If you arrive at Tenerife via ferry, you’ll be familiar with the touristy town of Los Cristianos. This town used to have such a small population that they couldn’t afford a castle or fort and so they were continuously raided by pirates, keeping the population down. A lot has changed in the last few hundred years as industries such an imports and exports, salt mines, fish salting as well as the agriculture of tomatoes and bananas, grew. As transportation changed over the century (the port, expanded in 1975, is a central for any travelling to other islands by boat), the tranquil bay and beachfront has begun to attract tourists in droves.
EAT & SEE
If you’re looking for a great sunset spot with fairly long, sandy beaches, it’s a great place to catch some rays. There’s quiet a good bit of beachfront around the bay that you can walk along and shop for souvenirs or beach essentials and then stop for ice-cream, lunch or dinner. For great views and fantastic fresh fruit juices, I recommend Watermelon Café. There are many places advertising excursions and boat trips as well if you’re into whale watching or sea fishing.
Accommodation is expensive here because of the beach and the touristy nature of the town, I guess. So I recommend looking for accommodation a little more towards the north or south unless walking 200 meters to get to a beach is a deal-breaker for you.
If you’ve decided not to rent a car, the bus network is efficient. Here is a guide that will help you to budget and plan your route.