Why Oasis Los Gigantes is the Perfect Place for a Great Day Out

Tenerife is full of wonderful places to spend a day either with a group of friends or family, as a couple or by yourself. In fact here at Tenerife Magazine, we are often telling people how much more there is to do on the island than what most imagine. You can go stargazing up Mount Teide, one of the highest volcanoes in the world, explore incredible forests, wander around the many fascinating urban areas dotted around, see whales and dolphins in the wild, go paragliding, take a helicopter flight, and a whole host of other amazing experiences!

Despite all of this, we simply cannot deny that Tenerife is an incredible destination to get away from all the stress of everyday life, with gorgeous blue skies and warm sunny weather to enjoy! We definitely recommend exploring some of the island to get a true idea of all that Tenerife has to offer, but if you are looking for a relaxing day, then Oasis Los Gigantes is the perfect place for a great day out. While most hotels and resorts you may choose to stay at have a pool, there are few that offer anything that even manages to get close to this awesome setting and atmosphere.

This fantastic leisure center is located in the wonderful town of Los Gigantes in the South-West of the island. The town derives its name from the Ancantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants). If you have never been to Los Gigantes before, the first time you see these cliffs you will see why their name needs no explanation; they are absolutely enormous!! In fact, these are some of the highest sea cliffs in the world and are definitely one of the most impressive sights in not just Tenerife but all of the Canary Islands.

As soon as you enter Oasis Los Gigantes you will be treated to a gorgeous setting with verdant green grass, beautiful tall palm trees and many other wonderful plants that really gives a tropical feel. While much of Tenerife can be quite dry, especially in the south and towards the coast, Oasis really does live up to its name as it stands out as an oasis of green and blue in contrast to the surrounding dry landscape and buildings.

The main attraction, of course, is the impressive infinity pool which has absolutely incredible views. It’s no exaggeration to say that there are few swimming pools in the Canary Islands with such a stunning panoramic vista. When you are swimming or relaxing in the pool you will be directly surrounded by palm trees, green grass, the poolside bar and plenty of sun loungers for topping up your tan.

From the infinity side of the pool, there is a spectacular view out to the ocean, while gazing towards the beach style entrance at the other end of the pool outwards you will be astounded by the incredible Ancantilados de Los Gigantes rising majestically from the water. The views are so incredible that they barely seem real and almost certainly beats staying at your hotel pool.  We’re in no doubt that this setting will leave you feeling totally relaxed!

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Oasis Los Gigantes is much more than just a pool and views though. There is ample space all around for relaxing on sun loungers, either at the newly renovated terrace area next to the pool or on the verdant green grass under the palm trees where you can really enjoy that tropical oasis vibe. For those that enjoy a little more privacy and luxury, there are beautiful Bali beds which can be booked. These are set away from the main chill out areas, with some located down steps near the infinity side of the pool with views out to the ocean.

There is another even more private gated VIP area with a Deluxe Bali bed and sun-bathing area with sun loungers, and your own shower. Here, in this quieter setting away from the pool and behind the grass and palm trees you will be treated to exclusive views out to the ocean and incredible Los Gigantes cliffs. You can relax here in complete tranquility and even close the curtains on the Bali bed for that added feeling of privacy.

The main saltwater pool is perfect for swimming or simply relaxing at the infinity end, admiring the views. It is also safe for older children and teenagers with its beach style entrance on one side which gradually slopes down on the opposite end from the infinity side. As well as having a beautiful setting, the pool is also a lot of fun for adults and kids alike with a brand new slide which you’ll be sure to find yourself zipping down multiple times during your day at Oasis. For the younger kids, there is a super fun children’s pool with plenty of water games that the kids will be sure to love!

If you start to get thirsty or hungry, then at Oasis Los Gigantes you will be well catered for, either at the pool-side bar which has a variety of different hot and cold beverages including beers, cocktails, soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee or tea. You can enjoy your drinks at the bar seating area looking out to sea or take your drinks back to your sun lounger, the choice is entirely yours.

At the restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice with a huge variety of different meals to suit all different tastes and preferences including a variety of different starters, salads, meat and fish dishes, pasta, pizza, hamburgers, tortillas, paella and more. There is also a children’s menu, plus delicious desserts to finish off for an added bit of indulgence.

Speaking of added indulgence, to ease any aches and pains you may be feeling from that stressful job back home, you can enjoy total relaxation with a massage which can be booked onsite. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, as well as swimming and sliding down the pool, you can also play a game of bowls or tennis.

As you can probably tell, Oasis Los Gigantes is a lot more than just a pool with a view, but an awesome leisure centre with an amazing setting where you can do as little or as much as you choose, indulge in some luxury and enjoy some quality time with your friends, family or significant other. It really is the perfect place for a great day out!

 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm

Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Prices:

Adults (11years +):     8€/day from open to close (including sun lounger)

                                       4€/day from 3pm to close (including sun lounger)

Children (4-10 years):    4€/day from open to close (including sun lounger)

                                       2€/day from 3pm to close (including sun lounger)

Babies (3 years and under): Free

Contact:

Address: Avda. Jose Gonzalez Forte 7, 38683 Tenerife, España    

Phone: +34 695 824 767

Email:     Information: info@oasislosgigantes.com

                  Manager: direccion@oasislosgigantes.com

For further information see the Oasis Los Gigantes website: https://www.oasislosgigantes.com

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A Simple and Useful Guide to Los Gigantes in Tenerife

Tenerife is definitely one of the best destinations in the world to visit and also an amazing place to live. It is such a diverse and unique island which will surprise and delight you with all the amazing things to see, do and experience. Here at Tenerife Magazine, we like to help you uncover the many incredible features of the island, rather than spending all your time at your hotel or resort. We know how tempting a week sunbathing by the pool can be, but to truly experience the real Tenerife and all it has to offer we suggest spending plenty of time exploring.

If you’re looking for amazing places to visit or to stay in and aren’t feeling particularly adventurous though (although Tenerife is perfect for exciting adventures), then you won’t go wrong with the gorgeous seaside resort town of Los Gigantes.

Location:

The town of Los Gigantes is located on the stunning south-west coast of the island which is bathed in beautiful sunshine almost all year round. Unlike other parts of the island where the weather can be a little less predictable, you will almost certainly find blue skies and the spring-like temperatures that Tenerife is world famous for. Even during winter months, you can still enjoy strolling around during the day in shorts and t-shirt and sunny days at the beach or by the pool.

The town is in the municipality of Santiago del Teide and is just a short distance from Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena, two other lovely holiday resorts. It is also only around 30 kilometers away from the livelier resorts of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos which are easy to reach by car, or the convenient and frequent direct bus route.

Acantilados de Los Gigantes

The town is named after the absolutely incredible Acantilados de Los Gigantes (“Cliffs of the Giants”) situated just north of the town. The first time you see these 500 meter high cliffs in real life you will see that they really do live up to their name.  They completely show off the immense power of nature, and we can almost guarantee you will be awestruck at their size and beauty!

The town is perfect for either a day trip to see these cliffs and the many other fantastic features, or for a longer stay of a week or more with many hotels and holiday apartments. There are also a variety of houses and apartments for rental or sale if you choose to make the town your home which we are sure you might be tempted to after a visit.

Peaceful and Exclusive Atmosphere:

Los Gigantes offers the best of both worlds: being relatively quiet and perfect for a peaceful holiday or place to live, but also still with many places to enjoy with live music acts and plenty of things to do. Unlike other parts of the island such as Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos which have a whole host of bars and nightclubs and have a livelier, loud party atmosphere, Los Gigantes, and surrounding towns are brilliant for families or couples looking for a quieter, more relaxed stay.

All of the resort’s central apartment complexes and residential area, with the exception of one multi-story hotel, are low-rise, thus blend in well with their surroundings. Because the town is naturally closed in on all sides, located within natural rocky boundaries and the Atlantic Ocean, there is little chance of it dramatically expanding in any direction and losing its peaceful atmosphere or air of exclusivity.

Main Features:

The streets of Los Gigantes are quiet, safe and narrow, with a one-way system operating throughout most of the town. Most of the time you won’t be disturbed by the constant noise of traffic driving by or masses of crowds. Instead, you will find plenty of excellent restaurants, cafes, and shops that you can enjoy at a much more relaxed pace.

The Amazing Cliffs of Los Gigantes

The main features of the town are the Marina, The Plaza, and the Avenida Maritima main street. There is also the small, clean, black-sand Los Guios beach located next to the Marina. While the beach is perfect for families with kids due to its safety, luckily it is rarely crowded.

Los Gigantes Marina:

At the Marina, you will be able to gaze out at a variety of different boats with an array of different sizes and styles, while enjoying a meal or drinks at the array of excellent bars and restaurants located there. The Marina definitely adds to the feeling of exclusivity and luxury, as you sit with friends and family gazing out the boats bobbing quietly up and down in the water.

To the right, you will be treated to the incredible cliffs rising dramatically out of the water. There are certainly few other places with such an incredible combination of natural and man-made view while you enjoy your meal or drinks. It is easy to while away many hours here in this gorgeous setting and before you will be able to witness a beautiful sunset out on the ocean horizon.

At the Marina, you can also book a variety of different excursions including jet-skiing, scuba diving, fishing trips, sea kayaking, a trip to see dolphins rent a boat and sailing trips. In addition, the taxi boat to and from Masca bay also depart from here, either to collect and bring back those who have hiked down the Barranco, or take out those who want to hike up to Masca village (both of which are amazing hiking excursions).

Los Gigantes Plaza:

This is a pretty, pedestrianized plaza based around the church. Surrounding the plaza are a variety of different bars and restaurants offering a wide variety of different types of meal to suit all tastes. Taking place at the plaza are the majority of town events including the carnival de Los Gigantes (the week after Ash Wednesday).

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Oasis Los Gigantes

A perfect place for a great day out in the town is at the stunning Oasis Los Gigantes leisure center. There are few places on the island that can compete with this center for its gorgeous setting and superb features. It has a beautiful infinity pool with views out to the deep blue Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by verdant green grass and tall palm trees which give that added tropical feel.

If you are used to heading to your local swimming pool leisure center back home in the UK or other northern European countries, then this is a total world away. What’s more, while you relax in the pool with a huge horizon of the ocean in the distance, surrounded by an Oasis of green, there are also the stunning Los Gigantes cliffs in plain, breathtaking view.

As well as the main infinity pool, there is also a huge new slide, a separate children’s pool, a large pool bar with plenty of seating and views out to the ocean, a restaurant with a wide selection of delicious meals, tennis and bowls, and private Bali beds which can be booked for that little bit of extra luxury.

West Tenerife

If you’re looking for an action-packed excursion taking in the incredible sights of the cliffs of Los Gigantes, then you should definitely book a trip with the excellent West Tenerife jet ski excursion company. Based out of the Los Gigantes Marina, the company takes you out on a boat and then you will transfer onto one of their amazing, modern jet-skis for some super fun.

During the trip, you will literally be speeding along beside the giant Los Gigantes cliffs taking in their true splendor. From the town the cliffs are amazing but seen from a jet ski while you speed alongside them, it really is something else. It feels like some kind of fantastic dream, but the wind in your hair and the sound of the jet ski engine reminds you that it’s very real!

This isn’t only a jet ski adventure though, as later on you will meet with another boat and be taken to the Punta Tena to see the lighthouse of Teno. This is also a very interesting area and from here you will be able to snorkel in the clear water and try out the super fun underwater scooter. With this motorized scooter, you can power yourself deep under the water for a unique perspective beneath the waves. Later on, you will jet ski back to the Los Gigantes Marina and enjoy the incredible cliff views again.

As you can tell, Los Gigantes is an amazing place to visit and stay in, with plenty to do, see and experience. This is just a selection of some of the things you can enjoy in this beautiful seaside resort town and we certainly recommend checking it out yourself to experience all that the place has to offer! Make sure to follow us on social media to keep up to date with our recommendations about Los Gigantes and the island in general.

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Why Los Gigantes is a Great Place to Visit

Most visitors to Tenerife tend to stay in the popular Costa Adeje area in South Tenerife and hence many get the image that Tenerife is basically a destination for UK folks looking for the next “All-You-Can-Drink Sangría Party.” Well, let me show you a different side to Tenerife: Los Gigantes.

Los Gigantes is located at the far west of Tenerife island and it is not only a perfect day-trip from Costa Adeje, but also the perfect place to spend your entire Tenerife holidays. After living for several months in Tenerife, namely in the Los Gigantes area and exploring the island as much as possible, I want to share with you my love for this particular area and why it is a great place to visit.

Los Gigantes (“The Giants”) area, located at the west coast, got its extraordinary name from the enormous, giant rock formations that shape the landscape of the area. The cliffs of Los Gigantes reach up to 800m height and are considered to be some of the highest in Europe. The towns located in the Los Gigantes area are Puerto de Santiago, Playa de la Arena and Los Gigantes village with its marina.

So what makes the Los Gigantes area so adorable? For me, besides its breath-taking natural setting, it was particularly the fact that it has maintained the traditional Canarian character of a village despite being a coveted resort town. This means that you still can do your grocery shopping together with the locals and experience old Canarian traditions. Even though there are several supermarkets, you can still find cute little shops. My favourite one was the fruit shop in Puerto de Santiago where you only get local, seasonal fruits like mangos, avocados, oranges etc.

Village life in Puerto de Santiago, once a small fishing village, is characterized by its numerous religious and traditional festivities like the processions, a folklore dance festival or the “romería”. Those festivals are the perfect opportunity for tourists and locals to mingle.

Food & Beaches

Exquisite restaurants also played a major role in my growing love for the Los Gigantes area. The price-performance ratio is optimal because you only get the freshest seafood, but at lower prices than in the Costa Adeje area. On top of this you get to enjoy the best views across to the neighbouring island La Gomera. I spent some of the my best moments at a terrace in Los Gigantes watching the sunset behind La Gomera enjoying a glass of local wine and some gambas. The most prominent restaurants in the area are Fisherman’s Inn, La Pergola and Los Corales.

What is a town in Tenerife without its beaches?

Well, the Los Gigantes area has plenty! Most are of black sand and have a lovely view of La Gomera. There is Playa de la Arena, Playa Chica, the natural swimming pools in Puerto de Santiago, and Playa de los Guios next to the marina of Los Gigantes. Although it has a stunning view of the cliffs, it is occasionally polluted due to its location next to the marina, but nonetheless remains highly impressive. These beaches are especially suited for families since they are quieter and less crowded than the beaches of Costa Adeje.

Activities

Another big plus of Los Gigantes is its large range of activities for families and adventure lovers. Several whale-watching and catamaran tours depart from the marina of Los Gigantes. The more adventurous among you can do jet-skiing. In case you fancy visiting Masca village and doing its legendary hike through the incredible gorge down to Masca beach, then Los Gigantes is the best place to stay due to its proximity. Masca village is only a 30-min drive away and many taxis in Los Gigantes offer this service.

I hope I was able to show you the beauty and fascinating character of the Los Gigantes area. With its breath-taking rock formations and its fishing village charm, it’s definitely a must-visit of every Tenerife holiday.

 

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Floating On Air With The Helidream Sky Experience

Rising majestically from Los Torres in Adeje, I cursed those action movie stars for my pre-flight nerves. There was no big screen dipping and swooping, just a smooth ascent as the La Caleta coastline stretched out below the four seater Robinson R44 helicopter.

This first time flyer was buckled in at the rear as my fellow passenger sat up front, both of us in two way conversation with our multi lingual pilot through our headsets. The wind socks were billowing down at the helipad but as we turned smoothly rising to 500 metres there was no buffeting, just smooth progress along the Adeje shoreline passing over Playa San Juan marina as it basked in the morning sunshine. The panoramic view ahead was inspiring and a small pop open flap below my side window allowed my camera to get some uninterrupted shots of the Tenerife west coast at its finest.

The contrasts and natural beauty of Tenerife are better appreciated from a wide, overhead perspective and Helidream Canarias can draw on six years of experience operating helicopter flights in Barcelona as part of the Bigas Grup. The American-built chopper made an epic 50 hour relocation to Tenerife via Morocco and Lanzarote when they set up in Adeje at the end of 2012. My 50 km trip was up to Los Gigantes and back. They also do a 30 km coast and barrancos trip over the southern tourist spots; an 85 km flight to the north west corner of Buenavista del Norte, and a 120 km ride to Volcan Teide, the last two include a meal at a beach restaurant.

Years of local hill walking have given me some amazing views but the sight of the towering cliffs of Los Gigantes from above gave me a whole new appreciation of how they have been formed and sculpted by nature. Turning in my comfy seat to compare views from each window highlighted the contrast of the lava flows above Santiago del Teide, the villages like Tamaimo nestling in the folds of the hills, and rise of the tourist complexes set against the large expanses of rugged coast and banana plantations.

On the return leg I could easily pick out the recently developed compact beaches of Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraiso linked by a coastal path. Hotel guests on their sun beds slipped on their sun glasses for a better look at the sleek black helicopter flying overhead as cars and buses carved their way through the hills inland. There was so much to absorb, I hardly noticed the motion of flying. The big bird had certainly seen off the small, pre-trip butterflies. Landing, like take off, was gentle and smooth, it was certainly an experience that added another dimension to my understanding of Tenerife.

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Sky Experience, Las Torres Industrial Park, Off the TF1 Motorway, Adeje; Tel (0034) 922711487 or (0034) 630315422; email: contacto@helidreamcanarias.com ; Cost From 98 to 350 euros a person depending on chosen length of flight.

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Three Kings West Coast Tour

Title: Three Kings West Coast Tour
Location: Arguayo to Los Gigantes
Description: Meet the busiest Three Kings in Tenerife. Starting in Arguayo at 5.30pm, calling at Las Manchas 6.10pm, Santiago del Teide 6.15pm, Valle de Arriba 6.15pm, El Molledo & El Retamar 6.30pm, Tamaimo & La Caldera 7pm, Playa de la Arena, Puerto Santiago, Los Gigantes 8pm. At Los Gigantes church plaza the Three Kings will take to the stage and hand out presents. Timings are of course very flexible.
Date: 2012-01-05

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New Years Dance

Title: New Years Dance
Location: Los Gigantes Church Plaza
Description: Welcome the New Year in musical style starting with Old Dogs, New Tricks at 9pm, followed by the orchestra Falo y Punto Tres, and the Arguayo Band. dancing will gon on well into the early hours.
Start Time: 21.00
Date: 2011-12-31

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Christmas Concert

Title: Christmas Concert
Location: Los Gigantes Church Plaza
Description: It’s all happening at the plaza. The Santiago del Teide Lions Club will be turning on their christmas tree lights, there’s music and dancing galore from local culture and folklore groups, and maybe a mince pie or two and some mulled wine. Starts at 7.30pm.
Start Time: 19.30
Date: 2011-12-18

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Tennis On Tenerife

I”M John Debnam and I’ve been the tennis coach at the Los Gigantes Tennis Centre since 1986.
Tenerife has one of the best, year round climates in Europe for tennis players coming here on holiday and for those who live here.

For a small island the tennis here is pretty good and although we are in Spain, the variety of nationalities playing here is amazing. For example, our club in Los Gigantes is comprised of players from Spain, England, Germany, Belgium, South Africa, Italy, Uruguay and Argentina.

No matter where you live on the island, there will be a club and a coach near you and over the coming weeks I”M going to be reporting on:

  • upcoming tournaments
  • tips to help improve your game
  • where to find your nearest Tenerife tennis club

But to finish today I thought this may be of interest to any of you from the Costa Del Silencio area.
Last weekend was the Palacio De Isora Alcalá tennis competition and the losing finalist in the over 50/55 competition was Michel Cleemput who runs the Happy Days Tennis and Bowls Club.


I spoke to Michel after the presentation and he told me that after being on Tenerife for some time now, this was his first singles tennis trophy, at the age of 61.
Well done Michel, and I think you give us all a bit of hope, whatever our ages.

Have fun!
JTC

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