Lugares de interés en La Gomera
The Natural Monument of Los Roques is located on the borderline of the ravines of La Laja and Benchijigua. This space includes the rocks of Agando, Ojila ,La Zarcita and Carmona, spectacular examples of intrusive volcano activity, excavated by the erosion.
The Rural Park of Valle Gran Rey, located in the valley of the same name, brings together striking geomorphologic features, such as deep ravines and steep cliffs, as well as springs and a variety of endemic flora, with remarkable prints of human activity in the terraces scattered all over the slops. You can also see beautiful palm groves in between thecrops and small houses among the terraces.
The Charco del Cieno (Puddle of Mud) is one of the best wetlands that remain in the island of La Gomera, being one of the last natural salt marshes of the Canaries, with a good representation of halophytic plants, shallow water algae and wading birds.
The Special Nature Reserve of Puntallana is an interesting geomorphic place in the low island, unique in La Gomera, located in the north of San Sebastian; it has a large stretch of land with excellent examples of sweet spurge (Euphorbia balsamifera).
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.
The island through its flavours
Each journey we make enriches us further, as we increase our wealth of experiences, aromas, sensations and flavours. The cuisine of each area we visit brings us closer to its culture, its traditions and its land. It’s the universal language that helps us fit into each new place we visit. La Gomera offers us the chance to do just that in a friendly, intimate and delicious way. Taste, sample, savour and treat yourself to new flavours… which is your favourite? Here, we present some of our most authentic culinary produce. All the products are made on La Gomera, and you’ll be able to find them in the island’s various restaurants, bars and shops. Almogrote Almogrote is the island’s culinary speciality and has been delighting us with its intense flavour since ancient times. It’s a blend of cured cheese, pepper, oil and, depending on the recipe, tomato. It also makes an excellent appetiser when served with pan and potatoes. Its delicate spicy hint will please all palates. Cheese There’s no excuse for visiting La Gomera and not sampling its cheeses. Made from a base of raw goat’s milk, and sometimes mixed with sheep’s milk, they range from mild-tasting soft cheeses […]
Charming beaches: La Gomera has one for you
Charming beaches: La Gomera has one for you As soon as the boat docks in the port of San Sebastián de La Gomera the island already welcomes us like what it is, an Island with capital letters. The imposing Atlantic Ocean, which bathes the entire coast, makes it possessor of numerous beaches for all tastes, quiet, hidden, small, large, pebble, sand and each one of them has its own charm. When we discover them, they make us feel that we are in very different places, many miles away from each other. But nevertheless, they are there, very close, and within our reach. We will give you some suggestions, but if you want to see all of them you can look at the “Playas de La Gomera” section of www.lagomera.travel Do you like quiet beaches? The wide beach of San Sebastián in the capital of the island will welcome you. The absence of strong currents and its protection from the port makes it ideal to enjoy in peace. Its palm trees and shade encourage you to rest, to contemplate the arrival of boats, to feel the sea breeze, with that salty taste that makes us feel so good. In San Sebastián […]
Nature to be enjoyed slowly
Lush laurel forests, breathtaking ravines, a mild climate all year round, charming villages and a touch of magic hard to find anywhere else in the world makes La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, a different place where tourists can enjoy a unique experience. This little island situated in the Atlantic Ocean has maintained throughout its history an indescribable landscape, dominated by the majestic laurel that its inhabitants have taken care with love and dedication, as UNESCO has recently certified through the declaration of La Gomera as a World Biosphere Reserve. After millions of years, the laurel forest of La Gomera has barely suffered evolutionary transformations. So when travellers stroll among the vegetation feel that they are walking through the woods that covered Europe millions of years ago. Fossils found in the south of the old continent show that laurel once populated a large area of ??the Mediterranean. Garajonay National Park is La Gomera’s crown jewel. For nature lovers, the best experience possible is to enter the park and to discover landscapes difficult to imagine. The forest of El Cedro will awaken the senses of the visitor and will make you discover a unique spot in full contact with nature. This […]
UNESCO recognizes the ecological and natural value of La Gomera
The island of La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, is part of the 42 World Biosphere Reserves that the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Programme MAB has awarded Spain. This recognition has been closed with the certificate with which the international body accredits this title, handed at an event held on the island. In the case of La Gomera, this distinction is added to those already granted to the island because of the Garajonay National Park, which was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986, obtaining the highest honor that a protected natural area can reach, and the Silbo Gomero, a whistled language that is considered Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. The 17 protected areas in that coexist in La Gomera occupy a third of the island, resulting in spectacular landscapes that are increasingly attracting nature lovers and hikers. Lush laurisilva forests that show us how vegetation was extended several million years ago in Europe and Northern Africa, and a morphology full of steep ravines, create La Gomera’s hallmark. But this explosion of green and rock is accompanied by much more. By a very special islander culture, whose symbol is the Silbo Gomero, that also treasures a simple, exquisite cuisine, […]
Complete the adventure: star-gazing
Land, sea and air, settings that invite us into an adventure, La Gomera welcomes us with all that it offers so that we can enjoy our holiday to the maximum. But…what if we went even further? And what if we dared to look even further and travel the sky with our eyes? The stars give us another way of completing our adventure, don’t they? The Canary Islands enjoy skies that are considered among the best in the world for star-gazing, this is why two of the widest range observatories in the world are located there and, of course, La Gomera does not lack this desirable characteristic. Do you dare to discover them? Stars, planets, constellations, galaxies or shooting stars put within reach of any traveller that wants to see them. With a little attention, you will learn to see them easily. We will help you. To observe this fascinating show, in addition to the instructions we will give you below, you can get yourself help from mobile apps that enable you to discover the night sky. Some options are Star Walk 2, Sky Map or Sky View. You will get lots of information just by facing your smartphone in the […]
La Gomera’s wines: drink our island’s culture
How often do you get the chance to drink a wine that conceals so much history and human endeavor? One of the best examples of heroic vine-growing is to be found on the island of La Gomera. The term refers to the conditions of the terrain that make working with vines such a demanding occupation. In order to cultivate their vines, growers must overcome the challenges posed by steep-sided gullies and dizzying heights before they can eventually harvest the highly prized grapes. And imbued with that same heroic spirit, these unique grapes come to our tables in the form of wine. During your stay on La Gomera you will get the chance to familiarize yourself with our wines as accompaniments to the exceptional and exquisite cuisine that the island’s bars and restaurants have to offer. Wines with “Denominación de Origen La Gomera” are smooth, aromatic and balanced in the mouth, and their quality and exclusive characteristics owe to a combination of the island’s distinctive features (its mountain topography, the type of soil, the micro-climate and the human factor). Although both red and white young wines are made, most of the wine is produced from white grapes. And there is one […]
Sunsets in Valle Gran Rey
Valle Gran Rey is a municipality on the island of La Gomera, located about an hour’s drive from the capital, San Sebastián de La Gomera. If you visit La Gomera by boat, you’ll see a roundabout outside the port that indicates the road to Valle Gran Rey. Before you know it, you’ll be going uphill and leaving the urban area behind. Every bend on the road and each of its viewpoints holds a surprise. So, if you’re travelling with time to spare — something we recommend if you want to unwind — you can stop off at the various viewpoints that provide vistas of Los Roques. As with all good hosts, they treat visitors to the very best they have to offer, and you’ll marvel at the magnificent panoramas they’ve kept just for you. Today, we’d like to tell you about the sunsets in Valle Gran Rey, so we’ll continue on our journey to this charming corner of the island. About 20 minutes after entering the Garajonay National Park, you’ll come to a sign indicating the first turn off, which is the descent towards Valle Gran Rey through the hamlet of Las Hayas. You can also continue along the main […]
La Gomera’s beaches as health therapy
Have you ever noticed how good you feel after a nice long dip in the sea? Going on holiday to a place where there’s a beach offers countless benefits, and the La Gomera is no exception. From the moment you start to pack your bag, your body begins to get itself ready. Your swimsuit, sun cream, sun hat, sunshade, book, games and even your drinks and food (make sure the latter’s nice and light, of course!) all cheer your body up, no end. And La Gomera has beaches to suit all tastes — no matter where you’re staying, you’re bound to have one close by. You can read our article (link) in which we talk about one of the beaches you can enjoy on your visit to the island. Today, we’re going to talk about the benefits to be gained from choosing such amazing natural beauty spots as a holiday destination. The Canary Islands enjoy a privileged climate that makes them a great place to visit at any time of year. And when it comes to La Gomera, not only does it share these climatic advantages, but the serenity for which it’s famous makes it a natural spa available to […]