Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes lies at the foot of the imposing cliffs of los Gigantes at an average height of 500 metres and 30 km northwest of the playa de las Americas. This spot which is not as crowded as las Americas or los Cristianos, has first class hotels associated with a sports port, excellent views of the sea and cliffs and a very nice beach of volcanic sand.

A short distance away there is another tourist spot, Puerto Santiago with its wonderful beach la Arena and a varied choice of restaurants.

Los Gigantes resort in Tenerife

Los Gigantes resort in Tenerife

The resort of Los Gigantes is a world apart from its neighbour of Playa de las Americas 20 miles down the coast. Its name derives from the imposing cliffs, “The Giants” which dominate the resort. Transfer time from the main airport varies, but is generally around 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Overall it’s a pretty resort and great care has been taken over its design and construction. With the exception of the one multi-storey hotel, all of the resort’s apartments and residential areas are low-rise and blend in well with the surroundings. It is a small, tranquil place and has an air of exclusivity about it. There is not much danger of the resort losing this atmosphere and ambience by expanding in any direction either, as it is closed in on all sides, nestling between the area’s natural rocky confines and the Atlantic Ocean.

It is important to note that Los Gigantes may not be suitable if you, or someone in your party is very elderly, infirm or in a wheelchair. This is because the entire resort is extremely steep, and the roads through the town fall sharply from the connecting main road above the town, down for a mile or so to the lowest point at the boating marina. There is very little in the way of ‘level ground’ here.

The towns other problem is its traffic situation, which can be very annoying at times. The roads are very narrow, with a one-way system operating throughout most of the town, and it is almost impossible to ever find a parking space in the centre of the resort.

Los Gigantes marina, Tenerife

Los Gigantes marina, Tenerife

Lying at the foot of the cliffs there is a small, clean black sand beach which is rarely crowded, despite being suitable for children. Next to the public beach is the marina, where you can find numerous private boats and yachts moored next to the boats which take visitors out to see the dolphin and whale colonies which live between the west coast of Tenerife and the neighbouring island of La Gomera.

The town’s commercial centre is just inland from the marina. Although small, you will find a variety of bars and restaurants, plus shopping for everything from fruit and veg to designer label clothes. In the central square there is a pedestrian zone based around the old church. This also where the majority of events in the towns carnival take place.

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