Backstreet Los Cristianos
Step back from the tourist-clogged beachfront to discover a part of town that still has a fishing village feel, with old-fashioned bars, idiosyncratic small shops, and an overall pueblo buzz with benches and squares for kicking-back time. Discover where the locals go for seafood and entertainment: it’s a far cry from fish and chips and karaoke.
- Start Sopa
- End Pescaderia Dominga
- Length 0.8km; 1½ hours
Sopa Sofa Breakfast
Chilled-out Sopa is strewn with sofas, comfy armchairs and shelves of books and magazines, providing the backdrop for a (largely vegetarian) menu of healthy soups, salads and burgers (spinach, that is). There are also delicious cakes. Try the cherry and marzipan for a real tastebud treat. The orange juice, coffee and tomato on toast (€3) is a steal for snackers.
Time for Tea
Or, if you’re a tea drinker, stop by La Cabaña del Té, a temple to tea, its shelves filled with colourful tins of every imaginable brew, including unusual combinations such as pineapple with aloe vera, flor de cactus (cactus flower) and banana. They'll also give you a cuppa while you browse.
Traditional Canarian Bar
Opposite the grand church Nuestra Señora del Carmen and one of the most atmospheric and buzzing-with-locals squares in town, Bar Gavota is a perennial favourite that has retained its typical Spanish feel and faithful crowd of regulars. It’s perfect for an inexpensive traditional tapa, like a generous wedge of moist tortilla, or homemade croquetas.
A literary fixture, the bookshop Librería Barbara was founded in 1984 and supplies avid readers with new and secondhand books in a medley of languages, a reflection of the diverse nationalities of Los Cristianos' visitors. It's a lovely spot for a browse and a bout of book-hunting.
Arts & Crafts
In a standalone, detached unit right by the sand, La Alpizpa displays a tremendous range of locally produced arts and crafts that make for imaginative souvenirs.
Stuffed away down a quiet backstreet, buzzing La Tapa is a local mainstay. There's 22 tapa choices, including some traditional homestyle favourites such as callos con garbanzos (tripe with chickpeas), sopa de pollo (chicken soup), plus pescado frito (fried seafood), albondigas (meatballs), potatoes with alioli (garlic mayonnaise)…the list goes on.
Catch of the Day
Waterfront kiosk Pescaderia Dominga sells fresh-off-the-boat fish. You can either buy it uncooked to take away and deal with yourself, or they’ll fry it up for you – and then you can dangle your legs over the edge of the nearby jetty and eat the freshest and best fish picnic you’ve ever had.
- Specialist shops
- Seafood and tapas
Bus Bus 110 from Santa Cruz runs to Los Cristianos before continuing to Costa Adeje via Playa de las Américas.