Tucked away on the sunshine-fuelled south coast of Tenerife, Los Cristianos is sheltered sophistication in the sunshine. Despite starting out its existence as a humble fishing village, this resort has grown to become one of the busiest on the island. It’s no surprise that visitors come flocking too, as there’s always something to keep you occupied in this vibrant part of the Canary Islands. The harbour is a gateway to scenic surroundings, with the neighbouring island of La Gomera a short boat trip away. Los Cristianos is the middle child between Costa Del Silencio and the larger Playa de Las Americas. Los Cristianos is one of those happy rarities – entertainment galore, within a small town vibe.
Those in want of winter sun are in for a treat, too. With a mild climate and year-round sunshine, tan-seekers will be tickled pink in Los Cristianos, while the UK’s weather plods on. In the summer, the weather can be scorching, while a coastal breeze will keep you as cool as a cucumber on beach days.
A thriving promenade lined with cafés, restaurants and shops provides plenty of opportunity for mooching, and come sundown, great nightlife is never too far away. Further inland, there are old-fashioned buildings radiating Canarian charm, set alongside modern fashion outlets and bustling bars.
Playa de la Americas
While Los Cristianos is lively enough, Playa de la Americas is Tenerife’s party hotspot. From karaoke to clubs and lively pubs, there’s more than enough nightlife to keep you occupied until sunrise.
With its blue flag beaches and excellent shopping opportunities, it’s no surprise that Costa Adeje is a favourite with holidaymakers. Lounge around on the sands of Playa del Duque or enjoy the Canarian cuisine at one of the waterside restaurants.
A short day—trip from Los Cristianos is where you’ll find La Gomera, an unspoilt part of the Canary Islands. Discover blissful beaches, vast forests and charming villages. Ideal for those wanting to don their hiking boots, there’s plenty of scenic surroundings to be explored.
Exploring Los Cristianos…
Those on holiday to Los Cristianos with kids will no doubt enjoy a trip to Siam Park. One of the biggest waterparks in Europe, this vast attraction is set against an exotic Thai backdrop and features everything from thrill-inducing water rides to a blissful beach and floating market. Big kids will love the challenge of the well-titled Tower of Power and try making their way through the Mai Thai River. After all that excitement, there’s even time to enjoy the various teahouses, bars and restaurants conveniently located on site.
A visit to Los Cristianos is incomplete without a trip to Mount Teide. Set in the rocky landscape of the Mount Teide National Park, this volcanic peak is the third highest volcano in the world and worth a climb if you can manage it – if only for the spectacular views from the top. Of course, you could just hop in the cable car; just make sure you take your camera with you.
Whale and dolphin watching
For the ultimate holiday experience, try a spot of whale and dolphin watching. Between the island of Tenerife and neighbouring La Gomera, there are over 28 species of whales and dolphins to catch a glimpse of. Take a boat from Los Cristianos harbour and keep your eyes peeled.
With its clear, warm waters teeming with marine life, it’s no secret that Tenerife is a favoured diving spot. Great for seasoned divers, many boat trips leave Los Cristianos daily with an opportunity to explore local sites. Never shimmied into a wetsuit before? You’ll find various diving schools situated along Los Cristianos beach.
There are two main stretches of sand, with Los Cristianos beach proving most popular. Set in a wide bay, its shallow waters make it an ideal place for kids to paddle, while you can settle yourself on the sand. Set on a beautiful backdrop of the volcanic peak of Mount Guaza, it’s easily somewhere you’ll want to spend the day.
Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies should head instead for Playa de las Vistas, where there’s plenty of fun to be had. Take your pick from a wealth of water sports on the edge of the coast, before taking a trip to the nearby cocktail bar.
Los Cristianos cuisine
When it comes to delicious local dishes, food and drink in Los Cristianos is traditional. One of the most ubiquitous dishes in the Canary Islands is Papas Arrugadas. Translated quite literally as ‘wrinkly potatoes’, they are particularly moreish when combined with traditional spicy mojo sauce.
Of course, tapas is hugely popular in this part of the island too. Spanish chorizo, cured ham and cheese are all favoured small dishes and can be found in many restaurants in Los Cristianos. Sangria is a favoured drink of choice for many and can be especially enjoyed after a long hot afternoon soaking up the sunshine.
Restaurants in Los Cristianos
The restaurants in Los Cristianos are also known for delicious seafood, boasting some of the best in the Canary Islands. Freshly caught, you’ll often find fish featuring highly on most menus, along with traditional meat and potato dishes.
A trip to Los Cristianos is incomplete without sampling a tasty dish of Puncho Canario. A traditional Canarian stew, it offers an authentic taste of Tenerife and is favoured by locals because of its hearty mix of seasonal vegetables and variety of meats. The dish differs in each restaurant as you’ll often find it made up of a variety of ingredients – from chorizo and beef to bacon and chicken, it is often made up of whatever fresh produce the chef has that day.
Holidays to Los Cristianos are ideal for all holidaymakers – from families to couples and groups. While day trips to local theme parks provide enough entertainment for little ones, Tenerife’s beautiful beaches offer spectacular surroundings to relax in. Enjoy a wealth of water sports, get your fill of delicious Canarian cuisine or immerse yourself in its infectious charm; Los Cristianos makes for an excellent year-round destination.
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