Where is Los Gigantes?
In the far south west of Tenerife about 40 minutes drive (or a lot longer bus journey) from Tenerife Sur Airport. We differentiate south west from north west just around the famous cliffs where the weather can very, very different.
What I like about Los Gigantes
It is the resort with the most envious views on Tenerife. Los Gigantes is in a beautiful location. On one side are the towering cliffs that gave the resort its name and out to sea is the island of La Gomera; perfectly placed to add even more spectacle to the end of daylight show aka sunset.
What I don’t like about Los Gigantes
It’s not Canarian enough. To be fair, it is a purpose built resort that has become a residential area and the people living there do observe Canarian traditions like carnaval etc. But its personality is resolutely British with bars and restaurants to suit.
Where I’d stay in Los Gigantes
There’s not a lot of choice in Los Gigantes but I’d opt for El Hotelito (Poblado Marinero). Although it’s slightly faded (that’s what you get with wooden balconies right beside the sea) it is built in a traditional style. It also overlooks the marina which is another attraction plus guests get free access to the swimming pool complex across the road.
Where I’d have a coffee in Los Gigantes
At the Mirador Archipenque café on the way out of town. The areal views are simply stupendous.
Where I’d eat lunch in Los Gigantes
The harbour is a lovely place to sit, but sometimes I feel like I’m I paying a bit of a premium for the privilege. So around the plaza in the centre of town seems better value to me and is a nice enough place to sit anyway.
Where I’d eat dinner in Los Gigantes
For me El Rincon de Juan Carlos beside the resort’s small plaza is head and shoulders above everywhere else. If you’re into good, imaginative food this is the place.
Where I’d sunbathe in Los Gigantes
Playa Los Guios is the town’s only beach and has impressive up close and personal views of the Los Gigantes cliffs.
Where I’d go for a drink in Los Gigantes
Till recently, the bars in Los Gigantes didn’t really do it for me. But there have a been a few changes over the years. As the sun goes down I’d pay the extra to have a cool beer around the marina, after that it would be back up to the area around the plaza.
Where I’d avoid in Los Gigantes
The first time I had a drink at the Highland Paddy III there was an army of signs plastered all across the facade of the bar informing customers what they couldn’t do. There were just too many rules. I’d never seen that in Tenerife and it put me right off the place. I was worried if I accidentally spilled my drink I might be taken out the back to face a firing squad. The signs have gone but the damage was done on that first visit. I’ve never been back since.