Introduction to La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Probably the most common reaction for first-time visitors to la Gomera is a very simple one – wow! The island is simply spectacular in so many different ways – from it’s obvious rugged volcanic scenery right through to it’s varied and unique flora and fauna – any visit to la Gomera is certain to be an eye-opening and inspiring experience…
Just off the south-western coast of Tenerife, la Gomera is well connected with it’s bigger brother by way of the double-daily Fred. Olsen catamaran service which speeds visitors smoothly across the straits between the islands and is a vital lifeline for the people of la Gomera.
Once docked at the port of San Sebastian transferring to road transport for the journey into the island itself is very quick and within less than an hour most visitors to la Gomera will find themselves at their holiday accommodation.
Obviously here at The Golf Travel People our focus is mainly on golf holidays on la Gomera, but the island offers so many fantastic experiences and activities we really do recommend not only playing golf during your time on la Gomera, but ensuring you include any of the other options available including hiking through the various national parks all with their own unique environments, sea-swimming and fishing and much much more during your stay.
Location Map of La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
When to Travel to La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Like the other Canary Islands, la Gomera really comes into it’s own in the winter months when the excellent climate from November to February is superior to almost any other part of Europe.
Located just off the north-western coast of Africa, the Canaries really do offer an amazing year-round climate that allows visitors and residents to really take advantage of the weather and enjoy their favourite pastimes and activities – including golf of course – for 365 days of the year.
With average temperatures rarely dipping below 20 degrees and with generally low rainfall amounts – except in some of the cloud forests like el Cedro (see below) – the climatic experience for visitors to la Gomera is usually a good one.
Average Temperatures in la Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Average Temperature Ranges in la Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
Top Tip from Andrew at The Golf Travel People
“A visit to la Gomera is recommended at any time of the year, although clearly the main advantage of the Canary Islands is the preferential weather that is usual throughout the dreary winter months that many of us Northern Europeans have to endure.
Sight-seeing and playing golf in shorts and shirt-sleeves is to be enjoyed all year around on la Gomera and there is nothing finer than an al-fresco breakfast on the terrace at the Hotel Jardin Tecina in December or January with the birds signing and the sunshine sparkling on the blue sea beneath the cliffs… it puts a smile on my face and makes me feel a bit smug when I think of my friends and family back home in the cold and dark!”
Getting to La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
It is definitely worth having a clear understanding of how you are going to get to la Gomera for your holiday there, as it is certainly not the easiest or most accessible location! But, for many visitors to la Gomera this is part of its attraction as the slightly more difficult access to the island means it is far less crowded than many other Canarian islands and certainly gives that sense of adventure that can be so lacking in these days of direct flights being available to almost everywhere!
Most visitors to la Gomera arrive via the Fred Olsen Benchijigua Express fast ferry service that operates at least once a day (more frequently at peak times) between the port of Los Cristianos in the southern part of Tenerife and the San Sebastian Port on la Gomera. You are able to use this ferry in a number of ways – as a foot passenger, by taking your own vehicle on the ferry or by travelling across between the islands on a transfer service whose vehicles also travel on the ferry to allow for seamless roll-on, roll-off transfers between your accommodation or the airport on Tenerife and your accommodation on la Gomera. We can usually include any of the fast ferry options with your la Gomera golf holiday booking.
Flight access to la Gomera is also possible with Binter Canarias offering a service between the Tenerife North Airport and the la Gomera Airport located near the town of San Sebastian. Unfortunately, Tenerife North is the less well served of the 2 main Tenerife Airports, so if you do wish to fly into Tenerife and then onwards to la Gomera you will usually need to take a transfer shuttle between the South and North airports.
Top Tip from Dan at The Golf Travel People
“Unless you are a really confident and somewhat adventurous driver, I’d really recommend using an arrival transfer or taxi service for your journey from the port of San Sebastian to the resort of Tecina Golf and Hotel Jardin Tecina. The road along the coast between the port and the resort is really mountainous and has plenty of switch-backs and steep drops to either side. However if like me you enjoy driving, then you’ll find driving on la Gomera really fun, but you must be very careful as there is almost zero forgiveness available if you go a little bit too fast into a corner!
Having said all that, a car is recommended as this allows you to further explore the whole island and gives great access to the many hiking trails and viewpoints that visitors will enjoy whilst on la Gomera.”
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With only 1 golf resort on la Gomera at Tecina, there was only 1 person who we wanted to assist with their recommendations of the bets that la Gomera has to offer and that is our friend Mercedes Beautell who is the Golf Director at the Hotel Jardin Tecina Resort.
Garajonay National Park, this historic park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986. It stands out for being the main exponent of the Canarian laurel forest, an ecosystem from the Tertiary Age in optimal conditions of conservation. Alto de Garajonay, the highest point of the island at 1.482m offers magnificent views, is a must when visiting La Gomera, as are the viewpoints of the Natural Monument of Los Roques, Morro de Agando viewpoint and Tajaqué viewpoint, located on the peaks of the island, with significant scenic and natural value, surrounded by laurel and endemic species, and beautiful views of Benchijigua, north and south slopes with waterfalls of clouds, and magical figures in the rocks. Sometimes, you can see the peak of the Teide floating!
Don’t miss the visit to El Cedro Forest (40 minutes from Playa de Santiago), and go through its fairytale paths to the hermitage of Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, streams and spectacular spots such as the viewpoint of the waterfall of El Chorro del Cedro. Continue north to Hermigua and Agulo, stopping at the Mirador de Abrante, where you can contemplate the typical rural landscape of the Canary Islands, with the option of floating over the valley of Agulo and the sea if you walk on the glass cantilevered corridor. An unparalleled experience. Also take the opportunity to visit the Garajonay Visitor Centre Ball Game.
The Organs (north coast of Vallehermoso), form one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes that exist, in the form of a majestic cathedral organ carved on a basaltic cliff, accessible only by sea. Take advantage of the Benchi Express ferry transfer from Playa de Santiago to Valle Gran Rey (40 min), to embark there on the adventure of private excursions to Los Órganos, which last approximately 3.5 hours along the west coast of the island. So there you can admire the spectacular formation of Los Organos, which was named one of the 18 wonders of Spain by National Geographic in 2018.
La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain Golf Clubs & Golf Courses
Although la Gomera offers just the one golf course, it is quite a course!
Tecina Golf is a unique golfing experience with the design of the golf course being unmatched anywhere as far as we know. From the clubhouse you journey directly up the hillside with the buggy path intersecting the golf course to the left and right until you reach the highest point of the golf course. From here the views over the course down to the sea far below and over the water to Tenerife with Mt Teide filling the horizon are quite spectacular.
As the golf course winds it’s way down the hillside back to the clubhouse, golfers will enjoy the garden-like feel of the course with many varieties of the beautiful flora and fauna that la Gomera is famous for lining the fairways and providing colourful backdrops to the greens.
Even the short driving range here at Tecina Golf is unique as it is laid out on the footprint of the terraces of an old banana plantation and this provides an obvious challenge of straight-hitting on the range as you aim to land the ball on the same strip of terracing as your tee position!
Top Tip from Jonathan at The Golf Travel People
“Most golfers tend to use a buggy when playing Tecina Golf on la Gomera, but if you hitch a ride up the hill to the first tee, the golf course is actually one of the easiest walking courses I’ve ever played as all the holes either play on the flat as they wind back and forth across the hillside, or downhill…
You do need to concentrate if you want to make a good score here though as it is so easy to be distracted by the spectacular location in which you are playing. With great views from each and every hole, it is imperative that you keep your focus if you want to play to your handicap or better!”
La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain Golf Resorts & Golf Hotels
Here at The Golf Travel People we only offer one hotel on the island of la Gomera, but as the image above shows it is located in quite an amazing position high on the cliffs overlooking the straits between la Gomera and Tenerife.
Most of the Hotel Jardin Tecina’s rooms offer direct sea views as the rooms are built into the cliff side and there are few better places to enjoy an early morning cup of tea or an early evening sundowner than the balcony of your room…
The hotel features all the facilities that a modern golf resort should offer, and with much of the hotel having been recently refurbished the quality and high standards are very apparent.
Frequently Asked Questions about La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain
The island of la Gomera is one of Spain's Canary Islands and is located off the West African coast of Morocco and is the 3rd most-westerly of the Canaries. Tenerife is the closest of the main Canarian islands - only about 1 hour distant by fast ferry.
As of the last census of la Gomera in 2019, the permanent population of the island was 21,500 people.
As indicated above, the island of la Gomera does have it's own airport with regular flights available to Tenerife North Airport, but many visitors to la Gomera arrive via Tenerife South Airport and utilise the Fred. Olsen fast ferry - the Benchijigua Express - to travel across from Los Cristianos on Tenerife to the port of San Sebastian on la Gomera.
Only Binter Canarias fly in and out of La Gomera on a scheduled basis from Tenerife North Airport, but many flight options are available to both Tenerife North and South Airports using your usual favourite airline from your local home airport.
- Spectacular volcanic scenery - The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Garajonay National Park - Los Organos volcanic coastline - Challenging roads and driving! - The Fred. Olsen Challenge - an annual EuroPro Tour golf event