Well I don't even know how and where to start. We decided to go to Tenerife and researched it for a few months. For some random reason we figured we'd stay away from the tourist spots in the south and go near Puerta de la Cruz on the north coast. Somehow we ended up in Los Realejos, about 3 miles from PDLC via the gorgeous Rambla de Castro. And we found this on air B & B in late september for maybe $70 a night?
So here's the deal...Irene was excellent about contacting us and giving directions. For sure, you can't find this yourself....and you'll see why. Once we met her assistant Katya; she drove us through pitch black narrow road surrounded by a stone wall, a dirt road....we were starting to get nervous. Where the hell was this? Finally after a series of hairpin turns which we later found out one of which had just a simple split rail fence between you and a 100 foot fall into a ravine, we were there. G1 is the smaller of the two apartments. Gorgeous renovated building. Paved courtyard, delightful, totally private. Never heard our neighbors. Went to sleep with the Atlantic pounding 500 feet below. Next morning we were blown away. We knew we were close to the atlantic, but weren't prepared for the Rambla, the ruins right at the foot of our ravine, the views. The Rambla de Castro is one of the "must" things to do on the north coast and this building is literally RIGHT on it and just about at the mid point. Go east for 3 gorgeous miles past the Playa des Roques and a few nice neighborhoods, cliffs, hotels, and you're in PDLC. Go west through a ravine and past some secluded beaches and you're at the MIrador San Pedro, fabulous cliffside restaurant.
So the place - wow. . OK, a couple of quirks. One, remember folks, this is europe. Don't ask me why....no screens in the windows. that's just some sort of european thing, which I don't understand. OK. Didn't have to worry about bats, only a few insects. Next, and this is personal....no air conditioning, and it was hot. Just something you need to be aware of. We went in the "shoulder" season -september, and it was in the 80's all the time and humid. I like A/C, so that's my quirk. Would probably not have made any difference if I knew it and if I had decided on someplace else we'd have missed out on a real experience.
OK, bearing that in mind, this is a big airy well ventilated place. Downstairs there's a convertible bed, a tV (never turned it on), hidden away is a washing machine and a drying rack. Totally decent kitchen but we didnt cook or use it. One thing - not sure why - and I'm sure Irene would be appalled - the fridge absolutely....uh...smelled...not sure why....it was clean but it was a real slam in the nostrils. We cleaned it and no further problems. Bathroom totally functional, shower was fine - again - Irene - the shower head is one of those telephone thingies and was almost broken so that may need to be replaced soon.
But folks, that was it. I mean, what a setting, and what a deal. We'd walk out, very secure locks and gate, walk to PDLC. Couldn't get over the scenery. Very central location. once you figured out how to get there in the day, very easy to get to. Very secluded. No restaurants or maid service, but PDLC is a ten minute ddrive, plenety of grocery stores around, both small and alrge. Dang, did we have a great time and would go back in a split second. Thank you Irene!