San Sebastián de La Gomera

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San Sebastián de La Gomera
San Sebastián de La Gomera
San Sebastián de La Gomera
Coat of arms of San Sebastián de La Gomera
Location San Sebastián in La Gomera
Location San Sebastián in La Gomera
Coordinates: 28°5′32″N 17°6′36″W / 28.09222°N 17.11000°W / 28.09222; -17.11000Coordinates: 28°5′32″N 17°6′36″W / 28.09222°N 17.11000°W / 28.09222; -17.11000
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Canary Islands
ProvinceSanta Cruz de Tenerife
IslandLa Gomera
 • MayorAdasat Reyes Herrera (Agrupación Socialista Gomera (ASG))
 • Total113.59 km2 (43.86 sq mi)
 • Total8,945
 • Density79/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (CEST (GMT +1))
Postal code
Area code(s)+34 (Spain) + 922 (Tenerife)
WebsiteTown Hall

San Sebastián de La Gomera is the capital and a municipality of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, Spain. It also hosts the main harbour. The population was 8,699 in 2013,[3] and the area is 113.59 square kilometres (43.86 sq mi).[1]

The port serves ferry routes to the islands of Tenerife, La Palma and El Hierro. Streets include Calle Real and F. Olsen. A bus station named Estación de Guaguas is used for bus lines throughout the island; it is located on Avenida Del Quinto Centenario.


The area was inhabited by the Guanches before the arrival of the Spanish. Hernán Peraza arrived in 1440. Christopher Columbus stopped at the harbour on 6 September 1492 before heading to India but arrived in America instead. The building in which Columbus stayed whilst on the island is now a museum. The town is named after Saint Sebastián de Milán, an early Christian saint and martyr.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1991 5,606
1996 6,199
2001 6,618
2002 7,138
2003 6,902
2004 7,984
2013 8,699

Sites of interest in the town[edit]

  • Torre del Conde - a tower in the middle of the valley
  • Casa del Colón, a museum dedicated to Christopher Columbus
  • Museo Arqueológico de La Gomera - a museum dedicated to Guanche's social, political and religious structures
  • Casa de los Peraza
  • Pozo de La Aguada
  • Iglesia de La Asunción and Ermita de San Sebastián Churches
  • Ermita de la Virgen de Guadalupe
  • Playa de San Sebastián
  • Playa de la Cueva
  • Mercado Municipal


Apart from the town of San Sebastián 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 port serves as a hub for tourists arriving on the 35-minute ferry ride from the nearby island of Tenerife, which is almost always visible from La Gomera. The main ferry companies are Fred. Olsen Express and Naviera Armas.

In Puntallana is the chapel of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the island of La Gomera.

List of Notable people[edit]


San Sebastián de la Gomera, with the towering volcano Teide in the background on the island of Tenerife
San Sebastián de la Gomera seen from the northwest

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Instituto Canario de Estadística, area
  2. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.
  3. ^ Instituto Canario de Estadística Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, population