Los Gigantes

The wall of hell

At the extreme west of the island, between the municipalities of Buenavista del Norte and Santiago del Teide, are the Los Gigantes cliffs. These immense volcanic rock walls are located within the Teno Rural Park and make up one of the most famous landscapes of Tenerife and an essential visit on the island.

The Guanches, aborigines of the Canary Islands, referred to Los Gigantes as the “wall of hell”, since they believed that these cliffs marked the end of the world. Furthermore, the rugged shape of the mountain reminiscent of human figures only reinforced this idea.

The vertical walls of the Los Gigantes cliffs have a dizzying fall that can be seen from the sea and from the mainland. The height of the cliffs at some points exceeds 600 meters! The dark color of the walls and the solidified lava columns make Los Gigantes a unique natural landscape in Tenerife.

These cliffs are also an essential stop for lovers of diving. The seabed of Los Gigantes is barely 30 meters deep and it is quite difficult to access it, which is why it is home to a great biological diversity: calcareous algae, black coral, sponges and much more.

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