You can’t get much more Mediterranean than on the shores of Talamanca beach, with the sea stretching out for miles and lush green hills in the distance. I feel like I’ve stepped onto a postcard when I’m here. It’s conveniently also just around the corner from Pacha and the new marina, plus a 20-minute walk or beautiful 1.60-euro mini-ferry ride from town.
I imagine this was cool back in the day – oooh, say around 1979 – but the furnishings are dated and the bed covers and curtains are very grandma-esque! However, you get what you pay for and it is a hostel after all. I’d be disappointed if I had a room at the rear as they’re noisy, a bit smelly (from the kitchen below) and have a grim view. Well worth paying extra for a sea view, as it really is stunning… especially if you come in from Pacha at 6am in time for sunrise. It’s pretty noisy however, as the beach and restaurant get busy below and cleaners bang around at very un-clubber friendly hours indeed. Bring earplugs.
With an old-school reception area complete with leather sofas, it’d be easy to forget you were by the sea, but there are so many lounge areas outside, plus multiple restaurant spaces that you never need linger indoors anyway.
Eating and drinking
The breakfast buffet is way too early for me, from 8am until 10am, but that’s ok because the restaurant is famous for its three-course set menu at lunch. I can wait. It costs around 15 euros, but it's so big I never need to eat dinner once I’m done. There’s also an a la carte menu, which is a bit too pricey for me, and a twice-weekly barbecue.
The cool lounge bar area has some great sunset parties with local DJs, making it a great place to meet other travellers. Inside, perhaps for the cooler months, there’s a TV and games room complete with table tennis and pool table.
A bit haphazard, but generally very accommodating. I had booked a sea room and was checked into a larger room at the back – no thanks! Just be firm (and patient) and you’ll get what you want in the end.
Who stays there
There’s a predominantly German and Spanish crowd here of all ages and it’s not uncommon for a lot of more mature tourists to check in.
Pay for the upgrade to a sea room – you won’t regret it. It’s 3 euros a day for use of the safe, but as some of the balconies are on ground level, I highly recommend it. Sadly, in summer, there are opportunists sniffing around.
- High-Speed Internet
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Picture perfect views
- Quite noisy