The Best Airbnb in Santa Brigida, Gran Canaria
Santa Brigida ; The area
Santa Brigida in Gran Canaria is a tranquil paradise.
The best airbnb in Santa Brigida lies in the small mountain town (Area – 9.19 square miles. Population – just under 19,000) in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria. Santa Brigida is only 13km southwest of the capital, Las Palmas (1 hour by public transport), however, it couldn’t be further away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist area.
During our 5 days at our Air BnB in Santa Brigida we didn’t see a single tourist. The area is friendly, quiet, picturesque and safe, and doesn’t fall short of things to do.
Check out my post coming up next month on Things to do in Santa Brigida to see what this town has to offer.
Part of Spain’s Canary Islands, Gran Canaria is an isolated island so unless you have access to your own boat, chances are you’ll be flying and arriving at Gran Canaria airport.
We paid a total of £562 for return flights for 2 adults in April (2nd-12th) I don’t know if I’ve ever paid that much for a flight inside Europe in my life! The fact that flying in is your own option means that prices are going to be high.
At the time of writing this post I found return flights for £58 per person (April 23-27 2017) So if you play around with skyscanner a bit you can find Cheaper flights. Be that as it may, on average you’re going to spend around £150-£300 per person to get here. I promise it’s worth it.
The Global bus company in Gran Canaria is super easy to use. Most of the buses are proper coaches and the timetable is easy to read and put into practice. Check out the Global bus company website here.
As with all trips, I recommend downloading google maps before you leave home. I save every accommodation, activity and restaurant and then download the area to use offline. This will allow you to navigate the area without internet connection.
Although the offline feature won’t allow you to see transport routes once in the country; it will pick up your location, giving you a rough idea of when to get off the bus.
Bus drivers in Gran Canaria are usually very helpful. However, language barriers can be a problem and having an interactive map available is a god send.
At the airport, follow the signs for the bus. Wait at the bus stop for bus 60 which will cost you €2.30 pp. Most other bus journeys will cost you €1.40 pp, it’s only the bus from the airport that’s a little more.
Ride bus 60 for 3 stops (approx 20mins) to San Telmo Station. At San Telmo transfer to bus 302 and take it to stop Supermercado Gama (approx 25 mins). The Air BnB is a ten minute walk from here.
Our Airbnb host, Tito, met us at the bus stop and drove us to the house.
He showed us around, giving instructions on how things work, before driving us to Casa Museo del vino for an early dinner.
Tito explained that the house belonged to his parents who now live in Las Palmas and that he was solely in charge of the place. He let us know he’d be available on WhatsApp and only lived 10 minutes away from the house so we could call on him if we needed to.
In spain, an afternoon siesta is still the norm and most close their businesses during the week from 1pm-4pm and all day on a Sunday. This happens less in more touristy areas.
The Best Airbnb in Santa Brigida
The house is located a ten minute walk (mostly uphill) from the main road and bus stop. The reviews on Airbnb were all positive although a lot of people did mention that you needed a car to stay here. This is absolutely not true. We had no trouble at all getting around on public transport and although Tito left us the number for a reliable taxi service, we didn’t use it.
Situated at the end of the road with neighbours on only one side, the house is very private and peaceful.
As you enter through the main gate we were welcomed by a view of the mountains that looked exactly like the photos!
The first floor terrace has a little shade but sees the sun for most of the day. We had use of a table and 2 chairs which we used for breakfast most mornings aswell as 2 sun loungers. All came with clean and comfortable cushions.
Entering through the front door you step straight into the huge open plan lounge. The area is bright and airy with a fireplace, tv (spanish channels) and DVD player, music system and more seating options than we could cope with!
Off of the lounge there’s an open office area with the most amazing wall to wall windows. This area was a huge appeal to us as the WiFi worked without problems and the space was ideal for working.
Also on the first floor are 2 bedrooms. 1 single which we didn’t use and 1 double. The bed was comfortable and included a wardrobe, bedside table and reading lights.
The first floor bathroom has a walk in rain shower with hot water throughout the day and good water pressure.
The kitchen includes all cutlery and utensils and has a 2 ring electric stove top and microwave.
With it being Sunday and the supermarket being closed, Tito had provided us with ham, cheese, fruit, milk, water and bread.
We did a shop on our second day at the supermarket Gama (located at the bus stop) and we’re able to fill the fridge and get by for 4 days on a total of €40 which included wine. As the area is tourist free the alcohol is super cheap. We bought a bottle of Rioja white wine for €3.50 compared to £7 in London.
Through from the kitchen is an indoor dining room which was handy to use when it was too hot to eat outside.
The impression we got from the Airbnb profile was that we would only have access to the first floor and I had assumed the owner lived on the ground floor. Oh how wrong we were.
During our stay we also had access to the ground floor!
The lower floor includes an open plan reception area, formal dining room, a second kitchen and a second bathroom. There’s even a piano!
There’s also a beautiful indoor terrace which leads out onto a huge garden. The garden is home to a shaded bench area, shaded table and chairs for four and a larger table and chairs big enough for six people!
Needless to say we didn’t know what to do with ourselves the majority of the time.
There was so much room and for £40 per night, this Airbnb is definitely worth the money. Bringing a third person would bring that amount per person down even more. We were truly shocked by the size of the place.
We were in Gran Canaria for a total of ten days and really wanted the first five days to be peaceful and relaxing. That’s exactly what we got.
We heard nothing but birds chirping for the entirety of our stay. The view is so picturesque.
Tito was on hand via whatsapp and although I didn’t need to contact him about anything, he did check in on us just to make sure we were ok.
What We Paid
£40 per night for 4 nights (rounded to £158 for some crazy reason)
£25 fee Airbnb fee
Airbnb rating 10/10
It’s an old house and a little worn here and there but for us this only added to the authenticity. The entire property was spotlessly clean as were all the linen and towels.
Host rating 10/10 We couldn’t have asked for more from Tito.
I fully recommend staying here. Check out this Airbnb here
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