September 2018 - Newsletter

 

 

The summer is over and the evenings are rapidly drawing in! Time to think seriously about plans for a visit to La Gomera and our new winter walking season which will open on 14th November.....two months away.

There are more than 65 hiking trails on La Gomera. We select 5 of these in order to provide each group with a full north, south, east and west experience of the island. The ferry service operating from San Sebastián to Valle Gran Rey via Playa Santiago and back, which we are able to utilise on some of our walks, gives you the additional opportunity to experience the fabulous southern coastline from the sea.

If you find yourself in La Gomera in a period out of our scheduled walking period you can  join us for "Day Walking" or pass by our shop in Playa Santiago for more advice. We have a weekly walking schedule on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays which are our fixed walks, the rest of the week we do customised walks depending on preferences and levels. We charge €40 per person per day, this includes any transport required to get you to and from the start/finish of the walk and an experienced guide to lead you. You need to be based in Playa Santiago to take advantage of this arrangement. Contact us for further details ...webpage.

Our holidays run from Wednesday to Wednesday mainly to take advantage of low cost flights which are usually available mid week. However we get lots of enquiries from those who can't find suitable flights arriving at Tenerife South Airport ( TFS) in time for our transfers on a Wednesday. In these cases we recommend arriving a day or two earlier and staying in Tenerife. We have an arrangement  with Diamond Resorts, based in Tenerife, who can offer spacious and well appointed self catering accommodation for around €70 per apartment per night. We usually recommend staying at Sunset View Club which is located in San Miguel a fairly quiet resort less than 15 minutes, by taxi, from the airport. Shops and restaurants are conveniently located just across the road. If you choose this option we can pick you up there on Wednesday morning, at no additional cost, to join the rest of our group. Diamond Resorts also have other properties, including some in Adeje, that we can quote competitive prices for if you prefer. For this option you would need to make your own way to the port at Los Cristianos, a short taxi ride away, to meet the group for the ferry transfer to La Gomera.

This year we are celebrating the very special festival of Lustrales which occurs every five years.  La Gomera prepares to welcome with open arms the patron saint of the island, the Virgin of Guadalupe. The brilliantly colourful and religious celebration lasts throughout October to December. La Gomera  celebrates its proud history through its inhabitants who believe that to be a Gomero is to be part of one big family and that every five years all the children of Gomera are called back to celebrate the beauty of this small island. 

Enjoy reading this great article in the Irish Times. Come and experience the heartbeat of La Gomera this winter.

Best Wishes
Jesús and René

 

August 2018 - Newsletter

 

 

 August has arrived (almost gone) with beautiful warm temperatures. We would  like to remind you that  our 2018/19 season begins on 14 November which is  barely four months away. In order to secure your preferred dates and accommodation we strongly recommend that you book soon. You can book on-line by clicking here...
 
 Self guiding- if you are an experienced and keen walker and are not prepared to wait until our season begins in November why not try one of our self guided walking holidays? You can start your holiday on which ever day suits you. We can take the hard work out of organising everything for you, accommodation, ferry tickets, transport and we can provide you with route directions. This option is perfect for those of you who like to explore on your  own with the added advantage of our local knowledge enabling you to get straight to the best walks for you. Our self guided walking holidays are based on accommodation in Playa Santiago and all transport to and from walks will be provided. Accommodation ranges from Hotel Jardin Tecina or if you prefer in our local self catering apartments. If you feel more adventurous you can do the GR132 walk around La Gomera 120km.  Please contact us for more information or quotes.
 
If you are not a walker but would like to accompany your partner or friend on one of our walking holidays please contact us for a quote that will exclude the walking.
Activities available in Playa Santiago:
Tecina Golf- Hotel Jardin Tecina ( high season winter )
Tennis- Hotel Jardin Tecina
Diving- Splash Gomera, Playa Santiago
Cycling- Gomera Cycling, Playa Santiago
If you would like advice or need assistance regarding any of the above we are more than happy to help.
 
 The Canary Islands are now promoting birdwatching tourism as a complementary activity for tourists visiting the archipelago. According to the most recent studies there are about 90 species of bird nesting throughout the Canary Islands  including 12 new species. This number makes it the richest avifauna of all the Macaronesian archipelagos highlighting its large number  of endemic and migrant species. So if you are interested in birdwatching and would like more information please //This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./" target="_blank">contact us. 


Enjoy the rest of the summer that is left and remember La Gomera awaiting for your visit!

Best Wishes
Jesús and René

 

July 2018 Newsletter

 

The summer kick off with high temperatures that put everyone in the mood to spend time outside.  Gomera Walking also started good with the new season, two weeks is booked out already.  The good news is that there is still some availability for the remaining 10 weeks of 2018/2019. We advise booking early to be sure of getting your preferred dates and accommodation.

To remind all our new members that all our holidays runs from Wednesday to Wednesday and ideally you will want to find flights which get you to Tenerife

So what happens if you can't find a suitable flight on a Wednesday.....don't worry you have other options. Many of our clients who have the flexibility, elect to fly in a day or two earlier to Tenerife and join our group on Wednesday for onward transfer to La Gomera. We can provide very good and reasonably priced (normally from €70 per night)  self-catering 1 x bedroom apartment which comfortably sleeps 2 or 4 with Diamond Resorts close to the airport and pick you up there to join the rest of the group on the Wednesday.nerife South Airport (TFS) before 12:30 PM on the Wednesday of your choice in order to avail of our standerd transfers w

hich are all included in the package costs.



Regarding flights there are many options nowadays with low cost operators like Ryanair, Easyjet, Fly Thomas Cook, Aer Lingus and Thompson have flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Knock, Belfast, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Stansted into Tenerife South Airport on a regular basis.  A good way to view your options is usingSkyscanner where you can put in your airport choices and preferred dates and then let Skyscanner do the hard work of comparing all the available options with prices and flight times. There is even an option to show the whole month so you can see how prices vary by date.  If you have flexibility to come in a few days earlier you can get these even lower.



Check out our Premium Package, based in the luxury 4-star Hotel Jardin Tecina for €1169 per person sharing, including fast ferry, transfers and 5 days superb guided walking with transport to and from the beginning/end of each walk. Our standard accommodation is B&B which allows you to go out for dinner to any of the lovely little local restaurants which are all reasonably good and relatively inexpensive (~ €25 - €30 including wine). However if you feel like a night in the hotel then you can purchase dinner in the buffet restaurant for around €22.50 or indeed if you want to upgrade to half-board and eat in the hotel every night you can do so for an additional payment of 98€  (just select this option our booking form).  With this package we have a Group discount of 10%  given to groups more then 11 persons.  Every member in the group can safe up to 117€.

 

For our Popular Package  at €869, we continue to use the delightful self-catering apartments in Bellavista where you will be looked after by Elena and Liz who did su

ch a great job for us in the past few years.  

Complimentary Welcome Dinner: The last few seasons we invite all our clients for a complimentary dinner and drinks in a local restaurant La Cuevita at arrival night what was a perfect and pleasant why to get to know each other and allow us to answer any questions you may have on the program for the week ahead. We plan to continue with this also for 2018-2019 season.The Santa Ana  which are wooden self-catering apartments with spectacular sea views over Playa Santiago are also an other option.  The swimming pool is an extra plus that you can enjoy after a long day walk. These apartments are available at an extra cost of 70€ per person per week sharing.  (details on our website)

 

 

Virgen del Carmen - the celebration of the fishermen´s saint are taking place in Playa Santiago this weekend.  The Día de la Virgen del Carmen traditions involve parading through the town, making its way to the sea front.  A flower-strewn effigy of the Virgin is carried through the streets by a group of the local fishermen. When they reach the sea, they are met by a flotilla of illuminated and decorated boats, all soun


 boat, around the local harbour as the fireworks and bands accompany her journey.  The Virgin, according to the legend, is responsible for keeping the waters around the shore clean and safe; many devotees used to refuse to swim until after July 16th!ding their horns. After prayers are made for all those at sea, the statue is then customarily taken on a

Hope everyone has a great summer and that your plans for next autumn/winter will include a trip to La Gomera. Please don't hesitate to contact us if we can help with any information.


Jesús & René
https://www.gomerawalking.com/

 

March 2018 Newsletter

Gomera Walking would like to share these moments with you. Here in La Gomera you soon realise that beauty and nature go hand in hand. You can hear and see beauty all around you while you walk.  Sit and listen to the soothing sound of the goat-bells, as the goats graze in the mountains , and hear the occasional cronking  of ravens or the distant squeal of a hawk. These are often the only sounds you'll hear to break the quiet stillness of the island.  In spring the mountains turn green with new growth with splashes of white from margaritas, yellow from Cerrajones and purple from the Tajinaste (indigenous species).  The lush evergreen forests are carpeted with spring flowers. Stop and listen you may hear the sound of the wind passing through the branches of the trees.......



                                      

The night skies in La Gomera are wonderful. With so little light pollution to spoil your view you can stargaze for hours. So if you are a stargazer and like to sit quietly and enjoy the gentle sound of the waves lapping on the shore as you gaze at the sky you have a surprise. The Cory's  Shearwaters which come ashore to breed in the cliffs have arrived! These fabulous seabirds have colonised the cliffs in La Gomera. Here in Santiago we have a large population. They are nocturnal on land and can provide hours of entertainment as their ghostly shapes swoop and dive around you calling out their distinctive  calls as they go.




Colorful wishes

Jesús & René
https://www.gomerawalking.com/

 

May 2018 Newsletter

 

The details of the new Gomera Walking season for 2018-2019 now available on our website and we are taking bookings.

This year we will be starting on 14th November and running through until the beginning of May. You will found dates and prices here.

Tourist numbers visiting the Canary Islands in the winter months have increased by 15 percent. La Gomera remains relatively obscure compared with its larger and noisier neighbour Tenerife. However, walkers are drawn here because of the quietness and unspoiled beauty that we have to offer and we are expecting more people to arrive next season. This increase puts pressure on the self catering and hotel accommodation industries so we do advise you to book early.
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On the good news front...Airline services and prices to the Canaries remain competitive.

Best wishes and hope to see you in La Gomera during winter 2018-19


Jesús & René
https://www.gomerawalking.com/

 

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