Hacienda San Jorge was brilliant. Clean, comfortable and quiet with really nice grounds in the hotel offering a botanist's feast of a collection of plants from around the globe.
The staff were friendly, helpful and welcoming. It's not a five star establishment, you need to pay rather more for your luxuries, but if you want good value for money in a lovely, peaceful setting look no further.
We were there in February and the weather was as forecast ranging from the low to high teens, very pleasant but disappointing for sun worshippers who did not research the detail before travelling.
Restaurant was good, if sometimes understaffed. The food was good not brilliant, as you might expect at a 3-star establishment - I certainly did not lose any weight.
Playa de Los Cancajos is a small but friendly resort and has a seafront promenade the length of the resort which is great for a post-meal stroll.
Not a lot to do at the Hacienda, or on the island of La Palma, unless you like envigorating walks in a beautiful, and sometimes dramatic, setting. A shopping fan? Forget the island of La Palma. Bring plenty to read, or whatever amuses, and your hiking boots.
The capital, Santa Cruz (pop. 20,000), is a short bus ride or a vigorous 50-minute plus walk away. It is a charming town with lots of little points of interest. We were there during the Carnival which was both maddness and great fun.
Los Llanos (pop.22,000) on the eastern side of the island is worth a visit - and generally rather sunnier than the western side. But you need to set off early if you want to shop as the siesta is observed across the island.
Las Palma offers what must be some of the best value bus services in Europe - 1.30 Euros for any journey under 8 kms and just 2 Euros for anything over that. We took the one and a half hour bus trip from La Palma to Barlovento, some 35 Kms over beautiful twisting roads with breathtaking views down to the sea and all for 2 Euros each way. Yes, you can easily hire a car or take the tour bus but where's the fun in that?
An excursion to Rocque de Muchachos (site of all the telescopes and astronomical observatories) is not to be missed! Also, take in Santa Domingo for the hell of it.
It was our first time to the Canary Islands and we really liked what we found. We didn't get to the southern end of the island during our seven night stay - saving that for out next visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda San Jorge Hotel Brena Baja
- Hacienda San Jorge Brena Baja
- Hacienda San Jorge La Palma/Brena Baja