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Accessibility - accommodation

This island is still relatively remote, although the airport has been massively upgraded - the terminal building is way out of keeping with the nature of the island. There are currently two flights (from Gran Canaria and Tenerife) in and out daily. The main links are by ferry from Los Cristianos on Tenerife. The catamarans are fast, taking about 45 minutes. The smaller one, run by Garajonay, also serves, conditions permitting, Playa Santiago and Valle Gran Rey.
Accommodation is mainly in small hotels, guest houses and self-catering apartments, although there are one or two larger complexes. There are still those sleeping rough. Further construction is taking place just west of Playa Santiago. There didn't seem to be much elsewhere.

"Winter" on the beach

For many Europeans the conditions in "Winter" are suitable for sunbathing and swimming. Indeed it can be too hot for some and the sun is strong even at this time of year.
The beaches are typically stony - relatively large stones - with small stretches of black sand, as in this picture, though it is difficult to make out. To the east - away to the right of the view shown - towards Vueltas there is a small well-protected sandy beach suitable for small children and an Italian-style ice-cream parlour.

Playa Santiago

Formerly a fishing village, but no longer with any significant commercial activity. The ferry between San Sebastian and Valle Gran Rey calls. A few smaller craft, including a dive boat, moor in the harbour, where fairly large vessels can be lifted onto dry stands.
Stony beach with a little of the island's typical black sand at the harbour end. The beaches are usually stonier in winter and sandier in summer.
There are holiday property developments on both headlands - best known Hotel "Jardin Tecina" to the east.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Quiet - rugged - sub-tropical
  • Cons:Quiet - rugged - sub-tropical
  • In a nutshell:Still a place to go to get away.
  • Last visit to Isla de la Gomera: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 29, 2006
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  • zweiblumen's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2006 at 12:47 PM

    I'm off to La Gomera six weeks today for a two week walking holiday of the island (plus El Hierro). Loved the photos, good practical info too. Cheers!

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    May 3, 2005 at 1:42 PM

    Would love to go back with my hiking boots Good page

  • Don12's Profile Photo
    Mar 26, 2005 at 5:00 PM

    I was drawn to your Gomera pages as we travelled there to Playa Santiago last year (stayed at the HPB)...very nice pages...I also hope to add more myself soon

  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2005 at 12:09 AM

    great hiking info, thanks

  • bianchis's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2005 at 11:50 PM

    Sounds like a great place to get away from the crowds. Must try it someday. Thanks for the info.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Feb 16, 2005 at 12:05 AM

    been to the other Islands, see what I missed out on....excellent intro pic, gosh, realy inviting. good page Derek

  • Feb 7, 2005 at 5:47 PM

    What a fantastic destination! GREAT pics and info! Jen

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