Fiesta San Sebastion La Gomera

San Sebastian

This little town is the capital, and largest population centre on the island of La Gomera. It also the main ferry terminal for the regular sailings from Los Cristianos in Tenerife, and the occasional passing cruise ship. Viewing it from the sea, it is very attractive to look at, with its buildings spreading up high into the steep hills which surround it on all sides. It also has the benefit of a long sandy beach right next to the harbour, which provide it with some protection from the winds whipping off the sea.

Located on the eastern side of the island, as is often the case in the Canaries, the weather is less pleasant than in the west.Having caught the bus from Valle Gran Rey (in the west), we left in glorious sunshine, and arrived in San Sebastían under a blanket of cloud, a spot of drizzle and a cold northerly wind. While obviously not as cold as mainland Europe in January, a jumper or jacket is nevertheless advisable if visiting. Don’t assume that if it’s a beautiful day in Los Cristiano that it will be sunbathing weather in San Sebastían.

beach at san sebastian la gomera

The town itself is very charming, with cobbled streets and a central square lined with shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. It has all the amenities you would need for self-catering, and a good range of restaurants if you’re feeling lazy. I would recommend Los Atlánticos, a Portuguese restaurant in the centre of town. The food was very tasty and at good price, with the mandatory requirement of a nice glass of port at the end of the meal.

As an added bonus, our visit coincided with the Romaría de San Sebastían (pilgrimage of Saint Sebastian), the namesake of the town. This involved lots of dancing and singing, getting dressed up in native costume, and of course lots of eating and drinking. After a long procession through the streets during the day, the bars were later filled with happy drunken Gomerians having spontaneous sing-songs, and families setting up picnic tables in the street. I’m not sure how this fits in with a pilgrimage, but the town being on fiesta footing until the early hours created a great buzz and was a lot of fun (except the outdoor concert playing folky Spanish music until 2am right outside my hotel room!). The next day we caught the ferry to La Palma- it would appear that the RomarÍa attracts inter-island traffic too, as a large contingent of Palmerians decided to extend the party onto the boat- setting up their picnics, passing round their booze, carrying on with their singing and dancing, much to the confusion of passengers who had boarded at Los Cristianos.

In summary, San Sebastían is a great destination for an easy to visit day trip from Tenerife (but check the weather forecast first!), or would be a great base for touring the rest of the island.

procession san sebastion la gomara romaria de san sebastían san sebastian la gomera from the sea view from apartment san sebastian la gomera

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Agios Stefanos And Kassiopi, Greece, Ionian Islands, Corfu
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Barcelona, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona
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Calella De Palafrugell, Spain, Catalonia, Costa Brava
Corfu Town, Greece, Ionian Islands, Corfu
Santa Cruz De La Palma, Spain, Canary Islands, La Palma
Los Cancajos, Spain, Canary Islands, La Palma
Valle Gran Rey, Spain, Canary Islands, La Gomera
Cala Blanca, Spain, Balearic Islands, Menorca
Cagliari, Italy, Sardinia, Cagliari
Ibiza Town, Spain, Balearic Islands, Ibiza
Paxos And Antipaxos, Greece, Ionian Islands, Paxos And Antipaxos
Kefallonia, Greece, Ionian Islands, Kefallonia
Pula, Italy, Sardinia, Pula
La Maddalena, Italy, Sardinia, La Maddalena
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Malaga, Spain, Andalusia, Malaga
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Puerto De La Cruz, Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife
Playa Blanca, Spain, Canary Islands, Lanzarote
Kamari And Santorini, Greece, Cyclades Islands, Santorini
Pinarellu, France, Corsica, Southern Corsica
Mainland Orkney, Scotland, Orkney Islands, Mainland
San Sebastian, Spain, Canary Islands, La Gomera
Agate, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria
Santa Cruz, Spain, Canary Islands, Tenerife
Alicante, Spain, Valencia, Alicante
Granada, Spain, Andalusia, Granada
Seville, Spain, Andalusia, Seville
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