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 - La Puesta del Sol
La Puesta del Sol has two double bedrooms, a large twin bedroom on the ground floor with double doors opening onto a private sun terrace and a double bedroom on the first floor with large shuttered windows that give wonderful views across the hills and Femes valley. Both rooms have inbuilt wardrobes.
The lounge features a large roof window set in a 12ft high beamed ceiling that ensures that the room is bathed in light during the day and at night you can sit in comfort and study the stars. It is equipped with satellite television, DVD player and hi-fi system and has a fully operational traditional Canarian fireplace for cosy and romantic evenings in during cooler months.
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 here: Lanzarote’s international airport is just 16 kms (20 mins), with flights widely available from airports across the UK.