Stunning mix of the old and the new…
Modern, roomy facilities and contemporary decor in a 16th century building on the edge of the old quarter in this lovely seaside town provided the perfect base for a relaxing holiday. The bathroom in particular is streets ahead of what you would normally expect in a holiday rental – could have spent hours in there! The property is the much-loved holiday home of the owners and local services are provided by family friends so the cleanliness and maintenance is 100%
The sandy beach is a short 5 minutes away and the apartment comes equipped with beach mats, towels and even buckets and spades – if you feel so inclined.- but beds and umbrellas can also be hired cheaply on the beach itself.
There’s a market just round the corner with every sort of fish, meat and vegetable and there’s a good supermarket a couple of streets away, or any number of well-stocked local shops almost on the doorstep. And the apartment is fully equipped for cooking at home, but as it’s also surrounded by excellent, reasonably priced bars and restaurants, it’s just as cheap to eat out. The tapas at the nearby Bar el Curro were the best I’ve ever seen or tasted, but you really will be spoilt for choice.
We were there for the Battle of the Flowers fiesta which was spectacular. You can’t actually see the parade from the apartment but you will be entertained by the local bands congregating in the square below, and the Juliette balconies are ideal for watching local party life in the square below until the early hours.
All in all, a great find in a lovely, lovely part of Spain, well away from the main tourist drag.
Excellent apartment in superb location
I have recently returned from a fabulous stay in Laredo. This apartment is excellent value, like a home from home. Spacious, modern, clean, light and fully equipped. And the location in the heart of old town Laredo over looking the square gave you a feel of real Spain. The stunning sandy beach is a short walk away and being 9k long you are never short of space.
There are plenty of friendly bars and restaurants around to choose from.
I can’t fault the accommodation and the location, it gave a real taste of real Spain (phrase books supplied!) and will definitely been returning.
Beautiful traditional apartment in old town
On arrival, we were immediately bowled over by Laredo. Greeted by fountains, brimming hanging baskets and cobbled streets it was a picture perfect authentic Spanish holiday destination. In the centre of the town square, the apartment is a beautiful and traditional building with big rooms that flood with light when the shutters are opened to reveal Juliet balconies at every window. The property was immaculate, the kitchen was fully stocked with utensils, there was a TV, board games, extra pillows, plenty of towels etc etc… plus the owners were on hand to help with any queries we had. By day the sandy white beach, and winding streets of the old town kept us more than occupied while by night the red wines of the region and seafood from the bay were delicious and very, very reasonably priced. Trips to the Bilbao (we visited the Guggenheim) and nearby town Santona were also excellent days out. As soon as we returned to the UK we made made enquiries about the property’s availability for next September when we plan to return with a group of friends.
An amazing place!
Centrally located in the Old Town, the flat gave us an opportunity to experience life in a town with few English-speaking tourists. What happened when we arrived set the tone. We got a little lost, and a number of people went out of their way to help us find the flat whether they spoke English or not. With its many sun-flooded balconies, we had plenty of opportunity to chill out and watch life in the Old Town unfold. The flat lends itself to easy living, with everything you could want to hand. Cooking was easy as the local minimarts stayed open until late and two supermarkets were a 5-minute stroll away. The Old Town is full of restaurants – our favourite by far is the Guitar restaurant selling Pinxto 30-seconds walk up the Rua Mejor. Laredo offers a family plenty to do: my teenage daughter and her friend enjoyed splashing in the sea, eating ice cream sundaes on the cafe terrace and window shopping. My husband loved walking in the local countryside and around the harbour. Probably the best activity was visiting the Guggenheim in Bilbao, a very uncomplicated 45-minute coach-ride away from Laredo. All in all, we had a really enjoyable holiday.
Recommendable flat and town for families
The apartment and surrounding was in every detail like described by the very friendly and helpful owner who offers great customer service. This was also provided by the local manager in Spanish and English. I would thus recommend this apartment even to a close friend with family and kids.
The city offers all kinds of restaurants and bars for all price levels. Families will find lots of attractions: We were really happy with the recommended surf school also offering 9am to 7 pm childcare in Avendia Mowinckel and day trips to the zoo in Cabarceno, to Santona, to Castro-Urdiales and to the Parque Natural De Los Collados Del Ason. Walking around in Laredo, especially to the old fortress was also great. Laredo’s beach is especially suitable for children, since it lacks dangerous currents and big waves. If you want these, you will easily find it at one of the many other beaches around Laredo.
There are cheap supermarkets and fish shops offering a great variety of cheap seafood.
A memorable ten days!
We ( family of four ) stayed for ten nights in this lovely apartment. The location is excellent, right in the middle of town and ten minutes walk from a fantastic beach ( no big waves, great for swimming ). We cooked most nights and the local supermarket ( “Lupa” ) stocked all kinds of delicious food and drink.
There is no Wifi, but internet access is cheap at the little shop next door. Spaniards stay out late at night, and the streets were quite noisy until 1am, as in any Spanish town.
The apartment is spacious, clean and very well equipped. We parked ( free ) on the street a few minutes walk away. On the last day we discovered incredible chicken kebabs just two doors up the street.
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!!!
Comfortable apartment in period building
The apartment was full of character and charm whilst being presented in a smart and partly contemporary way. Located in the heart of the lively and very attractive Laredo old town and within a short walking distance of the huge beautiful beach, shops and restaurants. Trips to the nearby Jurassic Park style safari, the Guggleheim in Bilboa and caves in the surrounding hills were highlights of our stay in the area. Julie was very helpful providing information on the town and local area to ensure we made the most of our stay. We found it best to park just outside the centre of town and take a stroll to the apartment.
Great location, great holiday
This was our second visit to the apartment, and no wonder we decided to return. Great, central location for the restaurants, bars and atmosphere of the old town, but within a 5 minute walk of the beach – perfect for all members of our family. We enjoyed the beach, but as we weren’t blessed with 14 days of uninterrupted sunshine were also able to venture further afield this time, and follow some of the walking/running routes outside the town. Would definitely recommend this apartment and location, whatever type of holiday you are looking for. We will be back.
Great stay in the sun
Arrived at the flat and it was beautifully located right in the centre of Laredo. The listing was extremely accurate and the property was spotless and had fantastic facilities that made our stay very comfortable. The property manager was on hand at all times when required.
The weather was perfect and with the beach just a 5 minute walk away we could enjoy the sun with ease. Plenty of bars and restaurants on your doorstep you will spoilt for choice. I recommend checking out the burgers at Frankfurt! We were there for the Battle of the Flowers festival and the town was extremely vibrant with local markets and it was amazing to see the floats with their unique and bright themes.
With Bilbao and Santander just a thirty minute drive away with great bus links, each city provided a great new experience with differing Spanish history. We rented a car and went to Cabarceno for a day which is what felt like the biggest zoo/safari parks I’ve been to and at just 50 € per adult it is a great day out not to be missed! Check out the bird show, absolutely spectacular. We also went to the Picos de Europa and Potes on the way which was a brilliant drive through the mountains culminating in a cable car up a large cliff face, beware if you are afraid of hights but once up there the views are breathtaking with tracks for hiking (so sensible shoes advised) and with the added humorous bonus of friendly mountain greeting you at the top.
All in all, fantastic beach holiday with opportunity for great days out for everyone and I will definitely be going back!