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Rural hotels in the Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are not all beaches and blue seas - though they have plenty of both. As volcanic islands, their interiors offer dramatic scenery from ancient calderas, rugged peaks and stark rock formations to lush, pine-clad hills and acres of almond blossom. These landscapes are a walker’s paradise. The adventurous can even aim for Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, on Tenerife. Dotted amongst the natural landscapes you find quiet villages with buildings in the distinctive Canarian architecture of white-washed walls, wooden balconies and blue- or green-painted timbers. If you want a peaceful retreat, often with stunning views, and with the option of gentle strolls or more strenuous hikes, the best rural hotels on the Canary Islands are worth considering.
Gran Canaria - often referred to as a ‘continent-in-miniature’ due to its varied landscapes - offers scenery from pine-clad hills to rugged and dramatic mountains. One lovely area for walking is in the Guayadeque Ravine with its lush vegetation. For something tougher, head to Roque Nublo, the remains of an ancient volcano.
Lanzarote boasts some of the Canary Islands’ most dramatic volcanic landscapes - as well, curiously, as vineyards. The island’s biggest national parks are the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya and the Parque Natural de Los Volcanes, a series of volcanoes, calderas and lava fields.
But Tenerife is a fair rival to Lanzarote where, soaring above everything, is the perfect peak of Teide, Spain’s highest mountain (3718 metres) surrounded by a moonscape of dusty-red, volcanic rock formations that look the perfect backdrop for a Wild West movie. The walking here, in what is Spain’s largest national park, is as exhilarating as the views.
Tiny La Gomera offers perhaps some of the Canary Islands’ finest walking, with its ravines, forests and high cliffs - and with fewer visitors you really can get away from it all. On the other hand, La Palma - the greenest island - is often considered the prettiest island with a lush natural beauty. By contrast, Fuerteventura offers vast natural sand dunes and open plains dotted with cacti, scrub and goats. For a true escape, head to El Hierro, the smallest island of the group, with its stark volcanic interior, high cliffs, and slow pace of life.
Use the following selection of the best rural hotels in the Canary Islands and start to plan your trip. If you've already decided which island to visit, click the link and check out our full selection of rural hotels in that place.
- With one of the island’s finest restaurants, La Casona de Yaiza is a timber-clad hotel with a terrifically relaxed atmosphere and a mix of rustic and traditional rooms.
- Between Yaiza village and the Fire Mountains (in the Timanfaya National Park) the 18th-century villa Casa de Hilario offers colourful interiors of contemporary and vintage furnishings, beautiful terraces and a serene atmosphere.
- Casa Tomaren is located right in the middle of the island, so you're well placed for visiting all points north, south, east or west! It offers six chic villas with influences from both Morocco and Indonesia, and is perfect for families or small groups looking for a smart rural stay.
- In a perfect location in the mountains near Teide National Park, the rooms - most with balconies - at Hotel Villalba enjoy stunning views. Rooms are unpretentious, plus there’s an indoor pool.
- With stunning views of Mount Tiede's cone and being Tenerife's only hotel in a nature reserve, you can't get much more rural than the Parador de las Canadas del Tiede. It's the ideal spot for nature lovers and keen walkers.
- With just six rooms, and tucked high in the mountains, Hotel Rural Las Calas offers both a peaceful retreat and stunning views. Rooms are beautifully rustic plus there’s a pool and friendly, communal dining.
- High in the heart of the island Parador Cruz de Tejeda is surrounded by craggy, tree-cloaked mountains and offers spectacular views. The 86 rooms are crisp and contemporary plus there’s a pool and spa.
- For a rural stay that's not a million miles from a beach, book Finca Las Longueras. This converted period manor has elegant, traditional rooms, lush gardens with swimming pool, and excellent table d'hote dinners.
- Overlooking the Hermigua Valley, Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro is as peaceful as it sounds, with traditionally furnished rooms - some with exposed-stone walls - and epic views.
- Also overlooking the Hermigua Valley, Casa Los Herrera is a family-run guesthouse with charming traditionally furnished rooms and a small pool.
- Far away from the seaside resorts, Mahoh is a traditional Canarian guesthouse with exposed-stone walls and tiled floors; simple and charming, and great value.
- In a remote location at the foot of the cliffs and on a beach, Parador de El Hierro enjoys the best of both the coast and rural tranquillity. Rooms are comfortably traditional; the best with sea views.
- Take a look at our pick of all the best places to stay in the Canary Islands
- or contact a friendly guru for advice.
La Casona de Yaiza 8 rooms from $91Yaiza, Lanzarote
19th Century country hotel with stunning views, outdoor pool and manicured gardens. Lovely rooms and huge bathrooms are decorated in white, wooden floors and oil paintings. Enjoy the islands favourite restaurant with its popular Mediterranean and Canarian dishes. Rustic elegance and gourmet cuisine.Foodies - Considered by many the best restaurant on the island, the menu is creative and exciting with bold splashes of flavour.Active Holiday - Jose will help you to arrange practically any activity you can think of, from diving to riding and hiking.Fishing - In season (May to December) head out deep sea fishing for big game such as marlin, tuna and wahoo.Great walks - Enjoy a sunset stroll along the beaches or in the manicured gardens of the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape
Casa de Hilario 9 rooms from $154Yaiza, Lanzarote
Beautifully restored 18th-century cottage just outside Yaiza Village, boasting ocean and mountain views. Contemporary interiors with rustic touches, large bright bedrooms and hand painted decoration. A perfect base for exploring the Island, with owner José as your always helpful guide.Local exploring - Owner José is an indespensible local guide, whether you're into exploring secluded beaches, deep sea fishing or mountain biking.Value chic - This place is a steal- with charming rooms, chic interiors, phenomanal breakfast and Jose's personal touch.Swimming Pool - Outdoor PoolGreat walks - Good for walkers.Recommended by - I Escape
Casa Tomarén 7 rooms from $129Mozag, Lanzarote
Rural chic setting fitted with a film-star pool. Six luxury villas with Moroccan and Indonesian influences and surrounded by vineyards, orchards and gardens. A perfect oasis for families and groups of friends on the island for a relaxing holiday.Families - Ideal for a family getaway, self catering villas with pool access, close to the beaches and babysitters on standby!Birdwatching - La Geria,the neighbouring nature reserve is an ideal spot for birdwatching.Great walks - Explore the national park and volcanic peaks.Swimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolRecommended by - I Escape
Hotel Villalba 27 rooms from $143Vilaflor, Tenerife
Hotel Villalba is a relaxing hillside retreat set in the mountains near the Teide National Park. The rooms are modestly decorated and feature attached balconies with great views out over the surrounding valley. Explore the nearby UNESCO World Heritage El Teide and its lunar landscape.Total relaxation - With a deluxe wellness centre, sauna, hot spring bath, lovely gardens and an outdoor pool, it's the perfect spot to unwind.Back to Nature - Set high in the mountains on Tenerife, just on the edge of the Teide National Park, it's removed from the tourist bustle.Great walks - Tucked away in this stunning landscape there are loads of walking routes around El Teide and beyond.Restrictions on children - Adult only.
Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide 25 rooms from $126La Orotava, Tenerife
The only hotel on Tenerife in a Nature Reserve. Fantastic views towards the mountains, an excellent restaurant, charming rooms, gym and pool. A remote spot with lots of fresh mountain air. A back to nature holiday in the great outdoors.Views - Wonderful panoramic views of the Teide cone, the Chaorra crater, and the White Mountain.Sights nearby - The botanical garden in Puerto de la Cruz.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Traditional
Hotel Rural Las Calas 6 rooms from $89San Mateo, Gran Canaria
This small and charming rustic hotel has an essence of the classical and the timeless, with ethnic brushstrokes of far-away cultures. It nestles in the heart of the mountains of Gran Canaria. The perfect spot for taking in breathtaking views and outdoor activities.Local exploringCountry EscapeContemporaryActive HolidayRecommended by - I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
Parador Cruz de Tejeda 86 rooms from $126Tejeda, Gran Canaria
A large hotel surrounded by nature, mountainous ranges, and valley views. Large traditional chic bedrooms and suites with stunning views from private balconies. Excellent restaurants, bar, swimming pool, spa, and verdant gardens. A fabulous back to nature experience with excellent facilities.Country EscapeViews - Wonderful views over the surrounding countrysideSwimming Pool - Outdoor and Indoor PoolsSpa
Finca Las Longueras 10 rooms from $120Agaete, Gran Canaria
A traditional finca in a rural setting, but close to the beach. A gorgeous red country house with old fashioned, but elegant rooms. Lush green gardens, pool, and an excellent table d'hote. Great value and family friendly.Great walks - Great walking on the doorstep for all abilities.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool surrounded by palm treesBirdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.Sailing - Can be booked nearby.Recommended by - I Escape
Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro 17 rooms from $86Hermigua, La Gomera
A traditional property commanding epic views of the Hermigua valley. Each of the 17 individually styled rooms has its own charm; think quaint prints, antique furniture and original features. The perfect spot to start out on a days hiking. Ideal for those in search of complete tranquility.Country Escape - This rural retreat offers startling views from rooms and terraces, and there is plenty of gorgeous countryside to be explored.Sights nearby - Wander through the historic village of Hermigua and be sure to visit the remarkable "Santo Domingo" church.Great walks - Discover the picturesque surrounding valley on long rambling walks.Views - Great views from hotel
Casa los Herrera 8 rooms from $91Hermigua, La Gomera
A charming family run guesthouse in rural La Gomera. The rooms are individually appointed with bespoke antique furnishings and have a distinctly rustic feel. Start the day well with a delicious breakfast before exploring the beautiful valleys and coasts of the island. An excellent low-cost option.Country Escape - The hotel sits opposite the church square in the centre of Hermigua, a small rural town along a picturesque ravine.Great walks - Make the most of the stunning walking trails in Parque Nacional de Garajonay.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorTraditional
Mahoh 9 rooms from $89Villaverde, Fuerteventura
Mahoh is a traditional 19th century Canarian house, awash with heritage and charm. The rooms are dominated by great antique beds and are given added character from their exposed stone walls. Sample typical Canarian food at the hotel's restaurant. A delighful, low-cost option.Country Escape - Tucked away in the countryside, away from all the mega seaside resorts, with stunning views of the mountains.Great walks - This rugged landscape offers great walking, especially the nearby Malpais de la Arena.Sights nearby - Visit the charming fishing town of El Cotillo, six miles from the hotel.Full of character
Parador de El Hierro 45 rooms from $119Villa de Valverde, El Hierro
Parador de El Hierro is a spectacular hotel with an unmistakable edge of the world feel. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with many boasting superb views over the Atlantic. Explore the quiet beauty of the island or simply relax on the beach. The perfect hideaway.Hideaway - Set directly on a beach at the foot of cliffs, is this perfect hideaway spot, on an island once considered the end of the world.Total relaxation - Unwind on this tiny, tropical island of El Hierro, with sauna, hot tubs and massages available.Diving - Diving can be arranged by the hotel and is a great way to explore the island from another perspective!Great walks - Guests will love exploring the rugged coastline, or wandering towards the mountains.