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We do not have one in Lanzarote but there is a Parador Hotel in Fuerteventura just outside the capital of Puerto del Rosario. So what is different about these hotels? The main difference is the history behind them and how they are run compared to a commercial hotel.

Parador hotels were founded by Alfonso XIII of Spain to promote Spanish tourism. The hotels are state run and very profitable

Paradors are classified as ‘Esentia’ – monumental and historic hotels, ‘Civia’ – urban hotels, and ‘Naturia’ – hotels close to the coast and nature. Ninety-four Paradors are located in Spain and they are usually located in a converted historic building such as a monastery or castle.

The hotel in Fuerteventura is not the prettiest and I think that the hotel was refurbished and taken over by a commercial chain a few years ago as it no longer appears on any of the Parador lists, however there are still  hotels in the Canaries in La Palma, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and El Hierro