Gomera Walking ownership to change hands

 


As many of you will know I have been suffering for several years with arthritis and problems with my knees especially. I finally went for my first total knee replacement surgery last November which effectively kept Paddy & I from La Gomera and the mountains for all of 2016-17 season and now am in recovery but finding it slow going and still have to face getting the second knee done!!



However we have been extremely fortunate to have built a good support team around us especially Jesús Mora Mendoza and his delightful partner René Van Der Walt who between them stepped up to the plate and took over the organisation and management of our small but thriving business this past winter.

Jesús, a young local man from a long established Gomeran family joined us five or six years ago as a driver and part-time guide bringing with him a wealth of local knowledge including fluent Silbo....the Unesco-recognised whistling language unique to La Gomera.

René originally from South Africa but in La Gomera for almost 10 years followed him in 2015 after having established and run her own restaurant...one of the best on the Island. Between them this charming,vibrant and enthusiastic young couple proved very popular with our clients making 2016-17 our most successful season yet (while we convalesced in the grey and dismal Irish winter!)

So now as Paddy and I seriously have to contemplate our final retirement who else would we turn to but Jesús and René to take over Gomera Walking on a permanent basis. They have demonstrated beyond doubt their abilities and we commend them to you for the 2017-18 and future seasons.

As I write this.... our last group of the 2016-17 season is currently enjoying fine spring weather in la Gomera and organisation of the new season is well under way. Availability of suitable accommodation has increasingly become a problem in La Gomera as with the other Canary Islands because of other winter sun destinations decreasing in popularity and Gomera Walking is currently in negotiation with accommodation suppliers which we hope will shortly come to a conclusion and allow us to publish our new schedule for booking by end of April.

Best wishes to all.

Andy & Paddy

 

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.
 

September 2016 Newsletter

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Gomera WalkingAs I sat down to write this last night it was barely 8 PM and I had to switch on my desk light to see what I was doing....a cogent reminder not only that my eyesight is getting worse but that the summer is over and the evenings are rapidly drawing in!! Time to think seriously about plans for La Gomera and ournew winter walking season which will open on 9th November....two months away.Reports from La Gomera tell me that it has been an unusually busy summer with tourist numbers well up despite Brexit shock and a weakening of the £Sterling exchange. The main driver appears to be security concerns and unease over some other sun destinations and as this is likely to continue throughout the coming winter months there could be problems sourcing accommodation and low cost flights....so if you''re thinking about booking with us for some winter walking please do so now to avoid disappointment.We still do have availability most weeks which you can check by clicking here. If you see a week that takes your fancy but can''t find suitable flights...then what about flying in a day early and staying over in Tenerife. We have a very good deal with Diamond Resorts in San Miguel which allows us to offer a spacious one bedroom self-catering apartment for €70 and we will pick you up there the next morning to join the rest of the group at no additional charge. For Irish clients this allows you to fly in from Dublin with Aer Lingus on a Tuesday evening and return with Ryanair on a Wednesday.Very good news for solo travellers....we still have a number of weeks in our Premium Package where the Hotel Jardin Tecina have agreed to waive their normal single occupancy premium. Check availability here.I now have a UK mobile phone number and am available on 079 55031646 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to assist with any queries you might have or if you''re ready to book you''ll find our on-line booking form by clicking here.Hope to see you in La Gomera this winter
 

October 2015 Newsletter

 

Gomera WalkingOur summer finally arrived this past week! A whole week of warm sunny weather...better than any we had in June, July or August and now it's October! Only two more weeks until Paddy & I head back down to La Gomera to get ready for our 6th walking season which will begin with the first group arriving 18th November although we do have some day walk guests booked in before that.

Bookings for 2015-2016 season are well ahead of previous years and at time of writing we are fully booked for November/December and limited availability remaining in January and February with only 1 place remaining open in March. Next available week for booking is 8-15 January. The good news is that Spring usually comes early in La Gomera with January to March a good time to come for those interested in seeing the Island at it's greenest and most colourful. Daytime temperatures around Playa de Santiago normally are in the 20's although it can be a wee bit cooler at higher elevations where the best walking is!

Due to demand we added another week from 20-27 February and we still have places available if you're interested.

Gomera WalkingAll our prices are in € so UK customers with £Sterling remaining strong against the € are finding extremely good value this season. As of this morning our holidays work out at approximately £630/£450 for Premium/Popular Pkgs respectively. You can find full details on our website or go directly to our on-line booking form here

Low cost flights are available from many UK and Irish cities to Tenerife with Ryanair, Easyjet, Monarch and others. If you need help selecting your flights This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you want to come a few days earlier we can help arrange very good value accommodation with Diamond Resorts in Tenerife (€70 per night per couple sharing) and then pick you up to join the group on our scheduled date for transfer to La Gomera.


What's new....

On our Premium Package, based in the luxury 4-star Hotel Jardin Tecina, we haveswitched to B&B as standard for maximum flexibility and reduced our rate to €850 per person sharing. This allows you to go out for dinner to any of the lovely little local restaurants which are all reasonably good and relatively inexpensive (~ €20 - €25 including wine). However if you feel like a night in the hotel then you can purchase dinner in the buffet restaurant at the special price of €18.50 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).

Our Popular Package remains unchanged at €599 and we will continue to use the delightful self-catering apartments in Bellavista where you will be looked after by Elena and Liz who did such a great job for us last year.

 

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