“A fabulous hideaway for 2, looking out across the Straits to Morocco; at La Laguna you’ll have just the ocean and the stars for company”
Expect to sleep deeply at La Lugana - just about all you’ll hear will be the disant thumping of Atlantic breakers and the cry of the gulls wheeling overhead. The whole house seems to exude a fresh, cared-for feeling: this is a place that stimulates both body and soul.
The small open-plan living area consists of a bed, sofa, dining table for 2 and a kitchenette, with big windows and French doors capturing the ever-changing light of the ocean. There are bright Moroccan cupboard doors and bedside tables, a wood-burner, various lamps, and a collection of guidebooks plus an iPod dock.
The queensize bed is clad in great linen and a fresh white Indian bedspread. For ablutions, you choose between a shower room inside or, perfect for your arrival back from the beach, a second outdoor terrace shower.
You'll spend most of your time lounging on the big open terrace and soaking up the view, or shaded from the sun under the covered terrace with its cushioned chairs. But if it gets cold in the evening, retreat to the sofa inside and light the wood-burner.
The small kitchenette has loads of equipment for self-catering (pans, lots of crockery, good knives, a blender), and is sparkling clean with a dining table indoor and out. There's a small fridge and a 2-ring hob but note there is no oven or grill. Mei Ling supplies a great selection of basic ingredients, including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, loads of herbs, various teas and coffees, plus a bottle of wine and some local tuna and olives.
Head into Tarifa for various supermarkets and a covered market. The choice of fish is staggering and there are stalls laden with vegetables, herbs and spices. We bought seafood or fresh meat daily, and cooked it up on the BBQ along with baked potatoes and roasted vegetables. For lunch we ate wonderful Spanish cheeses and meats with fresh breads from the panaderia in town. There are picnic spots along the coast if you want a day of walking.
If you’re not that big on self-catering, no need to worry. Just a 5-minute stroll away is a great fish restaurant. Much of what’s on the menu will have been pulled straight from the sea that same day by one of the brothers who run the place. The restaurant is open 7 days a week in July and August but only open weekends for the rest of the year. It is closed during the Tarifa Feria week which runs from the first Sunday in September.
In Tarifa, which is just a 15-minute hop away by car, there's a big choice of eateries. You can choose between sushi, Moroccan, Italian, vegetarian and Tex-Mex, and there are a couple of great Andalucian restaurants. Ask Mei Ling for advice.