Los Cristianos, Southern Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Panoramic view of Los Cristianos, Tenerife
Panoramic view of Los Cristianos, Tenerife

At the bottom of the photograph is the unofficial Los Cristianos nude beach, which is a pebble beach. Above that is a small rocky cove good for snorkeling. Above the cove the tower building is the Costa Mar apartments with the large but lower Arona Gran hotel. above and to the left is the Los Cristianos sandy beach that continues up to Los Cristianos harbour wall with the backdrop of Mount Chayofita, (Montana Chayofita).  The large bay to the left of the hill is Playa de las Vistas, a very popular beach and where Los Cristianos merges into Playa de las Americas. The small bay beyond Playa de las Vistas virtually on the headland tip is Playa del Camison in Playa de las Americas which continues behind the mountain. The large hotel right in the centre of the photograph is the Sol Princesa Dacil hotel

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Los Cristianos is a very popular resort in the South of Tenerife, Canary Islands , Spain. A quieter resort than it's next door bigger and more vibrant neighbour Playa de las Americas.

The resort is therefore very popular with families with young children, older couples and singles, and those not wanting a dance till dawn environment. There is a large number of brit's with there own holiday apartments in Los Cristianos such as the San Marino Complex.

Los Cristianos is situated in Southern Tenerife in a sheltered bay, and has the warmest and mildest climate all year long. It is next to its larger virtually merge together neighbour Playa de Las Americas, and unlike Playa de Las Americas, Los Cristianos is not a purpose built resort, but has developed from a small fishing village to an International tourist resort. Although the harbourstill has fishing boats you are likely to see more pleasure craft and ferries.

Because the town is based on a fishing village the centre has more charm and has made it a top tourist resort. The old town centre is the place to stock up on duty free goods and gifts, you will find plenty of shops by the port and along the sea front. The centre is surrounded by high rise apartments and hotels.

This resort is an ideal place for a family holiday, with its golden beaches and clear seas.

  • Many brit's own holiday apartments and let these off when not in residence. The San Marino Apartment Complex is an example of this and is approximately 15 minutes walk from the main beach and a little less from the shopping and commercial hub of this colourful town.
  • The old town, behind the harbour is crammed with shops, bars and restaurants. Much of the area is pedestrianised and along with the local church is the focal point of the town and an area where the locals like to sit and meet each other.
  • There are 2 beaches The best and biggest beaches on the island having been improved and protected by breakwaters.
    • Playa de los Cristianos Near the harbour and even a secluded nudist beach at the far end (south east) of the resort!
    • Playa de las Vistas On the other side of the harbour the wide curving beach stretching towards Playa de Las Americas
  • The beaches (See Los Cristianos Beach photographs ) and harbour are the centre for
    • for a range of water sports including scuba diving.
    • Viewing the sand artists work with their sculptures.
    • Boats and Boat trips
      • Sailing boats
      • Catamarans
      • Glass bottomed boats
      • Superb value for money whale and dolphin watching trips compared to those offered by the large tour operators. Some offer a free child place.
      • Trips to the island of La Gomera. Try a Gomerian meal.
      • Ferries to La Gomera approximately 1 hour away, and other islands
  • Playa de Las Americas is only a short taxi ride away or a pleasant stroll along the sea front, the 2 resorts are merged together, the separating line being a small gorge (barranco).
  • A wide promenade runs along the full length of the resort, continuing into the heart of Playa de las Americas. Be aware of illegal games such as "find the lady". Although it appears to be a single person with an audience it is an highly organised group, you can easily spot some of the group, they are the ones winning. It is impossible for a stranger to win. You will find plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants aimed at tourist customers bordering this esplanade.
  • In the pedestrianised streets of the town centre you will also find a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants

Once a quiet fishing village now a thriving international tourist resort.

People watching is a popular pastime as you sit at a pavement cafe, bar or restaurant. Those nearer the harbour can watch the going and going of the yachts

Reina Sofia Airport Transfer Time

Reina Sofia Airport Tenerife is approximately 20 30 minutes from Los Cristianos by taxi. Cost approximately: 15 euro. Approximate Airport Coach Transfer time: 25 60 minutes.



  • Many of the restaurants overlook the harbour and wide sandy beaches.
  • Besides the usual Burger and Fish & Chips you can find
  • Canarian cuisine and
  • International dishes of a very high standard.


  • Many of the Bars overlook the harbour and wide sandy beaches.
  • Many have live entertainment
  • Others suitable for a quiet drink
  • Try a Tapas bar for a taste of the Canary Islands.
  • Warm welcome ensured


Nightlife in Los Cristianos is more relaxed than Playa de la Americas, the bars and restaurants are more suited to couples than those after a lively night on the town.  For those wanting a more lively night Playa de la Americas is only a short taxi ride away.

Sunday Flea market

This open air market is the largest on the island. It's near the Arona Gran Hotel (Southern End of the town) from 09:00 14:00. A good place to pick up crafts and souvenirs, but as with all markets, use common sense and be prepared to haggle to obtain a better price.

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Tourist information offices Playa de los Cristianos


Tourist information office Cultural Centre

Plaza del Pescador, 1, Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos, Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife

Telephone:922 757 137
Fax:922 752 492
info cristianos@arona.org

Monday Friday: 09:00 15:30
Saturday: 09:00 15:30

Playa de Las Vistas Tourist Information Office


Paseo Maritimo Playa de Las Vistas, 1
Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife
In relation to the beach it's in a central location, near the toilets and life guard station.
Telephone:922 787 011     Fax:922 750 444
info vistas@arona.org

Monday Friday, 09:00 21:00h.
Saturday &Sunday: 09:00 15:30h.

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Tourist information office Playa de las Vistas
Tourist information office Playa de las Vistas


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