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I want to start this story with an apology, due to the office move for Los Gigantes.com we have been completely run off our feet, and this great news for our area has been delayed. So I hope it’s better late than never.

 	improvements-in-calle-tamaraRecently the staff of losgigantes.com had the chance to meet with the councilor for tourism Germán Jiménez who explained to us the latest plans for the area. It is important to understand that two years of single handed dedication on the part of Germán have resulted in our area, (Santago del Teide) being accepted to a very prestigious group of three other councils, Puerto de la Cruz, Arona and Adeje, who are entitled to special funding for tourism, many other areas would love to have this help.

It means that during the next 4 years (at present) funding to the tune of 6.6 million Euros has been approved for a number of projects to raise the standard in this area, some of which has already started such as the new pavements, pedestrian crossings, water pipes, drainage, cables, curbs etc in a number of streets in Los Gigantes.

 	new-tourist-office-in-los-gigantesPlans approved include a complete re-paving of the roads for el Marques Las Rosas all around the loop to the hotel Barcelo de Santiago including new sewers, pavements road surface and the planting of over 125 new trees. Other plans include a complete overhaul of Playa de la Arena, which is truly spectacular.

The new Los Gigantes tourist office, opening soon, has just been built on the small plaza by Tamara, as part of the on-going commitment to tourism in the area, other projects worthy of a mention include a complete revamp of the plaza in Los Gigantes and the one in Puerto de Santiago, re-surfacing of a number of roads throughout the area, new street lighting in the area.

The level of investment that this new status will bring to this area over the next few years I believe will truly help to transform the area to one of the most sort after destinations in Tenerife.

Author – The PM

OK, Dolly Diver has been caught out, you’ve noticed, and people are asking why there isn’t much news at the moment on losgigantes.com. It’s a compliment to know that there are so many of you keeping in touch with what’s going on around here.

Dolly is struggling to keep up with the news at the moment because she has had to blow the dust off her diving instructor cap and dive back into action to take over the running of the Los Gigantes Diving Centre.

The Dive Centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary of being in her family so they’ve some special deals lined up. Those of you who may be interested check out special deals on their web site, www.divingtenerife.co.uk Local divers pop in to see us for a chat as we have some special deals for you as well.

In a bid to beat this awful recession we are preparing to move losgigantes.com/Custom Built Computers/Canaries Wireless to the local next to the Dive Centre in Los Gigantes. It’s a tremendous task and there aren’t enough hours in the day. The new office/shop will be open very soon after the Easter break (the date will be announced on the message board). You will still be able to contact us on 922 862713.

The dive centre and our new office/shop is located on Los Gigantes Marina inside the marina arcade, the entrance is next to restaurant Stella Marina (formerly Bella Napoli).
We are aware that parking can be a problem so we will be offering our clients a collection and drop off service for computer repairs. Canaries wireless will continue to operate as normal, and clients having difficulty signing up on line will be able to get tech support at the new office.

Dolly will still find time to make sure you are all playing nicely on the forum and important items of news will be reported.

Remember you can contribute too; email your news article to enquiries@losgigantes.com

Carnival 2009

Posted by dolly diver on March 16, 2009
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 	carnival-queen-los-gigantes-2009Los Gigantes carnival 2009 was celebrated from 5th – 9th March. The event was 5 evenings of fun and laughter for the many hundreds of residents and visitors of the area.

The photos can be viewed in our photo gallery

A short video of each event has now been uploaded to our video page (allow a few seconds to load) the events are:-

The election of the Carnival Queen
Children’s Fancy Dress
Masked ball
Grand Parade
Burial of the Sardine

A souvenir DVD is available to purchase for €10 + p&p. For more information email enquiries@losgigantes.com or collect a copy from our office in El Varadero (next to Sunflower restaurant) Tel 922 862713

The election of this year’s carnaval queen

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2009
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The gala for the election of the queen will take place this Thursday, March 5, from 21:30 pm in Plaza, Los Gigantes.

The above 3 young ladies all hope to become queen of the Los Gigantes carnival, the candidates are: María Mari Mederos, Bonita Marie-Mitchell and Yanira Mendoza Rivero.

There will be a spectacular show of dancers, singers and entertainers, presented by Tina Leon, and Stephen McKenna will be translating into English.

Gang of pickpocket arrested

Posted by dolly diver on February 24, 2009
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 	fisher-womans-roundabout-puerto-santiagoPuerto Santigo is normally a quiet place on a Sunday afternoon, but last Sunday was rather different when a gang of seven Romanians were arrested and were all lined up around the fisherlady roundabout. Rumors quickly flew round, drugs bust, bank robbery, but in fact it was a gang of pickpockets who were arrested.

The culprits, all aged between 30 and 50 have been identified only by their initials, R.M., C.F.R., M.I., L.A., T.S and V.D and a woman, L.R.

After the police had received several reports from the public about purse and wallet thefts, a surveillance operation in the area followed. The gang were soon located and were watched through binoculars.

They arrived by hire car, met in a local cafe to select their targets. The victims were often tourists waiting at the bus stop by the sports centre in Los Gigantes. They would be distracted by one gang member with a map asking directions while another picked their pocket or handbag. A hire car would be parked nearby for a quick getaway.

What this gang failed to realise is there is only one way out of Los Gigantes and the local police backed up by the Guardia Civil arrested them at a road block on the exit road. Many items were recovered despite attempts from the gang to throw them out of their car windows.

The victims were then brought forward to help identify the gang.

Row brewing about fish farms locations

Posted by dolly diver on January 29, 2009
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fish-farm-los-gigantesThe hotel association, Ashotel have received countless complaints from tourists regarding the location of the fish farms being too near to tourist beaches.

Whilst the association understand that fish farms are a large part of our economy and every effort must be made to protect the livelihood of the fisherman and his family, they insist that the farms could be situated on better sites away from the busy tourist zones.

The most affected areas are Arona, Adeje and Santiago del Teide.

Our own Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Juan Damián Ramos Gorrín is not opposed to aquaculture but considers that it should not take place in tourist areas, such as the cliffs of Los Gigantes.

Second Annual Dog Show – 25th January 2008

Posted by dolly diver on January 27, 2009
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By: Roger Diss ( Roger said he didn’t want credit for this story but I didn’t want anyone to think I was into female legs!)

They came in all shapes, colours and sizes but there was no doubting the big hit at the second annual Asociación San Francisco de los Animales dog show – among the male onlookers, at any rate.
Xena, a golden retriever, was the dog in question but most male eyes were turned to her owner, Sabrina Biagini, whose long and shapely legs made the pair firm favorites to win the fun class, Best Six Legs, in the competition. Read more

Fun Dog Show – Sun 25th Jan

Posted by dolly diver on January 8, 2009
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dogshowThe Santiago del Teide Branch of Asociación San Francisco de los Animales are holding a Fun Dog Show for Pedigree and Non Pedigree dogs, on Sunday, 25th January 2009. This will be held behind the Los Gigantes Hotel, Los Gigantes, Santiago del Teide. It is open to dogs from anywhere on the island.

Entries for the show will be taken at 10.30 a.m. The judging will commence at 11.00 a.m. There will be 4 classes for conformation for both pedigree and non pedigree dogs. The rest of the classes will be fun ones open to all dogs. Amongst these will be an Obedience and Fancy Dress – for the dog! Winners of each class will receive prizes and the first four placements in each class will receive rosettes and certificates. Trophies will be awarded to the top scoring Pedigree and Non Pedigree dogs.

All puppies entered must be not less that 4 months old and fully vaccinated.

There will be a Refreshment Stall selling food and drinks. Why not have a fun day out with your pooch and support our animal charity at the same time?

A full list of classes is as follows:-

 	dog-showPedigree
Puppy (4 to 9 months) Pedigree not required
Junior (9 to 18 months) ” ” ”
Open (18 months to 8 years) ” ” ”
Veteran (8 years & over) ” ” ”

Mixed
Puppy (up to 9 months)
Junior (9 to 18 months)
Open (18 months to 8 years)
Veteran (8 years & over)

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Obedience
Best Dog with Children
Dog most like the owner
Handsomest Dog
Prettiest Bitch
Best Six Legs (dog & owner)
Best Condition
Best Abandoned Dog which has been homed
Fancy Dress (the dog)

To speed up registration on the day entry forms will be available for completion in advance from Simple Simons and Ocean Drive in Los Gigantes and the Custom Built Computers/losgigantes.com office in El Varadero.

Please Note Entry fees will be payable on the day.

For more information contact Judith on 922864102

Happy New Year to everyone.

High winds and heavy rain was forecast for the Canariers over the Christmas and New Year holiday. The Los Gigantes area had its fair share of rain and many had flooded terraces to cope with but fortunately Christmas day was mild and sunny, although the sea remained rough. After a few more days of high winds and rain our luck was in once again as on New Year’s Eve it was very mild with a cloud free sky, and there has hardly been a cloud in the sky since.

The Los Gigantes Plaza on New Year’s Eve was heaving as everyone forgot the current crisis and enjoyed the evenings celebrations, many dancing until dawn.

The continuous rough seas and high swell delighted the surfing enthusiasts at Punta Blanca but has been a disaster for all the dive centre owners and whale/dolphin trip organisers who had hoped the Christmas busy season would boost business in this time of crisis.

The warm sunny weather brought many people out and on to the beaches for a last minute panic tan before the end of their holiday. Playa arena beach was packed and many chose to ignore the red flag to have fun in the waves. The life guard’s job was made very difficult as people ignored his whistles and shouts. People really don’t understand that it is for their own safety as the undertow can be treacherous and many over the past years have not lived to tell the tale.

Below are views of the area taken on New Year’s day.

1. Surfing at Punta Blanca
2. Snow on Teide
3. High waves Playa Arena Beach
4. Crowded Playa Arena Beach
5. Cliffs of Los Gigantes
6. Los Gigantes beach and Marina

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Arch’s lounge bar and restaurant – new management

Posted by dolly diver on December 13, 2008
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 	archsRoberto and Mark are back in town managing Arch’s lounge bar and restaurant in the centre of Los Gigantes. The entrance is behind Verde’s, down the steps from the pharmacy.

Their superb menu changes daily with a 2 course meal at €11.95 and 3 courses for €13.95. Plus Los Gigantes’ only carvery on Thursday and Saturday evening, or call in for a drink in their lounge bar.

They are open from 5pm till late 7 days a week. Private parties can be catered for.

For reservations call 637820709 or 678069025

View “What’s on locally” http://www.losgigantes.com/evenings.htm for their Christmas Day and New Years Eve menu