The popular resort of Los Cristianos lies in a sheltered bay in the south-west corner of the island of Tenerife, merging into the more glitzy purpose-built resort of Playa de las Americas.
Los Cristianos has burgeoned into a ultramodern package-tour resort from its origins as a sleepy Canarian fishing village, but has managed to retain some of its traditional roots, despite the plethora of ultramodern hotels, shopping centres and apartment blocks.
The focal point of the resort is its working harbour, fronted by a square surrounded with restaurants. Its sandy beaches encircle a crescent-shaped bay backed by a long, broad promenade that stretches to neighbouring Playa de las Americas.
The old town centre stretches from the port up to the main shopping street in a grid-like pattern of pedestrianised streets. The resort’s nicest beach, the Playa de las Vistas is man-made and covered in sand imported from the Sahara.
Just a few minutes away by taxi from Las Americas, holidaymakers in Los Cristianos can enjoy a more sedate stay, while still able to access the bright lights and entertainment facilities of the more boisterous neighbour, especially when it comes to nightlife.