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When Pippo met us at the petrol station in Arico to lead the way, he said that we were going to the World's End. He wasn't wrong, though if the World's End looks as gorgeous as Karin and Pippo's place I want to go there now.
Unfortunately we had some grey, sold weather while we were there so we weren't able to take advantage of the lovely, well thought out, welcoming and clean area that Karin and Pippo have created.
It is the perfect place to stay if you are going on a walking holiday. There are lots of really beautiful walks in the surrounding hillside. What could be better than coming back, putting your feet up and relaxing around the pool!
It is absolutely necessary to hire a car so you can get to the restaurants that Karin and Pippo recommend. We went down the coast to the fish restaurants and it didn't disappoint.
I have considered it is the perfect place to bring my family. We are all adults now and to hire all the units just for us would be a lovely experience.
Thank you Karin and Pippo for your welcoming and helpful approach, we may see you again.
Very pleasantly surprised by the size, amenities and location of the house, which although on the main pedestrian way, was quiet and separated from the world outside once the door was closed. You can view and appreciate the surroundings in privacy from the roof, the balcony and windows without being "amongst it". If you do get the desire to get "amongst it," you can be there via walk in less than 1 minute. The local beach and square does not have the fly sellers as experienced in the larger towns and cities which was a blessing. Trips out were easily accessible via a minutes walk to local buses / stops that run every hour to Los Cristianos, Santa Cruz and cost less than a pint of beer!
The house is surrounded by wonderful restaurants (and stores) all with their own character and style, and all equally delicious cuisine, all walkable and reasonably priced. Paradise from home locations such as El Medano normally come with mosquitoes and non potable water... but not here - no bites and the water is good from the tap. Shower relies upon solar water heater, so definitely take them later in the day, or use the "Sea Shower" on the deck with a kettle or two... prefect and secluded.
A new(ish) 125cc scooter was available for rent 30e / day and was enough for two of us to explore the island up to Santa Cruz (the Barcelona of the island complete with "Las Ramblas"!) , taking in the beautiful Candelaria and it's Basilica.
We also went up to Los Gigantes and then onwards and upwards to the Mount Teide. Definitely take a "layer or two" as ground level is 23degC and above the clouds is ~ 5-7degC
And for the "lazy days" there is a great walk and exercise equipment on the boardwalk to get your heart racing before spreading out in the sun.
We always say "what would we do differently?" Well probably not a lot.... next time (and there will be a next time) i shall bring some long casting rods, bubble floats and fluoro line, small hooks to get after the mullet about 15-20 mtrs off the beaches and balcony "al a locales". And a drop net as there is no direct access to the water from the balcony, which is safely barriered off and ladder removed to avoid the ealry morning low tide beachcombing intruders, climbing up to get a view ;-).
All in all a perfect relaxing break, location, food and never bored once in two weeks. Highly Highly recommended especially for those looking for something quieter and cultural.T hank you Cesar & Juan Jose for a wonderful vacation.