Holidays In Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos Holidays at a Glance
The resort of Los Cristianos is located on the South West coast of Tenerife close to Playa de las Americas with excellent tourist facilities. Despite the development of Los Cristianos holidays and tourist facilities, Los Cristianos has still managed to maintain its Canarian charm. Holidays to Los Cristianos are considerably more relaxing than its party filled neighbour Playa de las Americas.
Who holidays in Los Cristianos?
Holidays to Los Cristianos are perfect for couples and families, with plenty of facilities for children such as the Loro Parque with its famous wildlife including parrots, penguins, flamingos and alligators. Los Cristianos holidays are great for adults with a variety of bars, British pubs and restaurants serving everything from fish & chips to Spanish tapas.
Key Facts - Los Cristianos
- LanguageSpanish & English
- Dialing Code00 34
- Flight Duration4 hours 30 mins (Approx)
- Distance From Airport18 km
- Airport Transfer (Taxi)15 mins
Holidays in Los Cristianos originated as an extension to holidays in Playa de las Americas. Los Cristianos possesses its own town centre providing all the modern conveniences as well as being convenient access to all the facilities in Playa de las Americas.
Charter flights to Tenerife tend to be relatively cheap so holidays to Los Cristianos represent excellent value. Los Cristianos is the second most popular resort in Tenerife and has good quality accommodation away from the hustle and bustle of central Playa de las Americas. So whatever your budget book your holidays to Los Cristianos with Olympic Holidays.
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Festivals and Carnivals: Tenerife is an island that revels in its colourful celebrations which go on year round. Carnivals take place in all areas, but especially Santa Cruz during February and March, when huge costumed parades and partying fill the streets. Easter celebrations are held in many places including Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava. The latter also plays host to the Corpus Christi festival in June, when the town square is decorated with tons of colourful sand to illustrate biblical events. August 14th and 15th are when the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands, the Virgin of Candelaria, is honoured with pilgrims from all over the Canaries travelling to the city of Candelaria in Tenerife to take part in processions. In late November, the Fiesta de San Andres takes place in Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava when, traditionally, wine cellars are opened up and the new wine is tasted. Youngsters in Icod de los Vinos enjoy a tradition of sliding down the town's steep streets on greased wood boards. The climate in the Canaries makes it a favourite winter destination, too, and at Christmas and New Year, you may catch sight of the Baile del Nino (Dance of the Child) where groups of people in traditional dress dance before the image of the infant Christ, or one of the firework displays welcoming in the new year.
As well as religious celebrations, one of the most prestigious European classical music festivals takes place in June with a varied programme and impressive line up of musicians performing at various locations around the island. In Laguan in September, is the Sabandeno Festival of folk music with both Canarian and international bands in the line-up.
Loro Parque: One of the most famous animal parks in the Canary Islands, Loro Parque houses the largest collection of parrots in the world. It was founded as a refuge for the colourful birds in 1972 and has since become of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Covering 135,000 square metres, it includes an aquarium and a wide variety of other animals including dolphins, sea lions, gorillas, chimps, penguins and killer whales in realistic replicas of their natural habitats. Whale shows are a big attraction in the park. One of its newer attractions is Katandra Treetops, a network of suspended bridges from which you can observe a range of exotic birds at close quarters.
Los Gigantes: Cliffs are large by definition, it's true, but none more so than these awe-inspiring examples on the west coast, towering over the town named after them; they range up to 600 metres high. Take in their majesty on one of the many boat trips out from the chic marina of Puerto de la Cruz.
Mount Tiede: Unless you feel confident navigating intimidatingly winding mountain roads, its best to seek out an organised trip to Mount Tiede, 3717 meters high. It is the highest Volcano in the world, and the highest Spanish mountain. It sits in the massive crater of a prior ancient volcano, which so resembles the surface of the moon with its petrified lava formations, it was used by NASA to simulate actual moon landings. Look out for the Roques de Garcia. The obsidian (cooled magma), gives the rocks - and the consequent beach sands - their black colour and off-cuts are often polished up to fashion into striking jewellery. The mountain shelters the north of the island from Saharan winds creating quite a microclimate, but on the mountain itself, it can get quite cold, so take a warm sweater.
Bananera El Guanche: A visit to this private banana plantation includes a short video about Tenerife and a guided tour of the plantation. At the end, there is an opportunity to sample the banana liqueur made there, and to order flamingo flowers and bunches of bananas to be delivered to your hotel.
Museo Arqueologico del Puerto de la Cruz: This is one of the most important archaeological museums in the Canary Islands offering a collection comprising more than 2,600 specimens of items from the Guanche culture, and a document collection named after researcher, Luis Diego Cuscoy. It has an enormous collection of Guanche aboriginal pottery, including the remains of several Guanche mummies. Also to be seen are two unique pieces from the island, one of which is two limpet shells, a finding of Telesforo Bravo, and a clay idol called El Guatimac.
Masca: For the fit and strong, this picturesque village, located at the foot of the mountains in the northwest of the island, is well-worth the three-hour walk through deep ravines along breath-stopping winding roads. You'll be rewarded with stunning views, so remember to take your camera, as well as factoring in the uphill walk back.
Anaga Mountains: For breathtaking scenery and unusual landscapes, a hike through this protected part of northeast Tenerife is hard to beat. Still relatively unexplored, you will discover unusual rock formations and hidden villages in which some people still inhabit caves. The path to Barranco de Las Huertas is spectacular and leads to an amazing panorama of the craggy northern coastline.
Santa Cruz: The island's capital, this city is well worth a visit. It is home to one of the most historically important harbours in the Atlantic Ocean, a frequent stop-off point for 19th-century fleets heading for the Americas. Today it is a vibrant cosmopolitan city choc-a-bloc with interesting things to see, arresting architecture and, of course, great places to shop and eat. Explore it on an open-topped bus with the option to get off and on to fit your schedule.
Canarian Wrestling (Lucha Canaria): A popular tourist attraction, this is a spectator sport practised throughout the islands, usually in teams of twelve.
La Orotava: Located within the stunning Orotava valley is this ancient town distinguished by its picturesque buildings and quaint cobbled streets. Its historic centre is a popular tourist destination, where the Concepcion Church and Casa de los Balcones (houses of the balconies) perfectly represent the island's unique architecture.
The town also has a beautiful botanic garden, La Hijuela del Botanico. Created to acclimatise new species coming over from America, the garden was commissioned between 1788 and 1832 and came into being through investment from the Marquis of Villanueva del Prado. In the middle of the 19th century, gardener Germï¿¿n Widpret further developed it into a splendid display and in 1941 it came into the hands of the Institute for Agronomic Research. It is now home to more than 3,000 plant species, mainly native Canary Island flora but also including spectacular exotic species.
Playa de las Americas: Renowned for its round-the-clock party atmosphere Playa de las Americas is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe. Located on the south coast of Tenerife, it is the place young people head to for its hedonistic appeal. This emanates in particular from the one-kilometre stretch known as Veronicas, packed with nightclubs, cabaret bars, live music venues, shops and restaurants. Neon lights, music pumping out of doorways and people dancing in the street are all to be expected here every night of the week!
Sport: The enviable climate of the Canary Islands makes them the perfect holiday destination for sports lovers of all kinds, and Tenerife is no exception; virtually every sport is catered for on the island, with water sports facilities in abundance.
Deep-sea fishing: With some big fish potential in the catch, Tenerife is a great place from which to set sail to the briny blue and give deep fishing a go.
Diving: Immerse yourself in the colourful underwater world that swims beneath the waves of Tenerife's fascinating coastline. You may catch sight of barracudas and groupers as well as enjoying some close encounters with rays, turtles and sometimes even small sharks. Diving schools are located all over the island, especially in the south, at various beaches along the Costa Adeje coastline.
Sailing: Look out for the sports marinas (puerto deportivo), local sailing clubs and federations. You can rent yachts and catamarans for day excursions or longer trips.
Water-skiing: Experience the fantastic feeling of bobbing along on top of the waves with the wind whistling through your hair. Alternatively, bounce over the breakers on a jet ski, or parasail above the sparkling sea.
Windsurfing: This is one of the most popular sports as there's always a breeze in the air - sufficient to keep boarders skudding along the sea's surface. Windsurfing equipment can be hired at many places along the coast.
Cycling: Head for the hills and challenge yourself around the hairy mountain passes on a hired mountain bike, available in most resorts.
Hiking: If you're not up to the effort of cycling, don't miss out on the stunning countryside. With 21 marked trails through the Parque Nacional de las Canadas del Teide, you can take your time appreciating the wonders of Tenerife's amazing landscapes. Alternatively, there are spectacular walks through the Anaga Mountain region in the north-east and around the Valle de la Orotava, also in the north of the island. (Click on Things to See for more details).
Golf: Golfers from all over the world flock to Tenerife every year to enjoy indulging their passion on verdant green fairways and challenging courses with amazing ocean views to boot. There are numerous courses on the island.
Karting: There are several places to go-kart in Tenerife. Tracks vary in speed, size and facilities but most cater for all ages.
Tennis: Tennis is a popular sport in Tenerife with both public courts and tennis facilities within hotels.
Lago Martianez: Enjoy a day out as relaxed or active as you please, at this renowned lido which includes a spectacular swimming pool complex, with cascading waterfalls and beautiful landscaped gardens where sculptures by Lanzarote-born architect Cesar Manrique, who designed the complex, can be admired. By night, the scene is enchanting with the pools lit from beneath and lights illuminating the pathways to the casino. There are restaurants, bars and a kiosk serving ice-cream and confectionary.
Aqualand: A little further afield, on the Costa Adeje stretch is this water adventure park for a family day out. It offers a selection of swimming pools, slides, tunnels and play areas. Entry includes an ever-popular dolphin show, seven of the amazing mammals having been born at the park. Restaurants, cafes, shops, sunbeds and parasols are all readily available.
Eating/Drinking During Los Cristianos Holidays
Los Cristianos holidays are perfect for foodies with a great range of cuisine on offer and competitively priced. Los Cristianos has a number of good quality restaurants so during your holidays to Los Cristianos you can enjoy everything from tapas and traditional Spanish Cuisine (Clarets Restaurant) to spice Mexican specialities served at Rosie's Cantina.
Holidays to Cristianos are significantly more relaxed compared to holidays to Playa de las Americas so don't expect nights of partying. However with Playa de las Americas just next door you can still enjoy some wild nights during your Los Cristianos holidays.
Getting Around on Los Cristianos Holidays
Holidays to Los Cristianos prove to be excellent value because getting around because taxis are relatively cheap and readily available. Local buses called guaguas (pronounced 'wah wahs') are very cheap and run frequently over the island's main roads. If you don't mind driving during your Los Cristianos holidays, car hire is an excellent way of seeing the island.
Los Cristianos Holidays Shopping
Holidays in Los Cristianos are great because certain goods are tax free, so certain goods are cheaper than at home. Perfumes, cigarettes, cameras and electrical products are tax free so there are excellent savings to be made. For greater choice and variety head to Playa de las Americas with boutiques and designer outlets.
Holidays in Los Cristianos - Beaches
Book Los Cristianos holidays and enjoy two world renowned beaches, the main beach (Playa de Los Cristianos) is a sandy beach offering a number of facilities including watersports, beach showers and play areas dedicated for children. The man made Las Vistas beach lies in the next bay protected by break waters, this too has good tourist facilities.
Popular amongst naturist taking holidays in Los Cristianos is a rocky black sand beach in the Rincon area of Los Cristianos, this beach has very little tourist facilities due to its limited appeal.
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