La Gomera Weather: Excellent for Year-round Walking Holidays

Walkers in the sun above Barranco Revolcardero
Walkers in the sun above Barranco Revolcardero

La Gomera (Canary Islands) is a year-round destination for walkers. Average temperatures range between 19-28°C°/ 66-82°F and overall the sun shines throughout the year. These weather conditions give you great flexibility to plan your walking holiday at a time that suits you best. Read on for more insight into the weather of La Gomera.

Year-round holiday destination

The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago situated off the northwest coast of Africa and La Gomera is the second-smallest of them all. Beyond the popular beaches of the other islands, the natural beauty and amiable climate of exotic La Gomera makes it an ideal year-round destination for walking holidays. 

A walker follows the path towards Santiago |  <i>John Millen</i>

Because La Gomera is oceanic (it emerged from the Atlantic Ocean as the result of volcanic activity), there is a diverse flora, high in endemic species. The mild climate has only added to this. When walking in La Gomera you’ll find an enormous variety in vegetation ranging from palms to evergreen trees in the laurel forests to cacti, succulents and aromatic shrubs such as agave. There is also an impressive range of tropical and citrus fruit cultivated at the island, fantastic for the foodie walker.  

Winter in La Gomera

Even during the winter months, La Gomera gets 9 hours of sunshine daily, with the average day temperature close to 22°C/ 72°F. January & February are the ‘coldest’ months during which average temperatures are 17-19°C/ 63-66°F.

Rain on the Canary Island is restricted to a only few days during the winter months, eg. the wettest month is February with 13mm of rain over 2 days. Note that in the instances it does rain, it can be intense. 

If you want to visit Mt Teide as a tailormade extension, avoid travelling in early January as snowfall at this time can lead to the peak being closed and road access becomes impossible.

So why not treat yourself to a few days in the sun to help ease your way through the rest of winter?

Spring in La Gomera

The very best time to see flowers in La Gomera is February, March & April, so early spring. Average temperatures during spring are 18-21°C/ 64-70°F. The Canaries offer so much to the active traveller – a perfect climate, stunning scenery, delicious food and fascinating history.

Summer in La Gomera

It can be too warm to walk in August with average temperatures raising to 28°C/ 82°F and that's why we won't offer this trip then. But the rest of the summer, the temperatures in La Gomera are pleasant with July averaging 25°C/ 77°F. Most of the year, you will need to protect yourselves from the sun.

Landscape near Vallehermoso

Autumn / Fall in La Gomera

Not much more to say about travelling to La Gomera in autumn than that average temperatures are an extraordinary pleasant 21-24°C/ 70-75°F. It’s a time of year when the water temperatures are at their warmest, so great if you like to go snorkelling, relaxing by the beach, or kayaking. 

Whatever time of year, we can always dream of the clement southern European sunshine that is so prevalent on La Gomera. The BBC Weather website is a good source if you would like to know today's or forecasted temperatures in La Gomera.

Other things to consider about the weather in La Gomera

  • You should remember that because La Gomera varies in altitude, higher in the mountain villages it can be considerably cooler and on the coast a lot warmer than the average temperatures given.
  • La Gomera is a former volcanic island and many of the hiking trails have been scraped into the rocks over the years. There is no scrambling, but certain sections are very steep often with rocky steps and black basalt sections, which in places can be slippery.
  • When hiking in the native laurel forest, it can feel humid. This is because the Laurisilva produces its own localised humidity.
  • At altitude the effects of temperature are ameliorated but then the sun and the UV index is very strong. So, protect yourself well. 


Year-round walking holidays in La Gomera

Southern Trails of La Gomera

This 8-day trip is based on the sunny south side of La Gomera, with shorter walking days so you can take full advantage of the other activities this amazing island has to offer. You will get a mixture of varied walks. 

Exploring La Gomera, 8-11 Days

This circular walk takes you around almost the entire island, allowing you to experience the amazing diversity of landscapes on offer. The 8-day version is slightly shorter and skips the village of Hermigua, idyllically set in the middle of a ravine, which is covered in both sides by countless terraces. Hermigua is included in the 11-day Exploring La Gomera holiday

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