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INFO: From June 29th  the 75% subsidy will be applied, for the passengers certifying the residence in the Canary Islands, in the inter-island connections. Click here for more information.

La Gomera. Nature and magic
Lush forests Heritage World

Farming terraces on sloping hillsides... A virtually untouched nature that, along with centuries-old traditions, makes this island a magical place... Would you like to visit it?

And when you get there, keep moving on with Fred Olsen!
Once you're at the Columbian island, get to visit its three busiest destinations: Valle Gran Rey, Playa de Santiago, and San Sebastián de La Gomera, on board our Benchi Express! The only vessel that takes you across the inland route of this beautiful island.

La Gomera in numbers
    -  With an area of 372 square kilometres, it is the second smallest island of the archipelago after El Hierro.
    - Population of 20,000 habitants working mainly in tourism, farming and the services sector.

A park with great natural value
The Garajonay National Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is located at the very centre of the island. Its dense forest, made up by species that have already disappeared in other locations of the planet but that have survived in this island for our enjoyment, provides this place with a unique and very significant environmental value.

Source: La Gomera Tourist Board.

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Lines and shipments La Gomera

La Gomera - Tenerife

50 minutes
39 km
0 stops
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Benchijigua Express
Passengers: 1291 Cars: 340 Speed: 38

La Gomera - La Palma

120 minutes
90 km
0 stops
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Benchijigua Express
Passengers: 1291 Cars: 340 Speed: 38

Internal route La Gomera: Playa Santiago - Valle Gran Rey

41 minutes
19km
0 stops
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Benchi Express
Passengers: 250 Bicycles and motorcicles: 8 Speed: 19

Internal route La Gomera: S. S. de La Gomera - Playa Santiago

31 minutes
12.5km
0 stops
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Benchi Express
Passengers: 250 Bicycles and motorcicles: 8 Speed: 19

Internal route La Gomera: S. S. de La Gomera - Valle Gran Rey

81 minutes
31.5km
1 stops
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Benchi Express
Passengers: 250 Bicycles and motorcicles: 8 Speed: 19
What you can not miss? La Gomera
What you can not miss?

Don't let its small size fool you. Touring La Gomera in your vehicle will take several hours, and more if you plan to do some hiking, which is highly recommended at this "Isla Colombina." Stroll around San Sebastian, walk through the woods of El Cedro, bathe in the Valle Gran Rey... La Gomera awaits you, and you're going to love it. Do you up on board with us?

Remember that you can travel around the island with Benchi Express.

Gastronomy La Gomera
Gastronomy

With a cuisine based on land and sea products, La Gomera is so much more...

Meats: Walk the streets of the capital in search for the best pork, or visit the coastal edges where you can enjoy baifo (kid) with pepper paste spread.

Fish: If you're a fish lover, don't leave without trying the red porgy or island grouper soup and the different tuna, vieja, and grouper dishes, which are very typical of the island.

Cheeses: Complete your culinary experience with a good La Gomera cheese tapa, a product prepared from sheep and goat's milk, or with some Papas Antiguas. Don't miss the opportunity to taste the famous almogrote, a spread of highly cured cheese from La Gomera dressed with spicy red pepper.

Wines: Wash all this down with a La Gomera Wine with D.O., a mistela (spiced wine), or a nice Gomerón, a liquor made with caramelized honey.

Desserts: Sweeten up your departure with some delicious island desserts, where the bilana cake (potatoes and almond), galletas burras, or the large variety of exotic jams: papaya, mango, or date stand out.

What to pack? La Gomera
What to pack?

La Gomera enjoys pleasant temperatures year-round. However, you have to be prepared for everything. Take note, depending on your travel date:

During the winter: we recommend bringing warm clothing, especially if you visit the higher areas of the island.

The rest of the year: it is advisable to bring appropriate footwear if you want to walk along the hundreds of trekking trails that run across the island. And of course, don't forget your towel and bathing costume!

It all started...

Ferry Gomera launched its ferry service in the island of La Gomera on 8 July 1974. The first vessel was christened Benchijigua in honour of a small village in the south of the island. The choice of its name also followed a tradition long-established by Fred. Olsen, by which all ships in the fleet should bear a name beginning with the letter B.

100 thousand passengers, a whole milestone

It is precisely this regular ferry route that has enabled La Gomera to become the island so popular today. Long-gone are the days when this destination remained sadly cut off from the rest of the world. In the early days, the Benchijigua offered three daily crossings in each direction, each one lasting 80 minutes and catered for 399 foot passengers and 60 cars. In just six months, more than 100,000 passengers travelled on board, many of them making use of an added bonus, the free coach service connecting the port of Los Cristianos with the capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.

Constant service

Without a doubt, these events marked the history of La Gomera and the first ferry Benchijigua accomplished its mission, soon becoming an essential part of day-to-day life for the people of the island. For example, it can even be said that this service saved more than one life; on various occasions the ferry set sail with just one ambulance and a patient on board, the journey often making the difference between life and death. The showcases of the Fred. Olsen company are replete with plaques and medals, awarded by the people of La Gomera as a token of their gratitude, not only for the excellent service offered, but also in recognition of the wealth of humanitarian acts carried out over the years.

More travelers, faster

Five years after the founding of this route, the Ferry Benchijigua was replaced by a larger, faster ship, the ferry Bonanza, already part of the Fred. Olsen fleet, but withdrawn from European traffic. The local people, unconditional fans and even friends of the company, received this second Benchijigua with open arms.

A gold in tourism

From an early date, Ferry Gomera also played an important part in promoting tourism to the island. The day trips offered from the island of Tenerife gave rise to a realm of secondary activities, ranging from the production of handicrafts and souvenirs, to the increase in restaurants, gift shops and car hire offices, and even taxi services.

From this point onwards, important European tour operators began to take an interest in this new destination. In 1984 the company celebrated its tenth anniversary. On this unforgettable occasion, in front of a large crowd gathered in the local harbour, Fred. Olsen received the honour of seeing both the avenues leading to the ports of San Sebastián and Los Cristianos rechristened with his name. Later, in 1988, the Regional Council for Tourism awarded the company a gold medal, the most important recognition in the tourist industry, "for its outstanding role in promoting tourism in the island of La Gomera and for creating this essential link with the island of Tenerife".

1989...

In September 1989, Ferry Gomera set up a new service between Los Cristianos y San Sebastián, this time introducing a vessel widely recognised as "fast and comfortable", the SES Sant' Agata, later known as the Gomera Express. In December of that year, on completion of the fleet, this vessel was returned to its original owners. The crossing with this ferry lasted just 35 minutes.

29 rounds around the world

One year later, on celebrating its 16th anniversary, Ferry Gomera had reached a grand total of 29,095 crossings, clocking up no less than 625,542 miles, some 1,163,800 kilometres or the equivalent of 29 trips around the world on the equator. Up to that point, the company had transported more than 504,000 cars, 130,000 trucks, 44,300 vans, 43,869 buses, totalling an overall weight of more than 1,085,000 tons. As well as the 890 patients who had been transferred urgently to the island of Tenerife on the regular ferry service, twenty additional emergency crossings had been made to transport patients in a critical condition. All this had consumed a massive 565,750 tons of fuel.

A record trip!

In August 1991, after 17 years of existence, Ferry Gomera beat its own transportation records, by adding to its totals just over 85,000 foot passengers and 10,000 cars, as well as some 35,000 foot passengers and 4,500 cars on the route between Playa Blanca and Corralejo, re-established two years before by means of the Ferry Betancuria. This meant an increase of almost 10,000 passengers over the figures reached the previous year. In 1994, during the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the launching of the connection between La Gomera and Los Cristianos, Fred. Olsen and the Canarian Postal Service signed an agreement to set up the first mobile post office on board the Ferry Benchijigua, as a symbol of the decades of collaboration between the two companies.

A close and special relationship!

On 23 June 1994, as part of its goal to remain at the head of the market in sea links to La Gomera and in order to improve its service, at the same time keeping fares as low as possible, the company added a fourth return journey at midday. This voyage opened up many opportunities to its users to combine their trip with connections to other islands and meant an increase in the company's offer of passenger and freight transport of 33%.

On 27 January 2000, in line with the company's policy towards modernisation, the Benchijigua Express sailed into the port of La Gomera. This impressive fast, wave-piercing catamaran was specially built in Australia and took 21 days to make the 23,000 kilometers crossing which separates that huge country from the tiny round island. With this vessel, as a gift to the people of La Gomera for their loyalty over 25 years, Fred.Olsen fulfilled his promise to bring to the island a vessel considered as "one of the most modern in the world in its class".

The best of the best

At the present day, Fred.Olsen's commitment with the island of La Gomera remains intact. Following the 30th anniversary of the company in the island, a new Benchijigua Express was introduced, this time a trimaran, the most modern type of vessel in the world. This spectacular ship boasts an overall length of 126 metres and carries more than 1,200 foot passengers and 340 cars. The use of this Fast Ferry represents yet another step forward in the services previously offered by the other Benchijigua Ferries, and provides La Gomera with an unbeatable vessel.

Fred Olsen Express operates La Gomera inland route again!

The company invests once again in the Columbian island, connecting Valle Gran Rey, Playa de Santiago, and San Sebastián de La Gomera three times a day, and it has achieved that by building the Benchi Express in Barcelona, a comfortable passenger catamaran, and by creating a new business model, designed exclusively to make the quality and success of this route sustainable long-term, and without subsidies.

This 250-passenger ship, which can also transport bicycles and low-powered motorcycles, made its first trip during the summer of 2017, so that La Gomera’s residents and visitors have the opportunity to connect the busiest spots on board a Fred Olsen Express ship.

San Sebastian

It is the capital of the island. As the economic and cultural engine of La Gomera, this small town stands out for the greatness of its historical heritage.

The Columbian island: Christopher Columbus's passage through the city is still very much alive. San Sebastian was the last departure point towards the discovery of The Americas. In addition, you can visit Casa de la Aguada and its well. Legend has it that Christopher Columbus took water from it and used it to baptise the new continent.

Gems to be discovered: Torre del Conde, church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, or Ermita de San Sebastián, all must-see destinations!

Discover it all aboard the Benchi Express: remember that the capital city is one of the spots from which our catamaran, that covers the inland route of this island, arrives and departs every day, 3 times a day!

Los Roques Natural Monument

You will find this natural spectacle within the Parque Nacional Garajonay, a varied set of volcanic plugs, surrounded by a humid forest. If you move around La Gomera in a car, you cannot miss the panorama offered by the TF-713 highway as you go up the mountains and away from the capital city. There, right in the line that separates the north and south slopes, monumental volcanic plugs await you: Agando, Las Lajas, Ojila, La Zarcita, and Carmona.

Tips: From the base of the Agando volcanic plug, hikers can start a 2.5 kilometres adventure across a beautiful forest.

Take your camera and make sure it’s fully charged in case you catch a glimpse from afar of the Teide "floating" over the sea, a unique view that you will want to share with all your social network contacts!

Garajonay National Park

In its dense jungle, you will be lucky enough to find endemic species and enjoy its flora and various plant species, all this surrounded by a mist that will make you feel in a magical place.

Gara+Jonay

Legend has it that the name Garajonay comes from an impossible love between the local princess Gara and a Tenerife resident called Jonay. Their families didn’t approve this love, so they drove a wooden spear through themselves and jump from the highest peak of the island.

Mirador de Abrante

This unique overlook-restaurant can be found on the edge of the cliff, in Agulo. Aside from the spectacular views of the town and the Teide (Tenerife), it offers an unforgettable experience: Walking along its glass walkway 625m. above sea level. You will love the sensation of freedom! You will also enjoy the landscape while savouring typical Canarian tapas and the creative cuisine of this restaurant, with an island flavour. Enjoy! Opening hours and more info here.

Valle Gran Rey

This municipality west of the island, the second largest of La Gomera after the capital, is a little over one hour by car or in our Benchi Express from San Sebastián, or a 40-minute trip in our ship from Playa de Santiago. Valle Gran Rey is a great place to savour fresh fish, enjoy a dip in Playa del Ingles, and take in its unique surroundings: countless palm trees, whitewashed neighbourhoods, green landscapes, black sand beaches, and an infrastructure ready for you to enjoy a fun and relaxing vacation.

Discover it on-board the Benchi Express: remember that Valle Gran Rey is one of the spots from which our catamaran, that covers the inland route of this island, arrives and departs every day, 3 times a day!

Los Órganos

This is kind of a "cathedral organ" carved on a cliff in the middle of the sea. Sounds interesting, right? If you want to marvel at this architectural work of volcanic nature, take note: you can get to Los Órganos from Valle Gran Rey or Playa Santiago on private boats.

You can’t say you didn’t now! It's worth it...
 

Timetables La Gomera
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Ferry schedules La Gomera Tenerife

Port of departure: S. S. de La Gomera
Port of arrival: Los Cristianos
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Benchijigua Express
Ferry schedules Tenerife La Gomera
Port of departure: Los Cristianos
Port of arrival: S. S. de La Gomera
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Benchijigua Express
Address:

Estación Marítima Local nº 1

38800 Puerto de San Sebastián de La Gomera.

How to arrive:
  • Highway to San Sebastián de La Gomera to the town, once there take Avenida del Quinto Centenario to the port and enter the Avenida de los Descubridores until reaching Paseo Fred Olsen.
Port services:

Fred. Olsen services:

  • Pre-boarding area for customers travelling with their vehicle.
  • Luggage trolleys available right next to the vessel to be used up to your destination.
  • Left-luggage service for individual luggage transport to destination (cost €1).

 

In-port services:

  • Facilities include public parking lots, coffee shop, taxi service, car hire, and coach stop to all destinations on the island.

Address:
Avda de la Marítima s/n
38810 Alajeró, La Gomera
How to arrive:
  • From Valle Gran Rey and from San Sebastián de la Gomera, you can reach via the inland route of Fred. Olsen Express; which links the three ports of the island.
  • From the north of the island, take GM1 (direction Arure/Valle Gran Rey/Airport), turn right and enter the GM2 direction Valle Gran Rey/Arure. At the next roundabout, take the CV-13 (Alajeró/Chipude/Aeropuerto) and join the GM3 at the airport and follow signs for Playa de Santiago until you reach the end of Avenida de la Marítima.
Port services:

Fred. Olsen services:

  • Ticket machines
  • Digital information point
  • Waiting cover with benches

 

In-port services:

  • It has public parking (16 seats), taxi service and cafeteria.
Address:
Avenida Marítima, Puerto de Vueltas
38870 Valle Gran Rey, La Gomera
How to arrive:
  • From Playa de Santiago and from San Sebastián de la Gomera, you can reach via the inland route of Fred. Olsen Express; which links the three ports of the island.
  • From the north of the island, take the GM1 direction Valle Gran Rey until you reach the roundabout direction CV-7 towards Borbalán/Vueltas, continue along Av. El Llano and at the roundabout take the third exit towards Puerto de Vueltas.
Port services:
Fred. Olsen services:
  • Ticket machines
  • Digital information point 
  • Waiting cover with benches
 
Services on the port:
  • It has a bar/restaurant,  taxi service, parking area and car rental.