Los Gigantes, Tenerife

Where the giants stand very tall!

There are few more awesome sights anywhere in the world than the towering cliffs of Los Gigantes, which soar vertically from the sea to a height of over 1,800ft.

Los Gigantes has one of the best equipped marinas on the island, with moorings for around 400 vessels up to a maximum length of 20 metres.

There are a number of very expensive yachts moored here. Along with its neighbours Puerto de Santiago and Playa la Arena, the town forms part of the municipality of Santiago del Teide.

Next to the marina and at the base of the Acantilados de los Gigantes (cliffs of the giants) is a small black sand beach, Playa de los Guios, which is safe for children but rarely busy.

A bigger 'Blue Flag' beach is close by at Playa la Arena just south of Los Gigantes.

Los Gigantes is a quiet and relaxing place. Most of the recent development of the town has been restricted to low-rise buildings, with the exception of one multi-storey hotel.

Whale and dolphin trips are run from the harbour and there are also excursions to the base of the giant cliffs for a closer inspection.

There it is possible to appreciate the sheer magnitude of the rock face that towers above you.

It's easy to understand why the first inhabitants of the islands, the Guanches, from their vantage point at the top, regarded the cliffs as the end of the world!

Water sports enthusiasts are also well catered for and the town is an important diving centre.