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Los Gigantes: the coast extra large of Tenerife

Los Gigantes, known as The Cliffs of the Giants, is located on the western coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. This amazing resort is set in a rocky cove on the Atlantic Sea.

Los Gigantes cliffs

Known for it’s unique vertical cliffs which rise to over 2,500 feet above the sea, Los Gigantes is a great a great base for holidays in the Canary Islands. At the foot of the cliffs is the resorts small black volcanic sand beach which is great for families with children as it doesn’t get crowded.

The larger Blue Flag beach Playa de la Arena is just a couple of miles from Los Gigantes and is regarded by many people as the best beach in the area. Next to the beach is the busy marina where expensive yachts mingle with fishing boats.

Playa de la Arena

Here you can take a boat trip which is probably the best way to view the amazing cliffs and to spot the dolphins and whales that swim in the Atlantic. Deep-sea fishing, sailing and diving are also available at the marina. For a great family excursion take a trip on a restored galleon or marvel at the fantastic marine life on a glass-bottom boat ride.

For the more adventurous the resorts rocky terrain is perfect for mountaineering, climbing, mountain biking and hiking. Because the sea is sheltered by the cliffs here it is perfect for diving, especially from November to February when the clear blue sea is lovely and warm.

Los Gigantes has a pedestrianised centre with restaurants, bars and shops which are based around the old church. However as the resort is built into the cliff face the steep narrow streets which lead up from the seafront to the main town can offer quite a challenge.


Puerto Santiago is a quiet modern resort which was once a small fishing village and is the closest resort to Los Gigantes. If you are feeling energetic then you can stroll along the scenic cliff walk to Puerto Santiago which takes about half an hour and offers amazing views out to sea.

At northest the bay from Los Gigantes is the historic town of Garachico which is well worth a visit when on your family holidays. Almost destroyed by an earthquake the town is home to the largest and oldest Dragon Tree in the Canaries. These trees are only found on the Canary Islands and are believed to hold mystic powers and red sap (dragons blood) which was once used for healing and embalming.

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