Places of interest in La Gomera
La Fortaleza of Chipude is 1,243 m. high, located in the SW of La Gomera, near the neighbourhood of Pavon and on the right bank of the ravine of Erque. Its summit reaches a length of about 300 m. being one of the most important archaeological sites of the island.
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 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.
Feria insular del libro
Actos culturales Jueves 19 de abril: Inauguración de la Exposición de Escultura “Cariátides” de José Pedro Sabina, en la Sala de Exposiciones del Cabildo a las 20:00 horas. Viernes 20 de abril: Pasacalles en San Sebastián a partir de las 19:00 horas a cargo de la Asociación Musical Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe de SAn Sebastián y de la Asociación Musical Ntra. Sra. de El Paso de Alajeró. Seguidamente, concierto en la Plaza de las Américas. Sábado 21 de abril: Apertura del Stand de la Feria Insular del Libro 2018, en la Plaza de La Constitución de San Sebastián a partir de las 11:00 horas. A las 18:00 horas, espectáculo infantil Varietrés en la Plaza de la Constitución de San Sebastián. Lunes 23 de abril: A partir de las 20:00 horas en el Archivo General insular de La Gomera (Casa Quilla), conferencia “Pedro Bethencourt Padilla”, a cargo del escritor Daniel María. Martes 24 de abril: Encuentro Poético-Musical con el compositor, pianista y escritor Miguel Pérez, en el Auditorio Insular de La Gomera a las 11:00 horas. Jueves 26 de abril: Presentación del libro “Pliegues del Alma” a cargo de Dolores González Pérez, a partir de las 20:00 horas en la Sede […]
Concierto Primavera Musical en Agulo
Concierto de la Primavera Musical el domingo 22 de abril en la Plaza Leoncio Bento de Agulo a partir de las 12 de la mañana. Contará con la actuaciones de Aso. Musical Ntra. Sra. de Las Mercedes y la Aso. Musical Los Órganos Encantados de Vallehermoso. Fecha: 22 abril, 2018 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Concierto Primavera Musical en San Sebastián
Fecha: 20 abril, 2018 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The charming island, an ideal place to visit with children Charmed by its inhabitants, charmed by its visitors, charmed by the privileged climate unique to the Canary Islands, charmed by the trade winds… Visiting La Gomera with family allows us to feel that charming characteristic enveloping what we really love. The little ones and not so little ones immediately become stars of the most entertaining and mysterious stories you can imagine. This is because La Gomera has that still-preserved charm of being a healthy land, with untouched landscapes, clean air, intense scents of the sea and forest, everything that allows us to feel pampered in an unbeatable environment. https://www.instagram.com/p/BfHHjHvlHTR/ Our proposal is an intimate encounter with nature, starting at the Garajonay National Park. There are plenty of trails to stroll along with children and that have different degrees of difficulty. From the smallest children to the most intrepid, they all have their own specially prepared route. Telling them the story of Gara and Jonay before visiting the Park already prepares them to enjoy it to the fullest. As soon as they begin to see the first trees (if they are lucky enough to see the sea of clouds, they will understand […]
For whoever is visiting La Gomera for the first time
You have arrived at La Gomera and..You only have one day to enjoy it! Surely you will find it a short amount of time, indeed it is so! La Gomera is an island that has an impact on everyone, whoever visits it for the first time, wants to go back. La Gomera conquers from the very first moment..just like love at first sight. https://www.instagram.com/p/BejK76flu2j/ The Garajonay National Park is without a doubt a must. You will probably first see it from a scenic view point or from the the Great Lagoon (Laguna Grande). There, you will be able to catch a glimpse of the greatness and lushness of this exceptional forest; but the real way of enjoying and appreciating it would be to enter its trails. There are pathways available for all likings. Among them, one can find short, rather even pathways, as well as, challenging trails surrounded by scenery of extraordionary beauty. It is very probable that during your first visit you rush through some of the villages of the island. However, one would need to spend some peaceful time there in order to be able to get to know the place well. Each village has it’s own uniqueness […]
El Cedro – a fairytale forest
A continuous flow of water accompanies the hiker who enters this area of the park. There are just a few places in the Canary Islands that have a stream with natural pools, and El Cedro is possibly the best example of it. Here every drop that runs through this channel has its story and not just any story, it carries with it a journey through the clouds, which are drawn by the trade winds to meet the slopes of the north side of the island, to finally hit trees that act like sponges. This incredible phenomenon is known as the “horizontal rain” and is responsible for nourish and nurture the riverbed of this stream with each drop coming from so far away. Knowing its story, the hiker appreciates if possible, even more , the visual beauty that the water leaves along his footsteps. Here, the whole landscape forms a stage where nature becomes the protagonist to show everyone its charm and beauty. The enormous and well-preserved specimens of heathers, beeches, hollies, Indian bay and Portuguese laurel are often covered with moss and lichens that further emphasize their enigmatic beauty. The ferns which are great in size and a deep green […]
La Gomera and Yoga: A perfect combination
Without a doubt, La Gomera is the perfect place to practice yoga, and all its encompassing benefits for everyone. Yoga is calm, equilibrium and connection. What could be better than outdoor yoga, and staying in contact with nature so its benefits can be felt even more. Practicing yoga can help you improve both physically and mentally. It consists in using ancient concentration, meditation and relaxation techniques. In addition, the exercises and body position used create a body balanced throughout, while the breathing exercises increase your vital energy. It has the benefit of being open to everyone; each person can practice at their own pace and speed. Once you have felt the benefits, you will never look back. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd0trv0lGes/ The benefits of yoga are multiple; the following are just some: Physical: For treatment of modern and very common conditions, such as insomnia, nervous tension, migraines, digestive problems, intestinal issues as well as circulatory or respiratory systems. Mental health: to improve awareness and understanding of emotions. Yoga can help cope with unwanted feelings, such as fear, stuttering, shyness, etc. Mental outcomes: improves attention, memory, concentration, etc. Body look: harmonizes the body, strengthens and tones muscles. Antidote for our busy modern lives. Practicing […]
5 Suggestions for your trip to La Gomera
Welcome to La Gomera!! If you are thinking of travelling to our island or if you’re already here, we offer you 5 unmissable opportunities for your visit. Are you ready? Walking in the Garajonay National Park The island has more than 600km of hiking trails, largely within the Garajonay National Park. Although it’s recommended you travel around the whole island via the vast network of hiking trails, both on the coast and in the mountains, if you don’t have much time, you must do one through the Park. The first step in getting to know this magnificent place, representative of the Tertiary Age, is to visit the Tourist Information Office or the “Juego de Bolas” Visitor’s Centre, where the staff and guides will orientate you towards the best hiking trails and activities suitable for the time of year, as well as the best time of day to be able to enjoy the uniqueness. You can also go through specialised companies with guides who will show you every corner and landscape in detail, so you can bond intimately with the surroundings. You can see the companies that offer these activities at http://lagomera.travel/cat/actividades/. https://www.instagram.com/p/BSf7vwsl0v6/ Watch a sunset in peace and quiet The […]
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 […]