Playa De La Cueva La Gomera (Cueva Beach)

By Jill

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Playa De La Cueva La Gomera lies in San Sebastian, on the northern side of the town’s port. This sandy beach is close to the town’s amenities and quieter than the nearby Playa de San Sebastian.

It is an excellent beach to visit if you have time to kill while waiting for a ferry. Playa de la Cueva also has a short, attractive promenade with benches where you can relax and enjoy the views of Tenerife’s Mount Teide.

Basic Information Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

Playa De La Cueva La Gomera Canary Islands Spain Information Table
Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

If you are looking for a quieter, more isolated beach in the San Sebastian area, then we suggest you check out either Playa de la Guancho or Playa de Avalos.

An Introduction To La Gomera Beaches

La Gomera’s mild climate means its stunning beaches can be enjoyed year-round. However, if you are searching for long white beaches with endless lines of sun loungers, La Gomera may not be the place for you.

A typical La Gomera beach is small with black volcanic sand or shingle. Picture quiet (almost deserted) bays with crystal clear turquoise waters nestled between dramatic craggy cliffs.

Some beaches within the towns are busier with amenities nearby, while others can only be reached via boat or on foot. However, if you are prepared to walk, you are often rewarded with an entire beach to yourself.

Playa De La Cueva La Gomera At San Sebastian Also Known As Cueva Beach Canary Islands Spain Olympic Monument In San Sebastian Also Known As Monumento de la Antorcha Olímpica México 1968
Playa De La Cueva La Gomera – Olympic Monument

However, a word of caution is that swimming in the sea on La Gomera can be dangerous, especially during the winter. The island can be windy with large waves and powerful currents, especially during high tide.

Some beaches aren’t suitable for swimming (especially for children) at any time of year, while others are more sheltered and generally safe. Before swimming on any La Gomera beach, we recommend you take the advice of a local tourist office.

An Overview Of Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

Playa de la Cueva is one of two beaches in the port town of San Sebastian. It lies directly next to the town’s port, has good amenities and is just a few minutes walk from San Sebastian’s centre.

Playa de la Cueva is an attractive beach (despite being next to the port,) and it has excellent views across the water to Mount Teide volcano on Tenerife. This beach can be windy, but the cliffs and the sea wall behind it provide shelter from the sun.

Playa de la Cueva is one of the sandier beaches on La Gomera, but it still has some rocky areas. The water is relatively sheltered by the promenade wall, but caution should still be used when swimming there.

If you have spare time, walk up to the Monumento de la Antorcha Olímpica México 1968. This replica Olympic torch is built on top of a rocky outcrop at the end of the promenade.

Walk up the steps to the top of the monument, and you will be rewarded with a great view of San Sebastian. Access to the monument can be found at the south end of the promenade through a small tunnel (shown in the image below).

Playa De La Cueva La Gomera At San Sebastian Also Known As Cueva Beach Canary Islands Spain Access Tunnel To Olympic Monument In San Sebastian Also Known As Monumento de la Antorcha Olímpica México 1968
Access Tunnel To Olympic Monument In San Sebastian La Gomera

Prepare For Your Visit To Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

There are a few things it is worth noting before visiting this beach:

  1. Sunburn – The coastal winds on La Gomera mean that sunburn is common. The sun here is powerful, and the cooling breeze can fool you into thinking you are not at risk. Also, wind is now believed to reduce the skin’s natural protection against UV rays.
  2. Stones – The beach is a mix of sand and stone and may be difficult to walk on with bare feet, so take suitable shoes for the water if you plan on going in.
  3. Winds, Waves and Tides – it is worth repeating that all beaches on La Gomera can be subject to these, so make sure you are fully aware of the conditions before swimming.

Access To Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

Playa de la Cueva La Gomera is accessible by car, although there is limited parking next to the beach. There is free roadside parking in the town and several car parks, so it is unlikely that you will need to walk more than 5-10 from your parking spot.

Amenities At Playa De La Cueva La Gomera

Playa De La Cueva La Gomera At San Sebastian Also Known As Cueva Beach Canary Islands Spain Promenade At Dusk With View Across Water To Mount Teide Volcano On Tenerife In The Distance
Playa De La Cueva La Gomera Promenade At Dusk

Amenities at Playa de San Sebastian are very good. There are a couple of bars/restaurants on the promenade, and you are just a 5-minute walk from all the town centre amenities. There are also showers on the beach.

Pros And Cons Of Playa De La Cueva

Pros Of Playa De La Cueva

  • Good amenities
  • Close to port
  • Close to the town centre
  • Views of Mt Teide volcano
  • Road access
  • Partially sandy
  • Shelter from the sun
  • Attractive promenade
  • Olympic monument

Cons Of Playa De La Cueva

  • Parking close can be difficult
  • Busier than many La Gomera beaches

Conclusion: Discover Playa De La Cueva, La Gomera

Looking for a quieter beach experience in La Gomera? Playa De La Cueva in San Sebastian is your go-to spot. With its close proximity to town amenities and stunning views of Mount Teide, it offers the perfect blend of convenience and serenity. Just remember to check the tides and pack suitable shoes for the mixed sand and stone terrain. Ready for your next beach getaway?

About Us

We’re Kevin and Jill; we are from the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Canada but were blown away by the impossibly steep mountains and ravines of La Gomera. We hope to inspire you to visit this unique island and strive to create the ultimate guide.

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