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Last evening I was fortunate to be invited to a fabulous party at the Lagoon , las laguillos, in Los Gigantes. During the evening whilst being regally entertained
a thought crossed my mind. If we could get our councillors to grant a music licence for a regular event, maybe funded by the said council, on say Friday Saturday and Sunday nights life could be breathed back into the village. It was a special party to celebrate a friends birthday however on speaking to the doorman at 1-15 am he had turned away approximately one hundred people who he said many were willing to pay to gain entry to dance and listen to the music.
I only offer this as a suggestion and obviously there are many bridges to cross before it could come to pass. However for an absolutely fabulous venue and an opportunity to kickstart the village it is worthy of consideration by our councillors.

tlc

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  • where is this venue - I've never heard of it. You don't mean the 'natural pool' do you ??I did hear lots of fireworks going off and it looked like they were coming from that area. I agree about 'breathing life' into the village and many many people have some great ideas but it's how to go forward and get them implemented seems to be be the big issue.

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  • The venue was the Lido with the sea pool next to the marina in Los Gigantes.  It was a fabulour evening, a superb location for an event.
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  • seen the photo's Edward which one's you ?

    is that you in the pink flowered dress  :P
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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • Fancy a visit to the dentists maps ?

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  • It?s funny you should say that Edward , I?ve got a appointment Thursday afternoon will you come and hold my hand ?
    I played 20 years in the front row in rugby and  no one managed to sent me to one then, but I?ve sent a few to A&E in my time   
     try  be good not cleaver
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    tanemera

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  • Sorry Edward, I hate to sound like a "party pooper" but, having just recovered from the excesses of the Carnaval (which seemed to me to be twice as loud as last year) the LAST thing I want is loud music until midnight, followed by fireworks, followed by more loud music EVERY Friday, Saturday and Sunday night until the wee small hours!  It really shouldn't be necessary to create so much noise at the expense of residents trying to enjoy a quiet evening and hoping to get some sleep after 11 p.m?  I agree that a regular event like this would "breathe life into the village", but would it not be reasonable to restrict it to one night per week, finishing at 11 p.m., lower the decibels, drop the fireworks and open it to everyone? Am I just a "Grumpy Old Juan"  ??? or does anybody else on the forum agree?  I am told that Councilor Steve has received complaints already (not from me). Rather than improve LG, the suggestion as it stands could turn it into another Las Americas.

    amunette

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  • And there is the reason LG is dead. It is/was a holiday resort. Is it really unreasonable to expect live music etc after 11.00pm? People have whined and complained and got everything shut down, so now the place is just a glorified old peoples home. Why buy in the middle of a holiday resort if you want a quiet life? Move to the hills, or out of town at least!!

    10yrs ago LG was a thriving resort for families, couple of clubs, arcade etc. A good alternative to PDLA. Lots of accomodation, the works. Look at it now. All tucked up in bed by 11.00, bars and restaurants going belly up through lack of customers.  Such a shame for such a pretty holiday village.

    Judge John Deed

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  • Oh yeah, what a great idea. Outdoor music till the early hour away from the centre of the village. Then the few Cabaret Bars that are in Los Gigantes will have even less customers, leading to the possibility of them closing down and making the village even less attractive to Tourists.  ::)

    The main reason for the slide in Los Gigantes, over the years, are the closing of the Hotel Buena Vista, Royal Sun, Diamond Apartments and the Los Gigantes Hotel being changed from a Family Hotel into a Retirement Home, complete with intensive care ward on the top floor !!!  ;D

    If these were as they were 10 years ago, the place would still be buzzing !  :'(

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  • go amunette!!!! my thoughts exactly!  we used to come to los gigantes all the time, we dont bother as much now......

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  •  i have been coming for many years and love it.I dont think theres anything wrong with an event as mentioned but why not once a week not three nights.I also believe since royal sun etc has gone there are not many deals for people to visit!!

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  • Would be interested to know at what level you played maps. Also the word you were looking for is "clever " not " cleaver " . And if you look at your post it was yourself that was trying to be smart. Hope your dentist visit is painless.

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  • My original post was an observation and a suggestion. It is interesting to see the differing views and , of course, we are all entitled to an opinion at the same time respecting others
    Something needs to be done to revitalise the village .

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  • At first class level Edward , being a valley boy it couldn?t be anything else    sorry about the little tyro I?ve got  BIG FINGERS  and its only a check up this week so hopefully the only pain will be to my pocket
    Must agree with Linda , janey .Juan , amunette and the judge all are making good points   
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    Just for the record this was a one-off party for which the appropriate licence was applied for and granted from the council, as we understand it. 

    As for the rest of this string I could not agree more with the majority of the sentiments, this is not Eastbourne-on-Sea. Although I’m not convinced that it is only the older generation complaining, if you don’t like the noise of aeroplanes why move next to an airport and then complain about the noise. 

    If the tourist haters get their way, the last one leaving Los Gigantes can get the undertaker to switch out the light.
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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • Sorry I didn?t read Edward?s last post or I would have put this in above  if you don?t like Los Gigantes how it is you can always go and holiday somewhere else  wouldn?t you agree ? Its become the way  it is though greed
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    amunette

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  • if you don?t like Los Gigantes how it is you can always go and holiday somewhere else  wouldn?t you agree ?

    But what if you do like LG, the views, the village etc, but just want it to be a more normal resort again, like it used to be? Why should you have to go elsewhere? Surely as a holiday resort it should be catering to tourists first and foremost as they are its lifeblood, not pandering to NIMBY types?

     What amazes me most is the moaners probably bought back when it was a thriving resort and they were younger, they obviously liked it then, but now they have aged and live there fulltime they want to change it into a retirement village!!

    leo_london

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  • I thought Los Gigantes had always been " sold " as a peaceful and picturesque resort. That is certainly the impression I was given even 10+ years ago.
    I dont think the answer to your problem ( if there is a problem ) will be solved by trying to compete with the more lively resorts. There are countless holiday resorts around Europe and beyond that thrive as quieter and more sophisticated destinations for the discerning traveller.
    You need to make the most of what you have already been given by nature, wonderful year-round weather and a fabulous location. There are other pursuits that have not been fully exploited, diving, fishing, boat hire etc..not to mention the lack of any publicity for the resort. When was the last time you read a report on Los Gigantes in the British holiday press ?..perhaps I missed a couple of write-ups but it certainly seldom gets a mention so is often tarred with the same unflattering brush as some other Tenerife resorts.
    Things that could be improved ?  well, the small marina area for starters.. with better bars and coffee outlets. The street leading to the small beach could use a few interesting shops ( local artwork, paintings, pottery..that sort of thing )..getting rid of some of the tatty souvenir  and ubiquitous "electrical goods " shops.
    A couple of restaurants serving Spanish and Canarian specialities in the centre of LG would not go
    amiss. I go abroad to sample something a bit different, but we have a more authentic Spanish restaurant close to home than any I found in LG ( no doubt you locals could point me in the direction of something suitable outside Los Gigantes )
    As far as nightlife is concerned, I like the opportunity to drink until late ( say 2am ) when on holiday and have no objection to some music and entertainment. However, I dont expect my pleasures to annoy other people. There must be some middle ground, bars or clubs with music that does not upset other people who want a peaceful night. A basement, air conditioned. soundproofed club for those who want to permanently damage their hearing perhaps ? For the rest of us a " reasonable " level of noise at weekends should be acceptable to the majority of residents..the Spanish generally go out later to eat than us Brits anyway so you ex-pats and we visitors should start having a siesta :)
    Thats my two penn'orth anyway.


    tanemera

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  • I was about to send a further response when Leo_London got in before me and said almost exactly what I was going to say.  I will add that, far from LG being just a "holiday resort", there is a large resident population in C. Adelfus, C. Pino, C. Palmera and C. Tabaiba all of which are in direct line of fire for noise from the Lido.  I really don't think the residents of this area, comprising probably 50 per cent of LG's population, would appreciate thrice weekly parties at the Lido.  However, I can see no problem with weekly "do's" provided they finish around 11 pm and, please, no fireworks. This would possibly encourage day trippers to linger and make use of the restaurants and bars.

    I also have to question - is there really a problem with LG?  Judging by the high occupancy of restaurants in town and the crowds of trippers flocking off the buses in the morning, everything seems normal to me.  I agree a tidy up of the harbour area is long overdue, and the Church Square badly needs a make-over.

    amunette

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  • Sorry Juan, I think me and you are destined to disagree!! Nothing personal :)

    I really don't think the residents of this area, comprising probably 50 per cent of LG's population, would appreciate thrice weekly parties at the Lido.  However, I can see no problem with weekly "do's" provided they finish around 11 pm and, please, no fireworks.

    But this is not your(ie Brit buyer) island or livelihood. You are a foreigner who chose to buy in a holiday resort. Who are us Brits to dictate to the Canarians when they should let off fireworks, hold parties, fiestas, discos etc? Just because Brits have decended en masse in LG does not mean they should have the final say in what goes. It is really not on to colonise a thriving town in a foreign country and turn it into a replica of a Brit pensioner retreat.

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  • Good Evening folks. It is fascinating to read the various opinions on this topic.  The fireworks on this occasion were a little special and I am not advocating that they should be used on a regular basis. It might be interesting to hear comments from our silent representative on the council or even Snr Gorrin as head of the council. These people must have known of the event as I am lead to believe that a licence was granted until 1am.
    In conclusion Los Gigantes may not be dying when you read all the concerns on this thread.
    Good Night.

    leo_london

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  • amunette.." But this is not your(ie Brit buyer) island or livelihood. You are a foreigner who chose to buy in a holiday resort. Who are us Brits to dictate to the Canarians when they should let off fireworks, hold parties, fiestas, discos etc? Just because Brits have decended en masse in LG does not mean they should have the final say in what goes. It is really not on to colonise a thriving town in a foreign country and turn it into a replica of a Brit pensioner retreat "

    That is true, but do you have any idea what the local Canarians want on their Island(s) ? Do you think the majority are happy with places like Las Americas and Los Cristianos or do they just tolerate them for the tourist bucks ?
    This website gives the history of the area, quote.." The tourist village of Los Gigantes was created in the 1970s, in a previously deserted and barren area, predominately by British Nationals, and one can still see the predominately British influence there today "
    Los Gigantes was never a thriving town before the Brits arrived en masse and I doubt that many local Canarians are invoved in the parties, discos and fireworks. If the events were for celebrating local holidays, fiestas, Saint's days, weddings, Christenings etc..thats great. What you wish to promote is  the exact opposite, entertainment for hordes of sunburnt tourists.
    I think the party Edward attended sounds great. That was never intended as a regular event and by the looks of the pictures posted, was a most civilised and enjoyable celebration  ;)
    The discussion has moved on and now seems to be about changing the entire character of Los Gigantes. Why does a peaceful and scenic resort need to be a pensioners retreat ? There are hundreds of successful holiday resorts that thrive without pandering to the drunken British sun, sea and sex brigade. I think the problem is that nobody can decide on how to market LG, at the moment you are trying to please everyone with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You can either go up-market and forget families with young children and teenagers, concentrating on turning Los Gigantes into an exclusive resort with quality accommodation, restaurants, amenities and attractions. Alternatively, you could go down-market and join the other resorts with all their problems that will surely follow. Personally, I like LG as it is, warts and all..but from the numerous postings a lot of people seem to think that things are stagnating. All I have to say is..be careful what you wish for..make the wrong decisions and there is no going back, you live in a beautiful place, dont spoil it !

    amunette

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  • As my partner is Canarian, then yes I do feel in a position to comment on what Canarians want for the Island. ;D

    What you need to remember is, LG was very different a few years back. It had nightclubs, an arcade etc and was still buzzing at 4am. This drive to turn LG into, in your words "into an exclusive resort with quality accommodation, restaurants, amenities and attractions" is killing it.  Even 3yrs ago it was positively thriving to what it is now. You do not need to "pander to the drunken British sun, sea and sex brigade" to have a decent resort. Just like it was before, a couple of clubs for older people, stuff for kiddies, and decent priced food on sale, not this 3.50e-for-a-toastie lunacy that abounds at the moment.

    "What you wish to promote is  the exact opposite, entertainment for hordes of sunburnt tourists"

    And that is wrong because?!! They are the people who pay the wages of bar staff etc. No tourists, no jobs. Simple.

    Ask anyone in LG and they will tell you, Brits have been leaving in droves the past few years as they just cannot get a job anymore. Loads of old faces have packed it in and moved on. Why? No tourists, thats why.

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  • ammunette for mayor i say!!

    los gigantes DOES need sprucing up, it DOES need to get rid of this tatty, trashy, brit image, we DO need to become more upmarket and to do that we need to attract more people with thier spending money to the resort, it needs to be put back on the tourist map!!!  extra money would mean people could afford to spend money on doing up and developing nice bars etc. at the moment, los gigs is stale. but nobody can afford to put money back into the town cos there is nobody spending down there.

    daisy

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  • I suppose it all boils down to  "You can't please all of the people all of the time." I'm sure the people living in and around LG must have liked it when they
    bought there,it has always been British. Do these people really want to go out singing and dancing 3 times a week,did they do this before coming to LG to live?I think the cost would be prohibitive.Interesting all the same.

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  • Amunette you must be going back more then ten years if you can remember a nightclub in the village. We have been visiting since 93 and there has never been one in all that time (I may be corrected ) in fact I would say there are more bars, restaurants and shops open now then what there was 10years ago

    I agree with Leo I wouldn?t want it any different  , yes visitor numbers are down but that?s just the way it is in the world today   
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  • Los Gigantes will  be livened up again on Easter Sunday afternoon when live rock band “It’s Immaterial” have a gig at the Bamboo bar.

    tlc

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  • Sorry to correct you Daisy but LG has NOT always been British. Infact the Los Gigantes hotel was International and attracted many nationalities, which was fanatastic for the area. I am glad to say I am hearing lots and lots of different accents whilst I'm out an about. We want the rest of Europe here not just the Brits, they don't spend monay like they used to. Just to add to the nightclub part of these on going discussions LG used to infact have 3 clubs and all of the bars stayed open until well into the early hours, with very little trouble or people 'whingeing' about noise. I agree with all of the comments - why don't those who find it noisy go and live somewere else, furthmore lets get a compulsory purchase order on those who complain and turn the apts into mini clubs,  (only joking of course !!). Many people, like myself, have been coming for donkeys years (me since 1974) and of course there will be huge changes, nothing in my home 'village' has remained the same and no doubt each time I pop 'home' something else will have changed. LG is a HOLIDAY town and we must not forget that. Those residents came here as tourists once upon a time and dictate TOO much to what happens within the 'village' , shut up or ship out !!!

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  • I  remember the nightclub and a coupleof bars in the early 80,s have been coming here since late 70s  love the place but wish it could be more canarian in style a couple of decent tapas bars etc.It has lost a lot of tourist due to lack of quality accomadation .Bring back the royal sun!!! :)

    amunette

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  • Maps, you are right, probably a little longer than 10yrs for the clubs, time flies!! I do agree accommodation is a big problem. Maybe they should make Thompsons change the hotel back to a normal family one? Do not suppose that is possible though. More should be done to reopen the Royal Sun and instead of building a private block when they did Balcon de LG, why did the council not insist on a tourist rental complex? Prime position, hardly anyone using it, lucky if you see a light on at night or a body round the pool. Such a wasted opportunity.

    Yes, a few more tapas bars and Canarian bar cafes like Central/Camber up in Puerto Santiago needed to balance things up a bit.


    Cheers Janey, would love to be mayor, but it would go to my head and make me even bossier and opiniated than I am now, so must decline  ;)
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