The Parador de Cruz de Tejeda lies in Cruz de Tejeda, 1,560m above sea level and 35 km away from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Cruz de Tejeda lies in the heart of the island, at the crossroads of old royal trails –which are still being used by numerous hikers. Cruz de Tejeda owes its name to a cross carved in 1690 that stands at the Parador’s entrance. Locals used it as a reference point in the seventeenth century. The hotel commands magnificent views of the ravines and cliffs facing the ocean.Actually, the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy these views, as well as those of the Nublo (a 1,700-metre-high rock), Fraile and Bentayga hills. The Parador has 43 rooms, most of them with views of the large crater or caldera formed by volcanic activity and carved by water. The Parador’s restaurant offers baifo (kid), watercress stew, rabbit salmorejo, papas arrugás and mojos, and bienmesabe from Tejeda.Also, there is an outdoor bar called El Mirador, a self-service cafeteria, a lounge featuring two magnificent hearths, and a spa with a swimming pool that almost reaches the border of the nearby pine forest.