Parador de La Palma
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- Twin rooms (65)
- Double rooms (13)
- Capacity (156)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Air conditioning
- Deposit box
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Swimming pool
- Disabled facilities
- Airport (5km)
- Station (8km)
Parador de La Palma, Canary Islands - Canarian-style hotel (4*)
The Parador de la Palma is located in an area of great natural beauty, overlooking the sea near to Santa Cruz de la Palma, the island’s capital, and also close to the airport.
The Parador’s bright building features traditional Canarian flourishes like the wooden balconies than can be found throughout the island. Rooms are decorated in a traditional style providing a comfortable setting.
La Palma’s Parador offers spectacular views across the sea and along the coast, and its gardens are filled with a wealth of indigenous flowering plants and native fruit trees. You can relax and enjoy the Parador’s facilities such as the seasonal pool, sauna and gym.
The Parador’s spacious restaurant features many typical Canary Island dishes such as Potaje Palmero (a chickpea stew) and Bienmesabe (a dessert made with almonds and egg yolks).
The island of La Palma offers not only its beautiful black sand beaches, but also some outstanding scenery, especially in the mountainous Caldera de Taburiente (Taburiente crater) in the north of the island, which is a National Park. Hikers will also want to explore the historic irrigation channels carved into the rock over the centuries, a remarkable feature of the island. The island is home to over 70 native plants including its distinctive Dragon Trees.
Like its sister islands, much of La Palma’s surface is made up of volcanic rock. The island is home to many volcanoes, with its most famous volcano being the Tacante volcano which had a large eruption in 1490, shortly before the island officially succeeded to Spanish conquerors.
The island’s location and preserved national parks mean that pollution levels are low and, as such, its skies offer fantastic stargazing potential – one of the most popular activities on the island. The Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos is situated on the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente situated 2,396 metres above sea level. The observatory is home to one of the largest collections of telescopes in the world and is a huge attraction for scientists worldwide. Various companies offer guided tours of the observatory and stargazing trips.
Its year-round mild temperatures, great seaside location, and stunning natural beauty make this a perfect island getaway.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 7.00 to 10.30, dinner from 19.30 to 22.30 on winter and from 20.30 to 22.30 on summer.
It may be possible to arrive up to 22.00 and still enjoy a meal.
Canary Island specialities on the menu in the restaurant include rabbit stewed with spices and wine, Potaje Palmero (chickpea, vegetable and saffron stew) and Bienmesabe (a dessert made with almonds and egg yolks).
The opening dates for the outdoor swimming pools are from the 01 June until the 30 September 2019.
Please note the opening and closing dates will depend on the weather and availability of lifeguards.
How to get there
The Island of La Palma is easily accessed by boat or airplane. Ferries operate from Los Cristianos in the South of Tenerife. The boat arrives at the Port of Santa Cruz and visitors then follow the main road south in the direction of Breña Baja. Having entered the region known as El Drago, they then take the turn-off towards San Antonio (2 km). On reaching this town, the main road then turns off towards El Zumacal, with the Parador located approx. 2 km away. From the UK, La Palma can be reached by plane via Madrid, Las Palmas (Gran Canaria) and Tenerife North (Tenerife) to Santa Cruz de La Palma. Flights via Madrid are operated by Iberia. Many UK airlines fly to Gran Canaria and Tenerife and Binter Canarias operates flights from these destinations to La Palma. (Flights to Tenerife can be to Tenerife North or South and it is important to remember that Binter flies to La Palma from Tenerife North.) By plane, from the airport of El Mazo, visitors take the main road which links the airport to the town of Santa Cruz de La Palma and, having reached El Drago (3 km), then follow the route described above for arriving by boat.
Canadas - 1 hour by plane
El Hierro - 1.5 hours by plane
La Gomera - 2 hours by plane
La Palma Airport - 5km
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.