Tiagua 81

Tiagua, Lanzarote, Spain Book from Book from £92 per night

Stylish self-catering cottage and apartment (sleeping 2-6) with a shared pool, in the heart of rural Lanzarote
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 a white-washed apartment for 2, while its smaller bodega has become a stylish 2-bedroom cottage sleeping 4-6. The spaces would suit a small group travelling together as well as couples wanting a self-catering bolthole. Both 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
  • 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

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 apartment cannot host under 12s, unless guests book exclusive use of the whole property; the cottage welcomes all ages
  • If the apartment and cottage are both booked, the pool area may not work brilliantly 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
  • 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

We stayed in split-level 1-bed apartment, Bermejo, located in the main building, named after a Canarian wine, synonymous with the region. Set around a central atrium with a large communal seating area, it works well for couples seeking a self-catering base. It is stylishly decorated - think white-washed walls, exposed beams, coffee table made from the original doors, crisp white bedding, fluffy towels and geometric print throws - with a simple kitchenette, double or twin beds, comfy seating areas and a modern shower room.

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 apartment 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 / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Safe box
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

The 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. 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 / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Communal dining
  • Fridge
  • Hob or 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 apartment, the owners prefer children aged 12+, so as not to disturb other guests; however, if you book both units, they are happy to waive this policy and you'll get all the perks of a villa.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), 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. Apartment 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:

Location

Tiagua 81 is set just off the main road running through the village of Tiagua, in central Lanzarote.

By Air:
Lanzarote’s only airport, Arrecife (17km away), is served by a wide range of scheduled, budget and charter flights - click on the links below for a list.

From the Airport
It's an easy 25-minute journey from the airport to Tiagua 81; you could take a taxi, but most guests hire a car and drive.

By Car:
Although you can walk to the local supermarket, car hire is essential for taking advantage of all the island has to offer - see our car rental recommendations. Tiagua 81 has plenty of private off-road parking.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Lanzarote and getting around

Airports:

  • Lanzarote Arrecife 17.0 km ACE

Other:

  • Beach 11.0 km
  • Shops 0.4 km
  • Restaurant 0.1 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests

7/10
Room
8/10
Service
7/10
Value
7/10
Overall

The room has a skylight directly above the bed with no blinds / curtains so we were woken up very early each morning by the sun. Apart from this, room was brilliant - lovely and clean, great redecoration with calming plants. Nice, secluded location.

8/10,

Overall we had a great experience at Tiagua 81. The location is great for accessing the island, everywhere was in a 15-20 minute drive through a beautiful volcanic landscape. Though the apartment itself is right by a road, the walls are thick and you only hear traffic if the skylights in the ceiling are open. We arrived at night which was a little confusing because it's hard to navigate in the dark. Luckily the staff were very helpful and available when we needed to call. Apparently they had just exterminated the entire place (which they do every 3 months), so we found many dead creatures on our bed and in the closet. They kindly changed our sheets for us in the morning. The pool and patio area were both cleaned during our stay. Instructions on the main gate key could have been improved. There is only one for the entire property, so there was a little confusion on our first night when we thought it was our key. Perhaps every guest should have their own front gate key.

8/10,

Guests should be aware that is relatively close to a main road. It didn't impact on our stay in Rubicon Cottage but might for those in some of the apartments. The restaurant across the road is very convenient and good. The butchers counter at the supermarket in Tiagua is also very good and it's open 7 days a week.

8/10,

It was our first time using i-escape and we were very happy with the service. The apartments were what we were expecting and we loved the communal area in the middle of the apartments. The pool was small but was big enough if there were only a few people there at the one time. I think that our only issue was with no sun umbrellas and it could be a bit crowed - but we were lucky enough to have experienced some time by the pool on our own. We loved the area and local Restaurants and being in a small village. Rachel was very helpful and accommodating and Peta was on hand to support us if we needed anything. We have never been or thought about Lanzarote as a destination, but we were impressed with the beauty of the Island and breath-taking views and scenery and the laid back and friendly people.

9/10,

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