A photo of Los Gigantes ("The Giants") cliffs in Tenerife

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.

Tall cliffs plunging into the blue sea

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

Coastal cliffs on a cloudy day
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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.

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Small bay on a tropical island
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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.

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View of coastal cliffs from the beach
Image via Flickr, Raico Rosenberg, CC 2.0

Los Gigantes boat trip

The most pleasant and relaxing way to see the cliffs is definitely on a Los Gigantes boat trip. There are many companies offering excursions to this special spot, some of which combine the experience with whale watching in Los Gigantes or a Los Gigantes dolphin tour, making it a wonderful day out for the whole family.

From a boat, you’re in the ideal position to see the Los Gigantes cliffs in all their true glory – something you just don’t get when you see them from land. When you’re floating at the bottom of the colossal cliffs, you get a real sense of their true size and can easily understand why our ancestors named them “The Wall of Hell”.

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Multi-coloured coastal cliffs
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Visit the Los Gigantes cliffs with us

We offer Los Gigantes whale and dolphin watching tours, where we stop by the magnificent cliffs. After leaving Puerto Colon and heading out to sea, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the Los Gigantes cliffs far off in the distance and will feel the anticipation bubble up inside you as we get closer and closer. Along the way, we’ll take you to the best places to spot the local marine life and point out the coastal towns along the way so you get familiar with the island.

When we get to the Los Gigantes cliffs, you’ll get plenty of chance to snap photos and admire the incredible views before we take a break at the nearby bay at Masca. Here you can cool off with a swim or a snorkel in the sea, before climbing back on board and enjoying a gourmet paella meal and a glass of bubbly. Indulging in a delicious lunch or dinner surrounded by staggering natural beauty is something you’ll never forget.

Our Los Gigantes boat tours are available here. For a private Los Gigantes yacht tour, click here, give us a call on +34 871 51 53 05 or send an email to info@tenerife.fun and we’ll plan your trip.

Coastal cliffs at sunset
Image via Flickr, Raico Rosenberg, CC 2.0

Best time to see the Los Gigantes cliffs

The best time to see the Los Gigantes cliffs really depends on the experience you want to have. The cliffs are an exceptional sight to behold at sunset, when the dazzling, golden sun dipping into the horizon casts a captivating red hue over the cliffs, almost making them look like they’re on fire.

Sunsets in the Canaries are most spectacular during winter, when the colours are unbelievably vibrant and beautiful. So if you visit the cliffs during a winter sunset, you really will be blown away.

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But if you’re interested in birdwatching, you’re best off visiting the cliffs during spring, when wild ospreys are flying all around, collecting the bits and bobs they need to build their nests in the rock face. You can’t really see this beautiful occurrence from land – you’ll need to go on a Los Gigantes boat trip for the best view.

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