Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide: A Wonderful Place to Stay in Tenerife

Paradores find their origins back to the early 1900’s when the Spanish government of the time commissioned the Marquis of Vega-Inclán to create a hotel infrastructure non-existent at the time to welcome travelers and visitors to Spain. It would take him several years before the first establishment emerged in what has become one of the most prestigious historic tourism establishments in Spain. These iconic hotels can now be found all over the country and are known for their gastronomy, wellness, historic location and unique cultural experiences.

Paradores de las Cañadas del Teide is located in Tenerife, one of the largest of the Canary Island, west of Africa. It’s dominated by Mt. Teide, a dormant volcano. The island is known for the carnival de Santa Cruz, a huge pre-lent festival with parades, music, and colorful costumes.

The parador is located in the heart of Teide National Park and has amazing view of the peak of Mt. Teide. You may be interested to know that this part of the island has similar environmental and geological conditions to the planet Mars. The southern coast to the island offers boat tours to see cetaceans, whales and dolphins, and is an ideal place to immerse in all ocean-living activities.

While on the island,

  • Visit the Teide Observatory. Group visits are part of a public education campaign designed to make knowledge about astronomy accessible to everyone. The center has a capacity of around forty people and is used to explain what an observatory is, how telescopes work and the importance of Astronomy for the human race.
  • Take the Mt. Teide Cable Car to the summit and tour the Volcano with a guide. Planning this activity for a group will need to be thought-out 3 to 4 months in advance. There are only 200 permits given daily.
  • Plan a Jeep safari around the island of Tenerife. Local drivers will take you off the beaten track into inaccessible corners, and show you the island’s towns, forests and volcanic landscape.
  • Take a trip to the Pyramids of Güímar and visit the botanical garden. The Pyramids are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They offer cultural activities and events throughout the year.
  • Stop at the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. The building houses a contemporary museum, the island library and the Center for Photography. The objectives of this cultural space, is to contribute to the emergence of culture, cooperation between countries and the promotion of young talents of the island.
  • Spend the day at Playa de el Bollulo, an amazing local beach with the best soft black sparkly sand you’ve ever seen. Great place for photo but challenging accessibility. Huge waves ideal for surfing, but know what you are doing, most of time, the waves are too strong to get into the water.

At the end of the day, relax by the pool at the Parador, before going to dinner. Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is well known for its gastronomy. Enjoy the exquisite and original cuisine of the Canary Islands, featuring dishes such as conejo al salmorejo (rabbit in garlic, pepper and paprika marinade), papas arrugadas con mojos (boiled potatoes with dipping sauces), puchero canario (meat and chickpea stew) and fish from the islands. At the Parador de las Cañadas del Teide, you will discover the flavors of the Canary Islands. They offer a restaurant, bar and café/snack bar.

While you savor the fine cooking of the Canary Islands, you can admire spectacular views of Mount Teide and Mount Guajara, a landscape that offers unforgettable sunsets. Featuring classic décor and traditional cuisine, this is the only restaurant in the national park that offers dining with white tablecloth service. Cheese, gofio (cornmeal polenta) and grouper are some of the local ingredients you will find on our menu.

You might also be interested to know that every Friday at 10:30 p.m., they offer a guided star gazing session. Come and try the experience.

 

 

Marilyne

Marilyne Bouteiller, a Sales and Marketing Professional, and French native, has written short stories for various publications since 2011. As a child she travelled much of Europe and got into the hospitality industry as a means to follow her love for food and travel. She was exposed to different cultures at an early age, and now enjoys writing about her experiences for i-Meet, the Worldwide Business Community for people who plan meetings and events. Follow her on Instagram @thefrenchinme. You can also read about her experiences on her personal blog at thefrenchinme.net.

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