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Tenerife tourist resorts in the south of the island - popular destinations for holiday-makers in the Canary Islands

Updated on January 21, 2013

Playa de las Américas is a main resort

Playa de las Américas is the main holiday resort in the south of Tenerife. This part of the island is where you can expect the best weather making it a popular choice for holiday-makers who come to the Canary Islands.

Playa de las Américas, which was mainly built in the 1960s, offers everything most tourists are looking for. It has several large sandy beaches, plenty of hot sunshine, bars, restaurants and large modern shopping centres. The beaches are called Playa de Troya, Playa del Bobo and Playa de las América.

Up the coastline, Playa de las Américas joins with San Eugenio and Torviscas and the beach known as Playa de la Enramada and the Puerto Colón marina. Going in the other direction, Playa de las Américas runs seamlessly into Los Cristianos and its own beaches.

The area is serviced by many regular buses run by the TITSA company of Tenerife, which makes Playa de las Américas within easy reach of the Reina Sofía airport for the south of the island, as well as the other nearby resort towns and villages.

Playa de las Américas

Sunset over Playa de las Americas
Sunset over Playa de las Americas

Tramps, Veronicas and The Patch

There is also plenty of entertainment provided by cabaret singers and musicians in the bars and clubs. Tramps nightclub is a popular haunt for those who want to enjoy the latest dance music and DJ sets in their nightlife.Top DJs such as Judge Jules, Dave Pearce and Jeremy Healy have played Tramps.

The areas known as the Patch and the Veronica Strip, as well as the Starco Commercial Centre are where most of the live entertainment can be found. The Stage Door is one popular venue for live music and Jazzissimo piano bar is another.

Playa de las Américas has a large police station where people need to report to sort out their legal papers if they are intending on staying on the island and looking for work. The bus station is situated just down the main road from it.

Playa de las Américas has hotels and many apartment blocks and many tourists visit the area on package holidays. For many visitors to the island they find all they need there and for them Playa de las Américas is what they know of the island of Tenerife.

Los Cristianos photo

Los Cristianos harbour. Photo by David Parkes
Los Cristianos harbour. Photo by David Parkes

Los Cristianos is next to Playa de las Américas

Right next to Playa de las Américas is the resort of Los Cristianos. It is hard to say where the division between the two is and it doesn't really matter. The walk along the seafront connects the two resorts' beaches.

Los Cristianos was originally a fishing village but over the years more and more buildings, streets and developments have been added to make it the bustling tourist resort that it is today. Like Playa de las Américas it is in the municipality of Arona.

Los Cristianos offers two world-class sandy beaches known as Playa de Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Vistas. It also has plenty of bars and hotels for the many tourists that flock to the resort.

The harbour of Los Cristianos has a regular ferry service run by Fred Olsen Express that takes passengers to and from the neighbouring Canary Islands of La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma.

Los Cristianos is somewhat quieter and has more of a Spanish feel to it than Las Americas. It also has a large Cultural Centre and is becoming an important administrative centre for the south of the island.

The resort has a large selection of shops and businesses and you can probably find whatever it is you are looking for somewhere in the area.

Overlooking Los Cristianos is the volcanic mountain known as Montaña Guaza. It also has the smaller Montaña Chayofita, which walkers can climb.

Los Cristianos, like Playa de las Américas, is within easy reach of the airport for the south of Tenerife and is an ideal location for holidaymakers visiting the island.


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    • Tenerife Islander profile image

      Steve Andrews 7 years ago from Tenerife

      Well if you are coming over I hope you enjoy your visit!

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      olympia1 7 years ago

      During summer you can get a direct flight from Florida to Tenerife

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      Steve Andrews 8 years ago from Tenerife

      You would have to ask about holidays in and flights to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Playa just means beach. I don't actually know if there are any direct flights from the US over to here. I will see what I can find out and let you know.

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      Julianna 8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      So when we go to our travel agent, should we say that we would like to book at Playas in Southern Tenerife? Sometimes our agent cannot ever seem to locate what we are looking for so get stuck with going to another place. Is there a telephone number for Playas? Maybe we could book ourselves. Are there any American Airlines that go directly there or do we have to transfer to an International flight? I apologize for asking all of these questions but we hope this summer we can travel there it sounds so beautiful! Don't forget the grapes :)