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Best Day Trips to La Gomera from Tenerife

La Gomera is an island of breathtaking wild and natural beauty: I tell you how to visit it from Tenerife and discover its rural charm.

Alex Grande

Alex Grande

8 min read

Best Day Trips to La Gomera from Tenerife

Garajonay National Park | ©Lochabad

La Gomera is an island with landscapes that seem to be from another time and another place: wild vegetation, valleys covered with jungle and cliffs, and views of the sea that transport you directly to infinity.

On your trip to Tenerife, you can take a day trip to La Gomera to marvel at its incredible beauty and discover an ecosystem that is unique in the world and a World Heritage Site, the Canary Island laurel forest of the Garajonay National Park.

The favourite
From Tenerife: Day trip to La Gomera

The best value for money day trip to La Gomera

The best option to make the most of the day. You will visit the most charming villages of the island and its national park, the Garajonay, by bus. It also includes lunch and transfers to and from your hotel.

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
From £72 at Hellotickets

On this excursion you will discover the most impressive natural surroundings of the island with a local guide, in an air-conditioned bus and with a typical lunch included. You will depart by boat from the south coast of Tenerife (pick-up at your hotel) and head to San Sebastián de La Gomera.

Once you arrive there, you will start the ascent to the Garajonay National Park. Declared a World Heritage Site, inside you will discover the thousand-year-old laurel forest. Another of the National Park's treasures is the Degollada de Peraza viewpoint, which offers impressive views of the Barranco de la Laja ravine and the Chejelipes dams.

You will follow the route through La Palmita until you reach the villages of Las Rosas and Agulo, in the north of the island. There, you will enjoy a typical Canarian meal while watching a live demonstration of the silbo gomero, an ancient method of communication created by the aboriginal Canary Islanders and adapted to Spanish over time.

On the way back, you will pass some historical places of Christopher Columbus' life such as the Torre del Conde or the Casa de Colón, and you will see the villages of Chipude and El Cercado.

Positive: Of all the operators that offer excursions to La Gomera from Tenerife, this is the most complete in terms of value for money. You will discover the Garajonay and the most charming villages of the island in a full day and for a very good price for all that it includes.

Negative: Although an organised excursion is comfortable to visit the most essential parts of La Gomera, you will share the day with the group of tourists who will travel with you in the bus.


The most authentic
From Tenerife: Jeep Safari to La Gomera

The most premium option for touring La Gomera in small groups.

You will live a less touristy and much more authentic experience in La Gomera. You will cross the island in a 4x4 on less explored roads and you will be able to do a one hour trekking in the Garajonay.

Duration: 8 to 9 hours
From £77 at Hellotickets

Another more expensive option, but a step up in experience, is this Jeep tour. You'll cover the less touristy (but more popular with the locals) spots and by going in smaller groups, you'll be able to connect better with the guide and the nature of the island.

After picking you up at your hotel in Tenerife, you will depart for La Gomera and by boat and 4WD to the Garajonay National Park. You'll cross the laurel forest and take a short walk of about an hour before heading to the Hermigua Valley.

You will walk through the valley and its rural environment of small houses by the roadside and cultivated terraces. You will pass through banana and aloe vera plantations and stop numerous times to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views from the natural viewpoints scattered around the island.

Before returning to San Sebastián de La Gomera, you'll enjoy a lunch of typical Canarian food at a local restaurant with views of Mount Teide while being taught how to communicate in Gomeran silbo.

Positive: This tour is much more intimate and personalised. Only 6 people can go at a time in the Jeep, so you can enjoy the day in a very small, almost private group. It also includes a walking tour through the Garajonay.

Negative: It's a long excursion that lasts a whole day, but the price£77 per person) is not affordable for everyone. Travelling in a very small group has an exclusivity that increases the cost compared to the previous option.


Why it's worth visiting La Gomera with an excursion from Tenerife

Coast of the Gran Rey Valley| ©Lydia Steinmassl
Coast of the Gran Rey Valley| ©Lydia Steinmassl

You will save time

If you are in Tenerife because you are looking for a holiday of sun, beach and lots of relaxation, a full day in La Gomera is the perfect plan to combine your trip. If you tried to do it on your own, it would be practically impossible to enjoy everything in one day: organising the day, driving from one place to another, etc. With an excursion, the local guide will make sure you don't miss the most spectacular spots.

You will save money

If you visit the island on your own, it is important to have a vehicle, otherwise it is not worth it. The cost for 2 adults and 1 car is 185 € round trip, which is more than the organised excursion.

You will have a local guide at your service

If you only have one day to visit La Gomera, time is precious and a local guide will make sure you get to know the must-see spots on the island. Let yourself be guided by their recommendations, take the opportunity to ask any questions you may have, etc. If you also decide to take the Jeep tour, you will see a natural and wild perspective of the island in an almost private group that you could not get in any other way.

The ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera

Ferry Tenerife - La Gomera| ©Spanish Ports
Ferry Tenerife - La Gomera| ©Spanish Ports

The ferry for all excursions to La Gomera departs from Playa de los Cristianos in Tenerife. There are currently two companies operating this route: Fred Olsen and Naviera Armas. Both ferries are similar and make the journey in only 50 minutes. The ferries are very large and stable, with very comfortable cushioned seats.

If you want to go on your own, it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. You can find their official websites here and here.

The cost of a return trip Tenerife - La Gomera for 2 adults and 1 car is around €185. Without a car, the price drops significantly, but it limits the possibility of visiting the island so much that it's not worth it.

Practical tips to keep in mind during the excursion

Views from the viewpoint of Degollada de Peraza| ©Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble
Views from the viewpoint of Degollada de Peraza| ©Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble
  • Don't forget your ID card or passport, as you will need it to board the ferry to La Gomera.
  • In the case of the Jeep excursion, La Gomera harbour fees are not included in the price (10,50 € per person).
  • If the weather is bad, the excursion will be postponed or cancelled, and your money will be refunded. Speaking of which, if for any reason you want to cancel the excursion, please do so at least 24 hours in advance for a full refund.

What to see in La Gomera

Views of the Gran Rey Valley from the César Manrique viewpoint.| ©Franco Vannini
Views of the Gran Rey Valley from the César Manrique viewpoint.| ©Franco Vannini

These are the most outstanding places on La Gomera, which you can visit with an excursion or on your own:

San Sebastián de la Gomera

Taking the ferry from Tenerife will get you to San Sebastián de La Gomera in about 50 minutes. You can visit some of its attractions, such as the Casa de Colón Museum (in this small town, Columbus stopped before setting sail for the Americas) and the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a beautiful church that will give you the rural charm you'll find elsewhere on La Gomera. Either on arrival or before catching the ferry back to Tenerife, it's worth taking a short stroll through the streets and visiting the squares and shops.

Torre del Conde

The Torre del Conde is the most outstanding monument in San Sebastián de La Gomera. It is a very special 15th century fortress for two reasons: the very original white decor mixed with the brick and, above all, it is the southernmost medieval (gothic) building in the world! The Torre del Conde is a real eye-catcher against a backdrop of palm trees.

Alojera

The beautiful village of Alojera is off the beaten tourist track, and to get there you'll have to cross roads along cliffs where you can stop to enjoy the views. The local product is palm syrup, a delicacy that you can try and even take back bottled as a souvenir.

The beach at Alojera is a marvellous place to swim with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean in a natural setting of palm trees and sandy paradise.

Garajonay National Park

The Garajonay National Park is the jewel of the island. Declared a World Heritage Site, it is a spectacular Biosphere Reserve along with the whole island. It is located in the centre of La Gomera, full of trails to walk and viewpoints with breathtaking views. It is a journey into the past of the planet because it has the best preserved laurel forest in Europe. This type of rainforest covered practically the whole of the Old Continent millions of years ago.

Roque de Agando

If you're looking for photos of La Gomera, there's a good chance you'll see a rock formation that stands out amidst the greenery, clouds and palm trees: it's the Roque de Agando. A stop to immortalise the island's most emblematic spot is a must on your excursion.

Valle Gran Rey

Finally, the viewpoints on the way to Valle Gran Rey: the Ermita del Santo viewpoint offers spectacular views from a huge cliff where you can see, on a clear day, the islands of El Hierro and La Palma, and from the César Manrique viewpoint you cansee the valley in all its splendour.

A good place to eat is Restaurante El Mirador, an unpretentious place with nice views from the terrace, and there is also a small cactus garden you can visit.

Alex's Traveller Tip

There are some very nice souvenirs you can take back with you from La Gomera: a bottle of palm syrup, traditional pottery from El Cercado, or a jar of almogrote or mojo are perfect souvenirs of your trip.

What else can I see and do in Tenerife?

Whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife| ©Alberto Varela
Whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife| ©Alberto Varela

Tenerife is an island full of contrasts and places to discover, so don't worry, you'll never have too much time to spare. If you fancy enjoying the Atlantic waters, the best option is to go on a whale and dolphin watching boat trip, as Tenerife is one of the best places in the world to do so.

You can also go kayaking and snorkelling with turtles and, of course, climb Mount Teide, the jewel of the island.

Frequently asked questions

  • Is it worth going to La Gomera from Tenerife?

    Yes: La Gomera is a unique island for its vegetation and landscapes and its small size makes it the perfect excursion to spend a day discovering its most striking corners.

  • How long does the ferry to La Gomera from Tenerife take?

    The ferry takes 50 minutes, and is large, stable and comfortable.

  • Is it worth joining an excursion to La Gomera from Tenerife or is it better to go on your own?

    If you only have a day, it's best to join an organised tour where you'll be taken to see the island's essential sights so you can make the most of your time, without having to hire a car or spend time working out your own itinerary.

  • Is one day enough to discover La Gomera?

    La Gomera is an incredible island and the more days you can dedicate to it, the better. But if you only have one day, it's worth taking a tour so that you can get to know this magnificent island during your trip to Tenerife.