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Los Gigantes is a popular travel resort next to the spectacular cliffs known as the Acantilados de Los Gigantes and these cliffs are a phenomenal rock wall that plunges sheer into the sea. It is located on the west coast of Tenerife.

Explore Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is an attractive seaside town made particularly popular for its location next to the Los Gigantes cliffs which are one of Tenerife's major tourist attractions. Los Gigantes resort was developed in the 1960s and 1970s and is a bit quieter and more relaxed than some of the bigger resorts further south.

The town has an attractive marina full of small yachts and is surrounded by shops and restaurants. There is also a small lido. Throughout the town there are plenty of bars and restaurants and lots of opportunities to enjoy fresh fish and local specialities.

Los Gigantes cliffs

The main beach in the town is small and has the natural volcanic black sand of the island (some of the bigger resorts import golden sand from the Sahara for their beaches). From the beach you can see the incredible Los Gigantes cliffs. There are three more spots in the village where you can get good views of the cliffs. One is on the main road to Tamaimo at the Mirador Archipenque, one is above the sports club and one is on the coastal path.

The Los Gigantes cliffs, or cliffs of the giants, are one of the impressive natural sights to see on the island of Tenerife. Although they can be seen from the village and beach they are best seen from a boat to appreciate the sheer size of these cliffs which are 500 to 800 meters high and drop almost sheer down to the ocean. Many of the whale watching tours pass this area of coastline allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the Los Gigantes cliffs at the same time as experiencing the thrill of sighting your first whale in the willd.

The grandeur of the cliffs inspired the ancient Guanche people of Tenerife to think they were a sacred site. Indeed they thought the cliffs marked the world's end!

Nearly one third of all whale and dolphin species pass through the Canary Islands and the coast near to Los Gigantes is a particularly good place for spotting them. Head to the marina and you will find a number of boat companies offering whale and dolphin tours and what could be better on your holiday than spotting one of these fabulous creatures.

Los Gigantes cliffs

Photos kindly supplied by the Turismo de Tenerife

Places to visit nearby

Walk to the neighboring resort of Puerto de Santiago which is a former fishing village and still has a lot of Canarian charm. Between Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago is a lovely natural swimming pool called Isla Cangrejo or 'Crab Island'.

Head inland to Masca which is Tenerife's most beautiful village and is situated in a stunning position in the Teno mountains. On the north coast visit the town of Icod de los Vinos which is home to one of the oldest trees on earth, 'the Millenium drago tree'. The drago trees known as 'dragon trees' are all over Tenerife but this one is exceptional.

If you are travelling with your family you won't want to miss Siam Park which has been voted number one water park in the world.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tenerife guide.

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Map of Los Gigantes and places to visit

Places to visit near Los Gigantes

Masca

Masca

Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village and set amongst superb mountain scenery.

Masca guide

Teno Alto

Teno Alto

Teno Alto has stunning views from its position high in the Teno mountains. The area is very popular with walkers.

Teno Alto guide

Los Silos

Los Silos

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Los Silos guide

Garachico

Garachico

A beautiful little town on the north coast of Tenerife. Garachico has a very pretty centre and a harbour area full of natural rock pools.

Garachico guide

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos is home to the oldest dragon tree on the Canary Islands. It has some pretty squares and is close to the Cueva del Viento larva tunnels.

Icod de los Vinos guide

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

A stunning volcanic park with an active volcano, Mount Teide. Teide Park is in the centre of Tenerife and is a highlight of any visit.

Teide National Park guide

Siam Park

Siam Park

Siam Park is a huge water park with a Thai theme and has consistently been voted the number one water park in the World.

Siam Park guide

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas

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Playa de las Americas guide