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Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos Holidays

Los Cristianos is the place you think of when you picture a fun-filled, beach holiday. With two giant curving beaches edged by cafes, bars and hotels, you can lounge and listen to the waves by day and crank things up in the evening. This resort is a popular choice for friends and families booking package holidays to Tenerife, and it isn't hard to see why.

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Families will enjoy the beach and range of local attractions on a Tenerife holiday here, while the older generation will find plenty of sociable bars and can explore the history of the town with its working harbour. Young couples and groups will love the parties and shopping - and the even more lively nightlife in neighbouring Playa de las Americas.

Los Cristianos is also great if you have reduced mobility, as it boasts Europe's largest barrier-free pedestrian sea promenade and facilities including accessible toilets and aquatic wheelchairs.

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Breath-taking beaches

One of the major draws of Los Cristianos is its long, well-serviced beaches, which are so big that they don't seem crowded. Choose between the old beach on the port side with a children's play area or the man made golden sands of Las Vistas - one of the longest beaches in the south of the island, it features a huge fountain showering sea water.

The choice doesn't stop here though, as the beaches of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas join together to form six quality beaches in total, with Las Americas boasting a succession of black sand crescents.

Enjoy one of the many watersports on offer, with activities ranging from a laidback pedalo to wild jet skiing or banana boat ride.

Harbour heritage

Los Cristianos started life as a fishing town and still has a working harbour, which divides the two main beaches and juts out into the ocean, offering a great viewpoint across the water, the town and mountains beyond.

From the harbour you can take fishing trips, pleasure cruises, outings on glass bottom boats or diving excursions. Daily ferries to the neighbouring islands such as La Gomera or La Palma make the fishing boats in the harbour look tiny. Ticket offices around the harbour entice you on trips to see dolphins and whales swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

Shopping paradise

The old town centre stretches from the port right up to the main shopping street, which offers an eclectic array of products suitable for cash splashers or frugal folk alike. Designer clothing, jewellery and electronic goods are in abundance here and you can pick up some great bargains on products including perfume, tobacco and alcohol, which are duty-free in Tenerife.

The Sunday market next to the Gran Arona Hotel is good for picking up some interesting knick-knacks. On the other hand, Avenida de Suecia has a range of independent clothes shops with styles that deserve the designer label tag. You'll also find top fashion outlets in Parque Santiago 6 on the border of Los Cristianos and Las Americas.

Fabulous nightlife

When it comes to nightlife, Los Cristianos might seem like the quiet younger brother to Las Americas, and while Los Cristianos is certainly less full on, it still knows how to have a good time. There are dozens of pubs and cocktail bars spread throughout the resort, letting you enjoy an evening in sociable, friendly environments.

The arched terraces of the San Telmo area provide the liveliest scene as the night progresses, or try Mestizos Spanish bar for a more laid back vibe – you know it has to be good if the locals drink there. For live music, Cobbler Cocktail & Gastrobar has regular bands in a lounge setting while next door's Sayeah Rock Bar is the place for classic rock mixed with cocktails. Both venues party well into the early hours.

If you're looking for an all-night-long clubbing experience, take the short trip across to Las Americas, where you won't be disappointed, as the Veronicas Strip is Tenerife's party capital.

Eating out

There are foods for every taste here. In fact, you could easily eat a different cuisine for every meal of your holiday in one of the café-bars and restaurants that run along the promenade. Head back from the seafront and you'll find eateries dotted around the main streets of Los Cristianos with a relaxed atmosphere, many serving authentic Canarian cuisine.

See the sights

Los Cristianos is well served by tourist attractions, with waterparks, animal parks and go-karting close by. If you're staying in Tenerife All Inclusive, it's worth knowing that free pick-up coaches go to all of the major attractions from some hotels, so don't miss out.

A short distance away you will find a cluster of world class golf courses providing sub-tropical landscapes with a striking mountainous backdrop. It's worth asking at your hotel reception to see if they can offer discounted course fees, as several have link ups with local courses.

You are also well placed to go and explore the mountains of Tenerife from Los Cristianos. The largest on the island is Mount Teide, which reaches 3,718 metres at its peak and is visible from any point on the island. Hop on a cable car to take you close to the summit where you can enjoy a fresh perspective on Tenerife and the beauty that the island has to offer. Just remember to take your camera!