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 The Paradores of the Canary Islands, Spain

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La PalmaClick to view map
La Palma Island  - Eternal spring on "Isla Bonnita" (Spanish for beautiful island) or "Isla Verde", the Green Island.  The most attractive island in the Canaries with temperate weather, beautiful scenery and magnificent beaches.  La Caldera del Taburiente on La Palma is the world's largest volcanic crater, with a diameter of 9 kilometers and a depth of 770 meters.
Exterior Views Parador de La Palma, Brena Baja, La Palma
Located in an area of great natural wealth, the Parador de La Palma is placed near the capital of the island and within the municipal boundaries of Brena Baja.  The hotel has comfortable rooms equipped with a host of modern amenities.  You can dine at the onsite restaurant, which serves typical Canary dishes. Also, enjoy these dishes with La Palma wine.  Conference facilities are also available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the pool, sauna or workout at the gymnasium.
Orotava - TenerifeClick to view map
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa.  Like the rest of the Canary Islands, it is volcanic in origin. The highest point of Spain, Teide (3 718 m), is on this island. Tourism is concentrated around Playa de las Americas, and Los Cristianos and there is also a much visited town in the north called Puerto de la Cruz.
Exterior Views Parador de Cañadas del Teide, Orotava - Tenerife
The Parador de Canadas del Teide Hotel is set in the natural Canadas del Teide crater, more than 2,000 m above sea level. It is surrounded by panoramic views of the Teide cone, the Chaorra crater and the White Mountain.  The hotel has comfortable rooms, which are equipped with mobern amenities.  It is a real pleasure to sample the exquisite and original Canary Islands cooking in the Parador restaurant.  Conference facilities are also available for people on business travel. During leisure, you can relax at the sauna, swimming pool or work out at gymnasium.
Tenerife - El HierroClick to view map
El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the "Meridian Island"), is a Spanish island. It is the smallest and furthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Like all of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a tourist destination. It is served by a small airport, El Hierro Airport at Valverde and a ferry terminal, both of which connect to Tenerife. 
Parador de El Hierro, Canary Islands
The parador is located on the island of El Hierro, Canary Islands, right next to the sea, opposite the Roque de Bonanza, in a heavenly setting where the sea and the volcanic mountains meet.Valverde, the capital of the island is just 20 km away.  The very comfortable bedrooms look out over the ocean, offering magnificent views. The furniture and decoration is of sober Castillian style.  Restaurant this restaurant has a wine-press in the centre typical specialities can be sampled accompanied by local or national wines.  Its elegant colonial interior preceded by a fascinating garden with swimming pool, is cheerful and friendly.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife - La Gomera (Small Island off Tenerife)Click to view map
La Gomera is one of Spain's Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. In area, it is the second-smallest of the seven main islands of this group. The local wine is distinctive, and is often accompanied with a tapa (snack) of local cheese, roasted pork or goat meat. Other culinary specialities include almogrote, a cheese spread, and miel de palma, a syrup extracted from palm trees.

The inhabitants of La Gomera have a unique way of communicating across deep ravines by means of an amazing whistled speech called Silbo Gomero. This whistled language is indigenous to the island, and its existence has been documented since Roman times. Invented by the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches, Silbo Gomero was adopted by the Spanish settlers in the 16th century and survived after the Guanches died out. When this unique means of communication was threatened with extinction at the dawn of the 21st century, the local government required all children to learn it in school.

In the mountains of La Gomera, its original inhabitants worshipped their god, whom they called Orahan; the summit and centre of the island served as their grand sanctuary. Indeed, many of the natives took refuge in this sacred territory in 1489, as they were faced imminent defeat at the hands of the Spaniards, and it was here that the conquest of La Gomera was drawn to a close. Modern-day archaeologists have found several ceremonial stone constructions here, which appear to represent sacrificial altar stones, slate hollows or cavities. It was here that the Guanches built pyres upon which to make offerings of goats and sheep to their god. This same god, Orahan, was known on La Palma as Abora and on Tenerife and Gran Canaria as Arocan.

Christopher Columbus made La Gomera his last port of call before crossing the Atlantic in 1492. He stopped here to replenish his crew's wine and water, intending to stay only four days. However, he became romantically involved with Beatriz de Bobadilla, the governor of La Gomera, and he ended up staying one month. When he finally sailed she gave him cuttings of sugarcane, which became the first to reach the New World. The house in San Sebastián in which he stayed is now a tourist attraction.

Terrace Views Parador de La Gomera, La Gomera
The Parador lies 70 metres above sea level on the Lomo de la Horca on the right hand side of the avenue that links the quay of San Sebastian with the town. Very elegant bedrooms, wooden floors, a little living-room and views overlooking the gardens or the sea. The swimming-pool with the terrace is the perfect complement to this beautiful place.  The room where the restaurant is set is bright and spacious. A varied range of local dishes can be tasted along with wines.  This parador invites the guest to enjoy its paradisiacal setting and to contemplate unusurpable views of the ocean. The swimming-pool and the garden, exuberant and filled with subtropical species, are some of the attractions which complete the interior.

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Latest update: October 3, 2012