Submitted: 10 Jun 2009
Well what a lovely relaxing time I had at your beautiful apartment, which is the best I have ever stayed in. I packed far too much clothing and will only be bringing a quarter next year when I book again! La Azohia was stunning and just what the doctor ordered. I booked this apartment on recommendation from another apartment owner so came to enjoy my stay at Lalibela quite by chance. The apartment is beautifully furnished and decorated and truly is a home from home with everything you could possibly need to make your stay memorable. The roof terrace is huge and in May got the sun from 8am to 8pm with sunloungers, a shower and a built-in BBQ where you can cook the fresh fish brought into the harbour each day and affords you panoramic views of the ocean, I spent many a night up there with a glass of wine just watching the sun set behind the mountains. Clive and Pamela, the keyholders, are lovely and always on hand to help with any questions you may have.
Travelling solo for the last few years I always try and find somewhere off the beaten track, scenic and peaceful for my holidays where you won't find a full English breakfast or sausage, egg and chips on the menu at any restaurants and I certainly hit the jackpot with La Azohia! You also won't find shops, skyscraper hotels or noisy music bars, all you will find is a tiny fishing village nestled between the dramatic mountains and blue azure sea of the Mediterranean with a few well placed restaurants.
The palm-lined promenade, which is a 5 minute walk from the apartment, hugs the stunning coastline all the way from the harbour at La Azohia to the fine sandy beach at Isla Plana. It took me half an hour to walk into the harbour from the apartment or one hour to walk the other way into Isla Plana, but with the beautiful wild flowers that were out in May and the sound of the ocean both walks were most pleasurable and seemed to take half that time. Sometimes in the two weeks I was there I never saw a soul on my walks and it felt like I was in my own little holiday world. This really is the Costa that time forgot and if you are looking for peace and relaxation, long ambling walks in spectacular surroundings without the diversions of shops and bars, then this really is the place for you. This really was the best holiday I have had to date in all my time travelling solo and whilst I know it wouldn't float everyone's boat, those looking for total relaxation and beautiful surroundings coupled with fantastic weather, fresh food and friendly faces who remember your name would love this place, it is an absolute jewel, I seriously did not realise that there were places like this left on the Spanish coast and have now finally found a place I want to return to each year.
The few restaurants in Azohia only served food in the afternoon during May, but I soon got into the habit of nipping out for the menu del dia either on the front, at the Australian Bar or in Isla Plana. I also sampled tapas at Carlos' on the Passeo in Puerto one afternoon and they were the most delicious I have had anywhere.
The weather during my stay was fantastic with only one day of rain, the rest of the time it was blue skies and temperatures starting at 24 degrees that were soaring up to the late 20's as I was leaving to come home. I came back feeling I had been away for a month, relaxed, refreshed and fitter than when I had come away with all the walking, swimming and cycling and I will be booking again for next Spring!
Many thanks to Margaret for renting me her beautiful apartment and for all her useful tips and information before I left for my holiday. I now feel I have found a second home and also a new friend.
May 2009, Tracey, Leeds UK.