Los Cristianos, one of Tenerife's oldest resorts, has less of a manmade feel than glizy Playa de las Americas. There are specific reasons for this - it has a large resident Canarios population and despite massive development over the last 40 years or so it retains some of it's original fishing village feel. Fishing still goes on here, both by residents and via the deep sea fishing trips for the tourists. Los Cristianos and port are the main hub of activity, with ferries leaving frequently and daily to La Gomera (visible across the ocean from Los Cristianos), and less frequently to other Canary Islands such as El Hierro and La Palma. Development still goes on here on the outskirts of the resort, with some more luxurious accommodation springing up here, but it's low key and on the outskirts so shouldn't be a problem.
With just a 20 to 30 minute transfer time from Tenerife Sur Airport, Los Cristianos has changed well with the times and remains a favourite family holiday hotspot on Tenerife. Los Cristianos has another string to it's bow - it's developed as a key resort for disabled travellers and their carers. Care has been taken here to make Playa de Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Vistas beaches accessible for disabled visitors. The promenade too running on to Playa de las Americas is totally accessible to wheelchairs. Check the Orange Badge weblink right for details on disabled assistance equipment hire - they are based in Los Cristianos. See also the Arona tourist info link for lists of accessible areas in this award winning disabled holidays region of Tenerife. Titsa green buses run practically everywhere in Tenerife from the main resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. Check their weblink right for details of routes and fares.
Quieter than Playa de las Americas, with a family feel come chilled lively atmosphere, Los Cristianos is the Tenerife resort of choice for visitors with mobility issues. It's easy to move about here as most of Los Cristianos is pedestrianised, and most of the bars, restaurants and shops are clustered around the beach promenades lining the main beaches Playa de Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Vistas. Tenerife resort shopping doesn't get better than Los Cristianos - with bargain tax free prices and everything from electricals to clothing. There are a large number of bargain shoe shops in Los Cristianos!
Los Cristianos is renowned for it's huge Sunday morning market held throughout the year - it's situated adjacent to the Arona Gran hotel to the east of the resort. Bartering is on the menu here! Overall, Los Cristianos is a cheery resort where locals mix with holidaymakers. The many restaurants and bars are family friendly and you'll have no problem with wheelchair access in many. Playa de Las Vistas is the prettier and larger beach, but the promenade area around Playa de Los Cristianos is where to head for the best shops, cafes, ice cream outlets and more character come evening time. Alongside Puerto Rico on Gran Canaria, Los Cristianos is one of the friendliest resorts on the Canaries with bargain prices everywhere, numerous boat trips and excursions available for booking around the port area, and how about a day trip across to La Gomera? Magic!
Disabled visitors will be delighted with the accessibility of Los Cristianos (and increasingly the other south Tenerife resorts and the Arona municipality). There's a history here to the excellent attitude and disabled access facilities in Los Cristianos. The Arona Tourist Information site (right) gives more details on the matter, but in summary in 1957 a small group of young Swedish travellers all with mobility issues arrived in Los Cristianos. Early on they seemed to have had an influence on Los Cristianos developing as a Tenerife resort with good disabled access, including the now 7km lon barrier free and completely wheelchair accessible promenade (it's the longest in Europe!) Many of the beaches, restaurants, bars and amenities in the resort are disabled friendly too! If only more resorts could be like this!
Los Cristianos Tourist Info Centre, Playa de Las Vistas, Paseo Maritimo s/n, 38650, Los Cristianos, Arona. Tenerife Sur. Tel: +34 922 787 011. And the other Tourist Information Centre in Los Cristianos is situated within the Cultural Centre opposite the petrol station at Centro Cultural (Casa de La Cultura), C/ General Franco, s/n 38650, Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife Sur, Tel: +34 922 757 137.
Five Express ferries run daily from Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife across to San Sebastian on La Gomera. ItÕs a popular route for day trippers looking to sample a little of Christopher Columbus history at San Sebastian (another port he stopped at) and move inland for a walk in the stunning Garajonay National Park on La Gomera.
The boat trip from Los Cristianos Marina to San Sebastian on La Gomera only takes 40 minutes. Regular ferry services also run from Los Cristianos to El Hierro/Valverde and La Palma/Santa Cruz.
Numerous pleasure boat cruises depart from Los Cristainos marina and port too including catamaran sailing trips, glass bottom boat trips and deep sea fishing trips. (Fishing is also popular along the Los Cristianos marina jetty!). See the weblinks right for details.
Mar De Ons Tenerife, Catamaran Montecarlo with Glass Bottom. Departs from Los Cristianos for whales and dolphin watching trips. Tel: 922 75 15 76.
Aqualand Costa Adeje is the big waterpark down in South Tenerife, Avda. Austria - Costa Adeje. Tel 922 792226. Checkout the weblink right for full details.
Camel Park, Carretera, Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Tel: +34 922 721 080. Open daily from 10am to 5pm. Free bus services to the Camel Park for camel rides run regularly from Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Camel rides are usually about 1 hour, and there's ample facilities on-site including a cafe. (Exit 27 off the TF1, just up from Los Cristianos).
Monkey Park Tenerife, Entre Guaza y Los Cristianos, Tenerife Sur. Tel: 922 79 07 20. Open 9.30am to 5pm daily. Checkout the Monkey Park weblink to the right. Jardines Del Atlantico Canarian Theme Park, Ctra Guaza-Valle San Lorenzo 38626 Arona. Tel. 922 720 403. (situated near Los Crisitanos). Parque Exoticos, Cactus and Animal Park, Autopista del Sur Salida 26 Los Cristianos, Tenerife. Tel: +34 922 795 424.
Jungle Park, Parque Las Aguilas, Carretera, Los Cristianos, Arona. Tenerife. Tel: +34 922 729 010. Jungle Park's weblink for full details is to the right. Centrally placed for easy access from Las Americas and the Cost Adeje resorts is Sky Park Tenerife, Calle Castilla s/n, Torviscas Bajo 38660, Adeje, Tenerife. Tel: +34 922 716 395. There's a good selection of waterpark rides here, plus a big bungy tower. Free buses run to Skypark from all the major resorts in the area.
Quad Safari, CC Malibu Park, L8, Playa de las Americas, 38660, Tenerife. Tel: +34 922 714 596.
Karting Club Tenerife, Carreteera Del Cho, (entre Guaza y Las Chafiras), Autopista del Sur, Km, 66, Arona. Tel: 922 73 07 03. Free pick-ups from hotels in the main Tenerife resorts are available. Open daily from 10am.
If you're based in Los Cristianos you've easy access to a choice of superb golf courses in and around the South Tenerife resorts.
Golf las Americas. 38660 Playa Las Americas Arona. Tel: +34 922 752005. This 18 hole Tenerife golf course is situated slap bang in the middle of Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife's top resort. The course is a Par 72 course, with an attractive setting offering views out to sea, plenty of obstacles including lakes, and a driving range, golf classes and club rental all available. Check out the weblink right for more details. Golf del Sur, Urb. Golf del Sur. Avda Galvan Bello s/n .38639 San Miguel. Tel:+34 922 738170. A 27 hole golf course with ravines, beautiful plants and flowers, wide fairways and close to all the big Tenerife south resorts. It's popular for competitions this course (check Golf del Sur's weblink right for more details).
Golf Costa Adeje, Finca de los Olivos, s/n 38670 Adeje, Tel:+34 922 710000. It's a big golf course this one, with 27 holes, a large clubhouse, and numerous lakes and gorges. Take the lift with your golf buggy down to the on-site driving range. There's a golf school and bar here too. Golf Costa Adeje's weblink is to the right for more details.
Los Palos Golf Center, Ctra. Guaza - Las Galletas, Km 7, 38627 Arona, Tenerife.Tel: (0034) 922 169 080. A short but challenging golf course with 9 holes/27 par. A bar and golf school is on-site (weblink right). Amarilla Golf, C/ Urb. Amarilla Golf. 38639 San Miguel. Tel: +34 922 730319. An 18 hole with stunning views out to sea.