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San Sebastian de La Gomera

San Sebastián de la Gomera
Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island: La Gomera
Area: 114.47 km²
(113.59 km² in 2003)
Population: 7,984 (2001)
Population density: 69.75/km²

Atlantic Ocean
5 m
western part
Postal code: E-38880
Location: 28.1/28°6' N lat.
17.1/17°6' W long.
Car designation: TF

San Sebastián de la Gomera is a town (the main port and capital) and also an administrative district on ISTAC, 2004), its density is 47.6/km² and the area is 114.78 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.

Historical population

Year Population Change Density
1991 5,606 - -
1996 6,199 - -
2001 6,618 - 50.95/km²
2002 7,138 - -
2003 6,902 - 54.63/km²
2004 7,984 - 55.62/km²

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

  • Benchijigua
  • Jerdune
  • La Laja
  • Lomo Fragoso
  • the eastern part of Playa Santiago

The municipality also includes these sites of interest:

  • Barranco del Cabrito
  • Los Roques rocks
  • Punta Llana
  • Majona Nature Park


The port serves as a hub for tourists being ferries from the nearby island of Tenerife. Main firms include Fred. Olsen Express and Naviera Armas.


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 relatively quiet island is only a short 35 minute hop from nearby Tenerife which is almost always visible from La Gomera.


See also

Coordinates: 28°6′0″N 17°6′0″W / 28.10000°N 17.10000°W / 28.10000; -17.10000

Northwest: Hermigua North: Atlantic Ocean
West: Alajeró and Hermigua San Sebastián de la Gomera East: Atlantic Ocean
Southwest: Alajeró South: Atlantic Ocean

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