Our family of two parents and two teenagers spent two fantastic weeks at Villa Margarita. The house is located in a beautiful hilly setting from which it is easy to drive to any part of the island.
The house itself is wonderful. The two double bedrooms are well separated so that no noise will bother the occupants of the other room, although the cries of a younger child would be easily audible. The pool allowed us to spend some days relaxing at the house. House is very clean and the interior is easy to maintain. The kitchen has good kitchen knives, cutlery, gas cooker etc. There is no oven but there is a great barbecue outdoors provided with firewood.
As important as any quality at Villa Margarita, the landlords (Alejandro and his mother Alejandra) are the most hospitable and friendly I have known in my experience of renting villas in the Canaries. They only visit the villa individually to tend to the animals briefly and to check that all is well e.g. if you need new sheets, towels etc. or if you want advice. They won’t bother you if you prefer them not to. Alejandra grows vegetables and generously brought us fresh courgettes and lettuce. We have rented villas on every island in the Canaries and we have never felt more welcome than at Villa Margarita!
The nearest beach (El Molinito) is a 20 minute drive. Beaches on the east coast can be reached in 30-40 minutes (depending on the beach) on smooth roads with very little traffic; driving on them is a pleasure. The beaches in the very south of the island might take an hour to get to (we didn’t go that far on our recent visit as there are many quiet and beautiful beaches within easy reach). For context, our idea of a good beach is one that is uncrowded, where swimming and snorkelling are good, and where there is perhaps one beach restaurant that includes fresh fish on the menu.
As northern Europeans during the pandemic we found the house’s relative isolation and the island in general a very welcome break from the routine of home. Islanders and visitors are, of course, very sensible about wearing masks, using sanitiser and practising social distancing, but eating in outdoor restaurants was very welcome and it felt safe.
Whether you visit the island for walking or for beaches, Villa Margarita is very highly recommended!