Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

Los Gigantes, Tenerife. Photo by Diego Delso

Los Gigantes is a resort town in the Santiago del Teide municipality on the west coast of the Canary Island Tenerife. Its main feature are the giant rock formations that rise from the sea to a height of 500-800 metres (1,640–2,625 ft) after which the town has been named. Los Gigantes means “The Giants”.

The cliffs at Los Gigantes, Acantilados de Los Gigantes in Spanish, are one of the island’s major tourist attractions. There are three viewpoints in the village, the main one on main road to towards Tamaimo, another above the sports club and a third on a coastal path around the Hotel Barcelo.

Acantilados de Los Gigantes

Acantilados de Los Gigantes. Photo by Daniel Gaínza

The town has a marina which is completely surrounded by concrete walls to dampen the effect of the rough seas around the area. A small black sand beach lies between the rocks and the marina. The marina has a boulevard with many restaurants. Close to the harbour is a public swimming pool.

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Looking towards La Gomera, from Los Gigantes. Photo by Thomas Tolkien

Los Gigantes is one of the island’s major tourist attractions, and it has many small shops servicing the tourists that visit the area, especially on the one way road loop around church and plaza, and also near to the marina and beach. As can be expected of a town resort, Los Gigantes has a high ratio of hotels and apartments compared to regular residences.

Each year, in February, there is a carnival which parades through the village.

Other resorts nearby include Puerto Santiago and Playa De La Arena.

Los Gigantes

The sun setting over Los Gigantes. Photo by m00036