Calle Belgara Alta, 19, Frontera
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In truth, accommodation choices on El Hierro are not very thick on the ground but Los Verodes Apartments are immaculate, spacious and comprehensively equipped, offering excellent value for money and the ideal location from which to explore the island by car and/or on foot.
Within the borough of La Frontera on El Hierro’s fertile, north west flank, Tigaday has one of the largest concentrations of restaurants and bars to be found on the island. By everywhere else’s standards, that’s still not many but it’s enough to make it a good base for a week’s stay. There’s also a good supermarket, a post office, banks and a selection of local shops.
On the eastern edge of Frontera, hidden in a side street and almost impossible to spot if you’re arriving in the dark, Los Verodes is in pleasant walking distance of all the amenities of Tigaday and has easy access to the main road and to a selection of hiking routes.
Los Verodes has nine apartments on three floors (no lifts) within three buildings, all next door to each other. Most of the apartments have two bedrooms and can sleep four people comfortably. There are a couple of one bedroomed apartments. The open plan lounge and kitchen/diner has lots of floor space and is simply furnished with a small breakfast bar and a fully equipped kitchen including cooker and microwave. We didn’t cook a meal while we were there but we could easily have done so and the only issue we would have found was a lack of chopping knives.
The bed settee in the living room isn’t the most comfortable but with so much island to explore, you’re unlikely to spend much time sitting on it anyway. Bathrooms are clean, bright and have powerful showers and plenty of hot water. Hand soap and sachets of shampoo are the only toiletries provided.
Décor throughout the apartments is simple, white walls with terracotta coloured, ceramic tiled floors and is in excellent condition. There are no balconies, just doors that open onto the views and a sill large enough to take your hiking boots for an overnight airing. With the imposing cliffs of Tibataje and the striking bell tower of the church of the Virgin of Candelaria atop the Joapira Mountain at your back and the sweeping basin of El Golfo disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean before you, the roof’s chill out space which stretches across all three buildings is a great place from which to enjoy your location.
There is free wifi in the apartments. The roof terrace has sun loungers, a barbecue, a small kitchen area and a table tennis table and in the grounds there’s a trampoline and a small crazy golf course for children. A reception area has drinks and snacks dispensers and a small selection of souvenirs on sale. Adequate parking on the drive and outside.
Breakfast is available and consists of fresh bread left outside your door every morning and a selection of jams. There is coffee and sugar in the apartment. Apartments are cleaned and fresh linen and towels are provided every third day.
Overall, good value apartments in a great location on a magical island. What more do you need? If you’re making your own way there from the port or airport I would advise getting directions beforehand. You can book by telephone (they have limited English) or by using the enquiry form on their website.
Apartamentos Los Verodes, Frontera, El Hierro; (0034) 620 751 192; Apartments from €38 per night.
Andrea (Andy) Montgomery is a freelance travel writer and co-owner of Buzz Trips and The Real Tenerife series of travel websites. Published in The Telegraph, The Independent, Wexas Traveller, Thomas Cook Travel Magazine, EasyJet Traveller Magazine, you can read her latest content on Google+