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.