Do you want to truly go local on a Gran Canaria holiday? Sure, you can escape the bubble of the resorts with a road trip. But how about avoiding the resorts altogether by holidaying at Gáldar’s Casa Los Oliva?
The beauty of living on Gran Canaria is that you can feel like you’re on holiday at home. Especially if you enjoy a weekend away like the Gran Canaria Local family just have. We were delighted to revisit one of our favourite municipalities on the island, Gáldar, using Casa Los Oliva as our base.
- Casa Los Oliva: where
- Casa Los Oliva: what
- Casa Los Oliva: when
1. Casa Los Oliva: where
Location, location, location: Casa Los Oliva’s situation is near perfect. Slap bang in the newly-gentrified centre of Gáldar, it’s the shortest of schleps to arguably the loveliest square on the island: Plaza de Santiago. There’s a car park next door which is handy on the transport front but a bit of an assault on the retina when viewed from the roof terrace; our tip is to focus instead on the eye candy of the Iglesia de Santiago de los Caballeros, neighbouring banana plantation, and slightly further-away Atlantic Ocean.
It’s around 40 minutes by car from Gran Canaria airport to Casa Los Oliva following the island’s two main motorways: the GC-1 and GC-2. If travelling by bus, it’s a 10-minute walk from Gáldar’s Estación de guaguas to Los Oliva. Nearby Agaete is a day trip on your doorstep, reached by car in 10 minutes and by bus in 20.
2. Casa Los Oliva: what
Los Oliva is the sister holiday home of the Valle de Agaete’s Casa Rural La Asomadita. You can tell from the interior which retains a traditional Canarian feel in the bulk of the fixtures and fittings including a watercolour selfie of how Los Oliva looked before conversion and a historical portrait of Gáldar itself. And yet has the odd international flourish such as in the bedrooms which includ oriental themes.
There are four bedrooms in this ostensibly one-floor property along with excellent WiFi, spacious kitchen, comfy lounge, and elegant dining room which would suit a large family or group of friends. Although with Gran Canaria’s celebrated climate, you might prefer to spend more time out than in. Eating breakfast on the downstairs patio or enjoying a barbecue on the roof terrace which leads to the fifth bedroom are al fresco options you can take advantage of; yes, even in December.
3. Casa Los Oliva: when
You can book a stay in Casa Los Oliva all year round. Check in from 2:00pm to 4:00pm and check out from 10:00am to 12:00pm. However, earlier and later check-ins and -outs are available on request from flexible owners Miriam and Pepe who are both fluent in English.
Disclaimer: The Gran Canaria Local family recently received a free weekend stay at Casa Los Oliva. Though the Booking.com URL is an affiliate-free link. We receive no extra shekels if you use it to make a reservation.