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San Sebastian de La Gomera

Escape to the sunshine of Spain’s Canary Islands with MSC Cruises on a Mediterranean cruise bound for San Sebastián de la Gomera.

Explore the port of San Sebastián de la Gomera with MSC Cruises on a Mediterranean cruise to Spain’s island of La Gomera

Escape to the sunshine of Spain’s Canary Islands with MSC Cruises on a Mediterranean cruise bound for San Sebastián de la Gomera.

Since the yearly sunshine that graces the Canaries cannot be bottled, you’ll just have to let MSC Cruises acquaint you with Mediterranean luxury on a cruise vacation to La Gomera and its capital, San Sebastián de la Gomera.

The town’s appealing historical quarter is a pleasure to explore on foot, with shaded plazas and pedestrian-friendly streets that once welcomed Columbus when he stopped to pick up victuals, including the same type of goats’ cheese still produced on the island today, on his voyage of discovery. Other Gomeran specialities to sweeten or hot up your holiday include palm honey and the spicy almogrote cheese spread.

Apart from beaches and water sports facilities, La Gomera’s main must-see is the central Garajonay National Park, a 40-km² area of great biodiversity. Ideal for outdoor pursuits, the park features countless trails from the lower pine woods right up to the laurisilva cloud forest at an elevation of nearly 1,500 m.

La Gomera’s deep ravines have also given rise to a unique whistled language, called silbo. Ancient in origins and widely practised in the days before telephony, the language is experiencing a revival since it became an official part of the island’s school curriculum.

Further up in the north, dense banana plantations are lovingly hand-tended on equally hand-built terraces, while Los Órganos, amazing ocean-pounded cliffs resembling organ pipes, can be visited by boat at the island’s northernmost tip.

Let MSC Cruises pamper you in Mediterranean style as you cruise to Spain’s Canary Islands and San Sebastián de la Gomera. Booking your holiday is as easy as making a call.

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 S. SEBASTIAN DE LA GOMERA Months
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high °C 21.6 22 23.1 22.9 23.7 25.3 27.5 28.4 27.9 26.5 24.7 22.7
Average low °C 15.2 15.2 15.7 16 17 18.7 20.1 21 20.9 19.9 18.2 16.4
 GOM01WI - AN INTRODUCTION TO LA GOMERA (4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Leave the vessel and get ready to explore Gomera’s most interesting sights starting from San Sebastián, it’s capital city. First you’ll head north to the agricultural valley of Hermigua, famous for its banana plantations and then onto the small, enchanting village of Agulo. Surrounded by a massive basalt wall almost 300 meters high, Agulo offers a breathtaking view of the nearby island of Tenerife. From here you’ll continue and visit, Juego de Bolas, a centre where you will be well explained the history of how this island was formed and also get informed about their flora and fauna. You’ll also drive through the Laurisilva woods, to see the subtropical thermophile forest. The vegetation found in this protected area actually disappeared from the Mediterranean during the ice ages of the Quaternary era. Before returning to the ship, the tour will stop at Agando, for a glimpse of the magnificent landscape of basalt formations of volcanic origin such as Roques de Agando, Ojiva and Orchilla. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground so it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $53.00 Adults $37.00 Children

   


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 GOM02WI - RETRACING COLUMBUS’ HISTORY (4.5 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Snack included  Cultural  A half-day excursion, where you are going to know a lot of the history Christopher Columbus left behind him on the island. A coach will take you to the centre of San Sebastián, the capital of La Gomera where a walking tour starts to discover the most interesting buildings “in the footstep” of Christopher Columbus. Your first stop will be “La Casa de Colón” (Columbus’ house), where he spent his time before leaving Europe “heading for India” and discovering America. Continue to the oldest church on the island, the “Iglesia de la Asunción” where Columbus and his crew attended mass before sailing; next you will see “El Pozo de Aguada”, where Columbus collected water for his long journey, and “Torre del Conde”, The Count’s Tower, which was built to protect the citizens from attacks from the sea. Our excursion will continue following the south road towards “La Degollada de Peraza” were there will be time for a coffee break and for enjoying the marvellous views on the landscape all around. Other enchanting views are in store at the famous Roques de Agando, a prominent rock formation, one of the most striking features of the island, often used as a symbol of La Gomera. Before returning to San Sebastián you will also have a short stop at the Mirador El Rejo, offering views over the Hermigua Valley and of the neighbour island, Tenerife, with its impressive Mount Teide. Please note: in case of religious celebrations, guests will visit the church individually.

Price per person $62.00 Adults $43.00 Children

   


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 GOM03WI - LANDSCAPES, TRADITIONS AND ANCIENT LANGUAGES ( 4 hours) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  San Sebastián, a pretty, picturesque village with about 7.000 inhabitants, is the capital and harbour of the island. It is also the place where Christopher Columbus prepared his ships for his long journey, took water and food supplies and attended mass there at the “Iglesia de la Asunción” before setting out on his way to America. We will leave the town to head southwards to reach “La Degollada de Peraza” and the famous “Roques de Agando”, a prominent rock formation, one of the most striking features of the island, often used as a symbol of La Gomera. Continue towards the “Pajarito” area, to the village of Chipude and to “El Cercado”, where we will stop for a short visit. This village is famous for its pottery, a familiar tradition inherited from one generation to another. We continue to the village of Arure, where we will enjoy a demonstration of “El Silbo de la Gomera”, a whistled language spoken by the inhabitants of the island. After tasting the local liquor “Mistela” you will leave the village to pass through the National Park of Garajonay and by Degollada de Pereza, to reach San Sebastián and your cruise ship. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground so it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $57.00 Adults $40.00 Children

   


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 GOM04WI - DISCOVER GRAN REY VALLEY ( 7 hours, lunch included) - 2013/2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Treat yourself to a day to discover the beauties of this enchanting island, admiring its landscapes and its vegetation. Leave the capital city of San Sebastián, driving up to “Roques de Agando”, where a photo stop is on the schedule. Next you will continue to the National Park of Garajonay, located at a height of 1.487 metres above sea level, and to the village of Chipude. Continue to “El Cercado”, where you will stop to enjoy the ceramics of La Gomera at the “Artesanía de El Cercado”. Other enchanting views are in store as we pass Las Hayas and as the road descends to the Gran Rey Valley; some stops to take pictures are scheduled on the way. This valley lies in a fertile, banana growing area, with a beautiful palm forest and a magnificent black sand beach, one of the best of the whole island. We make a short stop to visit the place where traditional culture and tourism go together in perfect harmony before driving to the village of Arure where a typical lunch will be served. Here you will enjoy a demonstration of “El Silbo de la Gomera”, a whistled language spoken by the inhabitants of the island. Our return to the port will be via the forest of “La Laguna Grande”, driving down to El Cedro and passing by Las Rosas, Agulo and Hermigua. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground so it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $98.00 Adults $69.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.