Los Cristianos is home to two main (and very popular beaches): The main beach (Playa de Los Cristianos) is a sandy beach sheltered by the Harbour and boasts a number of facilities including watersports, beach volley ball, showers and a children’s play area. Las Vistas Beach is located in the next bay beyond the harbour and is man-made, protected by break-waters, it also boasts a number of facilities including watersports, showers and a tourist information site. In December 2008 the Los Cristianos promenade, which was originally constructed back in the seventies, was given a facelift.
Working round clockwise, the coastline of the municipality of Arona begins with the town of Las Galletas, then extends round to include the major town of Los Cristianos. These are the beaches you’ll find.
Playa Las Galletas
This is a quite long beach attached to this small fishing village on the south coast. It has sand, but can be quite rocky in places. There are usually sunbathers and swimmers, but it tends not to get too crowded.
Playa de Palm-Mar
Between Las Galletas and Los Cristianos, there is the tiny community of Palm-Mar. It has its own “beach”, but, trust me, it’s just an expanse of rocks and pebbles.
We are now approaching Los Cristianos and this is a small, rocky beach at the base of Montaña de Guaza, the flat topped mountain overlooking the town. Somehow fittingly, this is a nudist beach and is not that well known. (I need to warn straight people at this point that it is also a recognised cruising area for gay people.) During the day, though, it’s a great spot for getting an all-over tan. The downside is that a well-known Tenerife walk passes this point, so you may find sundry hikers trudging past getting an eyeful of any sights on offer!
Playa Los Cristianos
Into Los Cristianos itself and this beach is a fine expanse of golden sand that overlooks the busy harbour. If you get bored with sunbathing, there’s a beach volleyball court.
Playa Las Vistas
By far, the best beach in Los Cristianos. Awarded the blue flag, this glorious stretch of golden sand is packed with sunloungers and even features a fountain, where sunbathers can cool off, if they don’t fancy a dip in the sea. Another commendable feature of this beach is that it is totally wheelchair-friendly.