La Gomera. Nature and magic
Lush forests Heritage World

With an area of 372 square kilometres, it is the second smallest island of the archipelago after El Hierro. An approximate population of 20,000 habitants working mainly in tourism, farming and the services sector.
In the very centre of the island is the Garajonay National Park, declared a Mankind Heritage Site by UNESCO, made up of species that are extinct in other parts of the world, but which remain on this island for the enjoyment of those who love to take a stroll in the wilderness.
But La Gomera is not only for ramblers; the landscape is spectacular all over the island: endless cliffs, deep ravines that run down to the sea, valleys of palm groves, hamlets in the countryside, black sand coves, farming terraces… a landscape that is practically untouched by human hand.
With Fred Olsen’s fleet of ships, you can visit Tenerife, La Palma setting off directly from La Gomera. Have a look at our timetable and you will be surprised.

Source: La Gomera Tourist Board

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Lines and shipments La Gomera

La Gomera - La Palma

120 minutes
90 km
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Benchijigua Express
Passengers: 1291 Cars: 341 Speed: 38

La Gomera - Tenerife

50 minutes
39 km
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Benchijigua Express
Passengers: 1291 Cars: 341 Speed: 38
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.

How is the food? La Gomera
How is the food?

With a cuisine based on land and sea products, don't miss the opportunity to taste the famous almogrote, a spread of highly cured cheese from La Gomera dressed with spicy red pepper. Walk the streets of the capital in search for the best parboiled pork, accompanied by pumpkin and corn on the cob, or visit the coastal edges where you can enjoy baifo (kid) with pepper paste spread. 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. 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. 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. 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, we recommend bringing warm clothing if travelling during the winter. It is also 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!

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.

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. 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.

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. 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". 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. 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. 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.

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".

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.

San Sebastian

It is the point of entry and capital city of the island. As the economic and cultural hub of La Gomera, it stands out due to its historic past, where the signs of Christopher Columbus passing through San Sebastián as the last point of departure toward his discovery of America make it a unique place in Canary Islands. The Torre del Conde, the church Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the San Sebastián shrine, or the place known as Casa de la Aguada, with its well from where it is said that Christopher Columbus took the water used to baptise the new continent, are only some of the jewels to discover in this small city.

Los Roques Natural Monument

The Natural Monument Los Roques is located at the border in-between the cliffs of La Laja and Benchijigua. The area includes a series of volcanic plugs like Agando, Ojila, La Zarcita, and Carmona, which are spectacular samples of intrusive volcanism, excavated by erosion.

Garajonay National Park

Your visit wouldn't be complete without taking a few steps inside this laurel forest, a humid forest with various species of evergreens which practically covered all of Europe in the Tertiary Era.

Mirador de Abrante

At the edge of the precipice, in Agulo, you can find this unique lookout. Apart from the spectacular view of the municipality and of El Teide in Tenerife, there is also the experience of walking on the glass walkway at 625 meters above sea level.

Valle Gran Rey

You can reach this municipality in the west side of the island in just one hour drive. A good place to taste fried fish and enjoy a swim in the Playa del Inglés.

Los Órganos

If you are going to stay here for more than a day, taking a boat tour to one of the most spectacular natural sculptures in the islands is worth your while. You can arrive from Valle Gran Rey or Playa Santiago in private boats.

Timetables La Gomera
Origin
Destination
Date

Ferry schedules La Gomera La Palma

Port of departure: S. S. de La Gomera
Port of arrival: S.C. de La Palma
  Monday
24/04
Tuesday
25/04
Wednesday
26/04
Thursday
27/04
Friday
28/04
Saturday
29/04
Sunday
30/04
09:55 120 min
09:55 - 11:55
13:25 120 min
13:25 - 15:25
19:55 120 min
19:55 - 21:55
120 min
19:55 - 21:55
120 min
19:55 - 21:55
120 min
19:55 - 21:55
Benchijigua Express
Ferry schedules La Palma La Gomera
Port of departure: S.C. de La Palma
Port of arrival: S. S. de La Gomera
  Monday
24/04
Tuesday
25/04
Wednesday
26/04
Thursday
27/04
Friday
28/04
Saturday
29/04
Sunday
30/04
05:30 110 min
05:30 - 07:20
110 min
05:30 - 07:20
110 min
05:30 - 07:20
110 min
05:30 - 07:20
06:00 110 min
06:00 - 07:50
13:00 120 min
13:00 - 15:00
16:00 120 min
16:00 - 18:00
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.