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La Gomera, Canary Islands Travel Information

According to militarynous, La Gomera is an island in the Atlantic Ocean (Africa) that is part of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are one of the autonomous regions of Spain. The capital of La Gomera is San Sebastian. A number of major cities on La Gomera are: Valle Gran Rey, Vallehermoso, Hermigua and Alajeró.

La Gomera is one of the smallest islands of the Canary Islands. The landscape is mostly mountainous and is ideally suited for hikers. Tourists often visit the island for the peace and nature. Garajonay National Park can also be found on the island. Hundreds of plant and tree species can be found here. Many banana plantations can also be found on the coast. Playa de Santiago and Valle Gran Rey are the most famous beach resorts on the island. These are mostly black sand beaches. See cellphoneexplorer for Africa travel guide.

Where is La Gomera located?

Travel information of La Gomera

Official name: La Gomera
Continent: Europe (politics) and Africa (location)
Area: 378 km²
Capital: San Sebastián
Country code: ES, ESP
Population: 20,940 inhabitants (2016)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Highest point: 1,487 m (Alto de Garajonay)
Distance (Amsterdam – San Sebastián): 3,261 km
Flight time: approximately 5 hours

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place on La Gomera that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of La Gomera, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to La Gomera. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about La Gomera?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay on La Gomera at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
La Gomera has a subtropical climate. Temperatures average 20 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for La Gomera can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of La Gomera can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June and September are the best months to travel to La Gomera. This avoids mass tourism from the Spanish mainland and the chance of precipitation.

Spanish is the official language on La Gomera. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Spain:
Dutch consulate on Tenerife (also for La Gomera):
Spanish Embassy in the Netherlands:
Spanish consulates in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to La Gomera.

Money and Currency
On La Gomera, payment is made with the euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on La Gomera can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on La Gomera are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -38% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (42% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (55% cheaper), cigarettes (51% cheaper) and public transport (59% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On La Gomera it is customary to tip. In most hotels and restaurants, a service charge is added to the bill. If this is not yet the case, the tip is approximately 10%.

Time difference
On La Gomera it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on La Gomera is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for La Gomera can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On La Gomera you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on La Gomera.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within La Gomera.

On La Gomera you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets on La Gomera can be found on our electricity page (look under the Canary Islands).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
The water from the tap is slightly chlorinated and can therefore cause stomach and intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to La Gomera can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from La Gomera can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from La Gomera end
Official websites of La Gomera: and

The country code (international access code) to call someone on La Gomera is 0034 or +34.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from La Gomera? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the La Gomera Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of La Gomera.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of La Gomera.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of La Gomera.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays on La Gomera can be found on Lonely Planet.
You will find an overview of all school holidays on the Canary Islands (La Gomera) in the Eurydice school guide.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on La Gomera, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report about La Gomera?
At you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited La Gomera. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on La Gomera can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on La Gomera can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to La Gomera? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with La Gomera, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about La Gomera, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to La Gomera.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0.3 for novice drivers up to 2 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…The current inhabitants of La Gomera are largely farmers?
… Hippies lived in the caves of Valle Gran Rey for a long time?
…There are many banana plantations on La Gomera?
…Some remote villages on La Gomera are deserted?

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