park. The island has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and laurisilva forests and dense vegetation create misty, atmospheric nature park where you can ‘walk above the clouds’ on designated walkways and marvel at the thousands of examples of indigenous flora and fauna. The natural beauty is not just to be found on land, whale and and dolphin watching are popular activities on the islands, and you can even take a boat trip around the islands to see some magnificent structures such as ‘Los Organos Natural Monument’ – a rock formation handing onto the island of La Gomera - so named because it resembles a church organ.
Tenerife, the largest of the islands, is home to Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, an imposing dormant volcano that is so grand it can be seen from neighbouring islands on a clear day. The volcano is the centre of the Teide National Park whose surrounding landscape is rocky and cavernous, resembling a foreign planet, and as such has been used as a filming location for numerous science fiction films and TV shows. The national park’s terrain and location are also perfect for high-altitude training so do not be surprised to find groups of cyclists practicing on the island. The cosmic theme does not end with Tenerife’s Martian-like terrain; the archipelago is renowned as one of the best locations for stargazing. The island of La Palma is particularly famous as an excellent location for stargazing due to low pollution levels and the ‘Roque de los Muchachos Observatory’ is an internationally renowned astronomical facility.
The history of the Canary Islands is heavily interwoven with the Discoveries and the Spanish Conquistadors. The strategic Atlantic location of the islands made them an ideal stopover for fleets heading out west to discover the New World. The islands were conquered in the early 1500s with the indigenous Guanche peoples being overrun by Spanish soldiers and settlers. Some elements of these native peoples can still be found in archaeological discoveries, local patterns and designs, typical Canarian names and in local folklore on the islands. The Canary Islands, and Tenerife in particular, are also famous for their role during the French Revolutionary Wars and Admiral Horatio Nelson famously lost his arm in the Battle of Santa Cruz. The Canary Island’s connection with Spain’s colonial past is evident in much of the architecture and you will notice many old buildings are very similar in style to the colonial architecture often found in the Caribbean. Traditional wooden balconies are also a staple of the typical island architecture and examples can be found in the Parador de La Gomera.
Cuisine in Spain can vary greatly from region to region and the Canary Islands are no different with their very own range of delicious local specialities. Gofío, a type of flour, is unique to the islands and is used in a variety of dishes including various breads, stews and even desserts; it can be somewhat of an acquired taste but locals are passionate about it. No visit to the Canary Islands is complete unless you try their staple potato dish papas arrugadas. The name translates to ‘wrinkly potatoes’ and is created by boiling the islands’ indigenous potatoes in heavily salted water until the potatoes shrivel up, resulting in a delicious fluffy centre. The potatoes are typically served with ‘mojo’ a traditional red or green sauce made with olive oil, peppers, garlic, cumin, coriander and paprika. Chickpeas are a staple in Spanish cuisine across the country but Canarians love their chickpeas so much there is an entire dish simply named ‘chickpeas’; garbanzas is a chickpea stew made with chickpeas, pork belly, chorizo, tomatoes, onions garlic and seasoning and is the perfect sharing starter. As with any island, fresh fish and seafood forms a large part of the local diet, particularly sardines, prawns and chicharros (Blue Jack Mackerel), the last being so synonymous with the islands that ‘chicharrero’ is an affectionate nickname given to people from Tenerife. In addition to the readily available fresh seafood, meat is used heavily in Canarian cuisine with pork, rabbit, chicken and goat forming the base of many dishes.
Of the seven Canary Islands, there are currently Paradors on five of them: La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro, Gran Canaria (Cruz de Tejeda) and Tenerife (Las Cañadas del Teide) each of which aims to make the most of their individual locations.
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.