It is at the same time the port of entry to the island as well as its capital. Being the economic and cultural engine of La Gomera, it is known for its historic past. There is evidence of the fact that Christopher Columbus spent time in the island, leaving his mark in the capital, as it was the last point of departure for the discovery of America. This made of San Sebastian a unique place in the Canary Islands. The Torre del Conde, a medieval fortress and the oldest building preserved in the Islands, the church of Our Virgin of the Assumption, a museum of religious art works from the sixteenth to the nineteenth, the Chapel of St. Sebastian, built around 1530 are worth a visit. The so-called Casa de la Aguada, is popular for its well. The legend says that Christopher Columbus took water from this well and baptized the new continent with it.
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. Tejiade is one of the most important villages of the island of La Gomera, counting not only with interesting examples of traditional architecture, but with a chapel dating from the eighteenth century. The church of Our Lady of the Assumption is a museum of religious art, with works ranging from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. We must highlight its Gothic doorway. The natural landscape of Puntallana is one of the richest in biodiversity. The hermitage of the island’s patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Flemish work of the sixteenth century, is located in this area. San Sebastian is also a large municipality dotted with villages of beautiful buildings of traditional Canarian architecture, such as La Laja, Vegaypala or Tejiade. These villages are witnesses of the agricultural history and a reference point of the traditional ways that unite the network of trails that form part the island.
Perhaps the best hotel allocations are in this county, highlighting the Parador de La Gomera, an interesting building in “Neocanarian” architecture that has been declared the best “Parador” in the Canary Islands. It has a restaurant recommended in the best gastronomic guides. The Hotel Tecina Garden, near the municipality of Alajeró has the only golf course of the island, located just a few minutes from the island airport.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of San Sebastian de La Gomera, you can find it in the Chapel of Puntallana. Every five years, the Virgin is carried during processions all around the municipalities of La Gomera, attracting thousands of faithful and curious people. These are the most important celebrations of the island: the Lustrum Festivals.