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LOS GIGANTES

The dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes, the Giants, on the west coast of Tenerife are one of the most spectacular tourist attractions on the island.

Soaring to a height of 800 metres, giant rock formations tower over the resort town of Santiago del Teide and offer stunning views over the region. Marvel at the colour and structure of these ancient cliffs.

If you want to get up close and personal with the ´Giants´ boat trips from the town’s modern marina run at regular intervals. Take a stroll along the seafront and stop off at one of the numerous restaurants and bars offering spectacular views of the cliffs and the sea. This popular natural attraction is situated approximately a 45-minute drive from Tenerife’s southern airport, Reina Sofia.

Los Gigantes is close to the neighbouring holiday resorts of Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena which can be easily reached on foot and is an ideal place to visit if you enjoy quieter holiday resorts.

The town has lots of shops, cafés, restaurants and family bars and the town enjoys the best weather conditions on the whole island with highs of up to 37ºC during July and August.

The Los Gigantes area is very volcanic due to its proximity to the island´s volcano – Mount Teide. Most of the swimming spots here are ravines and rocky bays, but there are few exceptions.

The only sandy beach in Los Gigantes is located right next to the marina. The small, clean Los Guios Beach is only 180 metres long and is very rarely crowded. You´ll find sun loungers and public toilets on the beach, but parking can be challenging in the small marina area. Although the beach is probably not the best one in the area, it is the only one that offers an amazing view of the colossal Los Gigantes cliffs.

Things to do in Los Gigantes

A small shopping centre near the marina has a large supermarket, shops and cafes. Explore the town’s narrow streets, which are home to designer and speciality shops.

You will also find a wide choice of excellent cuisine in Los Gigantes, including delicious local Canarian and International dishes. From casual beach bars to family-friendly restaurants with live music, swanky wine bars and Michelin-starred dining rooms, you will find something to suit your tastes and budget.

Enjoy a picturesque seaside stroll to the neighbouring holiday resort of Puerto Santiago. Most of the locals live in this former fishing village which has retained much of its ‘old-world’ charm and Canarian feel. Puerto Santiago has a small black sand beach, but most visitors prefer Playa de la Arena, which has carried the reputable Blue Flag since 1989 for cleanliness and facilities.

If you are looking for some fun on the water, why not rent a motorboat or jet ski from Los Gigantes marina or take a water taxi to the beautiful Masca Valley for a hike? The sides of the ravine in Masca climb as high as 600m above the sea, and at its narrowest the gorge is only 20m wide. After hiking for around two hours, the path ends on a picturesque black sand beach where you can relax and swim before returning to Los Gigantes.

The clear Atlantic water around Los Gigantes is home to a large population of whales and dolphins. Boat trips are available from Los Gigantes marina to view these giants of the deep up close.

The tours normally include some snacks and drinks and you´ll often be spoiled with a short dip in the refreshing waters of the quiet beaches in front of the cliffs.

Whether you are looking to chill out and relax in Los Gigantes, speed across the waves on a jet-ski or get up close and personal with a Pilot Whale, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to attractions and things to do.

Ask at reception for details of tours, excursions and exclusive car hire discounts for members.