La Gomera Weather in May - What's It Really Like

Published on March 21, 2023
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Wondering what's La Gomera really like in May?

May is a good time to visit La Gomera if you want a quiet holiday on the island since the children's summer holidays haven't started yet in most countries in Europe. The weather in La Gomera in May is usually beautiful and ideal for all outdoor activities, so you'll be able to enjoy the island at its best.

If it's your first time planning a trip to La Gomera, you may be confused in regards to what you can do on the island and what weather you can expect. 

Generally, the weather in La Gomera in May is pleasant and warm, since it's almost officially summer and the amount of rainfall drops considerably. This means that you'll be able to explore the mountains and the forests on foot, without having to worry too much about the threat of rain.

Weather in La Gomera in May

The month of May is slightly warmer than April, with the average temperatures rising by 1°C, reaching an average maximum temperature of 21°C. This means that you'll be able to wear T-shirts and shorts on most days, but you'll still need a cardigan or jacket at night, especially if it's windy.

Also, the island is not yet busy in May, so you'll have the island's trails mostly to yourself.

Temperatures in San Sebastian de La Gomera in May

The average high temperature in May in La Gomera is around 21°C, while at night you can expect temperatures of around 15°C. The average temperature in May is a bit higher than during the previous month.

  • Average high temperature: 21 °C  (68 °F)
  • Average low temperature: 15 °C  (57.2 °F)
  • Daily mean temperature: 18 °C  (62.6°F)

In San Sebastian de La Gomera, the island's capital, the daily mean temperature is 18°C in May, which is calculated as a mean between the average high temperature of 21°C and the average low of 15°C. 


  • Average rainy days (>=1mm): 2

The average number of rainy days is the same in May as it was in April.

Sunshine hours

La Gomera gets an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day in May, so this number stays the same as in the previous month.

Sea temperature

  • Average sea temperature in May in San Sebastian de La Gomera: 19°C / 66.2°F

Can you swim in La Gomera in May?

In May the water is still pretty cold, with temperatures very similar to the temperatures registered back in April. It's from now on that the water temperature starts to rise, although it doesn't really get very hot, compared to other popular beach destinations in summer.

What's La Gomera like in May

The data below is from the weather station in San Sebastian de La Gomera. They represent the weather averages for the month of May in San Sebastian de La Gomera (the capital of La Gomera).

May Weather Averages  San Sebastian de La Gomera
Average high temperature 21°C (69.8°F)
Daily mean temperature 18°C (64.4°F)
Average low temperature 15°C (59°F)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 279
Percent possible sunshine 64%
Mean monthly daylight hours 434
Average Ultraviolet index 10
Average sea temperature 19°C (66.2°F)

Things to do in May

May is a good time to visit La Gomera, as the weather really starts to warm up, but you'll also avoid the really hot summer days, which can sometimes stop you from exploring the trails all day long.

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May is already warm enough to sunbathe all day long if this is what you'd prefer to do. On sunny days the UV index is really high, so you need to use sun cream with a high protection factor in order to avoid sunburns. 

Don't miss a visit to San Sebastian de La Gomera, the island's capital and also the largest town on the island. It's always nice to see how the locals live and get a sense of what life is like for the residents. 

We would also recommend a visit to Playa Santiago, the most inhabited place in the south of La Gomera, which also has a nice beach with black volcanic sand.

Events in May

May 30th, 2023 - Canary Islands Day

This is a festive day in all the Canary Islands and it's also a bank holiday.

There will usually be events and festivities organized, especially in San Sebastian de La Gomera.

FAQ about visiting La Gomera in May

Is La Gomera warm in May?

Yes, La Gomera is typically warm in May, with average high temperatures ranging from around 20-23°C and average low temperatures ranging from around 14-17°C. The weather is usually sunny and dry, with low chances of rainfall.

Is May a good month to visit La Gomera?

May is considered a great time to visit La Gomera for those who want to avoid the summer crowds and high temperatures, but still want to enjoy warm and sunny weather.

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