Finally I get to present the village where I was living the past 3 months! It's very tiny, but perfect for such a short stay. Puerto Santiago is located in "Los Gigantes" area in Southwestern Tenerife. Far away from the touristic mass centre Costa Adeje, it attracts nature lovers and those who favour a quiet tourism in Tenerife.
The zone has its hotels and clubs, but in far smaller dimensions than the party area known as "Las Américas". It also lacks huge aqua parks or shopping malls... Therefore the charm and all the attraction of this remote region lies in its spectacular nature: the GIANT cliffs of "Los Gigantes"!
The Canyons and cliffs of Los Gigantes deserve their ostentatious name: at some points they reach 600m and they are among the highest cliffs of the European continent! They are the perfect place for enthusiasts of water sports, whale watching and hiking. A broad range of choices for such a tiny region!
The Masca Canyon and Punta de Teno are for me its most precious jewels. You can read here the post about Masca Trekking.
The other hidden gem of Los Gigantes region is Punta de Teno. The route between Buenavista del Norte and Teno is nothing for people with fear of hights! Despite a panel dissuading people to use the dangerous road, only a few keep away. The brave ones will be rewarded with tremendous views to La Gomera island and Los Gigantes cliffs. The sunset is spectacular and Punta de Teno is surely one of my favourite places on Tenerife.
The region's tourist centers, Puerto Santiago and Los Gigantes, stand out for their beaches and tranquility. Los Guíos Beach is right next to the Gigantes cliffs and has some hippies shops (I love Nautilo's!)
Another beach that I like a lot, is Playa Chica. It is very tiny but it has a nice familiar atmosphere. Both have black sand.
After so much activity, you'll want to try the delicious Canarian food with its papas arrugadas ("wrinkled potatoes"), seafood and typical wines! I recommend Los Corales in Puerto Santiago with its balcony viewing La Gomera, low prices and tasty food. La Pérgola is the perfect place for a romantic dinner or for those who look for a more sophisticated cuisine. Nightlife in Los Gigantes is rather quiet.
Whereas during the year bars in Playa Arena get crowdy mostly during weekends, Puerto Santiago shows its party spirit during the local Carmen festivities. For all those who are looking for a time-out from party life at Costa Adeje, Los Gigantes is the perfect place to energize! And Masca should be an mandatory stop for every Tenerife visitor!
Do you know any hidden jewels in Tenerife! I would be so happy if you'd share them with us in the comment section!
Best Hotels in Los Gigantes
For more information about tourism on Tenerife, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism in Tenerife