Annie Bennett, The Daily Telegraph, August 24, 2012
Brenda Deacon, Dorking, Surrey, writes
My husband and I, both in our seventies, like to get away for a week in the winter to somewhere warm. This winter, we thought we would try the Canary Islands. However, we don’t know where to look for a suitable place to stay. We are bewildered by the large hotels with lots of “attractions” that seem to feature in the brochures. Are there any resorts with comfortable, quiet hotels, within walking distance of a town, close to some sights, and with somewhere pleasant where we can sit and read (not around a pool)?
Annie Bennett, Canaries expert, replies
Those mammoth hotels certainly don’t suit everyone. There are some gorgeous small places to stay in the Canaries, but they tend to be in rural locations rather than resorts. The Canaries specialist Cachet Travel (020 8847 8700; cachet-travel.co.uk ) offers quite a few hotels that might suit you, such as the La Quinta Roja in Garachico, a pretty little town on the north coast of Tenerife. The hotel occupies a 17th-century building, with 20 rooms set around a courtyard, and no pool. A week in winter costs from £697 per person, including flights and a car. If you don’t want to drive, you can explore by bus from there. There is a frequent service to Puerto de la Cruz, which is a real town as well as a resort. See also my hotel recommendations at telegraph.co.uk/lanzarote .
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Annie Bennett has been living in Spain on and off since the 1980s. She wrote the National Geographic Traveler Madrid guidebook as well as Blue Guides to Madrid and Barcelona. She has won several awards, including Spain Travel Writer of the Year.