The volcanic island of La Gomera is among the smallest of the Canary Islands (along with El Hierro). Located off the North African coast, it has a small population of just 21,136 inhabitants. La Gomera was colonized by the Spanish crown in the early 1400s. The island already made history then when Christopher Columbus made the island his last port of call before his voyage to the Americas in 1492. Columbus also stopped at La Gomera during his second and last voyages to the Americas.
Because La Gomera’s land was far more arable than neighboring islands like Fuertevenura, the local economy had more of an agricultural base (including sugar cane and wine production, and bananas & tomatoes later on). Still, due to occasional economic crises over time, there were waves of migration into the Americas over time (even to Cuba and Venezuela during the 1920s, due to a recession there).
Over the centuries, the island had limited contact with the outside world for a simple reason: its smallness (the entire island has a diameter of just 25 kilometers). This means there’s no airport that accommodates large jets, only small aircraft. Because of that, the more practice way to visit La Gomera is via ferry boat (from neighboring Canary Islands and from the Spanish mainland). For that reason, statistics note that La Gomera breaks the six-figure mark (100,000 visitors) annually only when the number of travelers going to another of the smaller Canary Islands (El Hierro) are counted together.
Still, for those who plan an excursion into La Gomera, its climate may be reason enough to go. The Canaries are known for the variation in temperature between the balmy middle of the day and the cooler evenings but, on La Gomera, you can experience cool spring weather requiring layers of clothing and rain gear up in the mountains while, by the seashore, high summer reigns supreme, with temperatures in the mid-20s (Celsius) and seawater warm enough to comfortably bathe in.