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Caroline

After a 12 year absence.....
« on: August 23, 2008 »
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  • My family and I have just returned from our holiday in Los Gigantes - they've never been before and for me it was my first (and long awaited !) visit for 12 years.  This was my 5th visit in total (so far).  I first came in 1987 and fell in love with it almost instantly.  I have been banging on and on about how great it is to my husband for a few years and I finally got my wish to return this year.  I promised in an earlier topic that I would post my personal opinion on how I think it's changed since September 1996.

    I've read lots of posts on this board that talk about how quiet and mostly residential LG has become.  I've also read lots of posts that talk about how clique it is and how tourists are regarded with disdain - and to be honest with you all I was starting to wonder if I'd made the right decision about our holiday.  I had painted such a lovely, perfect picture to my family and I was hoping that I wasn't going to have to eat some humble pie.  My fears were all for nothing though - happily I can report that I felt as at home as I did 12 years ago and I was as much in love with the areas as ever.  I very soon found my bearings again and discovered that, pleasingly, not too much had altered really.  Yes I agree that it is a bit quieter than my last visit - especially at the harbour area, which is a shame as it has a lovely outlook and a lot of potential.  I remember having my first ever Calzone down there in 1987 and was gutted to find that lovely Pizzeria closed for business (or is it being refurbed?).  Another favourite restaurant in previous visits was The Tamara - and I see that has now been taken over and renamed Little Italy - hmmmm!  Although the toucan and parrot are still there, bet they're not the same ones though !

    On the subject of restaurants, we did try a few.  We particularly liked El Pescador and CJ's - but also enjoyed many a lovely relaxing dinner on our balcony with THE VIEW.  We also tried a few places for after dinner drinks and hate to admit that we did go once to the Highland Paddy III - I remember number I from my younger days.  Our son decided for us on that one evening and it was a complete rip off.  We bought 3 drinks and the change our of a 20 was laughable.  We didn't go again!  Also I've never quite seen the point of visiting another country and ending up in a bar that reminds you of home - what's the point?  We liked Domingo's, Ocean Drive and again our balcony with THE VIEW.

    I completely agree with whoever posted that the Oasis has more going for it than the Lido.  We spent probably 5 days out of 14 at the Oasis and looked down at the Lido and didn't fancy it one bit.  Too much concrete going on and even the palm trees looked a bit tired and worn.

    Thank you to whoever it was on here that recommended a visit to Masca.  I'd never been on previous visits and found the courage to brave the roads for a visit this year.  It was absolutely breathtaking and the views from the road on the way home to LG were nothing short of spectacular.  We also drove out to the lighthouse at Punta de Teno - again a perilous car journey but sooooooo worth it.  Beautiful view of LG from a completely different perspective.

    We only had one small hitch the whole time and that was when the car we'd hired was 'taken back' by the hire company earlier than contracted.  We thought the car had been stolen. We should have had the car until 8.30am on the last day of hire and said that we'd drop the keys off at the minimarket in LG by 8.30am or the night before if we got back in time - we didn't get back until 9.30pm and the shop was closed.  So the following morning when we arrived at where we'd parked the car the night before we discovered it was missing!  We went to the shop to let them know at 8.30 and they were closed.  We sat outside the shop for over an hour and then saw our car drive past on it's way down to the harbour.  We knew this was a dead end and so chased after it. We then saw that the occupants were obviously tourists and not car thieves.  The shop finally opened at 10.15am and confirmed what we'd already worked out that the car hire company had picked the car up and not told us.  They must have taken it very early as we arrived to take it back at 8.15am.  That was all a bit of a nightmare for 2 hours or so, but on a more positive note, it was a great car, hardly used any fuel and we'd had a lovely few days with it.  All the hire company needed to have done to completely redeem themselves would have been just to stick a note or card through our door to let us know.

    Anyway like I said that was a very small hitch in what turned out to be a perfect, relaxing and over far too soon holiday in beautiful Los Gigantes.  It remains my favourite destination and I would love to own a property there.  Prices a bit too high for me at the moment though.

    I think that the greatest test of how LG is doing is to hear my husband and son's feelings about it as first timers.  Ok here goes .... we're planning to return again next year and will also bring along my mum & dad in law as according to my husband "they'd love it".  That wasn't my idea or decision but entirely theirs, who am I to argue!!

    Roll on 2009 - I can hardly wait.


    poolepirate

    Re: After a 12 year absence.....
    « Reply #1 on: August 23, 2008 »
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  • Great report with lost of positives.

    Where did you stay as a matter of interest?

    orange

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  • Caroline - Thanks for the update - apart from the Hire Car *(it would be interesting to know
    where that was from) it sounds like you had a great time.

    *Car Hire stories are posted on here and carry a public health warning as advertising scares...
    « Last Edit: August 23, 2008 by orange »

    swede

    Re: After a 12 year absence.....
    « Reply #3 on: August 24, 2008 »
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  • So pleased you all had a good time. I have been coming to LG for almost 20 yrs now and always enjoy it, although i am getting disappointed with how quiet it is becoming. Anyway - that has been discussed to death on other posts! I agree with you about the Oasis, i never go to any other pool when i am there as the view, restaurant, pools, staff etc can't be beaten. In fact, when i was in labour with my first child 4 years ago i was told to 'see' a beautiful place - guess where i was thinking of?! (Incidently, the drugs helped more than the image of the oasis did). Hope you enjoy your hols in 2009.

    amunette

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    « Reply #4 on: August 24, 2008 »
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  • Glad you had a good holiday ;D The VIEW is pretty damned good isn't it?!!  I just wish LG could regain some of its former glory in the holiday destination stakes so more could appreciate the areas plus's

    magsnmike

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  • How fantastic to hear that you had a great time. As I have said previously I love the place and am so glad you were not disappointed and glad to know you willnot leave it another 12 years before you visit again. 

    Counting the days now till 30 December when we will be there to celebrate the New Year in Los Gigantes square. Convinced some of our family its the place to be so will be even more of us this year.   Viva Los Gigantes.

    tasha

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    « Reply #6 on: August 25, 2008 »
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  • Hi

    We are comming back after 3 years. 
    We miss Tenerife so much

    Anybody else going May 2009??

    Thanks

    Caroline

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    « Reply #7 on: August 25, 2008 »
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  • Great report with lost of positives.

    Where did you stay as a matter of interest?

    Hi - We stayed at Tamara apartments.  It was a 2 bed/bathroom one and had been refurbished.  It was spacious and comfortable with everything we needed for a great time.  We loved it and would ask for it again.

    Annie

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    « Reply #8 on: August 25, 2008 »
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  • Glad you enjoyed your return to Los Gigantes after so long. Also that you liked the Oasis so much I think it must have been my post that you read praising the Oasis and criticising the ugly LIdo.

    We still love Gigantes although due to ill health have only visited once in the past two years . Have however booked a nine day break in March 2009 and cant wait.

    We too have booked to stay in a two bedroom Tamara that has been refurbished. Perhaps it is the same one that you stayed in.  :) :)

    Caroline

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    « Reply #9 on: August 26, 2008 »
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  • Hi Annie - if you are booked into the same apartment as we were you'll be very pleased with it I'm sure.  Missing it already - especially our very special times spent on our balcony - quite simply one of the best views ever and I don't think it can be beaten by anywhere else in the world I've stayed.  I've just downloaded my photos and they made me very weepy.  We're in the process of booking up the same apartment for next year - just waiting to see if it's available again.  Fingers crossed !! :)

    TraceyRich

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    « Reply #10 on: August 26, 2008 »
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  • Hi all

    My partner and I have been holidaying in LG for the last 6 years and loved it every bit as we did the last time we visited. We are there again from 9 September and we can't wait. Just counting the days now! We also stay in Tamara - great apartments and a nice little community in them.

    Tracey and Richard

    Annie

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  • Hello Caroline, Tracey and Richard

    Tamara is great.We have stayed there several times but not in the apartment we have booked for next year. The views are mostly superb and the apartments well designed and handy for the village. I love it there.

    Im like you Caroline and as soon as I get home Im not satisfied until I have arranged the next visit . I know there is a lot of talk about the way Los Gigantes has changed over the past few years and yes it has, but it is still a very special place and we have never found anywhere to come up to it. We will certainly continue to visit for as long as possible.

    Enjoy your holiday in September  Tracey and Richard. Im quite envious. :( :(

    Annie

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  • Incidently I love the place so much that my desk top picture is a panoramic picture of Gigantes and the cliffs.

    How sad is that?

    Apple

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    « Reply #13 on: August 26, 2008 »
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  • Not sad at all, I've also got it as my desk top picture. I've also got it as my mobile wallpaper and so has my husband! How lovely to read such lovely comments about a place we also love so much. That's what its all :D :D about, promoting the place and not whinging as so many people do. I wonder what they are trying to achieve?

    coldandtired

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    « Reply #14 on: August 27, 2008 »
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  • I've got a great pic of the view down into Masca as my desktop! Shows all the winding road down and out and up the other side with the village in the centre. Always makes me want to come back. we'll be there in November ;D

    Caroline

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  • I agree, not sad at all Annie.  I've been trawling through my pics that I downloaded from my hol to try and find a suitable one for my desktop.  Can't think of anything better to cheer my day at work than to gaze at beautiful Los Gigantes.  I also have some nice ones of Masca from our trip there - so might alternate between the two.

    Caroline

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  • Oh - forgot to say in my last post.  We've just booked up again for next August - same apartment.   ;D  I'm counting the days.......(there are far too many for my liking!!).

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    Re: After a 12 year absence.....
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  • Spoil yourselves Caroline. have a winter break as well the day time temperatures in march are great. a bit chilly in the nights mind you     

    only 15 more days for us  :P  ::)  :D  ;)  :-*
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    Caroline

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  • Ooooh very tempted.  We're bringing mum and dad with us next year - they've never been before.  Going to try the "wouldn't this be a lovely place to buy an apartment" trick on them and hope for the best.  hee hee.

    Hope you have a great holiday in 15 days time - sure you will (I'm not envious in the slightest - yeah right  ;)).  Say "hello" to THE VIEW from me.

    typesetter

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  • I was starting to doubt my sanity, I bought in LG four years ago and have enjoyed every visit since! Great to hear from someone with a balanced view instead of the normal carping that seems to have taken over. Roll on October for my first open ended stay!

    Caroline

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  • You lucky thing, an open ended stay how wonderful ......... I'm envious again !!  Might buy another lottery ticket on Saturday with my LG pad's name on it's winnings  ;)

    jambo

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  • I'll be out on the 19th Sep to El Marques, can't wait.

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  • ... and we'll be back out again this Sunday ... yippee ..

    sossmalley

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  • We've been coming out to LG for 12 years now and bought an apartment 2 years ago.  We love the resort and would love to come out more than 3/4 times a year, which is what we do now.  Unfortunately, we have to work over here in the UK to pay for the apartment over there, and I only get 22 days holiday, hence I make the most of the days I get to come out to LG.
    We are not out again until the end of October and can't wait.  I am counting the days but not as many as you, thank goodness.
    There are some cheap flights on Easyjet in Jan/Feb next year, and the weather is good then. You need to make the most of it and travel out of school holidays, far cheaper.

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  • ... and we'll be back out again this Sunday ... yippee ..

    Have a good one V V  we?ll see you both at the back end of your stay. ? for a lemonade ? first one on me   ;)
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  • Know how you feelbeen coming to LG since 1977 bought in2004.Had major accident in 2005 was told  i would never walk again Lg gave me the incentive to prove them wrong come out when we can best physio in world !!!

    Caroline

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  • So sorry to hear about your accident.  It's obvious to me reading the posts since I started this thread that LG is such a very special place to so many people.  It's all round therapy it seems.  In my case therapy for mind and soul and in your case an excellent physio too.  Hope you're on the mend now - are you in LG at the moment?

    Annie

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  • Thanks Caroline for starting this post  :) :)

    Its great to hear such positive comments about L G. 

    Just proves that  there are an awful lot of us out there who love it still.


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  • No coming out 10th for week then end october for week cant wait :)

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  • Cannot sleep at night I am excited that we are returning on 7th October for six months (barring going back to UK for one month over Christmas and NewYear)  We bought apartment on Church Square in January 2007 and absolutely love it.  Its home from home and love everything about Los Gigantes.  I wish people would stop putting negative views on this site and also knocking us so called swallows.  We spend as much money in restaurtants as any two weekholiday makers.

    Los Gigantes to me is beautiful.  The views when you have a drink at the Oasis are out of this world.

    PS if anybody would like to rent a one bedroom apartment on the square over Christmas and New Year please contact me.