Playa Del Medio La Gomera (Medio Beach)

By Jill

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Playa del Medio La Gomera is a beautiful peaceful beach just a few kilometres east of Playa Santiago. The wide beach is partially sandy and flanked by cliffs and caves. It is a great choice for anyone in search of solitude.

Basic Information Playa Del Medio La Gomera

Playa Del Medio La Gomera Canary Islands Spain Information Table
Playa Del Medio 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.

Cliffs And Caves At Playa Del Medio La Gomera Canary Islands Spain With Rocky Beach In Foreground And Blue Sea And Sky
Caves At Playa Del Medio 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 Del Medio La Gomera

Playa del Medio is a stunning, partially sandy beach which is relatively easy to access from Playa Santiago. The beach is free of any buildings. You will just find crystal-clear water, crashing waves and spectacular cliffs and caves.

When we visited, people were camping in makeshift shelters in caves, but it is a pretty large beach and good for anyone looking for peace and quiet. Note that there is a good chance that you will come across nudists here.

Prepare For Your Visit To Playa Del Medio 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 sand and rock, 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 del Medio, but the beach slopes, and we can imagine the waves would be large on a windy day. Make sure you are fully aware of the conditions before swimming.

Access To Playa Del Medio La Gomera

Small Car Park At Playa Del Medio La Gomera With Rocky Beach And Blue Sea And White Sailing Boats In The Background
Playa Del Medio La Gomera

Playa del Medio can be accessed by car via a narrow road or on foot. The beach lies to the east of Playa Santiago, around a 4 km drive from Hotel Tecina or 6 km from the town centre. There is a small free car park or, if this is full, there is space to park on the access road.

You can also walk the 6 km to this beach if you are feeling energetic. Unfortunately, there isn’t a route around the base of the cliff, so you will need to climb up and down the cliffs and ravines. Also, there is barely any shade on the route, so it may not be pleasant in the heat of the summer.

Amenities At Playa Del Medio La Gomera

There aren’t any amenities at Playa del Medio. You won’t find any cafes or restaurants here or any buildings at all.

Pros And Cons Of Playa Del Medio

Pros Of Playa Del Medio

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

Cons Of Playa Del Medio

  • Lack of amenities
  • Access via a narrow road

In Conclusion: The Allure of Playa Del Medio, La Gomera

Playa Del Medio in La Gomera offers a tranquil escape for those looking to disconnect from the hustle and bustle. With its partially sandy shores, dramatic cliffs, and clear waters, this beach is a haven for peace-seekers. However, it’s essential to be prepared. The beach lacks amenities, and the coastal winds can be deceivingly strong, making sunburn a real risk. While the beach is accessible by car or a challenging hike, its isolation means you’ll likely have the place almost to yourself. So, if you’re up for an adventure and yearn for solitude, Playa Del Medio is well worth the journey.

Questions to Ponder

  1. Are you prepared to trade amenities for solitude at Playa Del Medio?
  2. How would you make the most of your time at this isolated beach?
  3. Given the lack of amenities, what essentials would you pack for a day at Playa Del Medio?
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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