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Los Gigantes in 360 degrees – a unique experience

Exploring Los Gigantes 360 degrees is, without a doubt, a fantastic virtual journey. At a glance you can go from the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean to the white snowy Mount Teide. Join us to discover all the secrets of this corner of Tenerife!

Puerto Santiago

If you look to the right, you will see a small coastal town: Puerto Santiago. It belongs to the municipality of Santiago del Teide and you will find cozy beaches like Playa del Puerto Santiago or Playa de los Guíos, with Los Gigantes in the background.

Strolling through the streets, you can taste the gastronomy of Tenerife, including one of the restaurants with a Michelin star: El Rincón de Juan Carlos. You can also go to the Archipenque lookout point if you would like to have another perspective of the town.

Whales and dolphins swimming in front of you

One of the most beautiful activities in this area of ​​Tenerife is the observation of whales and dolphins. You can make boat trips of different duration to see the graceful cetaceans swimming in their natural habitat.

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The observation of marine mammals is worthwhile in Tenerife, as they are seen at 80% of the days throughout the year. Depending on the length of the excursion you can even take a little snack on board and take a dip in some remote coves of Los Gigantes. Highly Recommended!

Los Gigantes, guardians up to 600 metres high

But undoubtedly, the absolute protagonist of this 360-degree image is the steep coast of Los Gigantes. At some points it reaches a height of up to 600 metres and is therefore one of the most impressive natural monuments of Tenerife.

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This “geological accident” is of volcanic origin and extends over several kilometres in the municipalities of Santiago del Teide and Buenavista del Norte. In the Guanche era, this natural wonder was called „Wall of Hell” by the ancient inhabitants of Tenerife who believed that the end of the world was behind these cliffs.

Fortunately, we can still admire this gift of nature as much as the Guanches.

Punta de Teno, an almost hidden natural treasure

The last treasure on this 360-degree image is Punta de Teno, one of the most remote and beautiful corners of Tenerife.

Punta de Teno vistas

On the left side of the picture is a small plain. This is the beach of Punta de Teno. To protect nature, access is restricted on certain days and Punta de Teno can only be reached by public transport.

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Dolphin watching in Tenerife – don’t miss it

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Dolphin watching in Tenerife is one of the most popular activities among our visitors, as there are up to 21 different species of whales and dolphins. If you want to experience such an adventure on the Atlantic Ocean, then read this blog post.

Respect and care for the environment with the Quality Charter of Whale Watching

If you want to see cetaceans in the wild, the best way is to book an excursion with one of the companies attached to the Quality Charter of Whale Watching.

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This not only ensures that you are accompanied by experts who can answer all your questions and tell you interesting things about the animals, but also follow guidelines to avoid disturbing the animals and protecting the environment.

Companies that voluntarily participate in the Quality Charter commit working together to clean up the oceans and to collaborate with various scientific teams to conserve the marine environment.

Watch whales and dolphins in Tenerife

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The chance to see cetaceans in Tenerife is very good, as the probability on boat trips is up to 100%, on 80% of the days of the year.

The reason why we have so good possibilities is because in the waters of Tenerife there are resident populations of pilot whales and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Where to observe dolphins in Tenerife

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The southwest coast of the island is the ideal place to observe cetaceans in Tenerife because it is the area where most of the populations of marine mammals live and where companies offer their excursions. Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes are the main ports, with different options according to your needs:

Two-hour excursion to watch dolphins in Tenerife

If you don’t have much time then it is best to do a short two-hour tour. In this case the boat drives directly to the animals. You can also combine this trip with other activities in the south of the island.

Three to four hour excursion to observe cetaceans in Tenerife

If you have more time, it will be worth to spend two or three hours. Here you can enjoy a meal on board as well as a small break in a nearby cove where you can take a dip.

The boats that offer this type of excursion tend to be larger and therefore you have more space of movement and comfort.

Five-hour boat tours in Tenerife

These trips are made on the largest and most spacious boats, as you will spend a lot of time at sea. Not only can you spot whales and dolphins in Tenerife, but you can also visit the most iconic places on the coast of our island. Los Gigantes for example are imposing cliffs of up to 600 metres high. In the time of the Guanches, the indigenous people of Tenerife, the imposing natural monument was called “The Wall of Hell”.

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Tenerife, an adventure for the whole family

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More than 2,000 square kilometres under your feet and a summit over 3,000 metres high; discover a universe of landscapes… And the adventure begins right from your landing in Tenerife: a world receives you with an annual average temperature of 23º degrees.

A lot of relaxation will be found in nature or if you are on action, you can boost your adrenaline levels in the leisure parks and sports activities. No matter what your family likes, Tenerife has many surprises for you.

Paddling along the coast of Tenerife, Kayak in Los Gigantes

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If you love being in nature and want to explore the coast, feeling the sea under your feet, then put the life jacket on and let’s get started your adventure in a kayak along the coast of Los Gigantes. These gigantic cliffs, which reach more than 600 metres in height in some points, will leave you speechless and, with some luck, you may even have some companion during your journey, dolphins!

Discover the marine fauna from nearby

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Do you fancy an experience at sea but prefer something more relaxing? Then perhaps you should book a tour on one of the whale and dolphin watching boats. You can see from very close many of the species that inhabit the waters of Tenerife and watch the dolphins playing. A relaxing experience on the Atlantic.

In addition, there is a quality certificate for whale and dolphin watching companies, which ensures that they respect the environment in order to preserve our wildlife and actively participate in scientific projects and trainings.

Ascent to the sky: the Mount Teide National Park

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Getting to know the highlands of the island and watching as a large cloud cover sway in a white sea is definitely one of the experiences that must be „stored on your retina“ when you come to Tenerife. In addition, our Mount Teide celebrates this year its 10th Anniversary as an Unesco World Heritage Site. This confirms that it is a unique place and icon of our island for a good reason. No matter if you are watching star galaxies at night, or the volcanic landscapes of the National Park (where Clash of the Titans was filmed) during the day, you will remember this special place forever.

A lighthouse that leads you on your journey: Punta de Teno

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Punta de Teno is one of the most beautiful and idyllic corners of the island, with over 8,000 acres of green nature, volcanic landscapes and laurel forests… One of the most popular attractions in the northwest of the island is the lighthouse of Punta de Teno, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Cliffs of Los Gigantes. If you want to experience a romantic sunset, just follow the lighthouse and enjoy the moment.

Pure adrenaline and water fun in Siam Park

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Here you can try out the most breathtaking water slides, or relax at the artificial sand beach… Siam Park has been awarded for four years in a row as the „Best Water Park in the World“ according to Trip Advisor and yes, it deserves it. Why? Find it out by yourself, navigating the calm Mai Thai River or slide down, almost to gravity, The Dragon… Children love it and parents have at least as much fun as their kids or even more.

But that was not all…

The best? This is just a small sample of what awaits you in Tenerife, there are still many more corners, parks and experiences that you should explore for yourself. Just make the first step, embark on your adventure and land in Tenerife

 

Intensive Tenerife Part 3

A 4-day trip – don’t be a tourist, be a traveller!

By plane, car, boat and the most authentic one: by our own feet

From the stars in the skies to the stars of the ocean.

This morning we went to a breathtakingly beautiful place on the west coast of the island, called Los Gigantes, or “Cliffs of the Giants” in English…

Los Gigantes

We swapped our car for a boat and our casual wear for swimwear – can you guess what we did next? Yes, we went journeying out on the Atlantic Ocean where we enjoyed the warm sun, swam in the sea and were overwhelmed by the Cliffs of the Giants. It is hard not to be impressed by the volcanic walls which reach up to 600 meters high and fall dramatically into the ocean. You feel so small looking up at their walls yet so empowered by the experience at the same time…

Apart from the stunning scenery, we did something that I never expected to do at sea in this part of Europe: whale and dolphin watching!
Tenerife has become the most important place in Europe for spotting whales in their natural habitat.
The south-west of Tenerife is home to twenty-one different species of marine mammals that live close by to the coast or are journeying through on vacation like us ;-).
Some of the species you can observe are Bottlenose dolphins and Short-finned pilot whales which settle in the same place all year.

Whale and dolphin watching

It was really amazing to see them jumping out of the water so close to our boat with the families or pods of whales proudly presenting us their cute babies (calves). On board, the children’s eyes sparkled with joy and the adults were moved by the dance of the Cetaceans.

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As we drove further out to sea, somebody shouted something I struggled to understand at first…all my fellow passengers’ eyes had turned to watch the horizon. And then I saw a big water fountain and a huge dark shadow… I couldn’t believe it! We were one of the few lucky ones that day to observe the biggest traveller of the marine mammals – the giant blue whale! What an experience!
So, when you are in Tenerife, take this chance to see up close marine mammals in their habitat; I only can not recommend this highly enough to you!

Apart from whale and doplphin watching you can do a lot more activities in the clear blue Atlantic Ocean: kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle surfing, sailing, diving…

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Sailing

 

Kayaking

Go on and try something new! A holiday is the best time to challenge yourself.
And this is exactly what I will do on my next trip to Tenerife: diving. I can’t wait to go underwater and see more marine life thriving in their ocean home.

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So, all there is left is to leave you with all the best water sports companies and diving centres on the island.

This was our third day exploring this little-big island. I can’t wait to tell you about the secrets of Isla Baja, which we discover on the last day of this amazing 4-day-trip. Keep on reading 😉

Yours, Eileen