We had been in Tenerife a while before we ventured over to Los Gigantes town. Los Gigantes is a very pretty resort town in the Santiago del Teide municipality on the west coast of the Canary Island Tenerife.
The Scenery, sunshine and the sea are Los Gigante’s main selling points, once you arrive you will see what we mean, and you won’t want to leave that’s for sure.
The name Los Gigantes (meaning The Giants) needs no explanation. The dominant cliff face of the seven million-year-old Teno Mountains is visible from almost anywhere you stroll, its difficult to not notice its beauty when it’s staring at you from every point.
However, the best spot to enjoy their fascinating features is at the Mirador Archipenque on the approach road to the town. Where you will also find a small cafe with a shop and gifts of all kinds at reasonable prices. The view is truly breathtaking.
At sunset, it’s a photographer’s dream, the sun rays bathe the 500 metre high cliffs in a golden glow and fill the skies above the neighboring island of La Gomera, see my other blog on La Gomera here. Of course, we stayed to watch the sunset, it was beautiful.
If you’re wondering why Los Gigantes has these fantastic cliffs, then here is a little insight as to why. Los Gigantes cliffs protect the town from the trade winds, ensuring that Los Gigantes and the west of Tenerife enjoy possibly the best climate on Tenerife with the most hours of sunshine.
Los Gigantes was developed in the 60s and 70s, it has become a popular one with mainly British holidaymakers and ex-patriots, who prefer a quieter pace of life and less nightlife opposed to that is found in some of the resorts in the south such as Las Americas and Los Cristianos.
Los Gigantes is also a brilliant base for exploring other parts of the island, within 40 minutes you can reach the rural idyll of Masca, or one of the oldest living trees on the planet, the Millennium Drago Tree in Icod de los Vinos, there’s such a huge history lesson to be learned from both of these places.
Things To Do
It’s a small town but In the Marina, you will find an array of private crafts moored next to the boats which take visitors out to see the local dolphin and whale colonies – there are 27 different species of Dolphins & Whales that have been encountered in the waters off of Los Gigantes.
There is also Sup boards, Canoes and Kayaks if you fancy it. The shops that offer all this are not far from the harbor, they have all these advertised outside with swimming gear inside to buy if needed. The cost is very reasonable at 20 euros an hour for Kayaking, a fair price we thought for a fun time on the ocean.
If you’re not into Sealife or Watersports then get yourself to the beach of Los Guios, a small, clean black sand beach where you can relax with the backdrop of the cliffs in eyes view, what more could you want.
If you’re feeling a little peckish as we were, then grab yourself a huge blueberry and mango ice cream to cool you down, from the very popular ice cream parlor! This had to be the tastiest ice cream ever. Ask for
dos bolasand you will get a huge one.
Around the marina, there are plenty of places like Antonios Corner or KV Bar Gourmet to indulge in some Spanish tapas or fish dishes with Canarian potato if you prefer, truly delicious and a must try. They have food to suit every taste and a setting that lends itself to the romantics rather well. We sat back and enjoyed our meal at El Rincon De Antonio whilst taking in the sea views and the mountains, perfecto!
Directly south of Los Gigantes is the old fishing village of Puerto Santiago, which despite extensive development, still retains an unhurried, homely atmosphere. Puerto de Santiago lies between Playa de la Arena and Los Gigantes. It is on the coastal road, which links the villages.
Another very picturesque town that needs to be explored and I’m sure we will, very soon!