“A crimson colonial mansion with elegant rooms, set in fertile fruit groves and surrounded by mountains”
As Las Longueras is in a deep valley, craggy mountains loom above you in a dramatic backdrop. You could hike to one of the island's highest peaks, Tamadaba, seen from the lushly landscaped pool... or you could just ask that young Dutch couple at breakfast how tough the trek is, and then stay on a lounger. Hiking or hanging out, Las Longueras covers both in grand style.
- Spectacular location in a tranquil valley, with mountains encircling the finca's abundant orchards
- Rooms are spacious, with the owners' family antiques and paintings adding a yesteryear touch. There are also 2 Junior Suites with contemporary fittings, for those who prefer more modern décor
- Large landscaped pool with a little kitchen/honesty bar
- Gorgeous grounds, well-groomed by the long-standing gardener
- You're just 2km from Puerto de las Nieves, for swimming and day trips to Tenerife
- The gravel road leading down to Las Longueras is full of hairpins and potholes - the family is trying to convince the local council to pave and improve it
- Some rooms could do with refurbishing (tired fabrics and furniture)
- The pool can feel a little chilly at times
Best rooms for families
- Boutique Hotel
- 14 rooms
- Breakfast (+ dinner on request)
- All ages welcome.
- Open all year
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Creche / Kids Club
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
As an aristocratic second home, Finca Las Longueras feels very much 'to the manor born'. The early 18th-century salon, chapel and conservatory are kept in pristine condition, and the outdoor terraces, with enclaves of wrought-iron chairs and tables, are also well-maintained.
In the main building are 10 double/twin rooms and 2 suites, all of them fairly spacious. There are only 2 genuine double rooms; the European twin bed set-up is very much the done thing here, with no pretence of even pushing them together. You won’t find aircon, overhead fans or phones, but there are minibars, TVs, hairdryers and safes, plus Victorian dressing tables and grand wardrobes (with hangers that you can actually remove from the railing). Bathrooms here are big but rather rudimentary: there are no fancy toiletries, and most have showers only (if you want a tub you'll need to book a suite).
If you'd prefer a more modern style then opt for one of the 2 Junior Suites, set in a separate block about 60m away and built since our last visit. Each has a double bed, a sitting area with a sofabed (for 1 adult or 2 children), a bathroom with a shower and hydro-massage tub, a private terrace, and an adjacent parking spot. They also come with additional comforts: kettles, air conditioning, satellite TV.
- Cots Available
- Extra beds
- Honesty bar
- Internet access
- Pool towels
- Safe box
Breakfast (8.30-10.30am) is a help-yourself selection of coffee, bread, jams, fruit and juice laid out on sideboards in the dining room. Once you've loaded your plate you can head outside to one of the little tables on the terrace, which is shaded from the sun and has wonderful views out over citrus trees and palms.
The half-board option is popular in Gran Canaria, and dinners are served outside whenever it's warm enough. We had a tasty seafood paella made by Elsa, the finca's cook, who walks to work from the neighbouring village of San Pedro. Her homemade almond ice cream, served with oranges from the orchard, was a triumphant finale.
You may want to head to the nearby twin towns of Agaete and Puerto de las Nieves (2km away) for lunch; you could even catch the boat from the port across to Tenerife for something to eat. But we couldn't resist the raft of cheap and cheerful outdoor restaurants along the seafront, serving up fresh fish in a boisterous taverna atmosphere. We did feel a bit sorry for the Restaurante Dedo de Dios, which recently lost its raison d'etre: a prime view of 'God's Finger', a tall basalt monolith that lasted 100,000 years, only to be snapped off in a mad storm in 2005.
- Dinner by arrangement
- Wander through the well-preserved salons, read a book in the conservatory with its view over the chapel bell, or sit on one of the terraces and soak up the sunshine
- Treat yourself to a cold beer from the honesty bar and lie by the pool, enjoying sumptuous mountain views
- Walk along the road behind the cactus garden to the tiny village of San Pedro (less than 3km)
- More adventurous trekkers can brave the stiff climb (3 hours each way) up Tamadaba (see our Destination Guide); there are other, less daunting hiking and biking trails in the area, too
- Head to the beach at Puerto de las Nieves (2km away) - it's small and rocky, but swimming in the gin-clear sea ringed by mountains is awesome
- Take the fast Fred Olsen ferry from Puerto de la Nievas to Santa Cruz in Tenerife; the crossing takes just over an hour and runs 6 times a day, so you can even nip across for lunch if you want to
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Mountain biking
- Scuba diving
- Shopping / markets