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Los Gigantes & Puerto de Santiago

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

Formally renowned for nothing more than a thriving fishing industry, these once small, peaceful villages, along with Playa la Arena, have been transformed by the thriving tourism industry that has swept across much of the Canary Islands. Still technically classed as 3 villages the area is now collectively known as Los Gigantes and offers a picturesque setting for those looking for their ideal break in the sun. Puerto de Santiago retains a strong element of its history and is more in touch with its culture than some of the bigger Tenerife resorts; it has a homely and relaxed atmosphere and with the locals still prominent in the area you can get a true taste of Canarian life.

When it comes to Hotels in Tenerife you are never short of choice in any of the main holiday resorts and Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago in particular are no exception. And one of the finest hotels I personally had the pleasure of staying at in this area was the Barcelo Santiago; wonderfully located accommodation with stunning views of neighbouring La Gomera and the rugged coastline of Tenerife’s west coastline. It is a hotel that provides all the amenities and activities you could possible require for the perfect summer getaway and the fact the hotel has been awarded Trip Advisor’s 2012 Certificate of Excellence speaks volumes for the overall quality and reputation Barcelo Santiago. This award is based on feedback from visitors so the majority, like myself, obviously hold this popular holiday venue in a very high regard.

This beautiful area of Tenerife has plenty to keep tourists entertained; as you would expect from former fishing areas there is thriving marine life around the cliffy coastline making diving very popular, and at certain times of the year the waters between Tenerife and La Gomera are among the best for whale and dolphin watching. And fitting with the nautical theme there are some of the finest seafood restaurants located close to Puerto de Santiago’s volcanic beach. This beach and the nearby blue flag awarded beach at Playa de la Arena provide the usual water sport activities and family amenities, and are perfect settings for what all like to do on a holiday; relax and watch the world pass us by whilst catching the rays. For those into exploring you are perfectly located to attack the nearby mountains and volcanic regions of Teide National Park, with hiking and cycling routes readily available.



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