Los Cristianos is a family oriented resort and is the 2nd most popular after the neighbouring Las Americas, which is better known for
the busy nightlife. Originally, Los Cristianos was an ancient fishing village and you can still see today some of the older fishing
cottages on the sea front with their tiny doors. Bengt Rylander, a Swedish man, began the tourism trade here in 1956. He suffered
from multiple sclerosis and came to Los Cristianos to convalesce.
On returning home he persuaded more of his countryman of the good qualities of the place through the mild climate and fresh air and more Swede's followed suit. Later
more people from other parts of Europe came to Tenerife. Through the 60s and 70s tourism grew further, particularly after the new Reina Sofa airport was built, just
15 minutes drive away. More hotels and complexes appeared, until Los Cristianos became as it is today, a busy tourist resort. It still retains a reputation for
being a good place to convalesce through the Vintersol Clinic, located near Las Vistas beach, on the sea front.
The main town centre has been pedestrianised. The streets are lined with restaurants where you can eat in the open air. It is a joy to promenade through the
large assortment, perusing the different menus as you go. The waiters are very friendly, and often offer free wine as an enticement to enter their eating house.
There are a lot of very good fish restaurants, as well as Chinese, more traditional Spanish, and even a Burger King!
There are 2 beaches in Los Cristianos. Los Cristianos beach is a sandy beach which is sheltered by the harbour. Facilities here include volley ball and
trampolining. The newer beach, Las Vistas is a much larger beach. Again it is a golden sandy beach with water breakers in the sea, making it a safe place
to bathe. Water sports are available here, such as jet-skiing, pedal boats, wind surfing etc. There are long lines of sun loungers laid out on the beach with sun
umbrellas, which you can hire by the day.
Transportation is also excellent. There is a very good bus service. As it is a ferry port you can also take trips to the other islands such as La Gomera, El Hierro
or La Palma (there is a daily service), as well as fishing trips, whale watching excursions, diving tours etc.