La Gomera Holidays
La Gomera – A smaller, quieter Canary
The second smallest of the archipelago, La Gomera offers the holidaymaker a completely different experience to the one normally associated with the Canary Islands. Plunging ravines, towering cliffs and the soaring, central peak of Garajonay mountain have made mass development here impossible. As such you’ll find a slice of Spain as it was 30 years ago; peaceful fishing villages, small unspoilt beaches and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere.
With no sprawling commercial resorts to speak of, La Gomera tends to attract a different crowd; those who come here to enjoy the island’s spectacular scenery. Hikers, cyclers, birdwatchers and those who just want a truly relaxing break venture to the island to explore its lush interior. An ancient, pre-ice age laurel rainforest sprawls across the centre, while the slopes of the mountains are carpeted with banana plantations.
When to go
The most popular period to visit La Gomera is between September to May. This is when the island will be at its busiest; however ‘busy’ here is still incredibly peaceful and quiet compared to the other larger islands such as Tenerife and Fuerteventura. The weather on La Gomera is warm and sunny all year round, so those looking to catch some rays can visit anytime. The early spring months of February-March are considered one of the best times of year for a holiday, as the wildflowers are beginning to come into bloom and the island is at its most beautiful.
Christmas and New Year is a particularly good time to explore the island and get some winter sun. Plan a trip between the end of February – beginning of March and you may get to see the Fiesta de Carnaval; a more low key affair than those held on the larger islands, but still a fantastic spectacle with music, dancing, delicious food and the poignant ‘burial of the sardine’ ceremony to mark the festival’s end.
The weather in La Gomera
Like all the Canaries, La Gomera sees warm, sunny weather throughout the year. The hottest months are June-August, with highs of 25-29C on average. This period tends to attract mainly Spanish holidaymakers. Between September-May, temperatures range between 20-27C on average. This is the more popular time to visit for northern and central Europeans. Generally speaking, the north of the island will see slightly cooler sea and daytime temperatures. The trade winds also give the north of the island more cloud and rainy days than the south.
Getting the best deal
As one of the smaller and quieter of the Canaries, demand for holidays to La Gomera remains fairly stable all year round. You won’t find the hyper inflated summer holiday prices of the more well-known islands here. As a rule, the smaller Canaries see much lower prices than their larger counterparts anyway, so just by opting for a La Gomera holiday you will already be making savings.
Booking as early as you can is generally the best way to save money, with the best deals and cheapest rooms selling out first. If you have the flexibility, try and avoid travelling during the more expensive school holidays periods. You can find the best prices we have to offer on package holidays to La Gomera by looking at the deals below or alternatively by visiting our late deals page here.
Airport and transport need to know
La Gomera airport is very small and does not accommodate international flights. The majority of visitors to the island therefore usually fly to neighbouring Tenerife and catch a ferry across to the island. Alternatively, you can catch an internal flight from Tenerife to La Gomera once you’ve arrived on the larger island.
The flight from the UK to Tenerife takes approximately 4.5 hours. As the ferry leaves from south Tenerife, it makes sense to fly into Tenerife-South Reina Sofia airport (TFS). From here, you can catch a taxi to Los Cristianos harbour. The journey to the harbour should cost around 20 Euros; keep an eye on the meter and tell the driver you want to catch the ferry to La Gomera. When you arrive, you can buy a ticket for the ferry journey at the harbour terminal. Adult tickets cost 40 Euros for a return trip, children between 4-11 cost 20 Euros for a return. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes and arrives at San Sebastián de La Gomera.
If you fly into Tenerife North airport (TFN) – also known as Los Rodeos airport – you have two options. You can either catch a flight to Playa Santiago on La Gomera directly, or you can make your way down to the harbour at Los Cristianos and catch the ferry. The flight from Tenerife North to La Gomera takes less than half an hour. To get to the harbour from the north of the island you can either take a taxi, or for a cheaper option catch a bus. Take a bus to the bus terminal in Santa Cruz. From here, Buses operated by ferry companies Fred Olsen and Garajonay Express run to the harbour. It takes around 20 minutes to get from the airport to the bus station in Santa Cruz, and roughly 1 hour 15 minutes to get from Santa Cruz to the port.
Top Resorts in La Gomera
Despite its diminutive size, La Gomera has a wealth of resorts to visit. These comprise almost entirely of small, laid back towns and villages that are worlds away from the commercialism of better known Canary Island destinations such as Playa de las Americas on Tenerife or Playa del Ingles on Gran Canaria. Instead you’ll find peaceful mountain towns surrounded by banana plantations, fishing villages with traditional wooden tavernas looking out across the sea and old colonial towns of faded, grand buildings teetering on coastal cliffs.
Valle Gran Rey
The Valle Gran Rey is one of the most popular tourist destinations on La Gomera. Located in a huge, sweeping valley, this is a landscape of ancient terraced farmlands, swaying palm trees and beautiful gardens. At one end of the valley the delta opens up onto the sea, where there are numerous beaches to explore.
There are three main centres to Valle Gran Rey. La Calera is the Old Town area, all tiny whitewashed houses and roof terraces boasting amazing views, situated on a mountain slope. There are numerous taverns and restaurants here and the beach is just 15 minutes’ walk away.
Vueltas is the attractive port area, full of brightly coloured, bobbing fishing boats and sleek sailing yachts. A lively collection of bars, shops and restaurants gives Vueltas a vibrant atmosphere, while whale and dolphin spotting boat trips leave daily from the harbour.
La Playa is the main tourist region in Valle Gran Rey, situated directly on the beach. It has a lovely coastal-town atmosphere, with an attractive promenade and plenty of hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments.
Situated in the middle of the ‘banana belt’, the small town of Agulo is widely regarded as one of the prettiest on the island. Here you’ll find narrow streets winding their way up past grand old colonial buildings. The town is located on a cliff top with amazing views out to sea and of the nearby volcano on Tenerife. Well worth a look is the picturesque white parish church of San Marco. Visit here over Easter and you may get to see the boisterous fiesta take place, in which young men leap through fire as a test of bravery.
Located in the sunny south of the island, the small and pretty village of Playa Santiago has a wonderfully peaceful, laid-back atmosphere. This attractive fishing village is located in the delta area beside the sea. The focus of the resort is the lively Plaza del Carmen, with a picturesque promenade stretching alongside the harbour. To the east, the tranquil Laguna district is surrounded by banana plantations and offer numerous beautiful holiday apartments to stay in.