Kayaking, SUP, snorkelling and diving are popular and can be arranged through Splash Gomera. Valle Gran Rey–based Tina runs whale- and dolphin-spotting trips from Playa Santiago. There are also some lovely hikes in the Playa Santiago area.


Several appealing walks thread through the hills north of Playa Santiago around the villages of Alajeró, Imada and Benchijigua. The steep Route 23 links the Mirador Roque de Agando, on the GM2, with Playa Santiago (12.4km, around four hours) via the tiny settlement of Benchijigua. Circular Route 24 tracks between Playa Santiago, Benchijigua and the hamlet of Imada through the Barranco de Santiago (15km, five hours).

The long-distance GR132 passes through Playa Santiago; you can follow it to/from San Sebastián (20km, around 6½ hours, with some challenging climbs and descents) via the hamlet of El Cabrito, or northwest to/from Alajeró (10.5km, 2½ hours).