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MARCH 18 - 25 - LA GOMERA - Isla Mágica (the magical island)

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MARCH 18 - 25 - LA GOMERA - Isla Mágica (the magical island)

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Backabush is heading back to the Canary Islands to visit La Gomera!

La Gomera is known as "the magical island" or "the Canary island that time forgot" because of its incredible natural beauty.

The second-smallest of the seven Canary Islands - nearly circular and only 25 kilometres across - La Gomera feels like the island that time forgot. It's still possible to drive through soaring ravines and sleepy mountain villages down to deserted rocky beaches without encountering a single traffic light. It is unquestionably the most unspoilt islands of the Canary Islands, and is a walkers paradise. The landscape is characterized by rugged mountains, earth valleys and tropical misty forests.

The archipelago of the Canary Islands sit just off the coast of Africa and enjoy mild weather and sunshine throughout the winter months making them ideal for a hiking escape in March. There is a wealth of amazing hikes to explore.

We will first be staying for two nights in Los Cristianos, the main port town on Tenerife's south coast and a popular beach resort before heading over to La Gomera by ferry. Whale sightings are common during this sea crossing.

We have the following room options:

Shared Twin Room - £584
Private Single Occupancy - £748

From our accommodation in Tenerife (2 nights) we can enjoy one amazing day hike in the Teno Mountains or in the Parque National del Teide which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we will base ourselves for 5 nights in the lovely port town of San Sebastián de La Gomera. We can then enjoy 5 days of spectacular hiking on La Gomera island.

La Gomera is home to the National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Garanjonay, a natural jewel in the Canary Islands archipelago. Here we can find species that are otherwise extinct in most destinations, dense forests, deep ravines and a prehistoric landscape that has been sculpted over millions of years.

Come and join us for some welcome winter sun and fun in La Gomera!

This trip does not involve technical mountaineering but the hikes on the islands can be quite challenging so you need to have a good level of hiking fitness. A head for heights is also necessary in the mountainous terrain.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights accommodation (2 nights in holiday apartments in Tenerife and 5 nights in hotel rooms on La Gomera).
  • All breakfasts on La Gomera.
  • An itinerary of organised hikes for our 6 hiking days.
  • Ferry tickets to and from La Gomera.
  • Two trip leaders.
  • Financial protection in accordance with the Package Travel Law 1992.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Packed lunches (we will pick up supplies at the supermarket).
  • Breakfasts in Tenerife (there are cafes near our accommodation).
  • Dinners (the local restaurants are excellent).
  • Transport on the island. Cars can be hired cheaply and costs can be shared between passengers. (We will help to organise this and make sure everyone has a seat in the hire cars)
  • Flights.

Meeting Details
The meeting point will be our holiday apartments in Los Cristianos which is a short taxi ride from Tenerife South Airport. You can meet us at the apartments anytime on Saturday 18th March.

Which Flights?
Outbound - There are daily departures of direct flights available from London, Bristol, Birmingham or Manchester. A taxi to our accommodation will cost about 20€ euros so we can match people on various flights to share the cost.

Return - We would like to catch the 13.00 ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife (13.50 arrival time) on Saturday 25th March. This means that you will be able to get to Tenerife South Airport for around 14.30 at the earliest.

Any of these return flights would work on Saturday 25th March...
TFS - GTW 19.05 - 23.25 easyJet
TFS - LTN 17.50 - 22.15 easyJet
TFS - STN 17.25 - 21.55 Ryanair
TFS - LHR 16.25 - 20.50 British Airways

Alternatively, if you would like an earlier flight time, you could catch the 07.30am (08.20 arrival) ferry from La Gomera back to Tenerife or stay an extra night on Tenerife and fly home at anytime on Sunday 26th March.

Please get in touch about your flights so we can book everyone on the correct ferry.

To confirm your place on this trip use internet banking. The account details are:

Account Name: BACKABUSH XPLORERS
Sort Code: 090127
Account Number: 22440622

Only payment secures your place. Your RSVP is not sufficient for us to hold a place for you. Please email nathancapay@googlemail.com as soon as you send payment so that we can confirm everything with you. Thanks. :)

IMPORTANT NOTES

VISA: Please check with the Spanish embassy if you need a visa to travel to Tenerife. Spain is within the Shengen zone. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary documents, including visa.

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