What to see and do in the Tenerife and Canary Islands resort of Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes attractions
The Tenerife resort of Los Gigantes is famous in the Canary Islands for its gigantic cliffs that give it its name - "Gigantes" means Giants in Spanish - but it also has many other attractions. Los Gigantes has plenty of bars, restaurants, sports facilities, swimming pools, a diving centre, its own marina, live entertainment and excellent weather.
Los Gigantes is on the south-west coast of Tenerife and is usually sunny and warm. It also provides some of the best views across the sea to the neighbouring island of La Gomera.
Having its own marina means that the resort can offer all sorts of boat trips and marine excursions as well as having plenty of places to eat and drink by the waterside.
To Los Gigantes beach
Los Gigantes Beach
Fish Spa in Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes Dive Centre
Places to go in Los Gigantes
The beach is somewhere most people will want to go after they have arrived in Los Gigantes and it has a very short walkway down to it that you cannot miss if you are coming down the only road to the marina which is called Calle Poblado Marinero.
Along the little Calle de los Guios road to the beach there are cafés, shops selling everything you need for enjoying your holiday, and you can also pick up information flyers here for excursions and trekking opportunites in the area.
The beach has black volcanic sand and is sheltered by the massive cliffs. It is ideal for sunbathing.
The marina in Los Gigantes has boats you can charter as well as plenty of cruises up along the coast. Some boats will take you up to Masca's beach and you can look out for whales, dolphins, flying fish and some of the only pairs of ospreys that live on the island.
Masca is Tenerife's mountain village like a Shangri-la that was cut off for many years by the steep mountains and valleys all around it. One of the only ways into Masca was, and still is, from its beach at the bottom of a very steep ravine. Boats can take you from this very secluded beach to Los Gigantes if you have managed to make your way down the very rugged ravine from Masca, or you can simply go on a cruise from the resort that will take you there and back. Top Class Tours provide a water taxi from Masca Beach to Los Gigantes for 10€ for adults and half that price for children.
Flipper Uno is one of the boats that sails out of Los Gigantes harbour up to the Bay of Masca where you are offered the opportunity to go for swim followed by a meal of paella. The Katrin is another boat that sails from Los Gigantes marina and will take you whale and dolphin watching and comes recommended by Lonely Planet and the AA-Essential Guide to Tenerife .
The Son Caliu is a glass-bottomed boat that also goes to Masca Bay and will take you out looking for whales and dolphins. Jet Bike Safari Los Gigantes offers another way of seeing Masca Bay for the more adventurous visitor to Tenerife. Booking a trip out with them includes Insurance, Wet Suits, Life Jackets, Boat Support, an Instructor, Bladefish and they will pick you up.
The marina also has a dive centre from which PADI diving instructors can take you out on dive trips to see the fascinating underwater life off the coast here. Manta rays and turtles are some of the marine creatures that can be seen.
The marina has a selection of waterside bars, cafés and a pizza restaurant that is on the corner. I used to often have a full Veggie Breakfast at The Friendly Dolphin.
It even has a Fish Spa by the marina where Garra rufa fish will clean your feet in the tanks that house them. This is a new craze that has arrived on the island and is proving very popular.
Speaking of fish, there are large shoals of silvery-grey Dorada in the marina itself and many people like to take photos of these fish and to teed them with breadcrumbs. Pigeons and sparrows often come down too to see what they can scavenge as well.
The marina is a great place just to relax and have a meal whilst looking out on the boats and sea, as well as to plan or book an excursion on the seas.
Dolphins in Los Gigantes
Oasis in Los Gigantes
Sporting and leisure facilities in Los Gigantes
There are several sporting facilities in Los Gigantes. At the very popular Oasis Club there is a bowling green as well as lawns, a restaurant, a pool and some of the best views across the sea to La Gomera. You can find Oasis by taking a short walk down Avenida José Gonzalez Fortes (see map below at the bottom of this hub). The Oasis is very popular spot for those staying in Los Gigantes to socialise and relax.
With its entrance on the road down to the marina is Laguillo which has a swimming pool, sun beds and its own restaurant. It makes another wonderful place to soak up the sun. There is free admission for anyone who wants to use the restaurant but a charge for the use of other facilities.
Up by the bus terminus for the resort is the Los Gigantes Golf Club. There are also tennis courts here and bars and restaurants right next door where you can eat and drink.
The bus station, which is really just a line of bus stops, is also the meeting place for Wander-Club trekking tours accompanied by an experienced hiking guide. You can always pick up a leaflet for all the details such as what walks are available, what the meeting times are and to book a place.
Los Gigantes is a great place to visit and spend time and is also a great a place to travel to other places in Tenerife from, such as those that the hiking tours go to, or the cruises to Masca Bay from the marina.
There are buses from the other popular resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas in Tenerife South that go to Los Gigantes and also a bus from Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island.
Tenerife entertainer Charlie Hodge
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Bars in Los Gigantes and Live Entertainment
There are plenty of bars in Los Gigantes and because there are so many British tourists that visit the resort and ex-pats who live there, English is spoken at them all. There is the aptly named Green Corner, which caught my eye. Over the road from it is the Los Gigantes square where fiestas are held and the local church stands.
The square has a number of bars and cafés around it and on the one corner is the Highland Paddy, one of the venues in Los Gigantes that provides live entertainment. My friend Charlie Hodge is one of the cabaret acts appearing there. Charlie specialises in doing a tribute to Neil Diamond and always sings I Am, I Said if I am in his audience because he knows it is my favourite Neil Diamond song.
The Ocean Drive is also well-named because it is on the upper section of the road that takes you down to the marina. It sells a range of meals and deserts including cherry crumble, as well as cold beers, wines and soft drinks. Next door to it is a second-hand shop which is something you don't see that often on Tenerife.
A well known bar in Los Gigantes is TJ's. It is right next to the Hotel Los Gigantes, or Los Gigantes Still, as it is currently named, making it handy for residents there. TJ's is one more of the venues that offer live entertainment.
Domingo's Bar being another, and where you can watch my friend Hollie Bourne singing covers of pop songs from the 60s and onward.
Most of the entertainment and live music takes place at night but if you are staying in Los Gigantes this makes for a great night out right where you are. The venues all have details posted of what acts are appearing and when.
Los Gigantes is a Tenerife resort where there is always plenty to do and enjoy by day or night. The resort's cliffs are amazing but there are many more reasons why Los Gigantes is such a very popular place for holiday-makers and residents of Tenerife. Every time I go to Los Gigantes I end up thinking that this is somewhere I would love to live!
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