Information & Facts
Los Gigantes has a lovely, upmarket marina, which visitors can
use as a starting point for boat trips to explore the imposing
cliff-faces, enjoy dolphin and whale watching excursions or trips
to neighbouring resorts. The resort's small beach has black
volcanic sand with good swimming and neighbouring Playa la Arena
offers a larger version. There are also a number of watersports and
activities such as big game fishing on offer, and those who hire a
car will find many interesting sights and sounds in the surrounding
areas. A not-to-be-missed event in the town is the annual carnival
held in the week after Ash Wednesday and visitors will find that
although Los Gigantes is not party central, there is still plenty
to see and do year round.
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
The streets of Los Gigantes itself are very narrow, however, and
there is a confusing system of one-way streets to take into
Much of the live music and entertainment in Los Gigantes is
provided by the hotels and restaurants. You'll hear jazz, salsa,
rock and roll, and local Tenerife folk music called Tenderete. Most
of the bars and clubs in the resort are centred in Santiago
There are quite a few restaurants and bars at the marina, and
seafood is a local specialty. While at the popular holiday
destination of Los Gigantes, it's essential to sample the fine
cuisine at Krishna's. El Rincon de Juan Carlos and Jardin del Sol
also garner rave reviews from foodies and casual diners alike.
Guests may not smoke indoors in most restaurants, but smoking is
allowed on covered verandas and in marked areas.
Uphill from the marina is the resort's commercial centre, with
plenty of shops ranging from supermarkets to upscale fashion
boutiques and a convenient pedestrian zone near the church. The
nearby village of Masca also has a few independent souvenir shops
that sell unique items like local pottery, liquor made from bananas
or honey, and embroidered tablecloths and clothing.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).