Tenerife’s West coast is privileged with its natural setting and warm year-round climate. A swift and scenic 20-kilometre drive from Reina Sofia International Airport will bring you to Playa Paraiso, which sits snugly between Callao Salvaje and Playa de las Americas. Child-friendly, this holiday resort is beautifully maintained and has a very relaxed pace. It is perfect for holidaymakers who want to seek refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city, without travelling too far. And if you fancy a change of scenery, the up-market resort of Costa Adeje is just a stone’s throw away.
Home to some 20,000 people, the town of Los Cristianos is based 15 kilometres west of Reina Sofía airport. It is one of the island's most popular resorts, and for good reason. A fishing harbour can be found in the town, as well as beautiful beaches and a range of water sports. Stretching behind the south-facing beach is a long promenade, speckled with eateries and souvenir shops. Glass-bottomed boats can be seen coming in and out of the harbour, which you can keep an eye on from one of the seafront diners. When the sun sets, tourists revel in the laid-back Los Cristianos nightlife scene.
Playa De Las Americas
This upbeat resort first gained prominence back in the 1960s. Since then it has changed a lot to accommodate its growing popularity. Well regarded as Tenerife's party capital, Playa De Las Americas is positioned on the island's southwestern point. White sand beaches attract holidaymakers to this location, where you’ll find plenty of duty-free shops to peruse at your leisure. Many visitors will indulge in the panoramic Teide tour during their time in Las Americas. When the sun sets - if you’re a fan of tribute acts, you’ll love the karaoke bars and cocktail clubs!
Playa De Los Cristianos
It might have Playa De Las Americas as its neighbour, but Playa De Los Cristianos is very different indeed. Even before the big tourism boom of the 1960s, this resort had established itself as a beach holiday destination. Game fishing trips are regularly organised from the harbour, which is also a hotspot for whale and dolphin watching trips. Sandwiched between the mountains Guaza and Chayofita, Los Cristianos has an intriguing history that dates back to the 16th century. A fishing village at heart, its turquoise waters make it a beauty. The main beach features a children's play area and beach volleyball court.
Exploring Playa Paraiso...
Should you be visiting Tenerife with young ones, the family, or as part of a group, a day spent at Siam Park will be worthwhile. Considered one of the best water parks on the planet, Siam Park features Thai-inspired architecture and intense water rides for all ages. The park has earned its solid reputation since it opened to the public in 2008. From the Mekong Rapids to the Tower of Power that sends you on a 28-metre drop into a refreshing pool of water, the attractions will not disappoint. When you're not making a splash, relax in the cabañas.
A trip to Playa Paraiso would not be complete without an island-hopping experience, so why not include a trip to La Gomera on your travel itinerary? This island is the second-smallest of all seven Canary Islands. Sun-drenched, the island is of volcanic origin, but the dense jungle landscape makes it perfect for hikers. If you make it to the upper reaches of the volcanic valley, you can discover UNESCO-protected Garajonay National Park. Hop on a boat from Playa Paraiso to reach La Gomera.
Acknowledged as one of the best zoos in Europe, Loro Parque covers 13.5 hectares. It is home to a diverse range of plants and animals, including penguins, Californian sea lions, tigers, flamingos, chimpanzees, and more than 4,000 parrots. Rare plants are housed in the park’s orchid garden. View the exhibitions for an interesting afternoon learning about the natural world.
Playa Paraiso Beaches
Three small beaches can be found in Playa Paraiso and all of them are enclosed by rocky bays. The main beach is Las Galgas. Recently renovated, it can be found at the far north between two big hotels. Refreshments are served on the beach in peak season.
Playa Paraiso Cuisine
The food and drink found in Tenerife will certainly leave you with a full belly. Most food is traditionally Spanish, with some Latin American and African influences thrown in. Since Playa Paraiso attracts an international crowd, you can expect the food options to be varied in this area. Typical food of the Canary Islands is fried fish and grilled meat accompanied with salad. A simple "La cuenta por favor!" will get you your bill when you are ready to pay.
Playa Paraiso Restaurants
Enjoy breakfast with a sea view by dining at El Paraiso Restaurant and Beach Club, which is located a short stroll from Restaurant Mi Amor. Central American treats like guacamole and burritos are served generously at La Coqueta, which also serves handmade ice cream. For oriental-inspired cuisine, sit down for dinner at Mezzanine Thai Restaurant & Martini Bar. Alternatively, enjoy freshly-caught seafood with a cocktail as you admire ocean views from La Vita e Bella. Unico is another highly-rated restaurant in Playa Paraiso offering gluten-free menu options.
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