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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is La Gomera Airport (GMZ), which is just over half an hour's drive from the centre (about 20km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in La Gomera are Avis, Budget and Europcar.
Warmest month: August (24°C)
Coldest month: January (18°C)
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Hire a car in La Gomera
A craggy paradise island in the Atlantic Ocean, La Gomera is a rocky isle of natural drama.
One of Spain's Canary Islands, La Gomera is an undiscovered land when compared to its tourist-trap sisters Tenerife and Lanzarote. Despite being the second smallest island of the Canaries, it more than makes up for its size with big, dramatic landscapes. Narrow roads are cut into mountains that get particularly steep towards the centre of the island.
As La Gomera is so rugged, the only way to get around the island when you arrive is by hire car. However, exploring the wildest and most remote areas must be done on foot. You'll often bump into locals with fascinating stories about their lives and the history of the island.
The best of Garajonay National Park
La Gomera is divided into several districts – each with unique towns and landscapes. Garajonay National Park extends into all of the districts with its mountains, ravines, valleys and woodlands. The park is home to our pick of must-see natural sights.
Juego de Bolas Visitors' Centre
Before you even enter the main park, take a walk round the botanic garden of the visitors' centre in La Palmita, Agulo. It's full of flowers and plants unique to the Canary Islands and La Gomera itself.
El Cedro forest
Laurel trees cover much of the park and the El Cedro Forest area has the prettiest scenery for exploration. Walk through atmospheric mists created by the stream that follows your trail.
Alto de Garajonay
The highest point on the island, you can see almost all of La Gomera if you are lucky to visit on a clear day. Full of mysticism, there's a reproduction of a 6th century ceremonial ground where Guanches (native Canarians) used to come and talk to their gods.
Situated within the El Cedro forest, this pretty white chapel is the perfect spot to sit and relax with a picnic after a long day's trekking through the park.
La Gomera driving tips
Take it easy
Driving is slow as the roads are extremely winding across the island. You shouldn't expect to go faster than about 50km/h on most journeys.
Many of the major attractions on the island are a long drive away from each other, and parking is often a decent walk from the attractions themselves. So it’s best to pack trainers as well as your flip-flops!
Watch the roads
La Gomera is a walker’s paradise and the sharp bends on roads may block clear views of walkers suddenly appearing up ahead.
Enjoy the view
The speed limit on country roads is 90km/h – although you'll probably want to go slower than this to stop and appreciate the views!
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Areas to explore
Good for culture
San Sebastián de La Gomera
This city is the capital of La Gomera and has strong links to Christopher Columbus. There are several museums here, including Casa de Colón and the Archaeological Museum of La Gomera. Check out the Torre del Conde for an important example of military architecture on the island.
Good for nature
A mostly rural town, Hermigua is home to lush, green landscapes. The valley includes palm groves and banana plantations that make for fascinating walks. One of the most striking sights is the twin rocks Roques de San Pedro.
Good for beaches
Valle Gran Rey
Famous for the black-sand beaches of Charco del Conde and Playa de Vueltas, the town of Valle Gran Rey has some of the most attractive beaches on the island. Walk and relax on the promenade at La Playa, which has the longest stretch of beach on La Gomera.