Best Time to Visit La Gomera

Are you thinking of visiting La Gomera but don't know what the island's climate is like? Read on!

Isabel Catalán

Isabel Catalán

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Best Time to Visit La Gomera

View of La Gomera | ©Guillaume Baviere

La Gomera's climate is subtropical oceanic, so temperatures are mild, temperate and sunny most of the year. This makes it a great place to visit at any time of the year.

In this post we will discuss in detail the climate of La Gomera so that you can not only prepare your suitcases but also plan the activities you will do once you are on the island.

1. When is the best time to visit La Gomera?

Enjoy the summer in La Gomera| ©Jörg Bergmann
Enjoy the summer in La Gomera| ©Jörg Bergmann

Any time is a good time to travel to the Canary Islands- the weather is wonderful! However, if during your stay in La Gomera you want to do outdoor activities and go to the beach, the best time to visit the island is summer, from mid-June to the end of September. The days are short but hot, so it's a good idea to get up early to go sightseeing on La Gomera.

This is the time when most of the national tourists who visit La Gomera choose to travel, which is why it is the high season for tourism.

2. Visiting La Gomera in the summer months, the best option

View of the coast from the sea| ©Liendain
View of the coast from the sea| ©Liendain

If you're planning a trip to La Gomera because you want to go to the beach, get a tan, go out on the beach and practice water sports, the best time to discover the island is in summer because the days are sunny and hot - perfect for being outdoors!
Temperatures normally reach a maximum of 26/27ºC from July to September, with the hottest day of the year being the 21st of August, when the temperature reaches 30ºC. The minimum never falls below 18ºC. For this reason, summer is also a great time for activities such as hiking.

I'm up for a hiking trip around La Gomera

What to pack in your suitcase in summer?

To combat the high summer temperatures, I advise you to stay well hydrated, take light clothing and a sweatshirt to protect you from the wind. And don't forget to bring the summer classics for travelling to the Canary Islands: a hat, sunglasses, a swimming costume and plenty of sunscreen.

Summer festivals

Summer is the season par excellence for the patron saint festivals in Spain. They are not only part of the island's cultural heritage but also an excellent opportunity for tourists to have fun and learn about local customs. Here are some examples:

  • 16th July - La Virgen del Carmen: The patron saint of sailors is honoured and many coastal towns of La Gomera, such as Vallehermoso, celebrate them with special passion and maritime processions are held.
  • July 25th - Santiago Apostle: Don't miss the beach of Santiago on this day. The locals and tourists alike will never forget the fantastic festivities that take place there.
  • 15th August - La Virgen de la Candelaria: In Chipude this day is celebrated in style and people gather to sing romances to the Virgin and play drums and chácaras.
  • 16th August - La fiesta del Ramo in Arure: every year a different family from the village makes offerings to the Virgin and the villagers celebrate this day with dancing and music in the street. Something worth seeing.

3. Visiting La Gomera in winter, a very appetising time of the year

La Gomera in winter| ©Tony Hisgett
La Gomera in winter| ©Tony Hisgett

Winter is also a good time to go to La Gomera because it is a dry season. The days are longer than in Europe and the temperatures are mild. Sunbathing is often possible but the sea is cold, although this is not an impediment for the most hardened tourists.

During this season, the island is very lively with its famous carnival and foreigners arriving to escape the freezing European winter, so it's also a good time to travel if you want to meet people and share travel experiences, whether it's hiking, a jeep tour or a road trip through the villages.

Highs usually reach 23 degrees Celsius and lows rarely drop below 14 degrees Celsius.

I want to go on a hiking trip in La Gomera

What to pack in my suitcase in winter?

If you are travelling to La Gomera in winter, when packing your suitcase I recommend you to take light clothes for the day and some warm clothes (sweatshirt or jumper) for the night. You can also take a mackintosh and a folding umbrella because during this season some Atlantic storms may arrive to the Canary Islands but they are not prolonged so you can do outdoor activities without any problem.

Winter festivals

During the winter one of the most important festivities of the Canary Islands takes place, the carnival, although it is not the only one. If your stay on La Gomera coincides with this celebration, remember to pack your costume in your suitcase because the island has a very special way of experiencing it and you'll bring back lots of souvenir photos.

  • 6th January - Holy Three Kings: This is an important holiday in San Sebastián or for municipalities such as Valle Gran Rey,
  • Carnival - February: The festivities take place especially in the capital of La Gomera, i.e. San Sebastian, and the carnival is celebrated in style as on the other Canary Islands. If your trip coincides with the month of February, don't miss it because it is a very lively event and there is music, murgas, parades, etc.

4. Visit La Gomera in spring, the bathing season begins

Exuberant spring| ©Rolf Dietrich Brecher
Exuberant spring| ©Rolf Dietrich Brecher

After the minimum temperatures that winter brings to the island, in spring the temperatures start to rise, reaching maximum temperatures of 25ºC and minimum temperatures of 19ºC. The days are sunny and the weather is mild, which is the starting signal for the bathing season on the beautiful beaches of Playa del Inglés, Playa de la Cueva and Playa Argaga.

Many ecotourism lovers come to La Gomera in spring. If your trip coincides with this season, my advice is to visit the impressive Garajonay National Park, which is home to a famous thousand-year-old laurel forest.

I'm up for a hiking tour in La Gomera

What to pack?

If you plan to visit La Gomera in spring for ecotourism, a pair of comfortable shoes that will take you from one point to another on the island without foot pain is a must in your luggage. I advise you to pack some light clothing and some warm clothes as well as a mackintosh in case you get caught in the clouds and horizontal rain on your route through the Garajonay National Park - the humidity is high here!

Don't forget to pack the classic sunglasses, a swimming costume, a cap and sunscreen.

Spring festivities

During the spring, La Gomera celebrates a festival that is very similar to the festivities of San Juan in the Valencian Community, but in the Canary Islands style. Get your camera ready because you'll be taking lots of photos.

  • 24th April -San Marcos: Agulo's is one of the oldest festivals in the Canary Islands to celebrate the saint's name day. You will be amazed to see the sabina wood burning in a bonfire while the bravest locals jump over the bonfires to the sound of drums and chácaras all night long.

5. Visiting La Gomera in autumn, pleasant weather and low season

Valle del Gran Rey in autumn| ©Liendain
Valle del Gran Rey in autumn| ©Liendain

After the summer heat (especially if there is haze), autumn arrives, which is also a good time to visit La Gomera as temperatures are still pleasant with maximum temperatures reaching 23ºC and minimum temperatures of 18ºC.

However, the probability of rainfall in this season is somewhat higher than in spring, but don't let this stop you from visiting La Gomera in autumn, as everything can be easily solved with an umbrella and a mackintosh.

Also, the great advantage of visiting the island at this time of year is that it's the low season for tourism in the Canary Islands, so prices go down and you won't find as many people as in summer or winter to see La Gomera's main tourist attractions - great if you don't like crowds!

I want to go on a hiking trip in La Gomera

What to pack in your suitcase in autumn?

If you choose to hike in the mountains during the autumn, it can be cool at certain altitudes, so it is advisable to bring warm clothes that you can take with you at some point during the hike.

Another must-have in your suitcase is comfortable shoes and a mackintosh in case it starts to rain. And if you're going to be walking around the island's villages in temperatures of 23ºC, you should pack light clothing and a jacket in case it cools down.

Autumn festivals

Autumn is a time when there are fewer festivities than in summer, but the inhabitants of La Gomera also get together to spend time together and have fun. These are some of them.

  • 3rd October - Santa Clara: This is an important festival in Arguamul, a remote village in the municipality of Vallehermoso, where the locals celebrate this date with great joy.

  • 13th December - Santa Lucía: Her chapel is located in the hamlet of Tazo (Vallermoso). It dates back to the 16th century and is one of the oldest religious buildings on the island. People go there to make their offerings and petitions to the saint.

6. In summary, the climate of La Gomera at a glance

  • Spring
  • Temperatures
  • Maximum 25ºC
  • Minimum 19ºC
  • Summer
  • Temperatures
  • Maximum 27ºC
  • Minimum 18ºC
  • Autumn
  • Temperature
  • Maximum 23ºC
  • Minimum 18ºC
  • Winter
  • Temperature
  • Maximum 23ºC
  • Minimum 14ºC