Nature at its best and no high rise tourism!
La Gomera is a delightful quiet island, almost the perfect antidote to the busier parts of other Islands. If you are looking for a holiday involving relaxation, coupled with some gentle exploration by car or on foot, this unspoilt island could be for you. We would be delighted to introduce experienced walkers to a very knowledgeable, expert guide.
The following information is intended to explain the journey. Fred Olsen operates a catamaran and ferry service from Los Cristianos on Tenerife to La Gomera. We will arrange for you to be taken from the airport to connect with the most convenient sailing, some crossings are 45 minutes, others one and half hours. Of course, we include catamaran tickets in our holidays to
For added comfort why not upgrade to the “Gold Class” service on the catamaran? This offers a separate lounge with reclining chairs, waiter served complimentary light snacks service including soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. This can cost as little as £20 per person return (subject to change). If you would like to upgrade to this service it must be advised at the time of booking. Our representative will meet you at Los Cristianos harbour. You put your luggage into containers and reclaim it on arrival. A taxi will take you to your hotel and our representative will advise you of her visiting times. Due to the limited number of taxis on this small island, on rare occasions you may be asked to share your transfer – we will do all possible to avoid this.
If there is some waiting time for a convenient crossing, we can arrange for you to spend some time at Villa Cortes hotel in Tenerife. This is a good spot for a drink and we will ensure you are taken by car to Los Cristianos to catch the catamaran.
The landscape of La Gomera has withstood the passage of time and today you will find an uncommercialised island of dramatic valleys, plunging ravines and friendly people.
A quiet island whose centre is dominated by the National Park which conserves the uniquely beautiful plant life of the area. Originally volcanic and alternately lush and dry, the valleys are steeply terraced providing wonderful views.
La Gomera is calm, slow and relaxing with two good hotels, both of which we recommend. There is plenty to keep you busy on La Gomera including guided hiking tours to the most beautiful areas on the island, bike rental, diving and boat trips.
Getting to La Gomera
You fly into Tenerife and then we transfer you by private taxi to Los Cristianos harbour you for the crossing to La Gomera by Catamarran or Ferry, very pleasant and one can often see Dolphins during the journey. On arrival in La Gomera you will then be transferred to your hotel, at which point you will definitely start to unwind on this tranquil island. Our excellent La Gomera representative, Nicky, will be at the ferry harbour and will advise you of her visiting times and other useful information.
" Nicky was particularly helpful and supportive throughout our holiday. The best representative we have met. We look forward to exploring another destination with your company..."
The alternative to the catamaran crossing is a short flight from Tenerife North to the small airport not far from Playa Santiago in La Gomera. If we can offer you a flight to Tenerife North, less frequent that those to the South, then we can book a connecting flight to La Gomera. If you are flying into the South, then you would have to be transferred by car to Tenerife North, this takes about an hour so may not be worth the extra journey time to you.
Location of our hotels on La Gomera
Other than rural houses La Gomera has few hotels and currently only two are of the quality that Prestige Holidays offers . The islands’ Paradaor in San Sebastian and the Fred Olsen hotel, Jardin Tecina in Playa Santiago.
Is the capital of the island is centred around the harbour where your catamaran or ferry will dock. It is also a fishing town and has a relatively new marina where boat trips around the island leave from. It is from here that Columbus started his crossing of the Atlantic. It has plenty of restaurants, shops and bars and is more traditional than modern and steeped in history. There is a black sand beach in town facing Tenerife and several nearby. The Parador is set on a cliff top above the town about 5 minutes by taxi.
Playa de Santiago
The Jardin Tecina hotel with its neighbouring golf course is located just above this fishing village. It is a small community on the waters’ edge and has restaurants, a pebble beach and a port where the Garajonay Express ferry arrives from San Sebastian and then goes on to Valle Gran Rey. This is an alternative way to get to the capital, only 15 minutes on this ferry, which on the good but bendy roads would take about 35 to 40 minutes by car. This is very much a local community rather than a tourist resort and therefore pleasantly relaxed. Jardin Tecina would have all the facilities you would need on site, the village is a nice local addition. Also located in this area is the new and only golf course on the island, we provide more information about this on our What to do page.
We would like to draw your attention to the fact that neither of the hotels in La Gomera have tea/coffee making facilities in the rooms, they do however have room service.
Getting around on La Gomera.
Buses do operate between the main towns and are reasonable.
The best way to see what this island has to offer without a doubt is by car, and contrary to what many of our clients initially assume, driving here is very easy with well maintained, clearly sign-posted, wide roads, although admittedly, they are bendy! If you don’t pre- book a hire car before you go the may we suggest that if there is a chance that you may decide to hire on island that you remember to take your diving licence, you would be surprised how many of us don’t! Hire cars are delivered to the hotel and collected at the end of the stay or rental period, for your convenience.
What to do on La Gomera?
We have touched on some of the nature aspect of the island and this is one of the main attractions – we add further suggestions and mention some of the beaches and information on the new golf course on our What to do page above.
Events on La Gomera
These focus around local fiestas and we list relevant dates and applicable information on our What’s on page.
Things to buy include: local wine, palm honey if it is to your taste, hand made local pottery, there are some lovely delicate wind-chimes made from clay.
Prestige Plus in La Gomera
Private taxi transfers to the ferry port in Tenerife and from the ferry port in La Gomera
Ferry tickets (return) to La Gomera
Welcome fruit and wine or mineral water in your room on arrival with our ocmpliments
Travel Guide to the Canaries
The exceptional support and services of our local staff in Tenerife and La Gomera