Places of interest in La Gomera
The Natural Monument Roque Cano is a phonolytic python that rises from one of the hillsides surrounding the center of Vallehermoso. This unique rock is already part of the image and history of the municipality, being present in the municipal shield.
The Charco del Conde is a coastal ecosystem, a very natural pool used by children, surrounded by some plant species such as the Tamarisk (Tamarix canariensis) or other coast plants such as the “balancon” (Traganum moquinii). Central zone of the Valley, which also contains a variety of resorts and restaurants.
The Natural Monument of Barranco del Cabrito occupies the middle and lower areas of the gorge of the same name, at the end of San Sebastian. In a semi-leeward area, its predominant vegetation is xerophytic and we can find species characteristic of the coast, with many euphorbias and some palm trees.
The Natural Monument of Los Organos, located in the north coast of Vallehermoso, is a cliff of ancient volcanic rocks. The cooling and subsequent erosion of the lava have given interesting features to this amazing natural space. Its shape reminds us to organ pipes falling vertically to the sea. Enjoy this hallmark of nature that can only be seen from the sea.
Monumento de la Antorcha OlímpicaSan Sebastián de la Gomera
The XIX Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968 are historically related to the island of La Gomera. A local sportsman participated in these Games and the Olympic fire visited the island, leaving the fact in the memory of the people of the island.
Torre del Conde o de los PerazaSan Sebastián de la Gomera
It is the best preserved medieval fortification of the Canary Islands. Erected around 1470, but reformed in the sixteenth century, its main use was for the defense of internal rebellions of the island. Structured in three parts, the windows are loopholes from where arrows and muskets were shot. It currently holds an exhibition of historical maps of the island of La Gomera inside.
Museo Arqueológico de La GomeraSan Sebastián de la Gomera
This is the House of Echevarria, family of rulers and military in the eighteenth century island. From the front of the house you can observe the coat of arms made of wood, unique in the whole island. The Archaeological Museum preserves archeological pieces of great value for the knowledge of ancient indigenous people, with reconstructions of archeological sites and didactic materials designed for the visitor.
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de La ConcepciónSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Built in the sixteenth century but rebuilt in the eighteenth a magnificent sculpture of a Virgin of American origin can be found inside.
Casa de la Aduana o Pozo de la AguadaSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Former county house around a central courtyard, inside, you can see an exhibition about the trips of Christopher Columbus to America. The legend says that the admiral took the water with which he blessed the new continent from an old well that is still preserved.
Casa de ColónSan Sebastián de la Gomera
XVIII century old house built around a courtyard with top runner. There is a permanent exhibition of pre-Columbian sculpture of great interest inside. The legend says that Christopher Columbus was here, but it is something that no documentation can confirm.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La AsunciónSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Built in stages, dating back to a small shrine of mud and stones from the fifteenth century. We must highlight the first building façade; its origin goes back to Portugal and is called “Manueline” style, with ogee archs and ropes intertwined. In the eighteenth century it was enlarged with two aisles. There is a museum of religious art inside, where we must highlight the artwork from the sixteenth to the nineteenth. Of special interest is the chapel of El Pilar, with its mural painting alluding to the battle against the English pirate Charles Windham in 1753.
Monumento al Sagrado Corazón de JesúsSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Imposing sculpture of colossal dimensions overlooking one of the flanks of the ravine of La Concepción all San Sebastian. Built in the 1960 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is one of the most famous viewpoints from which to observe the island’s capital.
Ermita de San JoséSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Located in the hamlet of Tejiade, is one of the least known shrines of the island of La Gomera. Founded in 1719 by Jose Rodriguez, a neighbor of Agulo, dweller in the southern lands. We must highlight inside the size of the image of San Jose, anonymous work of the eighteenth century.
Ermita de San SebastiánSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Founded around 1535 by order of the first Count of La Gomera, Don Guillen, this chapel reflects the Portuguese influence in architecture, as seen in the capitals of the columns of the arch leading to the chapel. The image of the saint of the municipality is a carving of the eighteenth century. We must highlight the keystone of the arch of the entrance, with a relief of the arrows alluding to the martyrdom of the holy Roman.
Monumento a los fallecidos en el incendio de 1984San Sebastián de la Gomera
Monument erected at the foot of Agando Roque, witness of one of the most voracious fires of the island. The names of the deceased are preserved in a plaque for their memory.
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Las NievesSan Sebastián de la Gomera
Located in the Jerdune area , on the south plain of the grain village, the hermitage was founded in the sixteenth century by order of the Count and you can see inside pieces of remarkable interest, such as the Virgin of Light, a Flemish carving of around 1530. Today it is also a popular recreational area.
La Gomera and bird watching
Watching birds connects us with nature from a privileged point of view; it grabs you from the first instant. Ravines, vegetation, viewpoints, all gathered to be part of this experience. It is an activity that can be done by people of all ages, as it does not require any special physical effort besides the leisurely walk and patience. It is an unpredictable activity that promises us a great number of surprises. The variety and good conservation status of La Gomera ecosystems, allows a great presence and variety of birds, both that live throughout the year and those that use the island as a transit one or rest in their migratory journeys. Some, like seabirds, force us to go out to sea. An excellent opportunity to see them is in the marine excursions for watching cetaceans or the visit to Los Órganos. You can see the Osprey nesting in cliffs. While the boat trip between Tenerife and La Gomera it is also very common to see many species of seabirds. In the islands there are a variety of protected areas that ensure a high level of respect for the environment, since most of the protected areas are in general outstanding places […]
Interview with Cristofer Clemente
“¿Trail Running? La Gomera is the place” Cristofer Clemente An interview with Cristofer Clemente of La Gomera, one of the world’s most prominent Trail Runners. In 2015 he started to stand out as one of the leaders of the sport, achieving runner-up position in the Ultra Skyrunners World Series. In 2016, demonstrating a great thirst for self-improvement, he won the competition by a considerable margin. In 2017 he was called up to join the Spanish team that won first place in the IAU-ITRA World Trail Championships (Italy), with Cristofer Clemente coming in second place – just a minute behind the winner. This exemplary athlete trains every day in La Gomera, driven by the nature and feeling of freedom that he experiences in each and every one of the many routes available on the island. Question: What is Trail Running? Cristofer Clemente: It’s a pure experience that really connects you with nature. It has similar advantages to hiking – you can really appreciate the beauty of the landscape, but much quicker. It’s much more demanding. Question: Why La Gomera? Cristofer Clemente: I’ve been to lots of places, and I’ve noticed that La Gomera has lots of trails that are perfect for […]
La Gomera: an island of legend
With the passage of time, legends have become mixed with other literary elements that were introduced in times following colonisation and have been passed from generation to generation. One of the places that has generated the Island’s most famous legend is the Garajonary National Park, which owes its name to the impossible love between Princess Gara and Prince Jonay. This magical enclave contains elements of the great stories themselves, such as the foggy landscape, the enigmatic laurel forest and the intricate orography of the island, all framed by the sound of the trade winds. The story of two aboriginal teenagers named Gara and Jonay One of these legends tells that the water flowing from the “Fuente de los Siete Chorros” (Fountain of the Seven Spouts), located in the highlands of Epina (Vallehermoso) is miraculous. From this fountain, it is said that the water is capable of deciphering the romantic destiny of anyone who looks into it. If the reflection on the water is sharp and clear, it means that this person will be fortunate in love, however if the reflection is murky, they will be condemned to suffering and heartbreak. It is here where the legend of the “Chorros de […]
“Mirador de Abrante” (Abrante Viewpoint): A magical painting
When you visit the municipality of Agulo, in the northeast of the Island, for the first time, your attention will very powerfully be drawn to the immense cliff wall that rises to the highest point. Situated more than 620 metres above sea level, it is crowned by the “Mirador de Abrante” and its famous walkway with a glass floor. At seven metres long, the viewpoint walkway is an experience for the most daring: not only can you “lean out” over the cliff, you can also walk over it. Looking at your feet over the valley running down to the sea is a completely unforgettable adventure that is recognised worldwide. This enclave also offers one of the best views of the whole Canary Islands: Teide (3,718 metres) and part of the island of Tenerife. It is worth mentioning that, due to it being situated in a sort of natural amphitheatre, its location enables you to constantly see the outline of Teide, as if it was a mirage or a magical oil painting. Cloudy days also have their charm, with the clouds creating complex shapes and caressing the landscape. This steel and glass construction, a work of architect José Luis Bermejo, has […]
A getaway very close to you
The diversity of its landscapes and the predominance of its exuberant nature turn the island of La Gomera into the perfect destination for a unique and unforgettable getaway. Therefore, if you have a few days to spare, we have designed an itinerary for you to experience the immensity of a land with over 600 kilometres of magical trails; millennial laurel forests; valleys covered with palm trees; dizzying cliffs, 90km of incomparable coastline, ravines that flow directly into the sea; black sand beaches and crystal clear waters… all accompanied by the best climate in the world, a unique gastronomy and the kindness and courtesy of its people. Due to the fact that the landscapes have hardly changed over time and the tranquillity that can be enjoyed in each corner, it is known as the island “where time stops”. Initial preparations The island offers various activities to enjoy a few days of relaxation and different outdoor activities, so you can combine both options to make the most of your visit to La Gomera. Therefore, we recommend that you don’t forget to pack your comfortable footwear, bathing suit, backpack, a coat for the higher areas and even a pair of binoculars, as […]
Water activities that you must do in La Gomera
La Gomera is an island that offers the opportunity to enjoy the coast and the sea to their fullest. The mild climate in this area of the Canary Islands allows you to do any activity in the open air. Now, we will tell you about those that you can do in the sea. From a relaxing walk along the beach to stimulating sport that sets you in motion, the benefits of the coast and the sea in La Gomera are numerous. Here we detail our suggestions so that you can make the most of all of the advantages of a destination surrounded by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling This water activity is simple and involves swimming on the surface of the water with goggles and a tube. Flippers are high recommended so that you can glide with little effort. A world opens up in front of your eyes, you will be surprised to see so much richness below the surface! You will discover the infinite number of fish swimming in synchrony, others alone eating food, and other hidden between the rocks. The diversity of subaquatic flora and fauna is so well kept that without realising it you will […]