‘In fourteen hundred and ninety two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue’ – this rhyme is taught in schools as reliably as the times tables and the alphabet. But have you ever wondered what the great explorer got up to before he discovered the New World? This trip gives you a glimpse at the life of the adventurer before he became famous. You’ll begin in San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera, with a visit to La Casa del Colon. This is the house where Columbus lived when he was preparing for his epic voyage across the ocean. While you’re exploring the capital you’ll also see the church where Columbus and his crew attended mass before they sailed, and El Pozo de Aguada, where he collected water for the journey. The second part of this experience will showcase the places that attracted Columbus to a life on La Gomera. You’ll start with the man-made Torre del Conde, a tower which was built to protect the citizens of La Gomera from attacks by pirates. Next, you’ll move on to the island’s natural attractions. Heading out of San Sebastian, you’ll stop at the Roques de Agando, the huge rock that’s sometimes used as a symbol of the island. Your last stop of the day will be Mirador El Rejo, a lookout point, which serves up views of the rolling green Hermigua Valley.
You’ll cover about a kilometre on foot during this trip. It's also best to carry a jacket as it can be chilly at some of the view points.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.