How To See The Los Gigantes Cliffs

This quiet holiday resort is best known for its remarkable cliffs which tower high into the sky and plummet straight down into the deep blue sea far below.

Los Gigantes (The Giants in English) definitely lives up to its name. This quiet holiday resort is best known for its remarkable cliffs which tower high into the sky and plummet straight down into the deep blue sea far below. No matter how many times you see these stunning natural attractions, their dizzying height and rainbow of earthy colours will always leave you awestruck.

If you want to witness these breathtaking rock formations for yourself, here’s a guide to everything you need to know to see the Los Gigantes cliffs.

Overview of the Los Gigantes cliffs

The Los Gigantes cliffs form part of the Teno Rural Park in the west of Tenerife, between Buenavista del Norte and Santiago del Teide, and are one of the island’s most popular attractions, after the Mount Teide National Park. These huge cliffs are entirely natural, rising approximately 500-800m above water and sinking 30m underwater.

History of the Los Gigantes cliffs

The Los Gigantes cliffs were formed during one of the very first volcanic activity stages that created Tenerife. Although they certainly look a lot different now than when they first came into existence. The iconic presence of the cliffs you see today is the result of years of geological shifts and slow erosion caused by the sea.

Before the Spanish Conquest in the 15th century, the Los Gigantes cliffs were known locally as “The Wall of Hell”. This is because their truly unique appearance, with dark red and brown lava jutting out randomly, was considered to be the end of the world before Christopher Columbus proved otherwise.

How to see the Los Gigantes cliffs

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Stop at the best viewing point in Los Gigantes

There are several viewing points in Los Gigantes, but one is definitely better than the rest. As you drive into the village, there’s a fantastic spot called Mirador Archipenque that’s perfectly positioned to see the Los Gigantes cliffs at their finest. From this prime spot, you can see all of the village down below and the charming cliffs hugging the coastline. On a clear day, you can see the neighbouring island of La Gomera, too.

On your next holiday, plot a course to another breathtaking destination in the Atlantic, the Azores. Charter a boat in the Azores for some of the best cliff diving in the world. 

Interested in visiting the other Canary Islands? Check out this guide (change llink)

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Follow the Masca walking trail

If you love getting outside and enjoying a bit of nature, you can get a totally different view of the Los Gigantes cliffs by completing the Masca walking trail. Not for the faint-hearted, this hike takes anywhere between 2.5 hours and 6 hours to complete, depending on how experienced you are, and covers some of the toughest terrain you’ll find in Tenerife.

Despite the challenge, the walk is definitely worth the effort because when you finally reach the coast, you’re rewarded with phenomenal close-up views of the Los Gigantes cliffs. Hyper-energetic hikers can walk back up the ravine. But if the trek has left you feeling a little out of breath, you can enjoy a leisurely ride back on a water taxi.

3 hours
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Private 3hr Whale & Dolphin Watching Experience (10pax)

We think your whale and dolphin experience should be as intimate as possible. These wild creatures are majestic and this boat trip allows you to get up close and personal to truly enjoy the experience. Over 21 different whale and dolphin species swim in these oceans.

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Private 4hr Family Fiesta Boating Experience (10pax)

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5. Relax in comfort as we take you around the most picturesque scenery in Tenerife, the shores of natural beaches shaped by the drama of a volcanic cone.

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