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With its picturesque beaches, lush tropical landscapes, exciting culture and vibrant nightlife scene – the coastal enclave of Los Cristianos is the perfect escape.

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Do you dream of a luxurious winter getaway amidst sun, sand and sea? Longing to find a hidden paradise without the crowds of holiday tourists? Then make your escape to Los Cristianos – an enchanting holiday destination in the Canary Islands where locals embrace warm hospitality and stunning vistas await eager adventurers.

Los Cristianos, a delightful resort town

Los Cristianos is a beautiful town located on the south coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, between the bustling Playa de los Tarajales and Playa de las Americas, making it an ideal holiday hot spot for anyone looking to explore the best that Tenerife has to offer. It has been a popular tourist destination for many years and offers something to suit all travellers. For luxury travellers, Los Cristianos is an ideal place to stay. Its stunning beaches, wonderful weather and vibrant atmosphere, make it a paradise in the sun during the winter months.

 

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The area around Los Cristianos is bursting with activities for those looking for a spot of luxury adventure. If you’re looking for outdoor fun, there are plenty of water sports to indulge in, including jet skiing, sailing and scuba diving. You can also enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, parasailing and windsurfing. In addition, the coastline invites you to explore its caves and coves, as well as its lush tropical forests filled with wildlife and flora.

For those seeking a more relaxed holiday experience, Los Cristianos boasts many luxurious resorts located directly on the beachfront or within easy reach of them. These resorts offer top-class amenities such as spa treatments, golf courses and swimming pools with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. So spend your days soaking up the sun on one of the golden sand beaches or take some yoga classes to unwind after an exciting day out exploring all this special place has to offer.

When night falls, Los Cristianos comes alive with vibrant bars and clubs offering spectacular ocean views and live music events throughout the summer months. Sample some delicious local cuisine such as tapas or paella, at one of the many restaurants dotted around town before hitting one of the late-night bars where you can dance until sunrise if you wish.


No matter what you’re into, Los Cristianos has something for you. The town is full of history and culture, with plenty of museums and monuments to explore. It also has excellent restaurants serving local specialities such as papas arrugadas (potatoes cooked in sea salt) and delicious fish dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not go exploring around the tropical island? You can hike through national parks, visit ancient churches, or take a boat trip out to sea and explore magical islands like La Gomera or La Palma.

The natural beauty, history & vibrant culture of Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is a paradise that offers both natural beauty and cultural vibrancy, making it an ideal destination for luxury travellers. The town is known for its picturesque sandy beaches, which are lined with palm trees and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. There are also many exciting landmarks to explore in the area, such as Fort San Miguel, a 16th-century fortress built by the Spanish to protect against pirate raids, and the Ermita de la Virgen de los Reyes, a hermitage attached to the church of Our Lady of Los Reyes.

The main attraction in Los Cristianos is its stunning beachfront promenade. Here visitors can take in spectacular views of white sand beaches, stroll through boutique shops and local vendors selling souvenirs and traditional crafts, or enjoy an array of restaurants serving delicious local cuisine. A popular spot is Playa de Las Americas – with its lively atmosphere and diverse nightlife scene – where visitors can try out some windsurfing or relax on one of its sun loungers while soaking up some golden sunshine.

 

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Away from the beachfront promenade, there’s more to discover around Los Cristianos. Siam Park – Europe’s largest waterpark – located on the outskirts of town- features thrilling rides and tranquil lagoons for those looking for some peaceful downtime. For those seeking adventure further afield, nearby Mount Teide National Park offers spectacular hiking trails with breathtaking views across the volcanic landscape.

Finding the best beaches in Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is an unrivalled destination for a luxurious beach holiday in the Canary Islands. With its stunning shorelines, clear blue waters and array of activities, it is no wonder the beaches of Los Cristianos are renowned around the globe for their beauty. There is something to suit all tastes, from golden sands to tranquil lagoons. For those seeking to relax and take a dip, head over to Playa de las Vistas or El Camison for a serene day by the sea. If you’re looking for something livelier, try La Pinta Beach, where you can join in with the local festivities or enjoy some excellent water sports activities such as jet skiing and para-sailing.

For more beach-based fun, head to Papagayo Beach Club – arguably one of the best beach clubs on the island. This exclusive club provides visitors with everything they need, including sun loungers, parasols and beach bars serving delicious cocktails throughout the day.

The exciting nightlife scene at Los Cristianos

Los Cristianos is a vibrant holiday destination on the Canary Islands, known for its exciting nightlife. Whether looking for laid-back drinks, relaxed vibes, or all-night raves and thumping beats, Los Cristianos keeps everyone busy. From popular bars and clubs to rooftop terraces with stunning views, the town will keep you entertained until dawn.

For those looking for an evening of culture, there are plenty of theatre shows, live music venues and art galleries to explore. The Auditorio de Tenerife hosts some of the best international performances from all over Europe, while Lola’s jazz bar is renowned for its laid-back atmosphere and live acts.


The main drag is lined with bars serving up cold beers, cocktails and delicious tapas dishes until late into the night; clubs like Papagayo Beach Club offer a unique blend of Latin beats with world-class DJs keeping the party going until sunrise. If you’re after something more exclusive, head to one of the many rooftop terraces offering panoramic views of the coastline as you sip on delicious cocktails beneath the stars – it doesn’t get much better than this.

For night owls wishing to explore the vibrant nightlife scene, several nightclubs are located at Puerto Colon’s Marina Park, while beach clubs offer live music performances during summer evenings at Veronicas or The Patch nearby.

For visitors looking for an unforgettable end to their holiday in Los Cristianos, there’s no better way than to let loose in one of its buzzing nightclubs. From EDM anthems at a nightclub to hip hop bangers at a beach club – whichever club takes your fancy – you can be sure it won’t disappoint.

Must-visit attractions around Los Cristianos

Playa las Vistas is the place to be for those seeking an unforgettable day by the sea. Here, visitors can recline on golden sand while taking breaks in one of the many beach restaurants and bars dotting the shoreline. Other excellent beaches include El Camison and Playa de El Bobo, which offer plenty of sunbathing opportunities with their calm waves and even a few family-friendly activities like water sports.

The local wildlife park Jungle Park is also a must-visit attraction for nature lovers wishing to get up close and personal with some of the region’s incredible animals such as macaques, crocodiles, flamingos, tropical birds and more. Additionally, visitors can have fun with a variety of interactive activities, including elephant rides and bird shows.

Shoppers will also find Los Cristianos quite enchanting due to its numerous shopping centres offering everything from high-end boutiques to affordable souvenir stores for travellers wanting to take home a piece of paradise with them.

Aside from all this hustle and bustle, however, Los Cristianos also offers several serene spots perfect for relaxation after a long day exploring new sights. The San Telmo Promenade allows visitors to take leisurely strolls along its waterfront overlooking views of neighbouring islands. Strolling through Adeje Old Town gives off charming old-world vibes worth experiencing firsthand.

Ideas for where to stay while exploring the town

For those seeking luxury accommodation, Los Cristianos boasts some of the most beautiful hotels in the region. The Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora is a 5-star resort offering breathtaking views of Mount Teide and Los Gigantes cliffs from its many rooms and terraces. Another great option is Bahía del Duque which features a stunning rooftop terrace, perfect for watching sunsets over the sea. Relaxing spa treatments and access to nearby golf courses complete the luxurious experience.


Other luxury hotels in Tenerife include Royal River Luxury Hotel, Iberostar Grand Hotel Salomé, Royal Garden Villas & Spa, Red Level Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, Royal Hideaway Corales Suites and The Ritz-Carlton, Abama.

Recommendations for delicious local cuisine to try when at Los Cristianos

With its unique mix of Spanish and Canarian influences, there are plenty of delicious dishes to try while visiting the town. From traditional tapas dishes to seafood paellas, here are some of the best local dishes to try on your next trip to Los Cristianos.

One classic dish you must try is “papas arrugadas”, or wrinkly potatoes. These potatoes are boiled whole in salted water until they become soft and wrinkly. They’re then served with a spicy garlic-based mojo sauce that adds an extra punch of flavour. This dish is usually served with different types of fish or seafood like octopus or tuna.

Seafood paella is another popular dish in Los Cristianos. The flavoursome rice dish can be made with different types of seafood, from clams and mussels to squid and prawns. The Spanish version usually includes chicken or pork and vegetables such as tomatoes and peppers. For added texture, you can also add chorizo sausage or chicharrones (fried pork rinds).


Another local favourite is “bienmesabe”. This classic Canarian dessert consists of sweet almond paste spread over slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue and cinnamon sugar. It’s a great way to end a meal after indulging in delicious local cuisine.

Los Cristianos is one of the most unique and vibrant cities in the Canary Islands. This city has something for everyone, from its magnificent natural beauty to its exciting nightlife. With plenty of breathtaking beaches to explore, you can spend your days soaking in the sunshine and the local culture in this paradise. When planning a visit to Los Cristianos, keep in mind that the late winter months of January-March are the best time to go due to cooler temperatures and less crowded attractions. ◼

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© This article was first published online in Jan 2023 – World Travel Magazine.

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