Los Gigantes is a slow-paced town, tucked away in a quiet area of southern Tenerife next to Puerto de Santiago. It is a peaceful and tranquil community, which makes it the perfect location for visitors to relax and escape from the stresses of everyday life. With an array of bars, a picturesque marina and its own beach, it is easy to understand why this resort has become a firm favourite amongst British holidaymakers.
It’s one of the island’s most scenic resorts, boasting beautiful ocean views, a pretty marina and a backdrop of spectacular 500m-high cliffs known as The Giants. The resort has been built with appearances in mind and is largely free of high-rise buildings, giving the resort a spacious, open feel.
Los Gigantes is on the west coast of Tenerife, an island located 50 miles from the coast of Africa, which means it benefits from a sub-tropical climate that gives it warm and sunny weather all year round. In the peak of summer, August and September, the average temperature is somewhere in the high-twenties – perfect for those wanting to soak up the sun.
In the winter months, the temperatures are still warm, with the average being somewhere in the mid-teens and low-twenties. This makes winter a great time to visit for those who do not like the heat of the summer, and are looking for cheap Los Gigantes holidays to escape the cold British winter.
As with many resorts in Tenerife, the main attraction for holidaymakers is the beach. The beach in Los Gigantes has the volcanic black sands and crystal clear waters that are a chief characteristic of the island. The beach offers the perfect way for tourists to relax and have a good time.
Those who love spending time in the water will find their heaven in Los Gigantes; the resort offers a huge range of activities including scuba diving, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking and sailing. The water at Lo Guios beach is known to be choppy so those looking for somewhere calm to swim should head to the resort’s lido, offering a seawater swimming pool and spacious terraces lined with sun beds for a small entry fee.
The main buzz of Los Gigantes can be found around the marina or on the Avenida Maritima, where most of the resort’s shops, bars and restaurants are based.
The famous cliffs of Los Gigantes are another tourist hotspot, towering over the coast and providing a beautiful backdrop. These are said to be best experienced from the sea, and you can book boat trips from the marina to see these impressive natural structures, or if you’d rather, you can see them up close from the beach below. The Giants can be seen from anywhere in the resort, but the photo opportunities at the Archipenque Mirador viewpoint are not to be missed.
There are many exciting day trips to be enjoyed from Los Gigantes. The resort is most famous for dolphin-watching; the surrounding waters are a popular feeding ground for bottlenose dolphins, and visitors can easily join tours at the marina to witness these creatures in their natural habitat. Other popular day trips are to the Teide National Park or the small island of La Gomera.
There are plenty of restaurants in this town that offer tourists an authentic Spanish and Canarian taste. El Rincon de Antonio is a tapas restaurant located by the harbour that whips up traditional Spanish dishes. El Dique is another restaurant located close to the marina, offering rustic Canarian cuisine. For those who miss the taste of home, CK’s Bistro will provide you with some home-cooked English food.
The nightlife in Los Gigantes is friendly, with many bars dotted around the resort that offer live entertainment and cheap drinks. Monqiue’s Bar is one of the most popular amongst British tourists. This is because it has a selection of British beers and live sports, including a lot of English football matches. Dominigo’s Bar is another popular bar located on the marina and is known for its atmosphere and live entertainment.