San Sebastián de la Gomera attractions

Tower in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Torre del Conde

Set in a grassy subtropical park, the distinctive, 1477 stone-and-whitewash Torre del Conde is considered the Canary Islands’ most important example of military architecture. It was here that Beatriz de Bobadilla, t…
Church in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Iglesia de la Virgen de la Asunción

Columbus and his men supposedly prayed at this ancient church before setting off for the New World. The original chapel was begun in 1450 but destroyed by a fire; original-period features include the pointed arch be…
Museum in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Casa de Colón

In the style of its 17th-century predecessor, this simple cream-coloured house with handsome wooden galleries and floors is built on the site where Columbus supposedly stayed while on the island. Today it hosts a sm…
Museum in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Museo Arqueológico de La Gomera

Occupying part of the mid-18th-century Casa de los Echeverría (you'll spot the noble/military family's crest on the facade), this worthwhile museum explores both the island’s Guanche past and its present-day culture…
Church in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Ermita de San Sebastián

With its origins in the 15th century but rebuilt in 1850, the fine whitewashed chapel of San Sebastián retains a few original elements, despite being damaged by pirate attacks and storms over the centuries.
Beach in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Playa San Sebastián

The town’s sandy volcanic beach is perfect for relaxing and taking a swim. Unlike on many beaches in the Canaries, the waters here are almost always calm and smooth, making it great for children.
Historic Building in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Casa de la Aduana

Just off Plaza Constitución, this yellow-walled 16th-century building served as both San Sebastián's customs house and the count’s residence. According to folklore, Columbus drew water from the well that sits in the…
Beach in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Playa de la Cueva

Just north of the ferry terminal, through a small tunnel, this rocky little black-sand beach is pretty but often windy. On clear days, Tenerife looks like it’s within pebble-throwing distance.
Viewpoint in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Mirador de la Hila

For a panoramic view of San Sebastián's pastel-tastic streets, head up Calle de la Hila to this lookout showcasing the coast, town and craggy green mountains beyond.
Square in San Sebastián de la Gomera

Plaza de las Américas

With a few cafe-bars, San Sebastián's main square sits just over the road from the beach, overlooked by a 2018 statue of Christopher Columbus.