Tuesday, October 7

The Giants Of Tenerife Left Over From Atlantis

Acantilados de Los Gigantes

As I mentioned yesterday I have just returned from Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands.

Plato described a rich and happy land in the Atlantic which was virtually destroyed by earthquakes and tidal waves some 12,000 years ago. This was Atlantis and many locals are convinced that the Canary Islands are what remains of the submerged paradise.

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

From where we stayed we were able to walk to the small town of Los Gigantes (The Giants) which are dominated by cliff formations rising from the Atlantic. They were formed some seven million years ago. Wherever you look in the town The Giants, which rise from the sea to a height of 2700 feet, dominate the views.

These cliffs keep the western side of Tenerife warmer than the rest of the island. The heat from the sun is stored within the rocks.

Los Gigantes, Canary Islands

But whatever the truth of the legends and stories about Atlantis the Acantilados de Los Gigantes are a wonderful sight - providing you don't mind lots of hills and steps!

Steps at Los Gigantes

We walked a different way back to our hotel sticking to the coast via Puerto Santiago and Puerto Pisquero.

A few photos I took along the way (click on them to make bigger):

Small shrine at Puerto Santiago, Tenerife
A small shrine on the quay at Puerto Santiago
Fisherman in Tenerife
A fisherman trying to catch his evening meal
Hill at Puerto Santiago village Tenerife
The hill leading up from Playa Puerto Santiago
Puerto Santiago, Tenerife, Canary Islands
From the hill looking back at the quay
Tenerife Cottage, Canary Islands
They must like cats
Tenerife houses
But the dog in this house didn't like us walking past
A Tenerife meal
Something to eat

And when we finally got back to our hotel room, the friendly lizard was there on the balcony to welcome us - and we were on the top floor - the 8th. Obviously a good climber with a head for heights.

All in all a good day out!

Photos: © Mike Perry

Other Tenerife Posts:
A White Feather And A Piano Re-Paint Faded Memories In Tenerife

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  1. Suzie12:09

    Whether Atlantis or not it looks wonderful and majestic. That food looked almost good enough to eat! But I'd find the lizard a little scary, I don't like such creatures. Thank you for the photos, you brought it alive for me.

    1. Thank you Suzie - the lizard is quite harmless!

  2. Fabulous photos and it looks like the weather was perfect!

    1. Thanks and yes, the weather was perfect but I'm shivering a bit now back in England!

  3. What a gorgeous and colorful place! And I love the idea that the islands may be remnants of Atlantis!

    1. I liked the brightly painted houses and, who knows, may have links to Atlantis.