Touring around Tenerife I’m always stumbling on new attractions but I put down roots in Los Cristianos in 2005 and I’m very comfortable in the place I now call home, so here are a few of my reasons why:
Favourite Beach – the raw basics of Las Tarajales, and the mill pond calm of Los Cristianos beach have their plus points but the wide sweep of imported golden sand at Las Vistas gets my vote. Swimmers and bathers have loads of room, the jet skis and pleasure rides have their space beyond the marker buoys, and the lifeguards keep a keen eye on people’s safety. The disabled bathing buggies, separate changing area, and the dedication of their special guards always impresses me.
Favourite Resource – The Centro Cultural, just before the beach road, has answers and information for tourists as well as locals. Upcoming events, a trading standards office, and a large library with free internet access make it a handy place to dip into. I’m including the Auditorio Infanta Leonor with this as the 800 seater hall backs onto the Central Cultural, local performers can be seen for ludicrously cheap prices.
Favourite Café – La Salud in the Valdes Centre ticks all my boxes, good coffee (with a dipping biscuit) and well placed to watch the world go by. I enjoy gazing up to Roque del Conde to enjoy the changing shades of the mountain, and the Titsa public bus interchange is opposite so you can look out for that bus to El Medano, Santa Cruz, or Costa Adeje.
Favourite Plaza – The church plaza is the biggest but further down by the old beach the Plaza del Pescadora has some nice surprises in the shade of the fisherwoman’s statue. Most Saturday afternoons you can see the Brazilian dance discipline of Capoeira which mixes music and non combat fight moves, and between October and March there’s a Thursday evening feast of Canarian folk music. In between you are just as likely to find the Arona Municipal brass band, a local rock group or maybe a fashion show. Regular fiestas like Arona Carnaval, and the Virgen del Carmen also make good use of this versatile space.
Favourite View – It takes a little effort but that small mountain overlooking Las Vistas beach is Montaña Chayofia, an old collapsed volcanic cone. There are walkways heading up to the top from the bypass that links Los Cristianos to Playa de Las Americas. A part finished service road to an abandoned half built mansion will set you on your way for a 15 to 20 minute moderate climb. The panoramic views sweep from Palm Mar by the lighthouse along the coast to Puerto Colon and inland to the mountains of Arona and Chayofa. You should be able to pick out your hotel or apartment block, and major leisure attractions like Golf Las Americas, and Siam Park will also catch your eye.
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