February 2018 Newsletter

 
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February is the shortest month of the year and this year it has been  full of spectacular events. The weather has been incredible. We have had winds that were so strong it looked as though the palm trees were being blown flat but no they are very resilient and are still standing.
 
Torrential rain has filled the barrancos ( ravines ) and at last the reservoirs are practically full again. One day we saw three water spouts just off the coast at Santiago - a truly amazing spectacle.
 
At last the weather has settled down and we are able to see the benefits of the rain. The mountains are green, the flowers are full of buds and the almond trees have blossom. Throughout February we had 3 walking groups and were able to walk every day. This is just one of the wonderful things about our small island. If the weather is not so good in one area,  just around the coast or on the other side of the mountain you can have perfect conditions.

The last week of February is traditionally carnival time in Santiago. This is a very special time for the local people. Entire families get involved from the very young to the very old. Each year has a theme.  This year the theme was Asia. The parents, the children and the schools work so very hard - the  aim being to make this year's carnival better than last!  It's a joy to watch, the colours, the atmosphere and  the children's faces as they parade in the procession. The result was wonderful. 

Good news for those who didn´t book a holiday for this year - yet, we still have availability is as follows: 4-11 April .... 7 places available Premium (zero single occupancy) & Popular To book use our on-line form here....but please check with me for update on availability before arranging flights.
 
Don't forget that if you can't find suitable flights on a Wednesday (you need to arrive by 12:30 PM to avail of our transfers) then a good alternative is to fly in on Tuesday and stay over in Diamond Resorts where we can offer special price of €70 for a one bedroom self-catering apartment. These are spacious and well equiped.   We come pick you up on Wednesday morning, at no extra cost, to join the rest of the group for onward transfer to La Gomera.

Looking for sunshine on your skin - La Gomera is your destination.

Best wishes

Jesús & René
 

January 2018 Newsletter

 
Gomera Walking
 


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So here we are 2018 and as I write we are already expecting our sixth group of the season. We have already had some fabulous walks and our group members have been an interesting mix of people. We have recently welcomed  walkers from new countries, Canada and Sweden. Walking in beautiful scenery unites all nations. We have always found in our groups that language is no barrier when you are out enjoying nature together.
 
This year we have had very little rain. For the people who come here to walk this is good because if you want to walk in the rain you can stay where you are in Northern Europe and go out any day and get wet. No, you like to come here when your own country is shivering in the dark,  cold ,wet winter months to get some of the finest walking in the world, in the sunshine, where you only have to fly 3-4 hours to get here. However, here in La Gomera we expect to get some rain throughout Autumn and Winter. That is why our island is known as the Beautiful or Green island with our wonderful flowers, valleys full of white margarita daisies as far as the eye can see. Trees full of sweet smelling almond blossom  ready to produce the most delicious sweet almonds you have ever tasted. This year, like I said , we have had very little rain and consequently flowers and blossom are late. So last  week when I saw some blossom I was excited now, hopefully, we will see a lot more in order the get our supply of delicious, fresh, home grown almonds.

Good news for those who didn´t book a holiday for this year - yet, we still have availability is as follows:-
14 - 21 February .....3 place available Premium & Popular.
21-28 February .....4 places available which can be either Premium or Popular
7-14 March ....6 places available Premium & Popular.
21-28 March .... 9 places available Premium & Popular
4-11 April .... 7 places available Premium (zero single occupancy) & Popular

To book use our on-line form here....but please check with me for update on availability before arranging flights.

Don't forget that if you can't find suitable flights on a Wednesday (you need to arrive by 12:30 PM to avail of our transfers) then a good alternative is to fly in on Tuesday and stay over in Diamond Resorts where we can offer special price of €70 for a one bedroom self-catering apartment. These are spacious and well equiped.   We come pick you up on Wednesday morning, at no extra cost, to join the rest of the group for onward transfer to La Gomera.

Looking for sunshine on your skin - La Gomera is your destination.

Best wishes

Jesús & René

 
 

Schedule and bookings now open for new season 2017-18

Our new schedule for next season 2017-18 is now live on Gomera Walking and ready for booking.

We start on 29th November and this year will run through to mid April and you can find dates and prices here.

The past couple of years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of tourists visiting the Canary Islands in the winter season as other winter sun destinations such as Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey etc have become less popular for various reasons. La Gomera while still relatively off the beaten track has also become more popular and this has put it's limited accommodation especially 4 star Hotel Jardin Tecina under pressure. Regrettably prices have risen and despite our best efforts to resist we find ourselves in the situation this coming season with no option but to pass on these accommodation increases to our clients.
However we have tried very hard to keep increases to the absolute minimum and we promise to continue to build on Gomera Walking's reputation for high quality service and value built up by Andy and Paddy over the past 7 years of operation.....we are proud to say this is our 8th year in business.

On the good news front.....airline services and prices to the Canaries remain competitive and of special interest to our solo travellers we have succeeded in securing  three weeks on our Premium Package with zero single occupancy premium.

Best wishes and hope to see you in La Gomera during winter 2017-18

 

Merry Christmas 2016 and best of luck for 2017



Not a typical La Gomera Christmas scene.....but just want to wish all our clients and other followers the best for the festive season and good luck for 2017 when hopefully many of you will visit us on the Island. For those seeking some exercise to walk off the Christmas excess we still have 2 x places available 11-18 January in our Premium package..after that we have nothing until March and even then we're down to our last dozen or so places.
Check out provisional availability here.

 

Gomera Walking October Newsletter 2016

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Since our last newsletter at the beginning of September a couple of things have been happening which I need to draw your attention to:-Firstly September has been a busy month for bookings and secondly due to an unprecedented increase in popularity of the Canaries in general for winter sun holidays, accommodation in La Gomera is in big demand and getting harder to come by. So.... not only has our availability  filled up significantly but for some of the scheduled weeks we have been informed by Hotel Jardin Tecina not to take any further bookings due to capacity problems. If you have already booked with us you do not have to worry....your accommodation is confirmed but if you are thinking of making a booking this season and have not yet done so... it is imperative that you check with us first before committing to flights to ensure that we can still offer you accommodation.Our first week of the season is 9-16 November for which we have just 2 x places remaining in our Popular Package. You can check out other possibilities on our website here.Our holidays run from Wednesday to Wednesday mainly to take advantage of low cost flights which are usually cheaper mid week. However we get lots of inquiries asking.... what if we can't find suitable flights to get us to Tenerife South Airport (TFS) in time for the transfers on a Wednesday. What we advise...and many clients have taken advantage of this option...is that you come in a day or two earlier on flights that suit you and stay in Tenerife where we have a partnership with Diamond Resorts through which we can offer spacious and well fitted out self-catering accommodation for around €70 per apartment per night. We usually recommend 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 and we can pick you up there on Wednesday morning at no additional cost to join the rest of the group. Diamond Resorts have other properties including some in Adeje where we can also quote good prices if you prefer and in that case you just need to make your own way to Los Cristianos (which is a short taxi ride away) to meet us at the ferry on Wednesday for the transfer to La Gomera.One other question we get asked a lot...."we're coming to La Gomera independently can we walk with you?"  We call this "Day Walking" and we try to accommodate requests if at all possible but you'll appreciate we have to give our own groups priority. We normally charge €40 per person per day and this includes any transport necessary to get to the start/finish of planned walk. To avail of this you need to be staying in Playa Santiago. Contact us for further details.Hope you'll find time to explore La Gomera this winter.
 

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