In the south of Tenerife the popular beaches of Los Cristianos attract lots of holidaymakers, mainly from Europe, but also from other parts of the world. Los Cristianos is a town with just over twenty thousand inhabitants and, unlike its neighbour, Playa de las Américas, it already existed before the great tourism boom in the seventies and eighties. In the first half of the last century Los Cristianos was still a small, sleepy fishing village. Tourist development began as early as the fifties, when word got around in Sweden that the climate in the south of Tenerife was more beneficial for the health and pleasanter than the cold Scandinavian winters. Not long after, others, mainly British, began to arrive and made Los Cristianos their new home. After the opening of the nearby airport, Tenerife South, Los Cristianos quickly developed into the tourist stronghold that it is today.
With their typical Canarian architecture, many of the buildings bear witness to this day to the history of this seaside resort, whose importance has increased significantly. The centre of Los Cristianos is still the harbour, with its cheerfully-coloured fishing boats, although nowadays there are significantly more leisure and sports boats moored here, plus ferries to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. Around the harbour of Los Cristianos a plethora of hotels has arisen, leaving very few holidaymakers' wishes unfulfilled. In the immediate vicinity of the harbour, on the promenade and in the streets behind it, there is a particularly wide range of both international and, needless to say, Spanish dishes on offer. In the evenings you can party, sometimes wildly, in the numerous bars.
The long beach promenade, which begins in the harbour bay of Los Cristianos, links all the beaches on the south-west coast of Tenerife and you can stroll or jog from Los Cristianos, via Playa de Las Américas and Costa Adeje, to La Caleta, visiting all eleven beaches on the way. The first of these beaches is the well-known and popular beach of Playa de los Cristianos, which is centrally located next to the harbour of Los Cristianos. The other side of the harbour adjoins the slightly larger Playa de las Vistas, which extends further into the neighbouring resort of Playa de las Américas.
The beaches of Los Cristianos are extremely popular. The range of places to eat, accommodation and leisure activities is virtually unlimited and the area is very lively all year round. There is a complete lack of peaceful remoteness and idyllic seclusion - entertainment, enjoyment and excitement is much more the motto here - but relaxation is also high on the agenda on the beaches of Los Cristianos.