Tiagua 81

Tiagua, Lanzarote, Spain Book from Eur70

Reviewed by Olivia Allen
Stylish self-catering cottage and apartments (sleeping 2-6) with a shared pool, in the heart of rural Lanzarote - a great base for active group holidays
Just north of the iconic Timanfaya National Park lies the sleepy village of Tiagua. Unassuming yet authentically Canarian, it’s the perfect setting for this beautifully converted 19th-century estate. Sister property to nearby Finca de Arrieta, Tiagua 81 now houses 2 white-washed apartments for 2, while its smaller bodega has become a stylish 2-bedroom cottage sleeping 4-6. The spaces would suit a group travelling together as well as couple wanting a self-catering bolthole. All have nifty kitchenettes and access to the central courtyard's alfresco dining area. This is also where guests tend to relax: swimming in the sleek pool, cooking up a storm on the barbecue, and marvelling at the island’s rugged volcanic hills from the comfy loungers.

Although it feels a million miles from the bustling resorts of this small island, Tiagua’s central location means there are plenty of activities at your fingertips. The landscape has an extensive network of cycle routes (4 of which are on your doorstep), beaches are a short drive away, and you can explore the charred terrain on one of the many trekking and hiking tours available in the area. Grab your family or friends and embark on a few sun-warmed adventures - you'll soon be thankful for that notorious Lanzarote breeze!

Highs

  • A great-value alternative to a large villa - book both apartments together and you’ll each get added privacy alongside beautiful communal areas
  • The 2-bedroom cottage is well suited to families, with a double, a twin and a sofabed, plus a private terrace
  • Well placed for cycling, trekking and surfing (the team can assist with arrangements), plus there’s a handy store room with a wetsuit shower and bike racks
  • The property has been stylishly renovated with plenty of nods to the building’s history - we loved the original (and now decorative) bread oven in the Mozaga Studio Apartment

Lows

  • Car hire is essential if you want to make the most of the island - the village is very quiet, with only one eatery and a supermarket within walking distance
  • Kitchenettes are equipped for light meals rather than feasts, and apartment guests wanting to dine outdoors will have to use the communal dining table
  • The apartments cannot host under 12s, unless guests book exclusive use of the whole property - but the cottage welcomes all ages
  • If the apartments and cottage are all booked, the pool area could get crowded - not for those after complete privacy

Best time to go

With almost perennial good weather, Lanzarote is a year-round destination. The winter months are the busiest as northern Europeans seeking sun flock to the island. If you are planning an active holiday, you might want to avoid the more extreme heat of July and August.

Our top tips

  • If you're serious about sport, look into the growing number of triathlons, marathons and trail-running competitions being held on Lanzarote. The Tiagua 81 team can assist with registration for local events
  • Be sure to pick up some aloe-vera beauty products. They’re a Canarian speciality and great for looking after sun-drenched skin. There are even a couple of museums dedicated to this spikey plant!

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Apartments + Cottage
  • 2 apartments + 1 cottage (sleeping 2-6)
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome (restrictions apply)
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Sports store room
Room:

Rooms

The 2 apartments, located in the main building, are each named after a different Canarian wine, synonymous with the region. Set around a central atrium with a large communal seating area, they would work well for groups looking to book multiple rooms and spend the evenings together, as well as couples seeking a self-catering base.

Both are stylishly decorated - think white-washed walls, exposed beams, coffee tables made from the original doors, crisp white bedding, fluffy towels and geometric print throws - with simple kitchenettes, double or twin beds, comfy seating areas and modern shower rooms.

There is a compact, ground-floor Moraga Studio Apartment whose bedroom area is curtained off from the living area. We stayed in split-level Bermejo, the only 1-Bedroom Apartment, and we definitely feel it has the edge on the others. Although the wooden staircase steals a little of the kitchen space, the 2 floors make it feel much larger, and the airy first-floor bedroom has French windows leading onto a traditional Canarian balcony overlooking the pool and volcanic hills beyond. A word of warning though: the shower room is only separated from the bedroom by a frosted glass wall, so it’s perhaps not ideal for the more bashful amongst us.

For families, the 2-Bedroom Cottage (Rubicon) is the perfect option. The apartments cannot host children under 12 unless you're booking the whole property, but Rubicon welcomes all ages. Set across the courtyard from the main building, it has a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, 2 shower rooms and more privacy thanks to its terrace with sunloungers and a dining table.

Features include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

Each apartment has a modern, well-equipped kitchenette and a simple indoor dining area, but you’re more likely to head outside to the communal poolside table and BBQ - perfect for those warm Lanzarotian evenings. The cottage has the added bonus of a private dining terrace. If it’s a particularly blustery night, the sofa-filled internal courtyard is a welcoming spot for tapas and wine.

Although the kitchenettes are compact and lack ovens, they have everything you need to prepare light summer meals - salad bowls, bread boards and plenty of wine glasses. Each has a microwave, a 2-ring induction hob, a fridge (no freezer), a toaster and a kettle, as well as crockery, cutlery and utensils. Tea, coffee, water, milk and a bottle of local wine are provided to help you settle in.

The village supermarket has a great selection of fresh fruit and veg, cheeses, and a bakery for fresh bread; we were really tempted by the impressive butcher’s counter, which got our minds racing with BBQ ideas. There were also plenty of home-grown products on offer. On Sundays there is a small but popular farmers’ market in Mancha Blanca (a 10-minute drive), selling fruit, veg, bread and cheese; wander from stall to stall and, if you’re feeling indecisive, sample the local wines, liquors and chutneys before you buy!

If you would prefer to eat out, take a look at the extensive list of recommendations provided, covering the length and breadth of the island. The village has a traditional Canarian restaurant, but other than that you’ll need to head a little further afield. Tiagua 81 has links with popular La Cantina in the old capital Teguise, which has a great selection of sharing plates and salads.

Features include:

  • Coffee maker
  • Coffee tea making
  • Communal dining
  • Fridge
  • Hob stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Explore the island by bike, taking advantage of the 4 cycle routes which pass through the village - the welcome book provides recommendations for local bike hire
  • Head to surfer’s paradise La Santa to make the most of some of the best waves in Europe, or join the surf school at sandy Famara beach - stay for sunset if you can
  • Trek across the lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park and explore other unspoilt rural areas of the island on a walking tour
  • Feel like a Bond villain as you admire the stunning panoramic views and incredible architecture of Mirador del Río - a lookout point and restaurant at the northern tip of the island
  • Visit the otherworldly caves and pools at Jameos del Agua, located at the end of the world’s longest lava flow. It’s also home to the only blind albino crabs in the world!
  • Sample local wines in the nearby wine region La Geria - take a vineyard tour to learn about the unusual practices involved in growing vines in a seemingly inhospitable terrain
  • Don’t miss the island’s largest market in Teguise (every Sunday); you’ll find a wide range of artisan goods and Canarian aloe vera products, both on the market stalls and in the tiny shops which line the busy streets
  • Set sail for the unspoilt beaches and crystal-clear waters of the smallest of the inhabited Canary Islands, La Graciosa
  • Back at Tiagua 81, treat yourself to some pampering by booking an in-room massage or beauty treatment

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome in the 2-bedroom cottage. In the other apartments, the owners prefer children aged 12+, so as not to disturb other guests; however, if you book exclusive use of Tiagua 81, they are happy to waive this policy.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

With a master bedroom, a twin room, a sofabed and its own terrace, the cottage, Rubicon, is well suited to families with children of all ages. If you were to book the entire property, the Studio Apartments would be great for older children wanting their own space and privacy. Bermejo can hold an extra bed.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Extra beds
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

There are no toys or games for children and it might be a bit too quite for teenagers looking to make new friends. The lower-ground-floor snug is accessed via an uneven stone staircase - not ideal for kids.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
10/
Food
8/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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