This was our first visit to La Gomera. We appreciated the peaceful location of the apartment; being part of the old village and having a small local supermarket and family run Restaurant within walking distance.
The apartment is very spacious and thoughtfully equipped. Having tea-bags, coffee, kitchen roll, toilet paper, soap and dishwasher tablets was a very welcome and extremely practical bonus.
Viv the owner, was very helpful and supportive when we required assistance in amending our travel arrangements.
We plan to return in the future.
For our holidays we never go to the same venue. Not so for casa Bibi near Valle Gran Rey. Last year we thoroughly enjoyed this little piece of paradise in La Gomera. So this october we went again and now for a three week stay at casa Bibi. And we loved the hiking and the afternoons on the beautiful terras so much that we want to go yet for another time.
+ Pleasantly - cozy decorated
+ close to restaurants
+ Friendly owner
+ nice views
- many stairs to take
This review is in three sections – island, resort, accommodation
La Gomera………A bit of a challenge getting there. Up at 4am for flight from Gatwick, land at Tenerife South Airport around lunchtime, ferry at 18:30 (or 19:30), hour and a half drive across the centre and highest point of the island, land at the apartment at about 21:30. Phew! The island scenery and vegetation is amazingly diverse. A 15min drive can take you from a barren and arid almost desert to verdant and lush rain forest. But the forest and mountain peaks are often shrouded in cloud with high winds and driving mist/rain. The main roads are superb, but incredibly twisty and the minor roads often head off to a village and it’s a return journey on the same route. The footpaths are superb, with well maintain surface and comprehensive signage. Sandy beaches (black) are few and far between with most of the coast rocks or cliffs.
Calera and Playa de la Calera…….Calera is the original village, built on the side of a valley, so lots of steps, alleyways and few roads. Playa de la Calera is the newer resort by the sea. It has a very sheltered and safe town beach that stretches SE along the coast to the next resort of La Puntilla. It also has a lovely naturist beach beyond the north end of the resort, but the sea can be very challenging with high waves and strong currents. La Calera has a couple of small, but very welcome food shops and a couple of bars/restaurants with great sunset balconies. Playa de la Calera is dominated by a couple of very large hotels/apartment complexes and will never have the intimate charm of La Calera itself. The food in the restaurants I would say is dependable although to be fair, this is not based on a huge sample.
Casa Bibi….. The apartment is a short walk from the nearest point that you can bring a car and there are narrow and steep steps from the apartment’s gate to house door. There is very limited parking near the drop-off point, but loads of parking on the main road below the village and if you are not carrying anything heavy it is only about 5min walk up to the apartment. The most direct route from the apartment to the road leading down to the sea consists of about 150 steps. Then there is about a 15-20min walk to the sea. There is a food shop about 10m from the front gate and a bar/restaurant 20m in the other direction.
Viv the owner met my wife and me after our long drive and gave us a pretty thorough and useful run down of the characteristics of the apartment, and there was a nice welcome pack. The apartment is very spacious with airy rooms and a lot of ventilation. This proved to be really necessary as there is no air conditioning. (At first, we were worried about this as both of us had been the victims of mosquito bites on previous holidays in locations of similar climate, but surprisingly we hardly got bitten during the whole 11 days of our stay). The bed is huge and very comfortable and delivered a great night’s sleep. The kitchen is of a good size, has a good dining table for indoor eating, with ample food preparation surfaces and is well equipped with modern appliances. If unwashed dishes or crumbs are left around, then they will be quickly discovered by ants and some dry food storage containers would have been useful. The lounge is a great place to retire for a night in or after a night out. And if you want to catch up with whole series’ of UK TV programmes, then Viv’s collection won’t disappoint.
Outside and on the same level there is a small patio with clothes dryer and small table and two chairs. This is really too small for two people to do anything and if you want to enjoy the outdoors section of Casa Bibi you head up another flight of stairs, wooden and much wider than the apartment access stairs. Here there is a great patio with, two sunbeds, a “rustic” couch, table and 4 chairs and a substantial sun umbrella. This is a lovely spot with the dramatic mountain across the valley and views over lower properties to the sea. The patio is relatively private, but as the house was built on a slope you are overlooked by two or three other properties.
This was a really good holiday, but knees took a bit of a bashing with all the slopes and steps.
If you think of La Gomera as being laid back, relaxed and stunningly beautiful, and you want to reflect this in your accommodation, you won't do better than Casa Bibi. Of course it's comfortable, and very well equipped, and located in the most lovely part of Valle Gran Rea, but what really sets it apart is it's character, impossible to adequately describe but also impossible to miss. A wonderful base for a wonderful island.