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“A million times better than Playa Americas”
Review of Los Cristianos

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
32 helpful votes
“A million times better than Playa Americas”
Reviewed May 26, 2011

This is not as tacky as its neighbour and is relatively cheap as well. Beautiful becahs, although it's easy to tell its fake. We had a nice hotel with a beach view and balcony for just 22 Euro per night, can't complain. I would recommend it over Playa Americas, only paid that a passing visit and it is full of litter and a crowded beach. I couldn't stay there any longer than a few days though, besides a few good bars ( check out the irish ones) and the beach there is very little to do or see here, but a nice place all the same.

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Scotland
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
29 helpful votes
“O'Jangles,El Mirador”
Reviewed May 20, 2011

Los Cristianos is a lovely place to stay. Plenty of shops,bars restaurants,lovely harbour.
There is a lovely walkway along the coast which is wheelchair friendly.

My favourite places are O'Jangles,IrishTimes,Claddagh and Lucky Leprechaun.

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London, England
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
219 helpful votes
“Great Place for some out of season sun”
Reviewed May 12, 2011

LOS CRISTIANOS

TOWN – Los Cristianos is no stunning beauty with heaps of history. It is what it is, a small harbor town which has grown into a tourist centre. Los Cristianos mainly serves the holiday makers, but unlike Playa de Las Americas it does have a heart and feels like a real place that people other than tourist actually live. The whole town is looked after and the central church square particularly is a nice place to sit and watch the locals go by. There is also the local petanque club which helps to give the place a feeling of reality amongst the tourist paraphernalia. It is better that Playa Las Americas in every way. Just remember out of season the average age is nearer 3 figures than 2 and the motorbility scooters are out in force. OK, so that risks sounding like it’s a home for the elderly with constant sun, but that’s far from the truth. Strangely, as long as hard core nightclubbing is not what you want then this doesn’t really change the character of the vibrancy of the place – there’s still plenty to do.


BEACH – There are two white sand man made beaches either side of the harbor. Joining the beaches and in fact around the whole coast line joining Los Cristianos to Play Las Americas is a smart, well maintained pedestrian promenade. There are numerous seats along the way to sit and rest, people watch or gaze the hours away looking out to sea. And of course there are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants fronting the prom to tempt you in case you are feeling peckish or thirsty.

The town beach Playa Los Cristianos is the typical night time photograph, is well looked after and looks out to the harbor. There are plenty of sunbeds and parasols at 9 Euros a set, all in good condition and properly controlled. But, there is also enough space set aside for those who want to sit directly on the sand or bring their own seats. There are numerous bars and eateries behind the beach if you want a drink or snack, as well as the couple that are actually on the beach.

Further around heading toward Playa de Las Americas is the second beach - Playa Vistas. This is the more regularly photographed in the daytime with the large fountain set just in the sea in the centre of the curved bay. It’s both the most traditional – standard curve of sand with fairly calm blue sea - and unusual – the tall spray fountain in the sea – of the beaches in the area. Again, lots of sunbeds and parasols, well maintained and in good condition, as well as plenty of space for those who can’t afford or don’t want sunbeds. This was the beach we spent most time on, both because we liked the view and because our favorite bar overlooked the fountain. However, there are a couple of downsides; when the fountain is on, the spray does drift across the beach – ok on hot days; and secondly the old problem of thefts. After many, many years of holidays where we have taken chances and left bags, cameras, money, we got a bag stolen. It can happen anywhere, but it does seem to be a particular problem in Tenerife. That said, we still went back, we were just more careful.

FOOD AND DRINK – Of course the key income is tourists and the place is set up for that. If your idea of fun is going on holiday to go to a fake English pub, a Welsh bar, a Scottish bar or even very specifically a Glasgow Rangers only bar, you can find it here. And there are plenty of places selling Full English in the mornings and full roast on Sundays so if that’s your bag you’re well catered for. If you are really desperate or have lost the use of your taste buds there is even a Burger King on the beachfront.

There are however lots of bars and restaurants which serve food and drink which is not British based though unfortunately not any which serve true Canarian food locally. Even so, there is plenty of good quality food and a multitude of restaurants and bars so you’ll never go hungry or thirsty what-ever cuisine you choose.

The one thing you can be certain of is that good or bad, every restaurant will have sellers outside trying to entice you in. Some are more enthusiastic than others and can become wearing when they wont take no for an answer, but generally they are fairly polite and some quite humerous.

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Oslo
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
5 helpful votes
“When your tired of the cold winter”
Reviewed March 10, 2011

A perfect mix of beaches, shops, locals and high quality restaurants.

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ehhec
Level 3 Contributor
1 review
5 helpful votes
“Preferable Los Cristianos”
Reviewed February 9, 2011

In April 2010 I stayed at Hotel Sol Tenerife in Playa de las Americas. In Noveber we (my wife and I) stayed at Hotel Sol Princesa Dacil in Los Cristianos.
Compared to Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos is a much more quite place. Situated in walking distance from the pulsating life in Playa de las Americas, we will choose Los Cristianos also next time we are going to Tenerife. The promenade along the shore between Los Cristianos and Playa del las Americas is an rarelely experience. If you want you can also walk the main street to and from Playa de las Americas. Conclusion: Los Cristianos we will return - Playa de las Americas is too noisy!

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