|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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Self catering 'cueva' (cave) building, set into the mountain with some rooms carved into the rock and other more conventional buildings added on. As can be seen in some of the photographs the building is above the level of the clouds in spectacular countryside.
The area is popular with hikers but car hire will be necessary but is very easy to arrange at the airport, about an hour's drive away.
The accommodation is suitable for up to 6 person groups and is located in the mountainous region of Galdar in North West Gran Canaria, a 30 minute drive from the Galdar itself which has all the energy of a traditional Spanish town with restaurants and cafes.
There are three rooms cut into the rock with a separate double bedroom, kitchen and bathroom as out buildings. Unless you're familiar with such constructions its initially hard to visualise. But an experience to relish.
In the case of the Mountain Retreat the 'rooms' are linked by a paved routeway, very like a conventional flat except the corridors are outside. One of the bedrooms is also the main living area but with two curtained bed alcoves cut into the rock (both double beds). Outside there's a separate double bedroom of modern conventional construction as well as kitchen and bathroom facilities. In addition there's a dining cave, with a separate barbecue area.
Perhaps what is most memorable though is the small garden, featuring a listed Dragon tree, and the spectacular views, above the clouds.The peace is absolute. The countryside astounding. When one walks there one understands the passion of the great explorers of the past.
NB. Please do be aware though that the property is high up which means that in the Winter (November to April) temperatures are low for Gran Canaria, typically 14 degrees during the day dropping to 8 degrees at night. Inside the cave though the temperature is warmer than the outside (as it retains the mountain's heat) and there is a calor gas heater.
Prices start at just £20 per person per night and are even less when 7 nights or more are booked.
ABOUT THE REGION
NORTHERN GRAN CANARIA Northern Gran Canaria is an area steeped in history and Spanish culture. The capital is Las Palmas. The former capital was Galdar. Nothing on the island is particularly far away as Gran Canaria is only 40km across.
Attractions in the Las Palmas and Galdar include its architecture going back hundreds of years. In Galdar you have the world-famous Painted Cave discovered around 1900 and built by the island's aboriginal people before the Spanish conquest. Guided tours are available in English, German, French and Italian as well as Spanish. There some beautiful sandy beaches, secluded beaches and some of the best scuba diving in the North Atlantic is to be had at Sardina.
As well as the island's attractions there are ferries to nearby Tenerife taking as little as an hour, from Agaete which is close to Sardina (5km) and which depart every couple of hours.Probably what this area is best known for is its peace and tranquillity, its stunning scenery and views of the Ocean and the mountains, its unusual flora and fauna unique to these islands. The light makes it popular with artists and photographers. There are few tourists and English is not spoken here. It is a far cry from the bustling south.
My wife and I have been coming to this region of Gran Canaria for over 25 years. We love the area and the people. We decided to buy this property for our retirement. Our background is social work. We live in London where I am from. My wife, Trish, is from County Galway in Ireland. We are nearing retirement now.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 1999
The views from the garden are stunning, overlooking the valley of Agaete and it's port, pine forests across the ravine and Mount Teide on Tenerife in the distance. Living and sleeping in a real cave, eating out al fresco in the garden, going trekking, visiting the villages nearby and towards the centre of the island.
Peace and tranquility, away-from-it-all, ideal for photographers, artists, country-lovers and a whole host of others too!
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest|
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There is no credit card facility at the apartment so remaining fee must be paid in cash on arrival, or by bank transfer by arrangement in advance.
Brochures with information on the local area and how to get there can be supplied on receiving booking deposit.