Woke up to bright warm sunshine. We were due into San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera at lunch time so spent part of the morning listening to the interesting talk by Tony Gledhill and the rest watching the coast of La Gomeira coming into view. La Gomera is the smallest of the Canaries and the least commercialised. It is a rocky mountainous island, but the industrious inhabitants manage to overcome the difficulties and farm there by digging out terraces and conserving moisture.

La Gomera "pilot" boatI know the Romans called these the islands of dogs but.......

La Gomera “pilot” boat
I know the Romans called these the islands of dogs but…….

We docked in San Sebastian at 12.30pm so had lunch on the boat and then walked into the town centre. The main street, which winds around the busy harbour, is lined with palm trees and the double wall around the harbour is like one long window box with a variety of plants.

Harbour wall

Harbour wall

We found the shops had a tempting array of locally made souvenirs and postcards etc. so indulged in some “retail therapy” and then went to look at the main church, Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, where Christopher Columbus is said to have prayed for the success of his “Enterprise of the Indies when he stayed there just prior to his voyage in 1492.

Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion

Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion

It is quite plain looking on the outside, but inside quite spectacular with its ornate altars down three sides of the building.

The main altar

The main altar

The Island is sometimes called Christopher Columbus Island and The Fiesta Colobina is celebrated every year on September 6th to commemorate the first voyage.

San Sebastian

San Sebastian

Note how steep and rocky the surrouning areas are. On the top right you can just see a house and colourful garden on the top of the rocks…..what persistance!

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