Fans of boho chic interiors and stunning scenery, would struggle to find a more perfect retreat than this gorgeous finca, which has been converted into four, picture-perfect one and two bedroom cottages, each with a lovely private terrace and communal use off a heated pool with breathtaking views of the Timanfaya National Park.
Despite its rural seclusion, this 250-year old villa is actually within a short, 10-minutes or so drive of some of Lanzarote's best beaches, as well as having the marinas at Puerto Calero and Rubicon, plus the facilities of some of the regions' largest resorts such as Playa Blanca and Puerto del Carmen just a little further afield. Closer still are the good quality restaurants and bars in the neighbouring villages of Femes, Uga and Yaiza. Yet, Casa Caldera is a world-away from the fly and flop package holidays resorts more typically associated with the Canary islands and is a classy, rural retreat with the added benefit of a heated pool, handy list of baby kit (see Fast Facts) and a breathtaking setting on the edge of a National Park and surrounded by vineyards.
Guests return year after year charmed by the tranquil but convenient setting, beautiful scenery and quirky interiors, as well as the friendly welcome of owner/managers Ben and Sue. Parents will appreciate the thoughtful welcome pack of essentials and local produce, whilst little ones will love the pool and littlecollection of toys provided. Babysitting is available on request and Wi-Fi is provided free of charge.
Accommodation Overview - El Patio
El Patio has a twin and a double bedroom both with shuttered doors and windows opening onto the cool and secluded inner courtyard (El Patio). The spacious lounge has a high beamed ceiling and views over open countryside to the west. Two sets of double doors open onto the inner courtyard that provides a wonderfully shaded retreat for relaxing and dining. This is for the exclusive use of El Patio when the apartments are let separately. The lounge is equipped with satellite television, DVD and hi fi system and has a fully operational traditional Canarian fireplace, ideal for cosy and romantic evenings in cooler months. A well equipped kitchen/breakfast room opens onto a private dining and barbeque area which in turn opens directly to the pool and surrounding sun terraces. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full sized oven, electric hob, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher and fridge freezer. Both Puesta del Sol and El Partio cottages have modern bathrooms with bath and shower, wash basin with well lit mirror, toilet and bidet.
The Casa Caldera Cottages are located on the edge of the dramatic, volcanic Timanfaya National Park, between Lanzarote’s lively coastal resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca. The finca is also within the extraordinary wine valley of La Geria which produces most of Lanzarote’s excellent wines despite the vines looking surreal and unreal against the black ash moonscape.
The small wine village of Uga is close by, with low, white houses, palm trees and camels creating a North African charm – the camels being bred here for volcano safaris into Timanfaya which beats a donkey ride on the beach any day! No visit would be complete without a trip up Fire Mountain and seeing the guide pour water down volcanic chimneys to be spurted back out as blistering steam.
The nearest beach is only 6 kms away and the family friendly resort of Playa Blanca is also only 15 minutes drive, offering a full choice of bars and restaurants, as well as a string of sandy beaches with watersports, loungers and parasols. A little further down the coast, Punta de Papagayo is the most southerly tip of the island, with a chain of idyllic coves and bays to discover, promising fine golden sand and warm, crystal clear sea.
Staying at Casa Caldera, families will find plenty of things to see and do within an hour’s drive and the owners will be happy to provide their personal recommendations, from the best markets to the best restaurants to secret coves and beauty spots for a picnic.
Of all the Canaries, Lanzarote claims to have the most reliable climate, averaging a balmy 23 degrees, 3,000 hours of sunshine and only 16 days of rain per year. Unlike the high rise horrors of other Canary Islands, Lanzarote has also been developed with remarkable sensitivity to its unique landscape and with strong influences of the island’s most famous artist and architect, Cesar Manrique.
Getting There: Lanzarote’s international airport is just 16 kms (20 mins), with flights widely available from airports across the UK.