The weather on La Gomera is quite mild all year round, especially if you come from Central Europe and spend your holidays here for a few weeks. But even on this small Canary Island you don't always have a sun guarantee. The warmest months are July, August and September. Even though it can get very warm during the day, it cools down significantly in the evening, especially in winter.
I would like to recommend light-skinned tourists to protect themselves well against the sun even in Winter. A light protection factor between 20 - 30 would be a good basis. You should furthermore avoid the midday sun between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm and wear a hat and high-quality and dark tinted sunglasses.
The climate on La Gomera is still very pleasant and not too hot even in midsummer, as a pleasant breeze always blows, especially in the coastal regions. As long as you spend your holiday in sunny places like Valle Gran Rey, Playa Santiago or San Sebastian, air conditioning is not necessary, even if temperatures rise during the day between 20 - 30 degrees. In the evening it often cools down significantly.
In the months of December til end of February, La Gomera has winter season and the weather can get uncomfortable at short notice at this time of year, especially in the high-altitude villages. Mostly it only rains a few hours and then the sun shines again. Nevertheless, the temperatures on La Gomera tend to be very mild even in winter and you can still walk around during the day with short pants and flip-flops. However, you should also take a (rain) jacket with you in the winter months as the wind can get very fresh.
The climate on La Gomera is much milder at any time of the year than in the rest of Europe and a holiday is really worthwhile at any time of the year, as you can go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean almost all year round and enjoy the sun.
In the north of La Gomera the climate is always a little cooler due to the trade winds and it rains a little more. The sun-drenched south and the west, on the other hand, are the warmest regions on the island and especially popular with holidaymakers. In the higher altitudes or in the mountains it is often much cooler than in the coastal regions, this should be borne in mind when planning your holiday. Temperature differences of up to 2 degrees per 100 metres of altitude can occur.
If you want to have "guaranteed" sun, you should settle in Playa Santiago, San Sebastian, Alajero or Valle Gran Rey. For hikers and nature lovers we recommend the villages of Hermigua, Vallehermoso and Agulo. However, life in the north of La Gomera is still a little more authentic than e.g. in the tourist stronghold Valle Gran Rey. So if you prefer to go on holiday away from the tourist streams, you should have a look at Hermigua or Agulo. But also the other places in the north of the island are really highly recommended, even in winter!
If you come to La Gomera to do Whale Watching, you can actually travel all year round to watch the whales and dolphins. The best time with the highest sighting rates is spring, because during this time also the big whales are to be found with a little luck. But on the other hand the weather on La Gomera is not yet particularly stable due to gusty winds and high waves, the sea can still be very moving.
Hiking can be done all year round. But often the winter months are more suitable for this. Even if the weather conditions on La Gomera are not always stable at this time of year, you will be rewarded with a colourful flowering nature and a lush green rainforest. From time to time it could rain heavily, especially in the higher altitudes, but it is at least not quite as hot as in summer. Local hiking operators offer guided tours through the gomerian National Park all year round.
Nothing is as volatile as the weather, even here on La Gomera. However, it can be said that it is pleasantly warm and mild on this island all year round. It is not for nothing that La Gomera is also called the island of the “eternal spring”.
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The values shown in the climate table for La Gomera represent the minimum/maximum of each month, although there are also relatively warm but also very cold winters on La Gomera. In addition, it can also happen that it rains a little already in autumn or the wind refreshes without warning. There have also been winters on La Gomera in which there has been little or no rain. Temperatures may also rise above 35 degrees in summer and the island is plagued by the famous “Calima”. “Calima” is an unfavourable weather situation for the Canary Islands, in which dry desert winds from the Sahara with easterly winds are blown towards the archipelago.