The resort of Los Cristianos was once little more than a small residential fishing village in the municipal district of Arona on the south west coast of Tenerife. However, the last 40 years of continued all year round tourism, has seen the village grow, along with nearby Playa da Las Americas, into what has now become the largest tourist development on the island. However, despite this rapid growth to satisfy the insatiable demand for tourist beds in the town, Los Cristianos has still to this day managed to retain a strong sense of its Canarian heritage, with many locals still choosing to live here.
Having flown into the Reina Sofia International Airport, which is some 15km away to the east, on many occasions, the harbour at Los Cristianos has always been the first recognisable resort on the final approach before landing. Making the short journey into the resort is fairly painless, once you have collected your luggage and cleared customs that it. The main Tenerife motorway, the TF-1, takes you to within almost walking distance of the resort centre, and normally it should take no more than around 20 - 30 minutes to complete the Journey.
Once you have settled into your accommodation, and have had the opportunity to explore the resort beyond the confines of the hotel grounds, you will very quickly come to realise that the focal point of Los Cristianos is undoubtedly the pedestrianised area around the harbour. It is from this harbour that traditional Canarian fishing boats weave in and out of large ferries and jet foils who are making their regular trips over to the nearby island of La Gomera, which is approximately 1 hour away, along with numerous other boats catering for the tourist market by offering trips to see the whale and dolphins colonies that live in the deep waters between the two islands. These independent trips represent superb value for money when compared to those being offered by the large tour operators, in addition to which you will be guaranteed to be also offered either a free child place along with a free trip the following day if you fail to see anything.
A wide traffic free promenade runs along the full length of the resort starting at the eastern end of the bay adjacent to the hotel Arona Gran, and continues for several miles right into the heart of Playa de las Americas, through the CostaAdeje, district, and for the keen walker, ultimately on to the resort of La Caleta in the west. The nightlife in Los Cristianos could never really be described as being rowdy, although the resort does have a couple of late night discos. This is also reflected in the fact that the town is generally more popular with families with young children and older couples, than the party all night 18 - 30's crowd
Every Sunday morning throughout the year, Los Cristianos holds one of the biggest street markets on Tenerife. If you just follow the crowds, you'll soon end up at the eastern edge of the resort next to the Arona Gran hotel.
The beach at Los Cristianos is popular with both locals and tourists alike. The main town beach that opens on to the harbour is the location of a volleyball competition that usually takes place every Easter, when it also attracts a small number of sand sculptures. Of the two beaches, the newer Playa de las Vistas is slightly the larger.
Moving around the south west coast of Tenerife by public transport is also fairly easy for those people who do not wish to hire a car whilst they are on holiday. A very reliable bus service is operated by theTransportes Interurbanos de Tenerife throughout all of island, and the local bus station, known locally as "Cristianos 1", is situated on the main road running inland from the Princesa Dacil hotel. The cost of a one way ticket to nearby Playa de las Americas is around 60p per person, with buses running every 15 -20 minutes.