Festivals, Restaurant, Nightlife and Shopping in Los Gigantes

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.