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Looking down onto mountains in La Gomera with the ocean behind

Choose La Gomera holidays to relish a natural flavour of the tasty Canary Islands. The second smallest of this island group, La Gomera is a quiet and beautiful destination where relaxation tops the holiday agenda.

If you enjoy peace, beautiful scenery and tasty food, then holidays in La Gomera could be for you. Much quieter than the other Canaries, such as Tenerife and Lanzarote, La Gomera is a haven for holidaymakers who want to get away from it all.

The island was formed from the extinct remains of a volcano and its soaring peaks testify to its ancient history. These graceful shapes are clad in lush forests and the island is peppered with tiny, whitewashed villages.

There are no direct flights to La Gomera from the UK, though the transfer from Tenerife is quick and easy via frequent ferry services. This inaccessibility is part of La Gomera's appeal for many visitors. The islands are exempt from excise duty too; don't forget to grab your duty-free goodies in La Gomera.

The fascinating landscape of La Gomera sets the scene for walking breaks as well as lazy beach days spent on the black sands that are so typical of the Canary Islands.

Bustling tourist resorts are unheard of here and high-rise blocks are nowhere to be seen. The main resorts are Valle Gran Rey, on the west coast, and neighbouring Tecina and Playa de Santiago in the south. Tecina attracts golf enthusiasts too and the course offers unique views across to Mount Teide on nearby Tenerife.

Other pursuits, besides golf and sunbathing, include whale watching, windsurfing and diving.

Holidays in La Gomera can also be filled with day trips around the island. Take a tour of the fort of Torre del Conde before hopping off to a banana plantation. An old mill where locals used to make flour is what you'll find at Molino de Gofio, while Mirador de la Hila is a stunning viewpoint from where you can inspect San Sebastian. Garajonay National Park also offers great views of La Gomera and beyond. Laurel forests are crisscrossed by streams in this central landscape, which is home to the island's highest peak.

Fascinated by La Gomera? You should be. This island offers the chance to truly relax in the pleasant climes of the Canary Islands. To find a great-value holiday to La Gomera, use our search tool and let your adventure begin.

Weather

Just like the other Canary Islands, La Gomera enjoys an enviable year-round climate dominated by warmth and sunshine. Temperatures top 25C in July and August, with spring and autumn averages at around 22C. Winter temperatures hover at around 20C and slightly below.

Events

San Marcos Festival; April 24: Bonfires are lit in Agulo on April 24th in a traditional celebration of religion and male bravado. Watch as young men leap through the flames to test their bravery.

Festival of Saint John; June: Celebrate the Summer Solstice in June on La Gomera when more bonfires are lit in a nod to the ancient belief that the flames would ward off evil.

Fiesta del Carmen; July: Help the locals to rejoice and honour Nuestra Senora del Carmen, the patron saint of fishermen. Seafood lovers should party especially hard, what with the bountiful supply of delicious platters of seafood offered in the restaurants of La Gomera. See processions and boat tours during the annual event.

Best of La Gomera holidays for...

  • Active types: Find your way through farmlands and forest-clad mountains in Vallehermoso in the western half of the island.
  • Relaxing: Pack your beach towel and pick any one of La Gomera's lovely beaches on which to lay it. The island doesn't get crowded so you are guaranteed to find a peaceful spot.
  • Romance: The forests of the stunning interior are truly romantic, with mist-shrouded valleys and sun-dappled pathways to stroll through. Don't go too fast, there's nothing romantic about being sweaty!.