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Top attractions on La Gomera
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San Sebastian de La Gomera
Explore the charming capital city of La Gomera, set in a lush mountain landscape with stunning ocean views, perfect for hiking and cycling.
Walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus along Calle Real. Admire Gothic, Baroque and mudéjar (Islamic) architectural styles at the 18th century Iglesia de la Virgen de la Asunción. Here, on the site of a 15th century chapel since destroyed by fire, Columbus and his crew attended mass before his voyage to the New World.
You can also visit his house, the Casa del Colon, which is now a small museum. Don’t miss the Torre del Conde, a 15th century fortified tower located nearby in the middle of the lush green valley.
Sebastian de La Gomera offers a good range of bars, restaurants and hotels including the elegant Parador de La Gomera, located on a cliff top overlooking the harbour. San Sebastian de La Gomera is home to La Gomera's main ferry port, with regular ferries to and from the neighbouring Canary Islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro.
Discover this uniquely Gomeran village centred around the 17th century Iglesia de la Encarnación and sprawling across the slopes of a green lush valley amid a geometric pattern of fruit terraces.
Admire the intricately carved mudéjar ceiling in the 16th century Iglesia de Santo Domingo and enjoy some local cuisine and wine at the Molino de Gofio, a reconstructed windmill. Hermigua is a good base for walking tours and is just 3km from Playa de la Caleta.
Parque Nacional de Garajonay
Discover La Gomera’s lush ancestral laurisilva forest on foot or by mountain bike. A series of trails crisscross this magnificent and often mist-covered 4000ha forest, located at the heart of the island. Head to the Alto de Garajonay; at 1484m above sea level, this is the highest point in the park.
Along the way, look out for some of the 400 species of flora on the island, such as 40m-high laurel-leaved evergreen trees, Canary willows and holly. Almost 1000 species of birds and lizards inhabit the dense forest, including Gomeran skinks, the stripeless tree frog and the endemic Canarian laurel pigeon.
A national park from 1981 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, Garajonay is located 25km from the port of San Sebastian de La Gomera.