This is a great holiday resort, having been 3 times now- once when I was young with my family, last year for a week during NYE and just arrived back from another glorious week.
This small volcanic island is a must! Sitting off the West coast of Africa but surrounded by sea, the island receives a dry, sub-tropical climate with much milder winters than the rest of Spain but temperatures much cooler than in Western Sahara and Morocco that sit just east of the islands on mainland Africa.
Typically a Spanish island where they speak Spanish, you will find it’s always warm, Nov-Jan highs of 23-26; although fresh at night this is a great opportunity for winter sun, sea and a relax as you won’t find it half as busy as the summer months; which are even hotter.
Los Cristianos is a town in Spain with a population of 20,506 and is situated on the south coast of the Canary Island of Tenerife.
‘Located in the municipality of Arona between the cone of the mountain Chayofita and the greater mountain Guaz’ (Google.co.uk).
For many years this holiday hub was a quiet fishing village however nowadays the town is a holiday resort, with three sandy beaches; Las Vistas, one more leading into Las Americas, where surfing is popular and a few others in Costa Adeje if you fancy making it around the island (we did by bike), it also offers a multitude of bars and restaurants and its year round sunny climate.
Main points of interest ; the list is endless and I didn’t do them all, here are a few of my picks :
*Siam Park and shopping mall (opposite the park – free) travel by free bus
*Lora Park – travel by free bus
*Central Park of Arona; Volcano Mount Tiede and Teide National Park, -coach trips are available however we hired a car to get a full experience of the drive upto the 12,000 foot mountain (Vilaflor is a beautiful village on the way up and you can stop at viewpoints on the way, there was a man with a goat, €1 for a picture and to feed him)
*Los Cristianos Harbour, sunbathe, swim or sit in one of the many restaurants and let the world drift you by
*Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park,
*Playa de las Vistas beach
*Submarine trip- departing from Golf del Sur – travel by free bus, €53, a 2 hour dip with a scuba diving feeding show
*Surfing – there are many coaching beach huts along the boardwalk between Los Cristanos and Las Americas, what better way to learn than to be thrown onto the waves head first
*Bike hire- you can pick up a bike for as little as €9 for the day (we got ours from our hotel reception, but there are many places along the boardwalk ), the ride is great you can cycle around the coast all the way to Costa Adeje, we locked them up (locks inc) swam in the sea and sunbathed.
Now onto restaurants we definitely ate well, the fresh fish and salad is wonderful, here is a list of my favourite eateries and bars from the past 2 years :
Piccolos Italian- local run, overlooking the beach, this has a great selection of Italian food, a great atmosphere and friendly staff (owner also owns Sama Sama, Watermelon (see below) and a fish restaurant).
Watermelon- great for fresh fish and meat
Sama Sama- great for pizza, ham and cheeses
Sal Negra– fresh tapas selection
Monkey – bar & grill, Italian they also have an Asian fusion, we tried Italian and the bar & grill – see picture of the Iberico ham Monkey bag below-
Biancos- Italian, lovely decor and overlooking the musical lit up fountains, with Hard Rock Cafes pillars as a backdrop this is a fun, bustling restaurant (we spent our NYE here last year, with a set menu of around €70 pp this was a lot of fun, live entertainment, lovely food, party accessories and fireworks all around us)
Callao Arona beach club– at the end of the beach just past the ‘Spring Arona Gran Hotel’ and around the corner (you have to walk over some baron rubbly ground, and past a gated villa on your right), this is a beautiful location on the beach, great for catching the sunset with a few tapas and cocktails
Jamón y Mojo in the old town – on the top road by the old church , this is great for street food tapas, we literally sat on the road side in the mix, very Spanish – we enjoyed local cheeses with chutneys and jams, a selection of local hams 4/5 years old and local Tenerife wine – Rioja.
Overseas – Chinese restaurant run by Tony and Jess, this is a very modern restaurant with a great menu at a great price, always busy, it’s set just up the hill from the bottom beach, (head up the hill from Bungalow Atlantida, it’s on your right), afterwards we found a hidden gem upstairs in the shopping centre ; there is a large bustling food market , fresh meat is cooked in front of you, fresh pastries, wine, cheese and ice cream, this is very local so practise your Spanish
El Rincon del pollo – chicken abit like KFC and Nandos ; they even told us there secret recipe for the spicy sauce, also so cheap – €1.60 salad €1.60 chips, €3.80 portion of chicken x3, €1.50 Fanta /Coke
La Scarpetta , Los Abrigos- this is a small village just down from San Miguel–we had local fresh fish looking out on the small harbour
La Barca – a great fish restaurant however we only ever went for breakfast, fed up of greasy fry ups we went for the Iberico ham on toasted bread with chopped tomatoes, orange juice and tea/coffee all for €5.75
Panaria – a great local patisserie with fresh pastries and smoothies, I always went for the selection of 3 pastries for €1 and the diy hot chocolate
Havanas – a great bar for cocktails and chilled music overlooking the beach with Piccolos, watermelon and Sama Sama etc above
Next door to Comodoro apartments, this has a great location, great for an aperitif and/or a digestive, with palm trees at the side and the beach all around it even has live entertainment and heaters when it gets chilly
Hard Rock Cafe- this is always fun with loud music and sometimes live music on the stage, this place is always busy with 2 bars and a restaurant area
There is also Magic Bar next to Hard Rock Cafe in the centre
There are a number of bars below Havanas, Piccolos and Watermelon etc which have great views and music
If you are after live music there is a great Irish pub 2/3 doors down from the H10 Las Palmeras Hotel, follow the sound of the great live music.
I hope I have filled you in as much as possible
Safe travels where ever you decide to go
Love Charles XXX