A quiet Canary
La Gomera may not have the A-list name recognition of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, but what it lacks in celebrity it more than makes up for in beauty. The second-smallest of the seven Canary Islands, La Gomera’s rugged charm comes from its unspoilt coast and wildly beautiful national parks.
Reachable by ferry from neighbouring Tenerife (fast services take around 40 minutes), the island attracts hikers, bird-watchers, star-gazers and nature lovers to its quiet mountain trails and undiscovered beaches. Playa de Santiago, on the south coast, is the island’s sole beach resort, boasting a black-sand bay and fishing-village roots.
La Gomera’s capital, San Sebastian, sits on the east coast. It’s a charming Spanish port town filled with pedestrianised streets and squares, with a beautiful waterfront and handful of local restaurants serving up Canarian specialities. The weather is typically Canarian, too – rarely anything other than warm and sunny.
Flight time from the UK to Tenerife is around 4 hours 30 minutes. From here, it's a 40-minute ferry crossing to La Gomera.
Like the rest of the Canaries, La Gomera is a year-round beach destination. Temperatures rarely dip below the late teens, even in winter. April and May starts heating up for summer, which reaches its peak in July and August – often in the 30s.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.