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Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, La Orotava, Tenerife
The Milky Way seems awfully close when you stroll around Parque Nacional Las Cañadas del Teide at night. The hotel plays host to the yearly astronomical Starmus Festival, catering for visitors like Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, Buzz Aldrin, Brian May and Brian Cox. Paradores de Turismo de España were set up by the Spanish king Alfonso XIII as a way of using historic buildings as tourist bait. Tenerife's Parador was built in 1962 but its stunning setting explains its inclusion in the Paradores programme. 1981 metres above sea level, it's not difficult to feel top of the world here. For much of the year, a stay here feels like holidaying in an out-of-season ski lodge, although some snow does fall.
The Roque Cinchado is the closest rock formation to the hotel and looks like it has been airlifted from Australia.
The hotel is in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Parque de Las Cañadas del Teide, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities nearby.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 1-hour taxi ride from Tenerife South airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Active tourists will heartily enjoy trekking the numerous well-signposted hiking trails situated in the Parque de Las Cañadas del Teide. If Planet Earth does eventually colonize other planets, a copy of this Alpine-style accommodation would look so good on Mars.
Service & Facilities
We love the free Friday-night Meet the Stars event where a local astronomy expert visits to show you around the solar system.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free parking
The two Junior Suites give you extra space via a separate living room. A bigger draw is the Teide-facing terrace. Use the rooms as bedrooms, getting out and about as much as you can before crashing after a full day.
Single Room, Standard Room, Standand One Room Room, Double Room, Superior Double Room, Superior Plus Room, Junior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, TV, desk, air conditioning
Food & Drink
Papas arrugadas con mojo (piquant, salty potatoes) are prepared with Tenerife's sweet, small black potatoes, the spud world's cherry tomato. One of the restaurant's signature dishes is puchero canario, a substantial stew combining chickpeas, corn on the cob, and ribs.
Restaurant: Buffet breakfast with international and local options, varied dinner menu with traditional dishes.
Cafe/Bar: coffees, wine, beer, spirits.