Playa De Tapahuga La Gomera (Tapahuga Beach)

By Jill

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Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera is a peaceful beach just a few kilometres east of Playa Santiago town centre. The steep rocky beach means that it isn’t very family-friendly, but great for anyone in search of solitude.

Basic Information Playa De Tapahuga La Gomera

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

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.

Rocky Beach And Blue Sea At Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With Old Harbour Wall In Background
Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera

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 Tapahuga La Gomera

Playa de Tapahuga (sometimes spelled Playa de Tapachuga) is easy to access from Playa Santiago but is quiet and a good place to escape the crowds.

People were camping there when we visited, including some in makeshift shelters at the base of the cliffs. You may also come across nudists here.

A narrow road runs along a wall along the west side of the bay. Historically this was a loading area for bananas being shipped across to Tenerife. Today it is occupied by the occasional person fishing.

This is a beautiful beach with a steep beach and crashing waves. The only downside for me was the abandoned buildings which I found to be an eyesore.

Prepare For Your Visit To Playa De Tapahuga La Gomera

Cooking And BBQ Area At Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With Rocky Beach And Sea In Background
Cooking Area At Playa de Tapahuga 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.
  2. Stones – The beach is a mix of stone and rock and very 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 dangerous. We did see people swimming at Playa de Tapahuga, but the beach is steep, and the waves are quite large. Make sure you are fully aware of the conditions before swimming here.

Access To Playa De Tapahuga La Gomera

Access Road With Buildings To The Side At Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With Cliff In Background
Access To Playa de Tapahuga La Gomera

Playa de Tapahuga is easily accessible by road. The beach lies to the east of Playa Santiago, around a 2km drive from Hotel Tecina or 4km from the town centre. Parking is easy as there is a very large free car park behind the beach.

You can also walk to this beach if you are feeling energetic. Playa de Tapahuga is 4km from the centre of Playa Santiago, but it is a steep climb over the cliff. Unfortunately, there isn’t a route around the base of the cliff.

Amenities At Playa De Tapahuga La Gomera

Amenities are limited at Playa de Tapahuga. There aren’t any cafes or restaurants at the beach, just a few deserted buildings. However, there is a cooking area with covered seating and grills for you to BBQ food.

Pros And Cons Of Playa De Tapahuga

Pros Of Playa De Tapahuga

  • Isolated and peaceful
  • Attractive beach/bay
  • Dramatic rocks
  • Clear/clean waters

Cons Of Playa De Tapahuga

  • Rocky steep beach
  • Lack of amenities

In Conclusion: The Allure Of Playa De Tapahuga, La Gomera

Playa de Tapahuga in La Gomera offers a unique beach experience that’s a far cry from the crowded, touristy beaches you might be used to. It’s rocky terrain, and steep incline may not be ideal for families, but if you’re seeking solitude and a chance to connect with nature, this is the place for you. While amenities are sparse, the beach compensates with its stunning natural beauty, clear waters, and dramatic cliffs. Just remember to take precautions when swimming, as the waters can be treacherous. So, are you ready to escape the crowds and experience the raw beauty of La Gomera’s coastline?

Questions to Ponder:

  1. What Makes a Beach Perfect for You?
    • Is it the amenities, the crowd, or the natural setting that draws you to a beach?
  2. How Prepared Are You for a Beach Day?
    • Given the lack of amenities at Playa de Tapahuga, would you still consider it for your next beach outing?
  3. Would You Trade Comfort for Solitude?
    • Are you willing to forego the usual comforts of a well-equipped beach for the peace and quiet that Playa de Tapahuga offers?
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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