The stunning seaside town of Los Gigantes is nestled in a rock face, providing a dramatic and picturesque backdrop to your holiday. The town is located on Tenerife’s Southwest coast and is famous for being one of the most naturally beautiful locations in this region. The year-round sunshine and scenic views make this a favourite among holidaymakers. An ideal location for those who prefer a slower-paced holiday, life moves at a relaxed pace here, making the town a good choice for families and couples alike. Since its development during the 1960s and 70s, Los Gigantes has become a very popular choice with British holidaymakers and ex-pats who enjoy the less busy nightlife scene that is found here in comparison to some of the more southern resorts. The views in this area are a dream for photographers, with glistening rays of sun during the day and a golden glow lighting the skies at sunset.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +0
- Average flight time: 4h 45m
When to go
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The top attractions in Los Gigantes include the Marina, which features 368 moorings used mainly by speedboats, pleasure boats and small yachts. The Marina has clear blue waters so clean they have a mirror-like finish and are teeming with fish. The clear aquamarine waters provide an excellent opportunity for sightseeing as you can join one of the many tours departing from the Marina to go dolphin spotting. The town itself is nestled underneath the iconic Los Gigantes cliffs, meaning that the beaches here are small with black sand. While the beach is small, it offers stunning views of the huge cliffs and shimmering waters. Only a short journey from Los Gigantes is Puerto de Santiago, a lovely place for a quiet day trip. If you fancy venturing a bit further, you can visit the majestic Mount Teide, the third-tallest volcano in the world, taking the 5-hour hike or a cable car to the top for incredible views over the Canary Islands. Those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground may prefer taking a Los Gigantes cave cruise to explore the volcanic caves that are hidden in the jutting edges of the cliffs themselves.
Wine and Dine
Los Gigantes’ culinary personality is undoubtedly British, with the majority of bars and restaurants in this area being designed to suit British tastes. As in Britain, this means a good selection of restaurants from all cultures and a focus on easy-eating, as opposed to high-brow cuisine. There is a large selection of restaurants, bars and coffee shops in this area, with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that gives a homely feel. While you can enjoy traditional Canarian cuisine in the area, there are also Mexican and Chinese restaurants, as well as a lot of tapas bars. With so many British ex-pats in the area there are plenty of karaoke bars and sports bars serving beers and cocktails, as well as more traditional Canarian wines.
The relaxed charm of Los Gigantes make this a great choice of destination for families who prefer spending time together exploring the local area, taking in the gorgeous natural surroundings and enjoying water sports. The sometimes choppy waters of Los Guios beach mean this is not the best beach for those looking for a place to paddle with young children, but the beach is pleasant for sunbathing and water sports if your children are a bit older. The Marina has plenty of options for holidaying families, from fish-watching at the dock to heading out on a boat tour to try and spot dolphins playing. There are a couple of smaller supermarkets in the centre of Los Gigantes and plenty of small tourist shops that stock trinkets and beach toys to keep the kids occupied at the beach.
Action and Adventure
Although Los Gigantes is known for its relaxed way of life, there are plenty of things to do in the town itself and nearby resorts. Most of the more active things to do in Los Gigantes revolve around the beach and the sea. The choppy waters just off Los Guios beach are ideal for adrenaline-pumping water sports such as paragliding, jet-skiing and water-skiing. If you’d like to experience what the sea has to offer but prefer not to get into a wetsuit yourself, head to the Marina to take your pick from the wide variety of boat tours that depart there. Tours include family-friendly sightseeing tours and dolphin-spotting, giving you the thrills of meeting these incredible animals up close without getting wet.
Life's a Beach
The Los Guios beach is one of the main attractions of Los Gigantes for holidaymakers, with volcanic black sand, sun-loungers and umbrellas for hire and incredible views. Those who prefer a more active holiday can enjoy water sports in the slightly choppy waters that surround the beach, setting the scene for jet-skiing, paragliding and water-skiing. A less well-known place is the open-air rock pool at nearby Crab Island, on the southern edge of Los Gigantes, which offers a quiet spot for sunbathing and taking in views of La Gomera. There’s also the nearby sunbathing areas of El Laguillo, close to the harbour, and Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz.
The nightlife in Los Gigantes is friendly but less frenetic than many other Spanish resorts, with the multitude of restaurants welcoming tourists and locals alike each night to serve up traditional Canarian cuisine and live entertainment. Nightlife here focuses on eating and relaxing at one of the bars that are scattered around the town, particularly by the harbour. The laid-back attitude and lack of bustling crowds of tourists at night-time make Los Gigantes a favourite with older holidaymakers, couples and families who prefer a more relaxed holiday experience. A few bars in the town centre offer the usual array of live entertainment, such as comedians, quiz nights, live music and music tribute acts. As everything winds up at midnight, this is not the ideal place for those who want to party the night away, but is ideal for those who prefer to sip a cool beer by the clear blue waters at the sun sets.
The chilled atmosphere of Los Gigantes will appeal to couples who prefer a more relaxed holiday and don’t want to spend their evenings navigating bustling crowds heading to pubs and clubs. There’s a good range of local pubs and restaurants which are ideal for quiet romantic meals. The beautiful local scenery seems made for romantic strolls along the coastline, with dramatic black sands and the grand Los Gigantes cliffs themselves providing a unique sightseeing experience. As well as being blessed with one of the most naturally lovely locations on the Canary Islands, Los Gigantes has some of the best sunsets in Tenerife.
Los Gigantes has a charming friendly feel that makes you feel at home, making it a great choice for holidaymakers who are looking for a destination with a pleasantly sedate culture. The majority of people who live in Los Gigantes are older British ex-pats who have retired here to enjoy the glorious views and laid-back pace of life. English is spoken throughout the town, meaning you’ll never struggle to find someone to help with directions. Most of the signposts and shop information is written in English and the majority of tourists here hail from Britain. If you crave a more authentic Spanish experience, you can travel to the close-by resort of Puerto Santiago, where the majority of the population are Spanish and visitors to the town are from a wider range of countries.