Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Located on the south west coast of Tenerife, Los Gigantes enjoys plenty of year round sunshine. It is best known for the tall sheer cliff face of the Teno Mountains, which provide shelter from the trade winds and can be seen from just about everywhere in the resort.
Los Gigantes is a tidy resort and very much geared towards the British in terms of menus and entertainment. It has impressive cliffs, a harbour and is a popular departure point for dolphin and whale watching trips.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Los Gigantes Reviews
Los Gigantes is located along the seafront and the majority of the shoreline is rocky. However, next to the harbour and protected by the harbour wall, there is a beach called Los Guios beach. The beach has black sands and clear waters.
Things to Do
Laze on the lido. Next to the harbour is the lido, El Laguillo, which is a lagoon style pool with wide sun terraces and also has a small natural rock pool in the sea. Just above the El Laguillo, is the Oasis Club which has pools for adults and children surrounded by lawned gardens with a bowling green. Both of these outdoor pools have a pool-side bar, plenty of space for sunbathing and open views to the sea.
Take a boat trip. From the harbour you can take pleasure cruises and fishing trips or the popular dolphin and whale watching trips. The clear waters are also popular for snorkelling and scuba diving trips and there is a PADI diving centre by the harbour too.
A popular trip is to take a bus or tour to the mountain village of Masca and then walk down the valley to Masca Beach. This scenic walk takes approx 3 hours and from the beach you can get a boat or water taxi back to Los Gigantes. The walking bit is optional of course.
Head into the Teide National Park. You don't have to go far, Chio (12km) is just 20 minutes drive from Los Gigantes and has a large picnic area set in the pine forests with fantastic views of Mount Teide.
Out and About
The resort is well maintained with trees, shrubs and flowers everywhere and ample supermarkets, tourist shops, bars and restaurants can be found throughout the resort.
The harbour is filled with small sailing craft and lined with pavement cafes and restaurants; always a relaxing spot for a fresh fish supper. There are many British menus to be found in the resort but there is also a full array of international choices. Again with the bars, there is a full choice from wine bars and live music to sports bars, irish bars and karaoke bars.
There is a sports and leisure complex up by the main bus stop with mini golf, tennis courts, a bowling green and an outdoor pool.
You can walk along the coastal path into the neighbouring fishing village of Puerto Santiago. Along the way you will discover the rock pools of Crab Island and on arrival you will find some traditional Canarian restaurants.
At the next resort along, Playa de La Arena, which is approx 3km from Los Gigantes, there is a blue flag sandy beach. Nightlife is slightly livelier there than Los Gigantes too.
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