Located on almost the westerly point of Tenerife, the small resort of Los Gigantes has one of the most stunning backdrops of any town on Tenerife, the ancient and dramatic mountain range which rises from the sea beside the resort and after which it’s named ‘The Giants’. The Los Gigantes cliffs serve a purpose beyond a scenic backdrop for postcards as they protect the town from the trade winds, ensuring that Los Gigantes and the west of Tenerife enjoy possibly the best climate on Tenerife with the most hours of sunshine.

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Since its development in the 60s and 70s, Los Gigantes has become a popular choice with mainly British holidaymakers and ex-patriots, who prefer a quieter pace of life and less frenetic nightlife than is found in some of the resorts farther south.

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Scenery sunshine and the sea are Los Gigantes main selling points.

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The dominant cliff face of the seven-million-year-old Teno Mountains is visible from almost anywhere you stroll around town and it’s impossible to ignore their breathtaking beauty.

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Marina’s are always easy on the eye and popular spots for a stroll.

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The Los Gigantes marina with 368 moorings is filled with mainly small yachts, speedboats and pleasure craft. Its mirror-like aquamarine waters teeming with fish.

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Because the town nestles under the iconic Los Gigantes cliffs, it isn’t blessed with good beaches.

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There’s a small one. Black sand beach beside the harbour with a handful of sun-loungers and toilets. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in views.

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A less well known spot is the open air rock pool at Crab Island on the southern edge of the resort.

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A secluded little spot for sunbathing and soaking up the views of La Gomera on the horizon.

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As well as being blessed with being in a stunning location, Los Gigantes also enjoys one of the best sunsets that you can see on Tenerife. As the sun descends behind the small island of La Gomera on the horizon, the best thing to do is to find a bar with a good view and order a long, cool G&T, or a pint of Dorada (depending on your personal preference), sigh, sit back and enjoy the show.

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Published by Armando Villani