Parador de Cruz de Tejeda
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- Twin rooms (25)
- Double rooms (18)
- Capacity (86)
- Conference room
- Air conditioned bedrooms
- Canal plus
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- 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.
- Make the most of the Parador’s wonderful spa. Stays of 4 nights or more include a spa session. (Spa circuits must be pre-booked, information correct as of 02/07/2019).
- Some standard rooms have balconies and views, please ask our agents.
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.
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
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.