The popular town of Los Cristianos is the second largest holiday resort in the south of Tenerife, the largest being its next door neighbour Playa de Las Americas. Despite their close proximity to one another there is a distinct difference in the atmosphere of the two, especially at night.
One of the main differences you will notice is that in Los Cristianos, unlike in Las Americas, the town has a history pre-dating its transformation into a tourist resort. Prior to undergoing major development in recent years, Los Cristianos existed as a small fishing village. It has an old town centre, complete with Catholic church, stretching from the port up to the main shopping street Avenida de Suecia. This grid-like centre is entirely pedestrianised, which is great news of course for tourists and a welcome change from dodging mad taxi drivers in Las Americas. This older area consists of houses in which much of the town’s local Canarian population still lives. In the port, which itself has been extended, you’ll find a still active fleet of small fishing boats. Depending on the time of year you can see international yachts of all shapes and sizes (and prices!) waiting to set sail for the Caribbean. It is from Los Cristianos’ port also that the ferry and hydrofoil depart daily to the islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – the three islands which, together with Tenerife, make up the autonomous Spanish province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the other province of the Canary Islands is Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, comprising the islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Graciosa and four other uninhabited islets).
These days you will find it difficult to determine where Los Cristianos finishes and Las Americas begins. Both towns have been built up and augmented to the extent that the boundaries between the two become blurred, especially around the seafront area known as San Telmo, where you will find the excellent and newly completed beach Playa de las Vistas. This is in fact still a part of Los Cristianos, while the neighbouring Compostela Beach area, only a short walk away along the seafront, is in Playa de Las Américas. In reality what happened is that Las Americas kept expanding eastwards until it reached Los Cristianos and couldn’t go any further!
Los Cristianos boasts an expanse of beaches along its entire seafront; the aforementioned Playa de las Vistas, which was completed in 1997 using sand imported from the Sahara, is the best in town. Next to the port, right amid the hustle and bustle of the town centre, is another good and popular stretch of beach with many bars, restaurants and shops all around. While Los Cristianos does offer beaches almost along its entire seafront expanse, the quality in these other areas can vary. All of the towns beaches are kept clean and well maintained by the local council.
Los Cristianos has its own Golf Course. The newly constructed, and very popular, Siam Water Park is just a short drive away in the neighbouring Torviscas area. Other places to visit are the various animal and bird parks, go-karting, golf courses and Mount Teidi where you can take a cable car to the top, which in the winter months is snow-covered.
For the shopper, there are numerous shops to wander around in the pedestrianed streets and a market is held every Sunday.
Los Cristianos really does have something for everyone and is a great resort for couples and families.