Staying at Apartment Mirador
You know, it is simply great in this modern age when the word “service” seems to have slipped from many people’s vocabulary, to come across someone who still believes in going the extra mile?
We happened across Wendy’s site when we were browsing on the Internet for somewhere to stay for our first trip to Lanzarote. It did “exactly what it said on the tin” and gave us lots of info, not only about Charco del Palo but also about Lanzarote as a destination. Places to stay, places to eat, places to visit, easy-peasy car hire, a map, directions, all pretty well laid out for us. We searched no more.
We fired off an enquiring e-mail and our Inbox rattled with the reply the very next day. Wendy’s recommended accommodation turned out to be spot on for us; well equipped, spotlessly clean, spacious and comfortable, an absolute credit to our hosts. We’re not telling you which it was though, ‘cos if it gets too popular we might not be able to book it next time!!
Deposit duly paid, receipt duly received, over the intervening months we fired off a few other questions, all of which were promptly answered, even when our plans had to change at the last minute.
What is more, when I, the advance guard, arrived in Lanzarote, it all worked. The hire car was where it should have been, the Dancing Ladies were too, as was the supermarket which is open on a Sunday so that yours truly could get in the supplies while waiting for Irene’s flight to arrive from Edinburgh. (I’d only had to pop over from Tenerife on the excellent Binter.)
Wendy’s directions got us to our agreed rendezvous; The Arepera Bar in Mala where, hardly had we sat down, the drinks arrived. Welcomes exchanged, food partaken, Wendy then showed us right to our accommodation, right round our accommodation and where she lived should we need to get hold of her. If only all accommodation providers were this efficient?!
Charco turned out to be an ideal location for us, an excellent base for getting to and from the walks which we chose to undertake in all parts of the island. Lanzarote’s roads are an excellent use of the EU funds which have undoubtedly paid for them and make gadding about as simple as it can be.
We found Charco very peaceful, day and night, something which is fundamental to the enjoyment of our holiday. (We view, with mixed emotions, the news that a Disco Bar may be opening in the Centro. Let us hope that they very strictly control any noise so as not to spoil the tranquillity of this delightful spot.
Sitting on our balcony as the sun rose, tea and book to hand, strolling along the coastal path, taking a dip in our accommodation’s pool, enjoying a vino poolside, all without a worry as to what we should wear. Bliss.
Mind you, we had to have a care. We reside in Bonnie Scotland, the far north to some, where we don’t see too much sun which, combined with the menace of the midge on calm days, contrive that we don’t get to go around au naturel too often. A relief to the neighbours, I guess! Even in January, the glorious weather which we enjoyed meant that we had to be careful not to catch too many rays on our alabaster white bits and bobs. Doing so would have hampered our walking plans but our diligence was rewarded with no sunburn to report.
Based in Charco, getting a good bite to eat of an evening is really easy. We found the Arepera Bar to be very much to our taste, very welcoming and accommodating, excellent food, reasonably priced. Reiner’s Bar, in Charco itself, came in a close second for us and, between the two, we didn’t get to try any others.
Using our Discovery Walking Guide, we covered a fair bit of the island, taking in coastal walks, hikes up barrancos, treks around calderas and strolls through seas of lichen covered lava. Lanzarote’s diminutive size means that you’re never far from a superb view, in many cases right down to the coast.
In the course of our wanderings, we came across a massive abandoned hotel, oddball accommodations, testaments to years of labour in the creation of terraces and wind protecting walls, a massive vanity project, delightful graffitti and more evidence than we could wish for of the influence of Cesar Manrique – Lanzarote has some of the most interesting roundabouts in the world, amongst other things, of course.
We also got to enjoy chats with a good number of folk en-route, many of whom, seeing that we had the DWG guide sought directions from us. They’d bought the DWG Map, but not the Guide and even those using the Rother Guide, were rather at a loss. Well done David & Ros Braun on your excellent publications!!
We were victims, too……….of the inconsiderate driver of the 15.07 Number 60 bus from Arrecife to Playa Blanca on 22nd January. (Senor, you know who you are!!) There we were at the official bus stop at the rotunda de Hoya, the bus comes over the horizon, we get up, wave that we want to get on and set off across the road. The driver pulls in and stops…… just long enough to drop off a passenger….. then pulls away again!! Nothing to do but sit and wait and, an hour later, the driver of the next bus did the job properly, gracias senor. At the Playa Blanca Bus Station our next bus, the Number 30 Playa Blanca Circular, promptly got us back to within 200 metres of where we’d left the car. Perfect.
We were taking our leave of Lanzarote on the “Silly o’clock” Ryanair flight, departing Charco before anyone, let alone the sun, was up and about. Wendy gave us very simple and clear check-out instructions which we followed to the letter.
A fitting conclusion to a super break, followed up by a very nice wee thank-you note from the lady herself.
And so, to Wendy, another word that has, sadly slipped from many vocabularies – “Thank You”.