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Los Cristianos is a resort on the south coast of of Tenerife not far from Playa de Las Americas. It has its origins in a small fishing village though has now grown into a large town and one of Tenerife's most popular resorts.

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Wandering around the old fishing village there are still buildings in the typical Canarian style of architecture and some of the fishing village atmosphere remains. Elsewhere the town is newer and has grown up as a tourist resort. As such it is very well catered for with good beaches - nice, golden ones thanks to Saharan sand. There is even a promenade which stretches all the way to the neighbouring beaches of Playa de Las Americas. The promenade is very popular and has lots of shops, cafes and restaurants where you can stop for a pause.

The main beaches in Los Cristianos are the Playa de Los Cristianos which is a nice sandy beach in a sheltered position next to the harbour. The Playa de las Vistas beach is in the next bay along and also has golden sand. Both have lots of facilities including water sports and beach showers. There is also a black sand beach nearby in the Rincon area of Los Cristianos. This is quite a rocky beach.

Playa de las Vistas beach in Los Cristianos

The port of Los Cristianos is attractive and offers various excursions including whale and dolphin spotting. Game fishing is also a popular activity here for both experienced fishermen and those interested in having a go for the first time. Diving and trips in glass-bottom boats are also available. Ferries leave the harbour for trips to the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.

In front of the harbour is a square edged with bars and restaurants - an excellent spot to stop for lunch or dinner and watch the boats moving in and out of the harbour. Nightlife is much quieter here than Playa de Las Americas but it is only a cheap taxi drive away so you can easily take advantage of the clubs and bars there if you wish.

Los Cristianos has some excellent shops allowing you to make the most of the low-duty paid on goods in the Canary Islands. There is also a pretty market held in the town every Sunday, a good place to pick up bargains.

Whilst you are walking around Los Cristianos you will notice a few Swedish names. This is because a Swedish tv personality,Bengt Rylander, came to Los Cristianos in 1956 and noticed that the warm climate and sea air would help with his multiple sclerosis. He spread the word and friends with other illnesses came and the resort developed as a convalescent centre for Swedes. Of course now Tenerife attracts visitors from all over the world.

Whale watching in Tenerife

Places to visit nearby

There is also lots to do with families as there are a number of  great attractions nearby. Siam Park has been rated the number one theme park in the world for the last few years. The Siam Park is the biggest water park in Europe and its attractions include  a wave pool with waves up to 3 meters high. Aqualand Costa Adeje is another excellent water park. Also nearby are the Tenerife Zoo and Monkey Park, Jungle Park and the water park Octopus Park with water slides and dolphin shows.

Head inland for the beautiful village of Masca which is high up in the hills in a stunning location.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tenerife guide.

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Map of Los Cristianos and places to visit

Places to visit near Los Cristianos

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's biggest resort. It is very popular with young tourists and also with families.

Playa de las Americas guide

Siam Park

Siam Park

Siam Park is a huge water park with a Thai theme and has consistently been voted the number one water park in the World.

Siam Park guide

Jungle Park

Jungle Park

Jungle Park is a zoo on the southern coast of Tenerife. Its animals include rare white tigers and lions and there are various activities at the park too.

Jungle Park guide

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

The Los Gigantes is a resort next to huge cliffs with a sheer drop down into the sea.

Los Gigantes guide

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

A stunning volcanic park with an active volcano, Mount Teide. Teide Park is in the centre of Tenerife and is a highlight of any visit.

Teide National Park guide

Masca

Masca

Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village and set amongst superb mountain scenery.

Masca guide