Parador de Cruz de Tejeda
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- Twin rooms (25)
- Double rooms (18)
- Capacity (86)
- Conference room
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (55km)
- Port (35km)
- Central heating
Parador de Cruz Tejeda, Gran Canaria - Canarian style mountain retreat (4*)
The Parador de Cruz de Tejeda was first built in 1937 as a hostel, and the original exteriors remain untouched. The hotel, which is situated 1,560m above sea level, is of typical Canarian architecture and takes its name from the towering stone crucifix which can be seen at its entrance, a feature built in the 17th century to mark the very centre of the island. The Parador is set in one of Gran Canaria’s most impressive beauty spots on the crossroads of the original Royal Trails, which are now very popular with hikers.
Incredible surrounding greenery and fabulous forest views are the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda’s biggest attraction and many of the Parador’s bedrooms have balconies benefitting from these magnificent natural views. The bedrooms are airy and decorated in a classical style with light colours creating a bright, yet warm, retreat.
Communal areas are welcoming and have plenty of comfortable seating spaces such as the splendid reception area with its two cosy hearths, the self-service café, and the El Mirador outdoor bar. There is a beautiful courtyard terrace where guests can enjoy a drink against the spectacular forest backdrop.
The Parador’s spa is one of its best features, with a wide range of treatments and a swimming pool which flows outdoors into an infinity pool looking out over the pine forest below. It is the perfect way to relax and soak in the surrounding natural beauty.
This Parador boasts a typical Canarian restaurant where you can sample regional specialities such as papas arrugadas (salted ‘wrinkly’ potatoes in a spicy mojo sauce) and ropa vieja (chickpea and lentil stew) and bienmesabe canario, a typical dessert from Tejeda made from almonds, eggs, sugar and lemon.
Gran Canaria is the third largest of the Canary Islands situated between Tenerife and Fuerteventura. It is often referred to as a ‘continent in miniature’ due to the fact it has so much variety to offer in terms of activities, landscape, and even climate. Like the other Islands, Gran Canaria’s strongest attribute is its incredible natural landscape.
Tejeda, the town situated a mere 9km from the island’s Parador, offers a fascinating insight into typical Canarian life. Surrounded by lagoons, reeds, caves, cliffs and underwater waters, it is reflective of the strong impact the natural environment has on the locals, many of which have held typical land jobs such as shepherds, coal workers, and muleteers for centuries. The Church of Nuestra Señora del Socarro has a fascinating history which serves as a reminder of the hard-working nature of the people of the town. Originally constructed in 1536, it was a destroyed by a fire which obliterated everything except the ‘Christ of Blood’ statue which remained intact and is regarded as somewhat of a minor miracle. The townspeople rebuilt the church in 1930 relying entirely on local resources and aid, with herders, builders, and carpenters all working together to restore the building.
The nearby pine woods and the famous Almond Tree, which receives thousands of visitors each year, are key attractions of the area. Neither are native to the island, both having been planted during the era when Gran Canaria was known as an excellent stopping port for travellers to the Americas, and the pine wood was often used to repair ships during these stopovers. The Canary Islands have long been famed for their importance during the Discoveries, with Columbus himself using the islands as a last port-of-call before his trips, and Gran Canaria is no different. Due to its location and the bustling Puerto de la Luz port during the 19th century, Gran Canaria has had a rich history of exportation of luxury goods and fruit, including the famous Canary Islands bananas. The land’s rich pickings made it a frequent target for many pirates, and the Castillo de La Luz castle, which can be found in Las Palmas, served as the primary defence against these attacks. During this period, the natives of Gran Canaria, and the Canarian people as a whole, gained a reputation as a force to be reckoned with, holding down defences against the oncoming attacks.
Home to a number of nature reserves, Gran Canaria’s vast greenery is an excellent spot for hiking and nature enthusiasts. The famous Roque Nublo stone formation, which can be seen from the Parador, stands 1,700m above sea-level and dates back to the Pleistocene era. It is one of many impressive stone monoliths in the area which make up the ‘Kings Caves’.
Another popular nature spot is the Playa de Maspalomas beach located in the Dunas de Maspalomas nature reserve. Abundant with golden sands, beautiful waters, and palm trees, it is no wonder that the area draws in sunbathers and nature lovers alike. The waters here are also popular amongst water sports enthusiasts with a wide range of activities on offer. The most popular by far is scuba diving, for which the island is best known, and there are a number of schools and centres offering diving trips and classes.
The Parador de Cruz de Tejeda is only 35km from the capital, Las Palmas, a city with a variety of activities and sights, and perfect for a day trip. One of the city’s most treasured sites is the Las Canteras beach with its white sand and turquoise waters surrounded by the reef. Arguably one of the best urban beaches in Spain, Las Canteras benefits from year-round good weather.
The Plaza de Santa Ana is one of the city’s most important squares, and it is here where visitors can find the old town hall, the Palace of the Bishop, and the city’s cathedral, surrounded by orange trees, all fantastic works of architecture and important historical edifices. A short walk from the Plaza and you will discover the Museo Colón (Columbus’ Museum), dedicated to the role of the Canary Islands in the Discoveries and their crucial relationship with the Americas.
The year-round good weather makes Gran Canaria a fantastic choice to escape into the sunshine even in winter months and the Parador de Cruz de Tejeda’s central location is the perfect base to explore each part of this wonderful island.
The Spa at the Parador is now open.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30 and dinner from 20.15 to 22.30.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
This Parador boasts a typically 'Canarian' restaurant where you can sample regional specialities such as 'papas arrgudas' (salted potatoes in a spicy mojo sauce) and 'ropa vieja' (chickpea and lentil stew) and an outdoor, self-service cafe called 'El Mirador'.
How to get there
The Parador is located in the centre of the island in the spot known as Cruz de Tejeda, 9 km. from the town of Tejeda, next to Roque Nublo and Bentayga. Cruz de Tejeda is 34 km. from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on the GC15/C811 road, going through San Mateo and 45 km. from Playa del Inglés.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria 34km
Las Palmas airport 55km
Playa del Inglés 45km
There are Paradors located on 4 of the other Canary Islands
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.