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Los Gigantes is a popular resort on the western coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Western Canary Islands. The Los Gigantes resort sits below the enormous Los Gigantes cliffs which drop steeply from a height of 300 to 600 meters into the sea.

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Spain This Way comment: The Los Gigantes cliffs are one of the top natural sights to see in Tenerife and so we recommend spending a night or two here to enjoy the sight of these immense cliffs at different times of the day.

The Acantilados de Los Gigantes, or Giant cliffs are huge cliffs ranging from 300 to 600 meters and along much of their length drop vertically into the sea. They were known as the Devil's wall or the Wall of Hell by the Guanches, the indigineous people of the Canaries, and it is easy to see why!

Los Gigantes cliffs

Deep ravines fissure the basalt cliffs in places and sometimes there is a small beach with black volcanic sand. These are generally quiet as they can only be reached by boat.

The Los Gigantes resort is a fairly quiet resort and so an excellent choice if you are looking for a relaxing holiday. The town was developed in the 1960s and 1970s and has a good choice of shops and restaurants and there is a lido for sunbathing.

The beach is a black sand beach and has great views along the Los Gigantes cliffs. Other good places to get views of the cliffs are the coastal path; the road towards Tamaimo at the Archipenque Mirador and also just above the sports centre.

The best way to see the cliffs though is by boat. As Los Gigantes is one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching tours you can book one of these and have the pleasure of whale watching as well as enjoying the sight of the Los Gigantes cliffs from the sea.

You may not have associated whale watching with Tenerife but in fact one third of all whale and dolphin species pass through the Canary Islands and around Los Gigantes is one of the best places to spot them. Los Gigantes has a marina and it is here that you will be able to book a tour, a real highlight of a trip to Tenerife!

Los Gigantes cliffs

From the marina you can also book a boat trip to the beach of Masca where you can start the beautiful Masca gorge trail up to the lovely little hill village. It is possible to drive to Masca but if you have the energy this hike is recommended though numbers are limited to try to preserve the beautiful countryside and the walk with a guide must be booked in advance.

The area around the marina is another good spot for bars and restaurants.

Photos supplied by the Turismo de Tenerife.

Where to visit near to Los Gigantes?

Masca to the north of Los Gigantes is considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of Tenerife and is set in a stunning location in the Teno Mountains. The Teno mountains are very popular with walkere and climbers and offer some stunning views.

Garachico to the north of Los Gigantes is an elegant town with colourful buildings and well worth a visit.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Western Canary Islands guide.

See also:

Map of Los Gigantes and places to visit

Los Gigantes places to visit

Masca

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