The cliffs of Los Gigantes, on the south west coast of Tenerife, represent one of the most spectacular and visited areas of the island, as well as one of the warmest.
These are impressive basaltic walls of volcanic origin overhanging the Atlantic Ocean, which vary in height from 300 to 600 meters and extend for 10 kilometers. The seabed at the foot of these cliffs reaches depths of 30-40 meters, allowing various endangered marine species such as fish eagles and large sea turtles to develop without risk.
The small town Puerto de Santiago with our Arena Nest Hostel, once a fishing village, has a small marvellous touristic harbour where many boat excursions depart every day to allow tourists to spot dolphins and cetaceans.
In the village you will find many small shops, cafes and restaurants, and a small splendid black sand beach, Playa Los Guios, where it is possible to rent kayaks and stand up paddle boards or simply swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear water surrounded by the astonishing cliffs of Los Gigantes.
We recommend you not to miss the sunset in Los Gigantes. Depending on the time of year you see it, you can watch the sun set in the sea or on the neighboring island of La Gomera, or even at certain times of the year a very particular phenomenon happens: the sun seems to set well above of the horizon. This is because through the refraction of light we can see the sun setting behind the mountains of the island of La Palma, but not the island itself due to the high distance.
To top it all off, in the village of Puerto de Santiago/Los Gigantes every year is celebrated the oldest and most celebrated carnival in South Tenerife. It takes place in February one week after the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival with celebrations and parades through the village that re-evoke historical costumes and traditions of the island.
You can get to Los Gigantes by public transport, and if you have a rental car, you can also reach the cliffs of Los Gigantes on your own by taking the TF-1 highway from the south.
-Piero Leon Colantuono (Foto taked from unsplash.com)
Last photo of the gallery is a Natural Pool that you can find in Puerto de Santiago and from which look at a beautifull sunset and the impressive Los Giantes (This natural pool is known also like Charco de Isla Cangrejo.).
Here is a summary of the main information about this beach :
Locations: Acantilado de los Gigantes, Playa la Arena,Arena Nest Hostel, Playa de los Guios/Puerto de Santiago, Playa de Santiago, Charco el Diablo, View point Los Gigantes, Acantilado de Los Gigantes Natural Swimming Pool
Activities and excursions: Boat trip, whale watching, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle surfing, scuba diving