April 2015 Newsletter

Last week our fifth season drew to a successful close...nobody lost and nobody injured! March saw something of an improvement to this winter's unusually cool, damp and windy weather and when we left on Tuesday the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky and daytime temperatures in San Sebastian were climbing high into the mid twenties!

It has been our busiest season so far with every single available place taken up and once again having to disappoint quite a number of potential clients who left their booking until too late.  

Planning for our new season is well advanced and we hope to publish our 2015-16 schedule shortly and looks like we will continue to base our holidays in Playa de Santiago with the option of self-catering accommodation (Popular package) or luxury 4 star Hotel Jardin Tecina (Premium Package). We introduced a modification to our Hotel package of 5 days half-board plus 2 days B&B which proved to be very popular allowing people two nights to eat out in the village restaurants. We intend continuing this in 2015-2016 and maybe even extend it to 4 HB + 3 BB.

We hope to be able to add a few weeks to our schedule for this coming season with help on the guiding from our good friend Sean Mullan and others in order to cope with the increase in demand. As soon as we are able to do it we'll put the new schedule up on our website and let you know by means of a short newsletter of the main features for 2015-16
 

More and more we find ourselves assisting people with holiday arrangements including accommodation (both on La Gomera & Tenerife), Ferry bookings, car hire and other transfers. We have gained a lot of experience over the last few years and are happy to help save our clients a few € where we can use our good relationship with the various providers whether or not you want to come walking with us. Please recommend us to your friends and when considering a holiday in la Gomera let us give you a quote.

Best Wishes & hope you have a good summer wherever you might be.

Andy & Paddy

For all you doubters out there....this was one of our March groups at Alta de Garajonay on a totally clear day....note the t-shirts, shorts and sunglasses!
The daisy trail...last March group descending from Roque Agando in a sea of daisys
Iglesia de Igualero where we have sat and lunched with sevewral groups watching the cloud & mist descend on the Alta....today a fine day. Sculpture to El Silbo the unique la Gomeran whistling language in the foreground.
Gomeran palm tree playing host to flowering Aeoniums just outside El Cercado
 

March 2015 Newsletter

Can't believe it's March already and in  just four weeks time another season (our fifth) will be at an end! It has been our busiest season so far with every single available place taken up and once again having to disappoint quite a number of potential clients who left their booking until too late.  

All this despite the weather which has been unusually windy, cool and damp. Local Gomerans say they don't remember a winter as cold and we see them well wrapped up in fur coats, jeans and boots talking "mucho frio" to one another! Everything's relative and we still manage to get about in shorts (the temperature hasn't actually dropped much below 15 Deg C) Our experience at this stage has enabled us to find the best weather for our groups although generally this means walking at lower altitudes than usual.

This year we worked in close collaboration with another Irish Company Walk & Talk run by our good friend Sean Mullan and based in our home county of Donegal. This collaboration allowed us to add an extra week to our schedule with Sean & partner Gudrun leading while we organized the logistics. This is an arrangement we are actively looking at expanding so we can offer more holiday dates using other guide/leaders so if you think you might be interested in working with us... please get in touch.

This is the time of year we start to look at plans for a new season which we expect to firm up by end April. It looks like we will continue to base our holidays in Playa de Santiago with the option of self-catering accommodation (Popular package) or luxury 4 star Hotel Jardin Tecina (Premium Package). We introduced a modification to our Hotel package of 5 days half-board plus 2 days B&B which proved to be very popular allowing people two nights to eat out in the village restaurants. We intend continuing this in 2015-2016 and maybe even extend it to 4 HB + 3 BB.

Since we started Gomera Walking five years ago we see a lot of changes for the better with the Island's government increasing investment in bringing old paths back into use, maintenance of existing paths  and very much improved signage as they start to realize the value and potential of walking to the local tourist economy.
 

More and more we find ourselves assisting people with holiday arrangements including accommodation (both on La Gomera & Tenerife), Ferry bookings, car hire and other transfers. We have gained a lot of experience over the last few years and are happy to help save our clients a few € where we can use our good relationship with the various providers whether or not you want to come walking with us. Please recommend us to your friends and when considering a holiday in la Gomera let us give you a quote.

Best Wishes

Andy & Paddy

February group on the path from Ermita de Guadalupe to Teguerenche overlooking Valle Gran Rey
Young kestrel sitting on top of the display board on Alta de Garajonay....click to read what it says!!!
Paddy with fine specimen of echium simplex....don't feed it for goodness sake!!
A beautiful day to overlook the Erquito Barancho en route to the Alta deGarajonay via Iguelero
Spectacular Mirador de Abrante overhanging Agulo....not for the faint hearted!
 

Sharon's blog for week of 7-14 January 2015

Group in Benchijigua

We have just finished a great week with a great group....read about it in Sharon's blog here

 

https://sharontickle.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/walking-in-paradise-la-gomera/

 

 

September 2014 Newsletter

Autumn has arrived in Ireland with a vengeance! Definitely time to start thinking of moving South again. Mid month we're off to Praia da Luz for a family wedding so looking forward to sunshine & warmth as an appetizer for our return to La Gomera in October.

The first week of our new season runs from 19th November but for those thinking of a pre-Christmas break I have to tell you we're already fully booked although we're always glad to help with accommodation and transfer arrangements even if you don't want to or can't walk with our scheduled groups.

Next availability as we speak is in January when we have two weeks commencing 7th and 21st. Solo travelers please note that in January if you book for our Premium Package based in 4 starHotel Jardin Tecina then you will enjoy a complimentary "Confort" room and no supplementary single occupancy premium!

Bookings for winter 2014-15 have been brisk and well ahead of previous years at this time so if you have particular dates in mind please get in touch as the schedule is filling up rapidly and places are limited with our season finishing at the end of March.

From the UK there are good connections with Easyjet from Manchester (£170.98 return) & Gatwick (£98.98 return) as well as many other options from various destinations with low-cost carriers including Ryanair from Stansted £123.90. If the flight dates/times don't exactly suit our transfers then we can help you plan at small additional cost to spend additional time in Tenerife or La Gomera to tie in with our scheduled groups.

For Dublin travelers Ryanair have changed their flight schedule for the coming year and now depart at the much later time of 14:05 which is good news for those who don't like an early start but bad news for our walkers as it arrives too late to catch the ferry to La Gomera! So if you're planning on travelling from Dublin for the coming season we recommend you fly out from Dublin on the Tuesday afternoon with Aer Lingus, stay overnight in one our luxurious Diamond Resorts apartments in Tenerife (special rate €70 for two persons sharing) and join our group the following day for onward travel to la Gomera. Returning you have the option to fly on the Wednesday evening with Ryanair or stay another night in La Gomera or Tenerife & return on Thursday with Aer Lingus. Either way we can accommodate you. 

So what's new for 2014-2015??.....well we've kept to the same tried and tested basic format which has brought so much pleasure to so many people over the past 4 years. We have moved our Popular package to a new location still in Playa de Santiago about 5 minutes walk from the seafront promenade. Very nice apartments run by the friendly Liz and Elena, they are modern & pleasant each with access to a South-facing terrace and partial sea views.

Secondly in response to feedback from our Premium package clients who have expressed a desire for a little more flexibility to free up a few evenings for eating outside the Hotel Jardin Tecina in some of the lovely little village restaurants, our standard package next season includes 5 nights half-board with 2 nights B&B and we will continue to hold the price the same for a further year.

Increasingly we find ourselves making travel arrangements for holiday makers and independent walkers who want to avail of our hassle-free service and excellent value in accommodation & transfers to La Gomera. Please do contact us for a quote if you have requirements outside our scheduled weeks.

Best Regards

Andy & Paddy

 

July 2014 Newsletter

July has flown by with some fabulous summer weather here in Donegal where temperatures almost exceeded those of La Gomera!

Paddy & I are heading off tomorrow to Mayo to join our good friend Gerry McCloskey who runs Connemara Safaris for a few days walking & Island hopping in this beautiful part of the world.
Meanwhile our own bookings for winter 2014-15 have been brisk and well ahead of previous years so if you have particular dates in mind please get in touch as the schedule is filling up and places are limited.

From the UK there are good connections with Easyjet from Manchester (£150.98 return) & Gatwick (£95.98 return) as well as many other options from various destinations with low-cost carriers. If the flight dates/times don't exactly suit our transfers then we can help you plan at small additional cost to spend additional time in Tenerife or La Gomera to tie in with our scheduled groups.

For Dublin travelers Ryanair have changed their flight schedule for the coming year and now depart at the much later time of 14:05 which is good news for those who don't like an early start but bad news for our walkers as it arrives too late to catch the ferry to La Gomera! So if you're planning on travelling from Dublin for the coming season we recommend you fly out from Dublin on the Tuesday afternoon with Aer Lingus, stay overnight in one our luxurious Diamond Resorts apartments in Tenerife (special rate €70 for two persons sharing) and join our group the following day for onward travel to la Gomera. Returning you have the option to fly on the Wednesday evening with Ryanair or stay another night in La Gomera or Tenerife & return on Thursday with Aer Lingus. Either way we can accommodate you.

So what's new for 2014-2015??.....well we've kept to the same tried and tested basic format which has brought so much pleasure to so many people over the past 4 years. We have moved our Popular package to a new location still in Playa de Santiago about 5 minutes walk from the seafront promenade. Very nice apartments run by the friendly Liz and Elena, they are modern & pleasant each with access to a South-facing terrace and partial sea views.

Secondly in response to feedback from our Premium package clients who have expressed a desire for a little more flexibility to free up a few evenings for eating outside the Hotel Jardin Tecina in some of the lovely little village restaurants, our standard package next season includes 5 nights half-board with 2 nights B&B and we will continue to hold the price the same for a further year.

Increasingly we find ourselves making travel arrangements for holiday makers and independent walkers who want to avail of our hassle-free service and excellent value in accommodation & transfers to La Gomera. Please do contact us for a quote if you have requirements outside our scheduled weeks.

Best Regards

Andy & Paddy

 

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