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The Ultimate Guide to Los Cristianos

This Tenerife resort is one of the most vibrant, energetic and fun-filled in all of Spain, bursting with exciting family activities and attractions.

There’s plenty to take in on this gorgeous coastline, including its fantastic shopping opportunities, bustling harbour, incredible nightlife, nature reserves and nearby golf courses.

If you’re planning on taking a holiday to Los Cristianos you might have a few questions for us, like where to stay, what to do and when’s the best time to go. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Have a look through our ultimate travel guide to get some inspiration for your holiday and start planning your next trip to this Canary Island resort.

When to travel

Los Cristianos is situated on the southwest coast of the Canary Island, Tenerife. The island’s close proximity to the west coast of Africa means it benefits from year-round sunshine and heat.

In the summertime the weather is hot, with highs of around 30°C. If you love swimming in waters that’ll warm you like a bath, the summer months are an ideal time to visit, with the average sea temperatures around 23°C.

Los Cristianos is also a very popular winter destination, with its average temperature in the 20s°C – still warm enough for beach days but not too hot that you’ll constantly be looking for shade.

As a year-round resort, it doesn’t matter which season you travel in, as all the attractions, hotels, restaurants and nightclubs will be open.

Things to do

To see all the coastal sights of Los Cristianos simply walk along its seaside promenade. This marine walk stretches all the way from Los Cristianos to Playa De Las Americas. It provides easy access for prams and buggies, wheelchair users, dog walkers and everyone in between.

You can stop along the way to browse through some of the many seaside shops or grab a bite to eat in one of the endless restaurants or cafes.

At night-time, this promenade comes alive with music spilling out from the clubs and bars onto the street, and locals and tourists mingle together with cocktails in hand.

Los Cristianos started off as a fishing town, and today it still has a working harbour, which separates the city’s two beaches.

Visit the harbour to take in the excellent views of both the water and the mountains behind you. The Los Cristianos harbour is also a starting point for fishing trips, pleasure cruises, glass-bottom boat tours and diving excursions.

Alternatively, you can hop on a ferry to venture to Tenerife’s neighbouring islands.

Family days out

Family attraction-wise there are plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained in Los Cristianos. At the Monkey Zoo Park you can get up close and personal with some of your favourite primates, feeding them dried and fresh fruit during your visit.

Aguilas Jungle Park has thrilling bird of prey displays, exotic bird exhibitions and exciting animals including lions and meerkats.

To cool down from the hot Tenerife sun you can visit Los Cristianos’ waterpark, Octopus Aquapark. This park is famed for its fantastic dolphin show, slides for all ages and large swimming pools. For a once in a lifetime opportunity, you can even swim with the dolphins.

Beach days

Los Cristianos is blessed with two long and beautiful sun-kissed coastlines. The beaches here are so long that they rarely seem overcrowded, and you’ll always find space for that beach towel or sun umbrella.

Playa de Las Vistas is the largest beach, with its coast built up from brought-over Sahara sands. This man-made coastline goes on forever and features a fountain showering seawater.

There are fantastic facilities here, with showers, toilets, restaurants, ice cream parlours, lifeguards and rows of sunbeds available.

Meanwhile, Playa de Los Cristianos is located in the centre of the resort with the pristine promenade behind it.

This beach also has fantastic facilities as well as a beach volleyball court. And finally, Playa Callao is both a sand and rock beach, slightly more rugged than its neighbouring sands. It’s especially popular with those who don’t want to be restricted by their swimwear.

Places to stay

Paradise Park Hotel is the ideal family resort in Los Cristianos. This hotel has five pools, including one on the adults-only rooftop terrace. Families will love the Kids’ Club for ages four to 12 and the hotel’s easy access to its neighbouring waterpark.

Just a 10-minute drive away from the beach and the world famous Siam Park Waterpark is Villa Mandi. This resort is built to look like a Mediterranean village, with low-rise terracotta blocks, palm trees and neatly clipped lawns.

This hotel has four pools, but we’ll venture to guess you’ll probably make Siam Park your fifth, thanks to free access for all staying guests.

Only a 10-minute walk from Los Cristianos beach, Sol Arona Tenerife is a classic coastal getaway. With its central location you can easily walk from your hotel room to the beach, to a restaurant or nightlife venue.

This hotel also has two pools, a buffet restaurant, gym and spa. If you love to keep active, Sol Arona Tenerife has an impressive activity list, with water polo, boules, minigolf and tennis all on the schedule.

Top tips

  • An outdoor market is held in the town centre every Sunday, an ideal place to pick up some souvenirs for back home.
  • Los Cristianos is used to a high influx of visitors, and as such has a wide variety of international restaurants including French, Italian, American and vegan options.
  • Tenerife south airport is just a 15-minute drive away, so you don’t have to worry about travelling long distances after your flight.

Are you taking a holiday to Los Cristianos anytime soon? Let us know what sights you’re most excited about visiting in the comments below.