Casa Costera's partially-shaded terrace faces the sea through a bamboo screen

Casa Costera's partially-shaded terrace faces the sea through a bamboo screen

Casa Costera's partially-shaded terrace faces the sea through a bamboo screen Casa Costera Living room Master bedroom The small hamlet of Playa de Tasarte Kitchen-dining room Washing-up with a view The barbecue area One of the twin rooms Prettily tiled shower rooms The rocky beach in front of the house The living room opens straight onto the rocky beach Sunset in Playa de Tasarte The small local restaurant

Casa Costera

The Canary IslandsGran Canaria › Playa de Tasarte

Standing in a tiny seaside hamlet on Gran Canaria's rugged and remote west coast, this charming fisherman's cottage has been lovingly restored to provide comfortable accommodation well away from the busy tourist areas.

Situated at the end of one of the barrancos (ravines) that cut through Gran Canaria's rugged west coast, Playa de Tasarte is a rocky beach backed by a small cluster of fisherman's cottages and farmhouses. One of these houses, Casa Costera, has recently been carefully restored and converted into a holiday home that, whilst offering a contemporary level of comfort, has lost none of its traditional charm.

Casa Costera stands right on the shore, separated from the rocky beach only by an unmade access track leading to a small, unpretentious restaurant at the end of the terrace of buildings. The front door leads directly into the cosy living room with two comfortable sofas and flat-screen satellite-TV (limited English-language channels). From here, an open archway leads to the rustically styled but very well equipped kitchen-dining room, complete with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, kettle and coffeemaker. There are three bedrooms, all with air-conditioning that doubles up as heating if required during the cooler season. The master bedroom has a double bed and an en-suite shower room; the other two bedrooms both have twin beds and share a second shower room. A washing machine and tumble dryer are provided, and there is a coin-operated telephone in the lounge.

From the kitchen, a door leads to an enclosed L-shaped terrace. The end facing the sea is shielded from view by a bamboo screen, with a door leading out onto the beach. The terrace has a shaded area with comfortable patio furniture, and an al-fresco cooking area with a brick-built barbecue, stone oven and sink, as well as an outside shower for rinsing off after a dip in the sea.

As the rocky beach is unsupervised, and as the island's west coast can sometimes be subject to strong currents, you are advised to exercise caution when bathing in the sea and to be mindful of wind and weather conditions. A pair of jelly shoes is also recommended. For most of the week, Playa de Tasarte is extremely sleepy, although it can get busier at weekends, when local people from the villages inland visit for a swim and maybe lunch in the little restaurant, which specialises in fish and Canarian cooking. Hardly any foreign tourists ever seem to venture down the single country lane that leads here from the village of Tasarte, approximately 10 km inland, where you would find the nearest local bar, bakery, small supermarket and pharmacy. The closest larger village, La Aldea de San Nicolas is approximately 20 km away and can be reached in around 40 minutes using the hire car included in your holiday, whilst the nearest holiday resort, the picturesque Puerto de Mogan, is a little further in the opposite direction.

As well as appealing to travellers wishing to relax in a completely uncommercialised oceanfront setting, Casa Costera will also suit keen walkers as there is plenty of rewarding terrain in the valleys and mountains behind. It's west-coast location also means that, subject to weather conditions, you can enjoy some of the island's most spectacular sunsets from here.

Maid service: the house is cleaned at the beginning and end of your stay; towels and linen are changed once a week.

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