Getting to La Gomera
There are different companies that offer boat trips from Los Cristianos to La Gomera. The two main ferry companies that operate this route are Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen Express.
Naviera Armas operates daily departures from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian de La Gomera, the capital of the island. The ferry journey takes approximately 1 hour, and the timetable may vary depending on the season. During the high season (July and August) there may be more frequent departures. The first ferry usually departs at around 8:00 am and the last one at around 6:00 pm. The cost of a one-way ticket for adults starts at around 20 euros and can go up to around 30 euros depending on the type of ticket and seat you choose.
Fred Olsen Express also operates daily departures from Los Cristianos to San Sebastian de La Gomera. The ferry journey takes approximately 50 minutes, and the timetable may also vary depending on the season. During the high season, there may be more frequent departures. The first ferry usually departs at around 8:00 am and the last one at around 7:30 pm. The cost of a one-way ticket for adults starts at around 25 euros and can go up to around 35 euros depending on the type of ticket and seat you choose.
Both Naviera Armas and Fred Olsen Express offer different types of tickets, such as economy, business, or VIP seats. It is recommended to book your tickets in advance, especially during the high season, to ensure availability and to get the best prices.
During the ferry journey, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged coastline of both Tenerife and La Gomera. Once you arrive in San Sebastian de La Gomera, you can explore the island’s charming capital, visit the historic Torre del Conde, or take a bus to other parts of the island.
Things to do on La Gomera
- Explore Garajonay National Park – This UNESCO World Heritage Site covers almost 10% of the island and is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. Visitors can enjoy hiking trails, including the popular trail to the summit of Garajonay Mountain, where you can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
- Visit the historic capital of San Sebastian de La Gomera – This charming town has a rich history, having been the last port of call for Christopher Columbus on his voyage to the Americas. Visitors can explore the town’s historic buildings, including the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and the Torre del Conde, a 15th-century fort.
- Discover the unique whistling language – La Gomera is famous for its whistling language, known as “Silbo Gomero,” which is used to communicate across the island’s rugged terrain. Visitors can take a tour to learn more about this fascinating language and its history.
- Enjoy the island’s beaches – La Gomera may not be as well-known for its beaches as some of the other Canary Islands, but it still has some stunning stretches of coastline. Playa de Santiago is one of the most popular beaches, located in a picturesque fishing village on the south coast of the island.
- Go on a whale and dolphin watching tour – The waters around La Gomera are home to a variety of marine life, including whales, dolphins, and sea turtles. Visitors can take a boat tour to see these magnificent creatures up close.
- Visit the island’s traditional villages – La Gomera has a number of small, traditional villages that offer a glimpse into the island’s rural way of life. Agulo and Vallehermoso are two such villages that are well worth a visit.
- Try the local cuisine – La Gomera has a unique culinary tradition, with dishes such as “almogrote,” a cheese spread made with local goat’s cheese, and “gofio,” a roasted cornmeal that is used in many traditional dishes.
- Go on a hiking or biking tour – With its rugged terrain and stunning landscapes, La Gomera is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. There are many hiking and biking trails that offer breathtaking views of the island’s mountains, valleys, and coastline.
- Experience the island’s festivals and traditions – La Gomera has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can experience traditional music, dance, and festivals throughout the year. The Feast of the Assumption, held in San Sebastian de La Gomera in August, is one such festival that attracts visitors from all over the world.