Los Cristianos

Your guide to Los Cristianos in Tenerife. Insider information from people who live there.

Los Cristianos nestling at the foot of the hill, Montaña Chayofita, has a more quiet and dignified air compared to its neighbour Playa de Las Americas. This is probably due to the fact it was a real fishing village populated by Canarians before the influx of holidaymaker's.

Most of its buildings are low rise and the bars and restaurants cater for a more mature and family orientated holidaymaker. There are a number of nice shops in the pedestrianised town centre. Here you will find many bargains especially electrical goods such as digital cameras and camcorders, and duty free type goods such as cigarettes, alcohol and perfume. However, the chief pastime in the town is to sit outside one of the many cafes and people watch over a cafe con leche or gin and tonic.

The centre of town borders the golden sandy beach of Playa de los Cristianos, whose breakwaters make the sea here ideal for swimming. Due to its position it is also sheltered from the wind, which makes it an ideal suntrap. With its backdrop of mountains, golden sand and deep blue sea it is a surprisingly beautiful place.

The earlier fishing port has now given way to quite a large port. Which is home to a number of pleasure vessels, who organize trips to see dolphins or 'booze cruises'. You can also take a ferry to one of the neighbouring Canary Islands of El Hierro, La Gomera or La Palma from here.

There is also a lovely promenade which follows the outline of the seafront which takes you along the Playa de Los Cristianos, past the harbour and continues along the coastline until you reach Playa de Las Americas.

The nightlife in Los Cristianos is very sedate, compared to its neighbour. Most of it is based around small bars and excellent restaurants. Casa del Mar is an excellent fish restaurant which is worth a visit, along with El Caserio which offers excellent, tasty Canarian food such as stews and various authentic fish dishes.

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