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“An excellent trip across La Gomera”
Review of Playa de Santiago

Playa de Santiago
Ranked #6 of 70 things to do in La Gomera
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A small, pretty beach: the perfect destination for sunny, lazy afternoons.
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We have stayed at the HPB many times and this was the first time we took the opportunity to do a bike ride. Jesus and Rene were brilliant - they checked the bikes were right for us and picked us up from our apartment. We went through the forest where Jesus showed us some amazing sights and wild plants and flowers. We then went through a number of villages, stopped for coffee and visited a winery. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We caught the boat back from Valle Gran Rey. All in all we cycled 39km mainly downhill in 40 degree heat. It was worth every penny and a great way to see some of the smaller villages in La Gomera. Thank you Jesus and Rene

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Reviewed 15 July 2017

on my birthday I wanted to get out of the all inclusive in allegro so was told by many people to try maya tandoori in peurto Santiago.omg we were greeted by jack and he advised us on what to try for our tastebuds and can I say the food and service was the best we have ever tasted.amazing.we had lamb curry which fell apart,gorgeous,and my partner had chicken tikka which was creamy and beautiful.when we finished our banquet,jack brought over an icecream with a sparkler on as he heard us talking about my birthday.thanks again jack,keep up the great work and food,brilliant

1  Thank lizznorm1153
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

We had such an interesting adventure with Valentin who runs VSV tours based in Playa de Santiago. The Parador La Gomera hotel had booked the tour for us which we shared with one other tourist. A wonderful day unfolded for us. From start to finish Valentin was courteous and very personable making us feel immediately at ease. From the moment he arrived in his immaculate mini bus his main aim was our comfort and enjoyment. He provided tea and coffee, an interesting and knowledgeable commentary of the culture, unusual climate, vegetation and geography. Showed us a variety of sites and took us to a traditional restaurant Roque Blanco overlooking a beautiful valley. When we arrived our table was set on the balcony looking out over the valley. We were treated to traditional fayre and a personal demonstration of the 'Silbo' whistling language by our waitress and the chef!! An unforgettable day made all the more special by our friendly host who provided a personalised service at a very reasonable price. Thank you Valentin!

1  Thank Stella H
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Reviewed 6 June 2017

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!

2  Thank Tina D
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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

VSV Tours is run by Valentin Vasilev and provides a top quality, personalised service with unfailing courtesy and good humour. He gave 6 of us a most enjoyable day, well balanced with a mixture of sightseeing, local culture, lunch in a lovely local restaurant, off the tourist route, and he has clearly developed a great rapport with local people who go out of their way to provide his group with a great insight into Gomera life. And his prices are very comparable with the big tour organisers but his personal service and value for money set him apart . Five stars all round.

2  Thank venessa b
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