A world (but only 40 minutes by car) away from the bold and brash resort of Las Americas is the picturesque town of Los Gigantes. Roughly translated as ‘the giants’, it takes its name from the epic cliffs that rise out of the ocean around its black sandy beaches, quaint harbour and white-washed buildings.
The weather here is agreeable all year round, with hot summers tempered wonderfully by a cool sea breeze, ideal for trips with the kids. The nearby Acantilados de Los Gigantes, or ‘cliffs of the giants’, is an impressive structure of volcanic rock that towers above the town below. With its numerous coves and inlets, it’s a place that’s popular with both divers and birdwatchers.
It’s so typically Spanish, yet with an unmistakable feeling of home due in part to its sizeable British expat community. You’re sure to receive a warm and friendly welcome on a Los Gigantes holiday, be it when ordering fresh fish at a local restaurant, boarding a boat to take you dolphin watching or hiring a car to explore this magical island’s volcanic heartland.
Puerto de Santiago
Rapid yet respectful development of the local area has seen Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago merge into one. Puerto de Santiago still retains a relaxed, unhurried atmosphere, yet you won’t be short of options for a great night out on the town. A small and usually quiet volcanic beach joins the town to the sea and generally it’s a more sheltered place for a family swim than the lively waters off Los Gigantes. Head here in July to witness the spectacular firework display during fiesta.
Playa de la Arena
If it’s beaches that you’ve come on a Los Gigantes holiday for then Playa de la Arena won’t disappoint you. It’s been awarded Blue Flag status for many years now and is widely recognised as the region’s best. Much of Tenerife’s sand is imported from the Sahara, yet at Playa de la Arena you’ll find naturally occurring black volcanic sand, a unique feature of these islands. The Avenida Maritima that runs alongside the beach has plenty of great restaurants and bars to relax in all afternoon.
What Alcala lacks in size, it most certainly makes up for in style. A mostly untouched place a little south of Los Gigantes, it’s worth visiting simply to take in an authentic sense of the Canarian way of life. Grab an arepa from the bakery on the plaza. This delicious filled and fried corn cake is Hispanic street food at its finest. A short stroll along the promenade brings you to some little rock pools that are a great place for exploring and doing a spot of bird watching. La Escondida, a restaurant nestled above the harbour, is the place to head for unbeatable sunsets and a bowl of puchero (meat and chickpea) stew.
Exploring Los Gigantes…
Tenerife’s epic centrepiece is the ancient volcano of Mount Teide. You can drive to its summit, rising up through green forests and emerging out into an otherworldly, rocky wilderness, before taking a cable car to its highest point. The views of the sea and islands beyond, as you can imagine, are breath-taking. There’s even the option to take a guided tour of Teide at sunset, the sky a canvas of pinks and oranges, before night falls and you can see more stars than you ever thought possible. A resident astrologer will be on hand to map out the stellar constellations for you.
This exotic Thai-themed waterpark is the place to come for aquatic thrills and spills. Its array of giant slides and river rapids will keep both kids and adults happy for hours. There are plenty of chill out spots too, cafes and bars, plus its very own sandy beach. Forget what you think you know about waterparks and experience Siam Park for yourself.
That intriguing looking rock rising out of the ocean off the coast of Los Gigantes is the island of La Gomera. It’s easily accessible by boat from nearby Los Cristianos and is a must-see on any Los Gigantes holiday. It’s still largely unspoilt and its La Garajonay national park has been afforded UNESCO heritage status. Its rocks, ravines and valleys are punctuated by glorious colourful wild flowers, isolated settlements and incredible places to eat
Los Gigantes beaches
Los Guios Beach is small, secluded and offers great views of the harbour and cliffs beyond. The water here can get a little choppy, yet is still hugely popular with jet skiers and paragliders. The nearby lido is a great place for a sheltered swim, with natural seawater running into the enclosed pools. Playa de San Juan, a short drive away, is home to a diving school, whereas Playa de la Arena boasts the finest, all-natural volcanic beach in the area.
As is the way with Spanish cuisine, tapas feature heavily on the menus of Los Gigantes. The lovely waterfront here is lined with bars and restaurants that serve little plates of fried fish, sautéed potatoes with garlic sauce and puchero stew, a local meat and chickpea specialty. El Rincon comes recommended for that authentic Los Gigantes food experience with a contemporary twist. Look out for pork belly with mango sauce, tuna toast or pine nut praline.
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