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Pilot Whale and Dolphin Safari with Nashira Uno (3h)
Pilot Whale and Dolphin Safari with Nashira Uno (3h) 3 hours
Spot whale and dolphins off the coast of Los Gigantes. Swim in crystal clear waters of the Masca Bay. Lunch and drink included.
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Deep Sea Fishing (4h)
Deep Sea Fishing (4h) 4 hours
Join Punta Umbria V and its crew for a big game fishing trip in the Atlantic seas and return with catches like tuna, sea bream or marlin. Equipment and baits provided.
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Sea kayaking in Los Gigantes
Sea kayaking in Los Gigantes 2 hours
Hop on a tandem kayak and navigate along the beautiful coastline of Los Gigantes’ massive vertical cliffs. An active yet leisure way to take in the nature, with the opportunity to swim and snorkel.
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Scuba Diving Baptism
Scuba Diving Baptism 2 hours
Curious about scuba diving or not sure if it is for you? Come with a friend for a diving baptism under the care of our qualified and experienced instructor.
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VIP Tenerife island tour
VIP Tenerife island tour 9 hours
A comprehensive 9h VIP excursion on a comfortable 4x4 exploring the most interesting sights and places of Tenerife. Highlights include: Masca, Buenavista, Los Silos, Garachico, La Orotava, Teide National Park, Vilaflor and more. Lunch incl.
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Water Taxi Los Gigantes --> Masca
Water Taxi Los Gigantes --> Masca 20 minutes
Masca is certainly one of the most beautiful hikes in the Teno Mountains. The fastest and most scenic way to get there from Los Gigantes and/ or back, will be by water taxi/ taxi boat.
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Jeep Safari tour to La Gomera (from south Tenerife)
Jeep Safari tour to La Gomera (from south Tenerife) 8 hours
While in Tenerife, why hop over to La Gomera for a day trip? Join us on a full day jeep safari excursion to explore the stunning Garajonay national park, Agulo and San Sebastián and learn about the island’s ancient whistling language.
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3.5h Las Galletas to Los Gigantes Jet Ski Safari
3.5h Las Galletas to Los Gigantes Jet Ski Safari 3.5 hours
Discover the southwestern part of Tenerife coastline, from Las Galletas to the impressive vertical cliffs of Los Gigantes. Free pick up from major resorts in southern Tenerife.
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Travel Inspirations - Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes literally translates into 'The Giants' and is in reference to the cliffs which dominate much of the town's skyline, and are perhaps the town's biggest attraction. Many see the west of Tenerife , and particularly Los Gigantes, as a compromise between the south and the north. Whilst not as loud and energetic as the south, there isn't as much of a culture shock as the north. Los Gigantes has become one of the island's most popular tourist resorts of recent years. The growth of the town has led many tourists to find it difficult to distinguish between Los Gigantes and the nearby Puerto Santiago. Visitors tend to move between the two towns given each have its own merits. Los Gigantes may not have an idyllic beach, but caters much more to English speaking tourists, evidenced by the town's growing numbers of British expatriates. If it is a beach holiday you are after, it is worth making a short trip to Playa de la Arena in Puerto Santiago. Los Gigantes is not mountainous but it isn't flat either. Those with mobility problems or pushchairs will find the hills which this town is built on rather hard to negotiate. The good all year round climate makes for pleasant winters and sweltering summers. Temperatures of 30°C are common place, and rain is almost non-existent in the summer months. If the cliffs are Los Gigantes' crown, the marina is the jewel in it. It offers various water-sports, dolphin and whale watching, and world class diving lessons, not to mention the superb facilities for those wishing to keep a boat there. History Very little of the town's history suggests that Los Gigantes would one day be the popular holiday destination it is now. After the death of Tinerfe el Grande, king of the Guanches people, his nine children split the island between them. Los Gigantes was situated in the municipality then known as Duate. The Guanches had no interest in fishing or sailing, and so there would be no use for today's marina. In April 1494, Alonso Fernández de Lugo began his conquest of the islands, but not everyone allowed him to conquer freely. Five municipalities joined together to fight off the Spanish, and Duate was one of them. Known as the side of war, the resistance did little but delay the Spanish conquest and by the end of the year the Guanches were forced to surrender. Many of the natives were enslaved, particularly those in Duate where the Guaches fought hardest for freedom. The Spanish forced their culture upon the area, converting the locals to Christianity and changing the livelihoods of many. The Acantilados de Los Gigantes, or Cliffs of the Giants, that tower over Los Gigantes were historically very important for the safety of the entire island. Throughout the end of the 18th century many invasion attempts were stopped in Los Gigantes. The locals, wishing to defend their town, climbed to the top of the cliff and pelted invaders with rocks. Thankfully nowadays visitors are much more welcome. However, it was not until the 1960's that the area was seen as a potential tourist attraction. Tourists had been visiting the rest of the island for a while now, but not Los Gigantes. A man by the name of Juan Manuel Capdevielle who saw tourism potential in Los Gigantes sought to change that. He oversaw the construction of roads, plaza, and Hotel Los Gigantes which still exists today. Since the tourism boom the population has trebled in size and now stands at almost 10,000 inhabitants. However, even with the area's surge in popularity, Los Gigantes has expanded gracefully, with many tourists coming and going to the nearby Puerto Santiago and Playa de la Arena resorts. Culture The majority of people who make Los Gigantes their home are older British expatriates who, over the years, have seen the area as an ideal place to retire. English is spoken throughout the town, with even Spanish workers greeting shoppers in the language. Most signposts and shop signs are written in English, and a British community bulletin board can be found in the Plaza Bouganvilla. A small church has been built in the same square by British expatriates for group events and religious worship, with even the Reverend being an expatriate himself. Los Gigantes is visited mainly by British tourists, for a slightly more authentic Spanish experience it is advisable to travel into nearby Puerto Santiago. A larger majority of the population are Spanish and the tourists who visit the town are from a wider variety of nations. How to get there By Bus: TITSA run buses from several towns to Los Gigantes. The 325 route leaves from Puerto de la Cruz six times a day, but the journey can take up to two hours long. The best route from Los Cristianos is the 477 bus going directly to Los Gigantes every hour, taking a little over an hour to arrive. From Guía de Isora, the 493 arrives in Los Gigantes in around an hour, with a bus departing every two hours. By Car: If travelling from the south by car, connect to the TF-47 and it will take you to Puerto Santiago. If driving from the north, take TF-5 followed by TF-82.
Sights Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants) It would be impossible to miss the 'Cliffs of the Giants' in Los Gigantes. At more than 500m high in places, it is easy to see why the native Guanches felt that the cliffs had mystical powers. For unobstructed views, take a boat trip or Playa de Los Gigantes. Being based at the foot of the cliffs, it is a perfect place to get a true sense of the sheer size of them. For a more picturesque photo opportunity, a walk up to the Oasis resort is a must. If it's a particularly misty day the cliffs can appear to be up in the heavens. The town's namesake is easily the biggest attraction and is visible from most parts of the area, even neighbouring resort Puerto Santiago. Los Gigantes Marina For those wishing to view some elegant boats, the marina is the place to be. With space for up to 368 crafts, it is a showcase of some of the finest sailing and fishing vessels in South Tenerife . Situated at the foot of the cliffs, the marina is also home to many restaurants and shops. For boat owners, it is also possible to enquire about services the marina offer. From moorings, dry dock, and repair services, the marina is the finest place to cater to your needs. The marina is also home to many activities for all ages. Museums There are currently no museums or art galleries in the area, however nearby Puerto Santiago does have a Fisherman's Museum and Art Gallery, the Museo del Pescador.
For all activities in Los Gigantes which you can book online, click here! Although slightly more calm than its counterparts resorts in the south, Los Gigantes is no lack of fun and exciting activities to be taken part by everyone. There are several boat trips incorporating whale and dolphin watching - a great way to enjoy the giant vertical sea cliffs and the beautiful Masca Bay. Similarly, for those wanting a more "hands on" experience, you can do the same on a jet bike safari trips, which takes you further to see aquatic caves and the far west point of the island. Plus you get a free style session, to test the jet bike (and yourself) to the limit. For those craving for more adrenaline, we recommend fun water sports like parascending and banana boat combo with jet ski safari. Not to be forgotten is the amazing underwater world along the coast of Los Gigantes. Book a diving excursion to explore the giant cliffs and its sea creatures below sea level. For those who are up for a game fishing, there are sport fishing trips you can join in the hunt for big catches in the deep sea like marlin, tuna and sea bream. Piscina Oasis (swimming pool) As Los Gigantes beach is not the largest, some may be craving the chance to swim in the glorious weather the area has to offer. The Oasis resort has a swimming pool which costs €4 a day, €18 a week, or €33 a fortnight. It also includes access to a very English sport, bowls. For €10 the bowling green and bowls can be hired out, and if purchased on the same day access to the swimming pool, a 50% discount will be given. If all this wasn't enough to keep everyone entertained, there is WiFi available too. A restaurant also provides nibbles and drinks after working up a sweat. Address: Avenida de José González Fortes 1, Los Gigantes, 38683 Santiago del Teide , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 862 763 Tennis, Mini Golf and Swimming Pool Tipsy Terrace With three full-sized tennis courts, an 18 hole mini golf course, a swimming pool and a restaurant, this venue really has it all. The location is also ideal for those travelling into Los Gigantes via the TITSA buses, as it is right outside the bus stop. The restaurant menu comprises of typically British big breakfasts, but also the Spanish paella and tapas. For those wanting to make the most of the tennis facilities, an on-site professional coach is available. Away from the food and sport is a beautiful set of gardens where visitors are free to roam around. The venue can also be hired out for special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries. Address: Los Gigantes Sports & Gardens, Calle Hibisco 4, Los Gigantes, 38683 Santiago del Teide , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 868 432
Playa de Los Gigantes The small black beach lies between the marina and the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Although it has natural sand and has relatively calmer waves due to the marina, its small size means that is less visited than others in the area. Although it is the only one in Los Gigantes, there are two other beaches in Puerto Santiago which is barely a 30 minute walk away. The beach is suitable for children, and several shops nearby sell buckets and spades for building sand castles. Be warned however that at certain points of the year the beach is closed for cleaning and other maintenance work. In November 2009, the beach was closed due to rock fall from the nearby cliff and after 17 months of restraining and reinforcing of the cliff wall with anchor points, cement and thick steel netting, the locals and visitors were very much delighted with the reopening of the beach on Easter 2011.
Festivals Carnival The yearly event takes place a week after Ash Wednesday, the date of which varies between February and March, and usually has a different theme each year. First held in 1981, the carnival is mainly about dressing up. Several events take place within the carnival itself, one such event being 'the burial of the sardine', where a giant papier-mâché sardine is carried through the streets by 'widows' or more correctly 'men in drag'. After being paraded around town the sardine is then burnt, with a fireworks display following it. Following the display, dancing and singing in the town's plazas goes on until the early hours. Restaurants El Rincón de Juan Carlos This contemporary restaurant serves cleverly prepared and beautifully presented dishes, accompanied by reasonably priced wines. Address: Pasaje Jacaranda,2, 38683 Santiago del Teide , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 868 040 CK’s Bistro Fresh homemade British/ International cuisines (Sunday roasts, fish and chips etc) in a welcoming atmosphere. Address: Pasaje Jacaranda, 38683 Santiago del Teide , Tenerife . Telephone: +34 922 861 010 Nightlife Compared to the much more youthful and vibrant south, Los Gigantes has a relatively tame nightlife. However, this is not to say it doesn't have one. At the marina front are several bars which double up as restaurants, but the most popular amongst British tourists is Monique's Bar. With live sports shown regularly, many being English football matches, and British beers and ciders being sold, it is clear who the bar wishes to attract. Venturing further into Los Gigantes a variety of holiday resort bars begin to appear. Dominigo's Bar, on the corner of Calle Flor de Pascua, is much like those found marina-side, but it has the capacity to host live entertainment. Touring musicians and comedians come to perform on a regular basis. When the entertainment isn't in the room, it's on the television. Sky Sports is also advertised as being shown here. Pints of beer are available from as little as €1.50. All bars are family friendly, with soft drinks available and many having outside areas for children to play. Quiz nights are also popular in the area with leagues being set up by the locals. Shopping Within the main centre of Los Gigantes many of the shops are for tourists to buy postcards, sandals, sun cream and sunglasses. Plaza Bouganvilla hosts several of these shops, plus a newsagents selling British newspapers. Beware however as The Sun newspaper, which usually costs 30p in the United Kingdom can cost as much as €1.50 in Tenerife . For those wishing to do their grocery shopping it is a steady walk up a hill to the nearest supermarket. Supermarcados Transito, on Calle Petunia, can be found on the cusp of Puerto Santiago, and although it may be a steep incline to get there, it is worth it. From frozen foods to fresh fruit, this supermarket has everything you will need. If after all the shopping you have to take a break, a café is also inside for you to get a quick drink. The shop has underground car parking too should you wish to pack the car with goods. Shops tend to open late and close early. Most shops in the centre open at 10am and close at 4 or 5pm. The supermarket however is open 8.30am until 10pm on weekdays, and on Sundays is open from 9am until 1pm.