While staying at the HPB site El Balcon some of my party of 8 wanted to hire bikes and go riding on the mountain with a tour guide . Look no further than Gomera Cycling located in the village.
The bike hire shop is in the village of Playa de Santiago (close to the beach bar shack) and is run by Rene and Jesus. They have a fabulous selection of very well maintained bikes and you can choose the right one for you, from normal mountain bike to an electric bike (my choice!!).
They have some great itineraries to choose from and will meet and greet you prior to your excursion day so that you can try out the bikes, get the right set up of it and helmets & gloves too.
On the day of your excursion they will come and collect you from your hotel/apartment and will transport you to the top of La Gomera, ready for your descent to your chosen destination. (we chose Southern Villages and returned by Boat from Valle Grand Rey.
Jesus accompanied me and my party and was great at making any adjustments to bikes and checking that we were all OK. Our descent down through the rain forest, was partly off road and then mostly on road - but they are fantastic roads and virtually traffic free. The scenery was amazing and we stopped plenty of times to take in the magnificent views and listen to interesting info from Jesus. We stopped for a traditional cheese loaf dipped in palm honey and then again at our final destination for a drink before boarding our boat trip back to our starting point. That in itself was a great treat after concentrating on the cycle ride for 49 ish kilometres.
This is a family business that they are passionate about and their customer service is superb. Jesus even delivered us a fantastic 10 Litre white wine box from one of the islands vineyards to help us quench our thirst in the following remaining days of our holiday!
Rene and Jesus also arrange walking tours but my choice would be bike - any day. On our next visit we will ask Jesus to take us on a different ride taking in a vineyard and secret beach (for a quick swim), I cant wait!
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