The fact that La Gomera is a minor island of the western province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain often leads potential visitors to undervalue it in favour of the major capital islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the ones that are featured in travel magazines more often. Far from the assumption that this smaller island offers less to see and do, La Gomera in the Canaries is a true paradise for nature lovers which was declared World Biosphere Reserve in 2011, boasting nice temperatures all year round, virgin volcanic landscapes, national parks with prehistoric vegetation, breathtaking cliffs and viewpoints, natural pools and beaches. What is more, aside from taking the opportunity to discover and enjoy a rich local gastronomy, travellers may equally join a variety of hiking tours and day boat trips, as well as star gazing gatherings, since this island –just like La Palma– is an excellent spot for observing the sky and so a favourite destination for astronomy enthusiasts.
La Gomera: how to arrive
Whether you choose to catch a flight to La Gomera or opt for reaching the island by ferry boat, it is mandatory that you travel to Tenerife first, as all connections are made from Tenerife North International airport and the Port of Los Cristianos in the south of the island, linked to Tenerife South airport by bus line 343. Since many national and international airlines operate flights to both passenger terminals, Tenerife seems like the perfect layover and a convenient stop before visiting La Gomera.
Flights to La Gomera island in the Canaries
The airport in La Gomera consists of a single passenger terminal whose runway is enabled for the landing of small aircrafts only. Thus, if you want to travel to La Gomera by air, you will need to purchase a plane ticket from the Binter Canarias regional company, operating two flights per day from Tenerife North airport towards the air terminal in Playa de Santiago. The journey takes roughly 30 minutes and ticket fares start from 12 euros. Upon arrival, you can either hire a car from Cicar or PlusCar or use public transportation to commute to Valle Gran Rey (bus line 6) and the capital city San Sebastián de La Gomera (bus line 7).
Travelling to La Gomera by ferry boat
Fred Olsen is the main company in charge of transporting passengers from Los Cristianos to San Sebastián de la Gomera (the capital city of the island). Its express ferry boats cover the distance between Tenerife and La Gomera in only 40 minutes, even though travellers may buy tickets for a larger ferry which takes 70 minutes. In the second case, you will be able to take your car with you, sunbathe on the deck and spot dolphins swimming by. There are five scheduled departures per day and fares range from 8 to 34 euros.
Where to stay in La Gomera, Canary Islands
Are you looking for accommodation for your trip to La Gomera? Let us give you some suggestions:
If you want to stay in the capital and wake up to stunning ocean views overlooking the neighbouring island of Tenerife, we recommend the luxurious Parador de La Gomera, featuring ample guest rooms with lots of natural light and an open-air swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens.
For a retreat near the beach that will also allow for bike tours, visits to Garajonay National Park and hearty breakfast with views, we suggest staying at Hotel Gran Rey, which also has every amenity a traveller can ask for.
And lastly, for a rural stay, consider Hotel Rural Casa Lugo, located in a charming village and built in a traditional Canarian house with complimentary WiFi, a communal patio, safety deposit boxes and comfortable rooms with private toilet and shower; besides, hiking tours are organised for guests.