La Gomera: Discover The Peaceful Canarian Island

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There is a small calm island 1 hour away by ferry from the overcrowded beaches of the South of Tenerife. 22km from north to south and 25km across, where the living conditions were harsh until the 70’s and is now sought after by those who want to spend some peaceful holidays. The name of this island is La Gomera.    

La Gomera doesn’t have large beaches or a busy nightlife, but it definitely has a certain charm for those who seek something different from seaside tourism: hikers, nature lovers or simply quiet holidays. Whether you want to discover the origins of the silbo (whistle) Gomero or the Garajonay Nacional Park and its laurisilva forest, there will always be something to amaze you in La Gomera!  

Weather in La Gomera

La Gomera - Weather
Blue sky and warm temperature are waiting for you all year long in La Gomera

The average temperature is 20°C in winter, 27°C in summer. La Gomera is no exception from the other Canaries, known as “the islands of the eternal spring”. Never too hot and never too cold, all year long! This weather allows travellers to visit the island from January to December. If you plan to visit La Gomera, we recommend you to go from May to mid-October when the days are longer, but it is only a recommendation, since temperature are warm 365 days a year and that the island is not too rainy in winter.   

What to do in La Gomera

The average temperature is 20°C in winter, 27°C in summer. La Gomera is no exception from the other Canaries, known as “the islands of the eternal spring”. Never too hot and never too cold, all year long! This weather allows travellers to visit the island from January to December. If you plan to visit La Gomera, we recommend you to go from May to mid-October when the days are longer, but it is only a recommendation, since temperature are warm 365 days a year and that the island is not too rainy in winter.

Walking in La Gomera

La Gomera - Hiking
Walking in the forests of Garajonay is one-of-a-kind experiences for hiking lovers.

La Gomera might not be the most famous island of the Canaries, but it well known amongst hikers from all over the globe. The beauty of its landscapes and numerous marked trails will take you to wonderful miradores (viewpoints) from where you’ll be abled to contemplate barrancos (ravines), palms trees and cliffs that formed this mountainous island.

Beaches in La Gomera

If you are on holidays to rest, no worries: in La Gomera, it feels like the time is passing more slowly. While there are not as many beaches as on the other islands, they are beautiful and way less frequented than the ones in the South of Tenerife. Here are a few you might enjoy!

PLAYA DE SANTA CATALINA

La Gomera - Santa Catalina
At the bottom of the cliff there’s a natural swimming pool, a summer meeting point for locals. Credits: Surfing the planet

A wonderful pebble beach on the north side of La Gomera. If the swell is too strong, there is a natural swimming pool located nearby, which is the local favourite spot during summertime.

PLAYA DE LA CALETA

La Gomera - La Caleta
The sunset in La Caleta makes the place even more scenic. Credits: Phillip Klinger

Yes, the access is a bit difficult, but you will be rewarded by a marvellous isolated beach where you can barbecue with your friends with a view on the coast of Tenerife.

PLAYA DE LA CUEVA

Located very close to the historic centre of San Sebastian de La Gomera, this beach is not very busy but counts with a few commodities (restaurants, showers, bathroom) and is watched by a life guard.

Other activities in La Gomera

La Gomera - Activities
Whale and dolphin watching is a staple to do in La Gomera if you love animals.

Although the island is very small, there are many things to do in La Gomera! You might want to learn how to whistle – this was the ancient form of communication on the island and people could “talk” to each over from a city to another! – go dolphin or whale watching, kayaking along the coast, discover the secrets of the shepherds, taste the local wine and the infamous almogrote (typical cheese from the island) … There is something new to discover everyday in La Gomera!!

If you are interested in La Gomera you might also want to check out our post about the Volcano Teide! Have you ever been to La Gomera? Do you have any more recommendation? Or maybe you plan to visit the island and you still have a doubt about something? Let us know in the comment below!

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