DOGGIE GETAWAY IN LA GOMERA ISLAND
The post about the Colette’s holidays is usually published in the summer, but this year, for obvious reasons, we had to postpone it to the end of November.
In these annual getaways we always look for new experiences, which enrich and stimulate her and which, at the same time, strengthen our dog-human bond.
Thus, we have gone from being at a doga retreat last year (click here to read it if you missed it), to spend holidays in a cottage to attend a country music festival (click here), to stay in unusual places such as a floating house on a lake (more information by clicking here) or a tree hut (and here too).
This time we escaped to the Canary Islands: more precisely to the island of La Gomera.
- Means of transport: Plane, ferry and car.
The first means of transport we used to get there was the plane from Madrid to Tenerife. On many occasions you have asked us what the logistics of travelling with a small dog on a plane are like and we are happy to explain them to you but, for more information, you can consult the post we wrote some time ago, “Pomeranian on board of the plane” (click here to read it) in which we have briefly analysed the conditions imposed by six of the main airlines operating in Spain to carry our Pomeranian on board and what requirements must have the carrier transport bag to carry him/her on the plane.
From Los Cristianos, in the south of Tenerife, we took a ferry from one of the two companies that exist: Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. In both, the duration of the journey (approximately 50′), timetables and prices are similar. And what is more important, in both companies you can travel with your pet on board. However, before buying your ticket, we recommend that you read carefully the requirements for travelling with animals. Click here for Fred Olsen’s and here for Naviera Armas’
Finally, the car, an absolutely essential means of transport to be able to move around the island comfortably.
- Accomodation: Paradores de Turismo.
To be honest, unfortunately La Gomera does not offer many dog-friendly accommodation possibilities. We spent the two nights on the island at the Parador de La Gomera, an impressive accommodation with architecture from the Columbian era in San Sebastian de la Gomera with a view over the Atlantic Ocean, swimming pool and a beautiful garden. The supplement we had to pay for Colette was 15 euros per day. However, she received a welcome kit with a bed (king size for her 😉 bowls for eat and drink and food.
For those of you who don’t know, the Paradores are a public hotel chain founded in 1928. Their prices are not excessively “popular”, although there are always interesting offers on their website, but the 97 establishments they have throughout Spain allow you to stay in unique places such as historical buildings, castles, convents or palaces. Unfortunately, not all Paradores and not all sizes of pets are admitted to the Paradores, so visit their website to plan your stay. Click here to find out which Paradores admit pets.
- What to see: Garajonay National Parc.
First of all, and in our opinion, if you are looking for beaches, this is not your island… and even less so for your dog. Dog-friendly beaches are practically non-existent on La Gomera.
Our tourist recommendations include a visit to Hemigua, the Mirador de Abrante, Los Roques, Valle Gran Rey and, above all, the Garajonay National Park.
Garajonay National Park is located in the centre of the island and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. Its prehistoric Canarian laurel forests make this natural environment a magical place and a paradise for hiking. However, the subtropical climate of the islands played a trick on us the day we chose to visit in the form of incessant rain. By the way, and although you can trust the physical capacities of your dogs, for the smaller dogs and those not used to it, it is not superfluous to carry a lightweight carrier, which makes the journey easier, especially when the mud gets to their muzzles 😉
And here is our last post. We hope that our little trips will give you ideas to enjoy your free time together with your furry life partner.
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