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on 7 February 2012
I have recently returned from a holiday on La Gomera and I have previously visited Tenerife a number of times with prime interest being walking, yet this guidebook embraces car tours and picnic opportunities as well as walks. `Landscapes of Southern Tenerife and La Gomera' covers most of Tenerife with 4 car tours, and virtually all La Gomera with 2 car tours, and it links these with picnic sites and suggestions for short walks. Tours are well described but focus is on the logistics, and though there is brief mention of places, history etc. it is advisable to seek more detailed information from tourist offices and hotels, and a better road map is advisable to the fold-out maps incorporated. I get the impression this guidebook is attempting to fit in too much and it is more of a `taster' to persuade holiday makers to seek further - and both islands have so much!
For the more hiking type walks there are 5 in the southern part of Tenerife and 12 throughout La Gomera. From limited and personal knowledge I can confirm the selection of routes embraces popular choices covered in other guidebooks plus extra tagged on, or given as ascent when descent could be desirable. Though a smaller number of routes are included the descriptions and information is quite detailed and perfectly adequate for car drivers to venture forth. Indeed the intention behind the small maps and photographs seems to be even further encouragement for holiday makers to venture deeper and deeper into the countryside and appreciate what is a walker's paradise. The text for each walk includes descriptions to the landscapes as well as details of the routes which are graded `easy' to `very strenuous', and though often there may be less severe alternatives these can be somewhat confusing. Overall distances and ascent/descent heights are stated and within the text it is largely times that are given for reaching specified points of the walk, yet it would be more useful to emphasise distances. Again there seems to be too much crammed in, and a simpler approach concentrating on just walks could have made the guidebook more straightforward. However it is an excellent `taster'.