Los Gigantes Travel Guide
Overview Los Gigantes (The Giants) is aptly named after the Acantilados
de los Gigantes; large, striking cliffs that surround this
attractive holiday resort. The resort is set on the west coast of
Tenerife and is essentially joined together with its neighbours,
Playa la Arena and Puerto Santiago, to provide visitors with an
exciting resort experience. A concerted effort has been made not to
destroy the natural beauty of the town and as such there are none
of the towering hotels common to other Spanish tourist resorts. The
scenery is dominated by a rocky cliff which is 2,600 feet (800
metres) high in places. The resort is self-sufficient, with plenty
of shops, restaurants and activities to keep holidaymakers
entertained, well-fed and happy. Los Gigantes is a peaceful resort,
ideal for a relaxing holiday.
Shopping Uphill from the marina is the resort's commercial centre, with
plenty of shops ranging from supermarkets to upscale fashion
boutiques and a convenient pedestrian zone near the church. The
nearby village of Masca also has a few independent souvenir shops
that sell unique items like local pottery, liquor made from bananas
or honey, and embroidered tablecloths and clothing. Los Gigantes is
a good resort for shopping and the proximity of a number of other
resorts and villages ensures there is plenty of variety.
Restaurants There are quite a few restaurants and bars at the marina, and
seafood is the local speciality (paella is always a good bet in the
coastal regions of Spain!). While at the popular holiday
destination of Los Gigantes, it's essential to sample the fine
cuisine at Krishna's. El Rincon de Juan Carlos and Jardin del Sol
also garner rave reviews from foodies and casual diners alike.
Guests may not smoke indoors in most restaurants, but smoking is
allowed on covered verandas and in marked areas.
Nightlife Although Los Gigantes has a selection of bars and even
nightclubs, it is a peaceful resort and does not have an energetic
nightlife. Much of the live music and entertainment in Los Gigantes
is provided by the hotels and restaurants. You'll hear jazz, salsa,
rock music, and the local folk music called Tenderete. Most of the
bars and clubs in the resort are centred in Santiago Bajo.
Activities Los Gigantes has a lovely, upmarket marina, which visitors can
use as a starting point for boat trips to explore the imposing
cliff-faces, enjoy dolphin and whale watching excursions or trips
to neighbouring resorts. The resort's small beach has black
volcanic sand and good swimming conditions and neighbouring Playa
la Arena offers a larger version. There are also a number of water
sports and activities such as big game fishing on offer, and those
who hire a car will find many interesting sights and sounds in the
surrounding areas. A not-to-be-missed event in the town is the
annual carnival held in the week after Ash Wednesday. Visitors will
find that although Los Gigantes is not party central, there is
still plenty to see and do year round.
Negatives Los Gigantes is hilly, with narrow streets that can be difficult
to traverse for people with mobility issues. Youngsters in search
of a party may be disappointed with the sedate nightlife.