Fantastic apartment, lovely furnishings, spotless and comfortable with all mod cons. Great location and views. Easy access to buses, bike hire, hiking trails, shops and right on the beach. Loved it. Armando was kind and helpful. Provided all the info we needed, left us wine and biscuits and kept in touch to make sure we had all we needed. Will be back.
The apartment is in a fantastic location with a special view from the dining area of Las Canteras beach. Will definately be back.
Having got to know Las Palmas through a school partnership project I was involved in a few years ago, I have always been keen to bring my own family back. I have to be honest, the great thing about my previous two visits, was that it allayed all my stereotypes around The Canary Islands. Las Palmas is a proper Spanish city, populated by many cultures but definitely not the dreaded enclave of holidaying Brits abroad that I feared. It's a place where the Spanish come on holiday!
For those who might not know, Armando's fantastic apartment overlooks the vast expanse of Las Canteras beach, a wonderful city beach that stretches about 3km along a reef protected bay.
The apartment is at the northern end and is a wonderful place to stay. My wife and 10 year old twins loved the space and proximity to the beach and restaurants. Armando's brother in law, Fernando, met us on arrival and we were efficiently introduced to the accommodation and advised about places to eat etc. Fernando even took the time to text updates as he thought of them. Suffice to say, the apartment was as wonderful as all the reviews suggested.
So what did we do for 10 days? Firstly, of course, we visited the beach nearly every day. The clear blue sea was safe and warm and the golden beach was beautifully cared for. Punctuating these visits, we did a variety of things. We visited the lovely old town, the world famous botanical gardens (the Jardin Canario), the Caldera de Bandama (an extinct volcano and amazing viewpoint which looks out over Las Palmas). Largely we used the cheap and plentiful local taxis or buses but on 2 days we hired a car (through Cicar - offices a 10 minute walk from the apartment - book online) for about 30 Euro. One day we headed into the mountains. The beautiful old town of Teror was a particular highlight, with its traditional architecture and relaxed atmosphere. We then headed to Tejeda, a high mountain village and great place to see Roque Nublo, a dramatic mountain, synonymous within the region. Next, we headed down to Puerto de las Nieves, located in the far north west corner and a nice little fishing port. The other two days away from Las Palmas were spent in the south. One day was at Aqualand Maspalomas, a fantastic waterpark. We had a great day but my major recommendation would be to read the TripAdvisor reviews and take note! The other day, our final one, was largely taken up with a highly touristy, but well worthwhile, camel ride in the Maspalomas sand dunes. Great fun!
In terms of Las Palmas, we walked loads, visited lots of shops (we live in rural Cornwall, so shops are quite exciting for us - Ale Hop was a particular favourite!).
Favourite restaurant was definitely Casa Alosi. Italian with amazing service and food. Ask for Andrea and he will treat you like a Lord. Breakfasts of coffee, smoothies and pastries were devoured in the beach front cafes, whilst we loved our evening ice creams as we strolled amongst the bustling crowds.
Of course, a great holiday is only possible if the accommodation allows it. Suffice to say, Armando's place is top drawer. Stay there and you'll love it. You might just get to love Las Palmas as well.
The apartment was located right on the promenade in Las Canteras, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The location was perfect. The owner is Armado Perez. He spoke English which made it easy to communicate. He was very pleasant and helpful. Armado's wife met us at the apartment when we arrived. She was also very pleasant. She showed my wife and myself around the apartment. The apartment was very clean. It had two bedrooms, a large bathroom with shower, a kitchen with a stove, microwave, large refrigerator, dishwasher, laundry washing machine, plenty of counter space and cupboard space with all the dishes, cups and glasses, pots and pans, coffee maker. The dinning room had a bottle of wine, bowl of fresh fruit, and a box of chocolate candy wafer bars on the table. Sitting at the dinning room table having coffee in the morning with the view out the large windows of the promenade and the beach with the waves coming in with the tide made for a very peaceful and relaxing morning. The living room had a TV and a large two piece sectional couch. There was an air conditioning unit, however we did not need it because the temperature was always perfect for us. The apartment was very clean and well taken care of. Grocery stores, large variety of restaurants, shops were within a few minutes walk on the promenade. I had rented a car at the airport and parked it in a parking garage 5 minute walk from the apartment. I did not really need the car because everything was so close. Tours were close by and it is easier to take a taxi or bus to further locations. Parking can be a little hard to find, and take longer to find than just walking or taking public transportation.
Just back from a last min stay at this location. Fantastic location, nice area of Las Canteras with lots of good restaurants. Apartment has two rooms, one with a double and a twin with two single beds. Although tight in bedrooms there is loads of storage so not a problem. Apartment was lovely, super wifi and a 1 min walk to beach.
Armando was always at hand to answer any query so would highly recommend this apartment.
Beach beds are €2.50 each (umbrella more or less the same) and are set up on the beach from 9am-5pm but at 5pm you have to move as they close.
Great shopping centre 30 min walk along the promenade or 5 mins by taxi (roughly €6)
I would recommend coming out of the apartment and turning right for really nice quality restaurants and cocktail bar. Large supermarket 2 min walk away.
Very safe area, lovely place to walk around and fantastic value.
Would highly recommend although while we stayed there was a lot of building work going on downstairs in the apartment block and we were woke every morning before 8am to the builders, The drilling continued all day so was not pleasant in the apartment will all the noise during the day. Luckily the weather was nice so we were out. Unfortunately we had two teenagers who had exams and were trying to study so that was a bit disappointing had we known we would not have booked due to the noise level however Im sure that is only temporary and will stop in the next few weeks.
We would definitely return without hesitation and would have no problem recommending the place. Armando was a pleasure to deal with.
Just great, everything! The apartment was almost on the beach, next to pedestrian street, with nice sea-view. Owner was very kind and helpfull and the apartment was clean, spacious for four with all equipments.
We had high expectations of this flat and it delivered. We wanted beachfront and you couldn't get much closer with just a pedestrian street to cross to get onto the sand. Up a short flight of steps to the building lobby and then a lift to the first floor. No safe in the property but a pretty solid front door. The lounge/kitchen area is very light and clean and with its amazing view out over the beach-side. We sat at the dining table for lunches with the windows open and the sound of the waves in our ears.
The main bedroom is OK, nothing special and a bit tatty in places and nothing to see out of the window, but then you only go there to sleep. The smaller bedroom is cramped but does now have to proper single beds in so is fine for sleeping. No external window. The bathroom has a nice walk-in shower with a good water temperature.
The kitchen is reasonably well stocked, though not enough crockery to put several meals' worth in the dishwasher so we didn't bother. Good instant hot water for washing up.
Out and about, most things you need are just a few seconds away. Lots of bread shops, the Dino supermarket which has everything you could want, bars and eateries. Also, our favourite place just around the corner, the market, a proper Spanish market full of bars serving wine and tapas - a great cheap enjoyable way of eating out which we visited several times.
A 10 minute walk to the other side of the isthmus takes you to the El Muelle shopping centre with an even bigger supermarket and C&A etc. Right by it is the science museum which we highly recommend. To get elsewhere we used buses. The no.1 from outside the market goes south to the centre of Las Palmas. Pay the driver cash. Get off early at the third stop if you want to visit the Corte Ingles department store and other large shops around. Also get off there and change to the 206 or 210 Global bus just past the store for a 20 min ride to Arucas where for €2.50 you can visit the rum distillery and have an unlimited tasting of their range!
Just a final word on the weather, we had mixed weather and we gather it can be hotter and sunnier in the south. However, that is where all the big hotels are and all the tourists. Here up north it still got to 26degrees most days and we came home with a tan and the area is mainly full of locals of Spaniards and in our opinion much more desirable. There are beach brollies in the flat but we didn't need to use them. You can rent beds/brollies straight in front of the flat, or do your own thing adjacent. There is also a large children's play area a few yards up the beach.
All in all a great relaxing stay with all we needed.