Traditional Canarian cuisine
At the Parador Cruz de Tejeda you will enjoy the exquisite regional Canarian cuisine with typical island dishes such as watercress stew or the popular "papas arrugadas" (wrinkled potatoes) with their Mojo sauces. In addition to the local produce, there is also the excellent baifo (kid) meat that is reared in these mountainous areas and the tasty local fish from the coast, such as the wreckfish.
Eating amidst the clouds
To sit in the restaurant of the Parador Cruz de Tejeda, at an altitude of 1,560 metres, is to prepare to eat amidst the clouds. As well as regional specialities such as escaldón de gofio, watercress stew or papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), you can taste the cheeses of Tejada, marine delicacies such as octopus, grilled wreckfish and amberjack or baifo with almonds. A nut very present in the cuisine of Tejeda and the basis of the famous sweet bienmesabe.
Type of kitchen
Baifo with almonds, Tejeda cheese tasting, bienmesabe.
Sleeping above the clouds
The Parador is located in Tejeda, the second smallest village on the island. Here you can visit the Cruz de Tejeda, which gives its name to the Parador and marks the geographical centre of the island. The village, famed for its almond trees, sits on the slopes of a crater. Stroll through its streets to can admire its houses built in the traditional Canary Islands style, with white façades and wooden balconies.
The rugged landscapes of the central area of Gran Canaria are perfect for hikers and climbers, although there are also short and easy trails for less experienced hikers. The most popular route leads from Tejeda to the Roque Nublo, a natural monument almost 90 metres high at the highest point of the island. If you get there, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the Tejeda caldera, the Pozo de las Nieves and, if visibility is good, even the peak of Teide.