We enjoyed a seven night stay here over New Year . The owner was quick to respond to my emails and extremely helpful with tit- bits of info, she also put us in touch with Jeff for hassle free airport transfers .
The complex is set into a cliff face and so be prepared for the hill and steps. All apartments face the beautiful sea view which was stunning day or night . The complex was nice and quiet , no noise at night . It has several pools the best being on the highest level as it has a slide . It's not heated though. None are . We also enjoyed tennis and table tennis . The mini market has the essentials but the man there was a little standoff- ish . The local spar is excellant and only a couple of minutes down the hill . We didn't eat in the onsite restaurants so can't comment .
Location wise it's a few short Kms from the larger resort of Puerto Rico , which has a great buzz and its no problem to pick up the local bus or taxi to get about for only a few euro . The local beach is darker sand , and the next beach is Amadores, well worth a visit there .
The apartment was originally a one bed but the owners have created another bedroom ( with bunk beds )by using some balcony space . The remaining balcony area is still adequate . The living area also has a sofa bed and a brilliant TV with an endless selection of DVDs . The kitchen area has a microwave, four plate hob and good size fridge freezer .no oven or grill but there's a panini toaster which we used for toasted sandwiches . A welcome pack bread, milk, bottled water etc was also waiting for us which was appreciated . The washing machine was ok.. Didn't spin great so had to run a spin cycle a couple of times but that wasn't a problem . The washing line runs across the balcony so you might find your swimming togs in your face having your breakfast !!!! There's no shortage of towels ,extra blankets and pillows . We all found the beds comfortable and slept well for the week. The shower had good pressure with plenty of hot water . The whole apt was very clean on our arrival .
Another set of keys would have been handy , the owner only had one set for us and though they had a coded key safe at the door if was no use really as you need a fob to access the complex when reception closes.
All in all , I'd recommend this apt , great communication from the owners , it's a quiet location which might not suit everyone though .
The apartment itself is very easy to get to from the airport. There is a bus which travels from the airport bus terminus to the centre of Playa del Cura which is 5 minutes walk from the apartment. The buses on Gran Canaria in general are great with regular buses to all destinations. On reaching the apartment, the receptionist was very helpful in giving advice and providing the WiFi password.
I was struck by the apartment as it is very tidy, loads of space for 1 person, and an amazing sea view. There is a small kitchen with everything you need including a washing machine and microwave. There are table and chairs on the balcony which has adequate shade in the form of a large sun canopy. This was welcome as the weather was roasting every day. There is a large TV and games console, and Phil and Nic have left a huge pile of DVDs to watch. There is also a TV in the master bedroom. I din't use the spare bedroom for anything. Although the apartment is very comfortable, I did not spend a great deal of time there. I found it easy to make friends on the complex as there is a poolside bar, tapas bar and restaurant, and I spent a lot of time playing tennis on the squash and tennis court area. I also spent a lot of time swimming tn the lower pool complex. The upper pool complex with the water slide (ok I had a few goes) is more for families and kids, and has a pool table, ping pong table and small park for toddlers. There is a mini supermarket for necessities, and a bakery for fresh bread each day as well as a hairdresser.
Venturing into the local town (5 minutes walk), there is a supermarket, a few shops and a number of bars and restaurants. I spent several of my evenings in 'The Old Brogue' Irish themed bar, which has a really friendly atmosphere and live music at weekends. The beach area is small, clean and friendly, or you can treat yourself to a spa day at the exclusive beach club. The beach and bay area have just had a facelift and the results are very impressive.
The 2 local beaches Amadores (1 mile) and Puerto Rico (3 miles) are larger and more bustling than the local beach, with Puerto Rico being the largest local shopping and nightlife area with hundreds of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants. Both are accessible by bus or can be reached on foot via the seafront walkway.
There is lots to do for days out, and there are several local markets throughout the week which are worth a visit. The local sea village of Arguineguin with its fish restaurants and gift shops is idyllic and well worth the short trip. The capital city of Las Palmas has all the bohemian attractions of a large city with its art galleries, museums and shopping centres. The Playa del Ingles beach is a short trip up the beach and is the main beach and nightlife area on the East side of the island. There are lots of boat trips to see dolphins and whales, and even trips to Africa and other islands. If walking and nature are your thing, you will love Gran Canaria. There are vast national park areas for walking, picnicking and camping.
All in all the experience left me wanting to live over there.
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