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San Sebastián de La Gomera

San Sebastián de La Gomera

San Sebastián de La Gomera

San Sebastián de La Gomera – this is the capital of the island, and is considered its gateway to the other towns and points of interest. Although the capital has just 8,000 inhabitants, it is the largest of the six municipalities of La Gomera. Here you’ll come across the 15th Century church Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, which has been repeatedly damaged and partially destroyed in the past due to occasional pirate attacks. It is considered an important example of Gothic architecture in the Atlantic area, where the construction of the Spanish Catholic Kings merges with the Portuguese Manuelino style.

Yachts and colorful boats can be seen at the town’s harbor, next to the jetty built to accommodate the ferries arriving from Tenerife and elsewhere. The town is also known as the place where Christopher Columbus stayed (for a month) before his first voyage into the Americas. For that reason, a number of local tourist sites are dedicated to him.