Today, both Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas are first class tourist resorts where magnificent beaches share the coast with luxurious 4 and 5 star hotels. The leisure options in both during the day and night make it one of the driving forces of Tenerife’s economy. The Arona area also features some sites of interest for visitors, namely:
Costa del Silencio Promenade
Running all along this town’s rugged coastline is a quiet promenade by the sea. The promenade starts at the residential estate of Bella Vista and goes all the way to the West Haven Bay apartments. As an added attraction, right by the Ten-Bel complex is a natural sea swimming pool which is great for a dip and a rest.
Francisco Andrade Fumero Promenade
The promenade follows the coastline in Playa de Las Américas. It is a great place for cycling, jogging, rollerblading or simply strolling. All along the promenade are a series of sculptures made by artists such as Juan López Salvador and Drago Díaz.
Las Galletas Promenade
A walk along this promenade is a great way of exploring the fishing village of Las Galletas. From the promenade you can make your way down to the town’s beach made of black volcanic sand and to the dock. With its long-standing fishing tradition, the sea-front of Las Galletas is lined with several restaurants serving fresh fish.
San Antonio’s Cross
You will reach San Antonio’s Cross by taking the path named after it until you come to a landscaped square. The cross dates from the 19th century and is part of the local customs and celebrations.
The Arona Copperwood (a Tree Monument)
Arona’s historic quarter is home to a copperwood tree dating back hundreds of years, reaching a height of about 9 m (29 ft), which is listed in Tenerife’s book of Monumental Trees. The tree is shown on the municipal coat of arms and is part of its cultural heritage.
The Historic Quarter of Arona
The heart of the town, which has been declared a Site of Cultural Interest, is the 18th century San Antonio Abad church, located in the very same spot that housed the chapel one hundred years before. The figure of Cristo de la Salud (the Christ of Health) is the temple’s most valuable possession. Around the church, the town’s stately homes and cobbled streets invite you to take a leisurely stroll.
Arona’s town centre features a considerable number of unique buildings. The Cristo de la Salud church is, together with the church of San Antonio Abad, one of the town’s most memorable buildings. A walk around this town could happily start there and continue along the streets of Domínguez Alfonso, Duque de la Torre and the perpendicular streets of La Luna and El Medio, ending with the streets of José Antonio Tavío and El Calvario.
Source: Tenerife Tourist Board