San Sebastián de La Gomera
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|San Sebastián de La Gomera|
San Sebastián de La Gomera
|Autonomous Community||Canary Islands|
|Province||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|• Mayor||Ángel Luis Castilla Herrera (PSOE)|
|• Total||113.6 km2 (43.9 sq mi)|
|Elevation(AMSL)||128 m (420 ft)|
|• Density||80/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (GMT +1) (UTC+1)|
|Area code(s)||+34 (Spain) + 922 (Tenerife)|
San Sebastián de la Gomera is a town (the main port and capital) and also an administrative district on La Gomera in the Canary Islands. Its population is 9,055 (2012), its density is 80/km² and the area is 113.6 km².
Part of the area is made up of farmlands, while the mountainous areas are forested or grassy. Its main industries are agriculture, tourism and administrative. Houses run up within the small stream up to the hills and the mountains surround the capital. The port is in the east and within the port is its beach. The port serves ferry routes to the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro. Streets include Calle Real and F. Olsen, which link the port. The residential and business areas runs from southeast to northwest. A bus station named Estación de Guaguas is used for bus lines throughout the island; it is located on Avenida Quinta Centenario. Much of the hills are grassy and almost entirely deforested, farms are in the valley and up to fields northeast and more mountains to the northeast.
The population increased until 2002 when it suffered a decrease in 2003, the population became the fastest in the island as it boomed about 13.5% population.
The area before the founding of the municipality were inhabited by the Guanches. Hernán Peraza arrived in 1440. Christopher Columbus stopped at the harbour on September 6, 1492 before heading to India but arrived in America instead.
Sites of interest in the town
- Torre del Conde - a tower in the middle of the valley
- Casa del Colón, a museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus
- Casa de los Peraza
- Pozo de La Aguada
- Iglesia de La Asunción and Ermita de San Sebastián Churches
Outside the town of San Sebastian the municipality includes the settlements of
The municipality also includes these sites of interest:
- Barranco del Cabrito
- Los Roques rocks
- Punta Llana
- Majona Nature Park
The economy of San Sebastián de La Gomera is centered on the functions of the capital and its port, as well as in the public sector, particularly in the transportation, trading, and tourism of Tenerife. The primary industry until the 1990s was agriculture.
San Sebastián de la Gomera has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, churches, a small beach, a post office and a few squares plazas, one of them named Plaza de las Americas.
The big Fred. Olsen Express ferry.
The relatively quiet island is only a short 35 minute hop from nearby Tenerife which is almost always visible from La Gomera.
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|Northwest: Hermigua||North: Atlantic Ocean|
|West: Alajeró and Hermigua||San Sebastián de la Gomera||East: Atlantic Ocean|
|Southwest: Alajeró||South: Atlantic Ocean|