Visit the beautiful Island of La Gomera! It’s peaceful and beautiful and also known as “Isla Mágica” (the magical island). It is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, measuring barely 20 kilometers from north to south. It is an ecological treasure, and the coast is dotted with small beaches set between cliffs. La Gomera has a rugged coastline with small black-sand beaches and is a paradise for nature lovers. With its diverse landscape, you can go from palm-covered valleys to huge canyons; from arid coastal areas with waters ideal for scuba diving, to fascinating forests, crammed with vegetation. There is something for everyone here! Read more about all of the beautiful Canary Islands here or on Pinterest.
La Palma Weather – When to Visit
La Gomera has hot summers and very mild winters usually with year round sunshine. For the warmest temperatures. the best time to visit La Palma is between August and September. The hottest month of the year is August with an average daily maximum of 81°F and an average low of 75°F. The coolest month of the year is February with an average daily maximum of 68°F and an average low of 61°F. You will be able to enjoy the beach with sea temperatures averaging 73°F or above from June to November.
Best La Palma Beaches
Playa de Santiago
Playa de Santiago is a blue flag beach for the quality of its waters, accessibility and the services it provides, this wide beach of black volcanic sand beach has a breakwater that makes it perfect for swimmers looking for a quiet beach without waves. In addition, you can rent jet skis, kayde aks, boats, etc. If you are looking for a beach where you can have fun with friends or family, Playa de Santiago is for you.
Playa de La Sepultura
This beautiful unspoiled cove is away from the urban centers and its access is quite long and complicated, but it is the perfect beach. If you are looking for peace and quiet and a less crowded beach with wonderful water, this is it.
Playa de San Sebastian
Located next to the port of San Sebastian, this black sand beach has a lot of available services and is easily accessible, making it ideal for a day at the beach with the family.
This unspoiled black sand beach is great for those seeking the intimacy of a not so crowded beach. A path connects it with La Rajita Beach and it is the perfect place to enjoy the stunning scenery of La Gomera.
La Caleta Beach is one of the best beaches in the north of La Gomera. It is a sheltered cove with a beautiful landscape. Here you will find a kiosk-bar, barbecue grills, bathrooms and showers, making it perfect for a quiet day at the beach.
Best La Palma Tours & Activities
Whale Watching La Gomera
Realize your dreams of watching whales and dolphins in their natural environment on a sailing tour from Valle Gran Rey in the Canary Islands. Climb aboard a traditional Canarian fishing boat and allow your expert guide to transport you to spots rife with marine life. Gain fascinating insight into the behavior and physiology of mammals like whales and dolphins and enjoy the tranquility of the ocean during this unforgettable tour. Book Your Whale Watching Tour Here.
Private Tour Teide National Park: Hiking and Stargazing
Would you like to know a unique landscape, enjoy a sunset and the stars in small groups? If you are one of those who flee from the masses of tourists, this activity is for you. Visit the Teide National Park at dusk, we will make a trail and enjoy a magnificent sunset. Volcanic history, legends and stargazing will delight the participants. Book Your Teide National Park Private Tour Here.
Inflatable Boat Without a License
Enjoy on your own with the rental of this boat and know the entire south coast of La Gomera without the need for someone to take you. Book Your Inflatable Boat Tour Here.
Hiking in the Garajonay
This is a friendly and sustainable hike, a paradise in the middle of the Atlantic, an enchanted island where you can observe a living nature in the Garajonay National Park. You will learn the legends and history of La Gomera. Book Your Garajonay Hike Here.
Kayaks for rent in Playa de Santiago
Renting one of our kayaks you will discover incredible places of peace and tranquility, only accessible by sea. The calm sea of the south of La Gomera will invite you to carry out this activity, taking you a pleasant experience Book Your Kayaks for Rent in Playa de Santiago Here.
Best La Palma Restaurants
Casa Efigenia Under $10
This charming rustic institution is the island’s must-try for La Gomera cuisine in all its simple deliciousness. The communal tables and set family-style vegetarian menu are still here: puchero gofio (vegetable-based stew), mixed salad, almogrote and almond flan, plus homemade cakes, juices and lemonade. Telephone: 34 922 80 40 77 Web: Casa Efigenia
Junonia $11 – 30
Junonia has an elegant dining room with contemporary artwork, and fuses creativity with classic La Gomera cuisine. Enjoy a sophisticated take on Italian dishes like black pasta with salmon in lobster-vodka-and-prawn sauce and exquisitely prepared fish. Telephone: 34 648 81 01 00 Web: Junonia
Parador de La Gomera $30 and Over
Amid white-cloth tables and beautiful subtropical gardens, this elegant restaurant is San Sebastián’s most refined dining spot, specializing in Canarian favorites – from smoked goat’s cheese to roast lamb to grouper with patatas arrugadas. Telephone: 34 922 87 11 00 Web: Parador de La Gomera
La Cuevita $11 – 30
In a natural cave beside a small chapel at the west end of town, with low lighting and earthy-red tablecloths, well-established La Cuevita serves Canarian wines alongside fine fresh local seafood – tuna, vieja (parrot fish), chocos (cuttlefish) – and grilled meats. Telephone: 34 922 89 55 68 Web: La Cuevita
La Tasca $11 – 30
Spread over two traditional cottages with four dining rooms, this intimate tavern is popular with both gomeros and visitors. On the expansive, unpretentious menu, pizzas, risottos, pastas and mainland-style tapas mingle with Canarian dishes.. Telephone: 34 922 14 15 98 Web: La Tasca
Best La Palma Bars
A fun-filled La Playa club/piano bar hosting a great regular line-up of live music and events – from flamenco performances to tango workshops to DJ parties. Web: Gomera Lounge
Live music, DJ sets and laid-back vibes on a leafy garden terrace just inland from Vueltas’ harbor. Telephone: 34 922 80 61 04 Web: Bar Cacatua
Seriously I didn’t think there was a beach without waves, so this rised
intrest in me for the Island of La Gomera,not to speak about the quietness
because as an introvert that the best gift I can ask for overall I think the Island of La Gomera
is a great place to visit I just wanted to ask if you can bring pets
Yes, you can take your pets here 🙂 Sounds like the perfect paradise for you!
I and my Girlfriend were considering visiting the island of Tenerife, but when I saw a picture of La Negra beach with its black sand, I just loved it. I definitely want to go there. We started to look for flights there. Hope we will be lucky to find some good deals by the end of September, but I think till the mids of October will be fine as well with the climate.
And vegetarian restaurants is our main priority as my girlfriend can’t eat meat, proper dishes are what motivate us.
Thank you for review.
You will enjoy. I love Tenerife, but La Gomera is equally as beautiful and with plenty to see and do, or just relax. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Wow, La Gomera seems to really be a magical island! I like the attractions such as hiking and kayaking! Also, the weather seems to always be nice in La Gomera. I’d rather go in February than in August because I can’t stand when it’s hot. Actually it’s ironic since I’m an African woman! But I would go to La Gomera without hesitation, it seems to be a nice place to rest and meditate…
Yes, La Gomera is for anyone! Great place for some R&R, not to mention the food and the culture to take in.
Of course I know the Canary Island, but I had not heard of La Gomera specifically. The video is amazing. It looks like a Paradise. The information you offered is detailed and sufficient to plan an entire trip including entertainment. For such a beautiful place, the prices are very reasonable…. much better than where I live. As well, everything, including the roads looks modern and well care for. Thank you for this introduction to La Gomera. Since retirement, we have been looking for travel destinations. This may certainly be one of them.
My aunt retired in the Canary Islands and she loves it there. Gives me great reasons to head there for sure. And if I could I would live there as well. Lots of German folk head to the Canaries, kind of like snow birds I guess. Wonderful place!
This is an awesome article and a must-see to add to the bucket list. I love how you have gone into detail about what one can do and even prices to help with budgeting. Your website is also pretty awesome I will keep an eye out for future blogs because I like the style of writing you have. Much information is given out and highly convincing =, I think I need a holiday here soon.
The canary islands, who doesn’t love them? I like the fact that this island doesn’t have large hotels or a vibrant nightlife scene, but that there is plenty of nature and tranquility. Stunning video. Which gives you a great idea of the vibe of the island. Although I must say that the beaches don’t look that great, what can you say, it is still Europe… not the Bahamas :p
Another great piece of work from your desk. I have read some of your work on Island and some strategic cities like Bahamas. Its highly illustrative. Thank you for been in depth again with La Gomera. I look forward to seeing its beautiful beaches and also the beautiful temperature in August and September. We will pin on one of our visits for next year
Ow lord you done it now! I need a vacation soon, and those images are so realistic especially if you have been to any tropical island and visited the beautiful Caribbean! French Polynesian is one of our dreams to visit one day. I heard its pricey, but you need to do 2 weeks to fully enjoy because of jet lag. I am curios are these all places you personally have visited, and I would love to see recommendations and the best time of year to visit these beautiful places. I love how easy it is to navigate the page and the information. Good job and good luck to you.
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I agree, always at least 2 weeks. Depending on where you are flying from, I don’t consider the travel days as days on vacation, because they just aren’t. You get there in time to unwind and maybe have a good meal and a drink or too. Please let me know if you need help deciding on a location 😀
I very much liked your site, very informative and gave plenty of options while your reader decides which beach to get a tan on. Your site is very clean and the only thing that I see as an area of improvement is the hotel options list. I would just make the hotel list a side-by-side view so as not to have so much white space on the page unused.
I started my morning coffee with this post of yours. Watched the stunning video. It’s spectacular and mind blowing. I loved everything. I sometimes walk 20 Kilometer for my exercise. Imagine me taking a walk around this beautiful little haven, stopping by a $10 vegetarian lunch, playing on sand. The hotels are affordable. I really want to go and visit this one. It’s in my list.
Thank you so much for a truly amazing review.
Great, and wow how nice to walk along the beach. I live on the beach, and that is something I do almost everyday. Cannot be beat!
Hi, Leahrae! Thanks for this interesting article. La Gomera sure does offer the perfect escape to the hustle & bustle of city life. There are dramatic beaches, trails through tropical mountain scenery and misty rainforest. This place is certainly a good choice to hike at the Garajonay, perfect for an adventurer like me. This place is a hidden gem!
It is a hidden gem! I am glad you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments 🙂
Your description of La Gomera entices the reader to go there. I have never actually ever seen a black sand beach and would find this aspect of La Gomera fascinating. Not being in love with crowded destinations, I rather like the sound of La Negra Beach and the Teide National Park Tour. When I visit new places I always want to indulge in the local culture so Casa Efigenia sounds like just the ticket to try the Canarian food. Thanks for a great review.
You are welcome Jenni, thank you for visiting Beach Travel Destinations.
Wow. Reading your description of La Gomera is one thing. Watching the video is another. It is absolutely stunning. I immediately went to the food section. La Tasca seems like a delicious place to eat. At $11 – 30 bucks, it’s very affordable. I love pizza, risotto, pasta. Great review.
Thank you Shalisha! I am glad you enjoyed.