Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide
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- Double rooms (6)
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- Capacity (76)
- Conference room
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- Heated swimming pool
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- Airport (42km)
- Port (44km)
Parador de Cañadas del Teide, Tenerife – Traditional-style mountain lodge (3*)
The Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide sits at the base of the Mount Teide volcano on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.
Built in a hunting lodge style, the rustic and cosy interiors along with its large stone fireplaces provide a warm retreat in this mountainous terrain. The bedrooms reflect the Parador’s style with use of dark wood and traditional furnishings.
You can enjoy the panoramic views from the Parador across the wild volcanic mountains and slopes covered with the indigenous Canary Island pine are. The altitude also means that air conditioning is not necessary, and guests can use the heated swimming pool, gymnasium and sauna to keep warm on colder days.
The Parador’s restaurant is a great place to sample traditional Canarian dishes including Puchero Canario (meat stew with chickpeas and vegetables) and Conejo al salmorejo (wild rabbit cooked in wine, almonds and aromatic herbs).
Tenerife’s Parador sits at an altitude of over 2000 metres and is located in the crater of a dormant volcano; it is the only building in the Teide National Park. Mount Teide itself, at 3718m, is the highest summit in Spain and one of the most visited attractions in the Canary Islands. Teide National Park was established in 1954 in order to protect the volcano and the surrounding area, with its interesting rock formations and dried lava paths, which holds significant ecological value. It is said that the geological and environmental conditions of this area are similar to those of Mars; in fact the area also doubles as a prime stargazing spot thanks to the lovely clear pollution-free skies. It comes as no surprise that Tenerife has hosted the Starmus conference (celebrating astronomy, space exploration, music, art, and allied sciences) twice since 2011 and which once was attended by the first-man-on-the-moon, Neil Armstrong.
This part of Tenerife is also a great spot for nature lovers with many indigenous plants, insects, lizards and birds that can be found in the area. This is a fantastic area for hiking and particularly popular for cycle training due to the altitude and challenging cycle routes. For those who enjoy beautiful driving routes, the nearby La Masca valley provides lovely green landscapes and small villages offering authentic Canarian dining experiences.
The Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is in the heart of Tenerife (often called the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’) which makes it perfect for exploring both the North and South of the island. The south with its white sand beaches, year-round warm weather and tourist resorts is popular with many visitors, whilst the north of the island with its volcanic sand beaches, cities and small cobbled-street towns offers a quieter trip.
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.
At Parador's the restaurant, those with a healthy appetite will enjoy tucking into such dishes as "Puchero Canario" (meat stew with chickpeas and vegetables), "Conejo al salmorejo" (rabbit cooked in wine, almonds and aromatic herbs) and "Viejas sancochadas" (local fish cooked in vegetable bouillon).
- A. Newman
To many visitors, Tenerife means a holiday of sun, sea and sand, with an organised coach trip to Las Canadas and Mt. Teide. For the independent traveller, the freedom of a rental car makes it possible to introduce a real contrast, as we were able to do during a short visit in June 2006. After the coaches had left, a feeling of tranquility settled on the area around the Parador, and we were able to sunbathe on the roof in the warm early evening sunshine. The room was very comfortable and there was an interesting choice of local cuisine. After dinner, we walked in the semi-darkness under the stars, to the sound of almost complete silence.
How to get there
This Parador is located in the Cañadas del Teide National Park. It is reached along the roads from La Orotava, La Laguna, Chio, Los Cristianos and Granadilla. It is located 70 km from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the province. Getting to the Parador at Cañadas del Teide (Tenerife) from: Airport Tenerife Norte Los Rodeos - take the C-824 towards La Esperanza and Las Cañadas. Puerto de la Cruz - follow directions to La Orotava and then take the TF-21 to the Nature Reserve. Los Cristianos/Playa de las Americas - take the C-822 through Vilaflor, a pretty village 16km from the Reserve's boundary. Airport Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia - Travel via Granadilla de Abona on the TF-64 and then Vilaflor as above.
El Hierro - 2 hours
La Palma - 2 hours
La Gomera - 2.5 hours
Reina Sofia Airport - 42km
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.