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La Gomera - Day 1

Saturday 25th February 2017

 

Arriving at Tenerife South Airport we were met by local agent Enekoiz Rodriguez, and four of us transferred by taxi (20 minutes) to the ferry port in Los Cristianos whilst Enekoiz waited for later flights to arrive. Due to various carnivals going on in the islands, our mid afternoon ferry to La Gomera had been switched with another ferry and its new departure time was to be 7-30 p.m.. Fred Olsen ferries have a unique system at the port; there are a series of containers with individual lockers for your bags, and these are towed onto the boat just before it leaves. You simply put your baggage in one of the lockers, insert 1 euro, and then they key pulls out. This left four of the party (Christine, Hilarie, Warren and myself) the afternoon free to have lunch and wander around Los Cristianos.

 

Los Cristianos port area with the town in the background

 

 

Christine and Hilarie checking out the Fred Olsen container system

Heading for the beach area, with Warren, Hilarie and Christine

 

 

 

We headed back to the port area to meet with Enekoiz and the other participants at 5-30pm

Enekoiz briefs the party; L to R Warren, Geoff, Kathy, Enekoiz and Louise. To speed things up at the other end, we took our bags out of the Fred Olsen lockers, and transferred them to Enekoiz's mini bus

It was a bit chaotic getting on the ferry as there did not seem to be any system to separate those getting off from those trying to get on. By 7-40 p.m. we were aboard and the ferry left for the 1 hour journey to La Gomera as the light faded

 

 

The carnival was in full swing as we reached Gomera and made the short walk to our hotel

 

We were soon having dinner in the hotel, and Enekoiz introduced us to a young lady who is trained in the Gomeran whistling technique for communication across the gorges and valleys

You cannot imagine how loud and piercing the whistle was

Dinner over, we were all ready for bed after what had been a long day travelling