La Gomera FAQ

La Gomera Frequently Asked Questions

La Gomera What you need to know

Best La Gomera Hotels

La Gomera Boat Trips

Whale and Dolphin Trips
Ocean Tours Boat Trips Departing from 2 ports:
– Valle Gran Rey
– Playa de Santiago (Hotel Jardin Tecina)

La Gomera Hiking Holiday

Tenerife Guided Walks is the best known guided walking company on Tenerife.

La Gomera Frequently Asked Questions

Can you do a day trip to La Gomera from Tenerife?

You can book an excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife in an air-conditioned bus with a lunch included. From South Tenerife (picked up from most hotels) the bus will take the ferry to San Sebastián de La Gomera. You will then have a guided tour of the island – the whole trip lasting around 10 hours.

Can you swim on La Gomera?

The longest beach of the island is the holiday resort Valle Gran Rey, which is a good kilometre long and you can swim there almost all year round. The beach of the island capital San Sebastian is beautiful and rarely crowded. However, do be careful -not everywhere can you jump into the waves all year round, as the currents can become very strong especially in winter. There is also a small unofficial nudist beach, the idyllic Playa del Ingles in the small holiday resort Valle Gran Rey.

Can you walk around La Gomera?

Absolutely you can. La Gomera is an island that welcomes visitors and has many walking and hiking trails. You can go with a guided excursion or take the ferry. However, if you go on foot it will be hard to see much of the island. An overnight stay is recommended or get in touch with a tour guide who can offer advice on the best walking trails.

Do you need a car to get around La Gomera?

Renting a car is the better option if you want to pack in as much as possible. The bus (guagua, sounds like waw-waw) is the cheapest option for getting around La Gomera but you will have to keep an eye on timetables – it’s easy to miss the ferry back – unless, of course, you are staying on Gomera.

Does La Gomera have nice beaches?

La Gomera is not your typical beach holiday island but there are some small and idyllic bathing spots. Most beaches consist of coarse or fine gravel plus many beaches with fine black lava sand, which is frequently seen on Tenerife beaches. If you spend most of your time on the beach then Tenerife will probably suit you better!

How deep is the sea between Tenerife and La Gomera?

The ocean between the steep volcanic islands of Tenerife and La Gomera is over 3 kilometres deep. Recreational swimming from Tenerife to La Gomera would not make much sense. Swimmer David Mecca swam from La Gomera to Tenerife, a distance of 44kms in only 8 hours. An achievement indeed but not recommended for amateur swimmers!

How do you get to Gomera island?

Although La Gomera has an airport, it is only for flights between the islands, so to get there from Europe, you’ll have to change flights in Tenerife or Gran Canaria. Most holidaymakers land at Tenerife South Airport (TFS), then a ferry from the port of Los Cristianos or Santa Cruz de Tenerife to La Gomera. It takes about 30 minutes by taxi or rental car from Tenerife South Airport to the port of Los Cristianos. Unless you want to spend time in Santa Cruz, that would be the sensible option.

Is there a ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera?

The ferry route from Los Cristianos, Tenerife to La Gomera usually runs several times a day throughout the year. Most ferries arrive at the port of San Sebastián de La Gomera, provided by Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. Travel time from Tenerife to La Gomera ranges between 50 min to 1 hr, depending on the crossing you’ve chosen. The fastest ferry reaches the island in 50 min.

How much is the ferry from La Gomera to Tenerife?

Ferry prices from Tenerife to La Gomera start at around €43. The total cost may vary depending on available offers and discounts, seat type and vehicle. Travel time from Tenerife to La Gomera ranges between 50 min to 1 hr, depending on the crossing you’ve chosen. The port of Los Cristianos can get quite busy during the summer. We recommend arriving at least 1.5 hr before boarding, especially if you are traveling with a vehicle.

What is the best time of year to visit La Gomera?

For the highest temperatures the best time to visit La Gomera is between July and September although the sub tropical climate offers sunshine throughout the year . Unless you are a real sun lover, you may find winter more comfortable, especially if travelling with children. In the north of La Gomera the climate is always a little cooler due to the trade winds and it rains a little more.

What is the main town in La Gomera?

San Sebastián de La Gomera is the capital of La Gomera in the Canary Islands. It is also home to the main harbour where you can find boat trips for various activities including whale and dolphin watching. Italian explorer Christopher Columbus stayed in San Sebastián de la Gomera, the capital of the island, before setting off on his voyage to the Americas; La Gomera’s nickname is La Isla Columbiana.