Playa de las Americas

Information and factfile for Playa de las Americas Tenerife.

Playa de las Americas - Tenerife - Spain

One of the best known resorts on the holiday island of Tenerife, Playa de las Americas has some decent beaches, good facilities and a vibrant nightlife.

Playa de las Americas Factfile:

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Location: Southern Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Postcode: 38660

Area: Located in the municipal district of Arona.

Playa de las Americas History: A purpose built holiday resort which grew up in the 1960's alongside the town of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas has no cultural history and little of the traditional Canarian culture. Filled with flashy hotels, shopping malls and British style pubs, Playa de las Americas in places resembles a Las Vegas type resort. Neighbouring Los Cristianos was once a sleepy fishing village, but has now been caught up in the tourism revolution and has become an all year round bustling resort with countless hotels, bars and discos.

Tenerife itself however has a long and interesting history, originally inhabited by a tribe known as the Guanches, it was the last of the Canary Islands to fall to the Spanish in around 1496 and later attracted settlers from Spain, Portugal, Britain, France and Italy. Tenerife appears to have been named by the people of La Palma, who called it Tinerife (White Mountain) after the huge El Teide volcano. Santa Cruz de Tenerife became the islands capital in 1821.

Overview: Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are at the heart Tenerife tourism, with all the facilities that you would expect from a slick holiday resort. The beaches are man-made due to the dark nature of the inherent volcanic sand, and have long breakwaters to prevent the sand from being washed away, the main beaches have life-guards on duty, making them safe for families, and there are a good range of watersports facilities on offer.

The Octopus Aqua Park in Playa de las Americas is open all year round and is a great place to take the kids. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants in the resort offering something for all tastes.

Playa de las Americas Map: Playa de la Americas is located beside Los Cristianos at the southern end of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

On the right is an interesting satellite map of Playa de las Americas, it can also be viewed in 'map' and 'terrain' modes. The map has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Playa de las Americas, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns, resorts and villages of Tenerife. Also shown on the map is the resort of Los Cristianos, the Golf Las Americas course and the area of La Caldera.

Playa de las Americas can be easily accessed from the TF-1 (Autopista del Sur) motorway and is about 17 kilometres from the Reina Sofia International Airport.

Playa de las Americas Beaches: Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos have plenty of fine sandy beaches. Two of the best are at La Troya a grey sandy beach with plenty of sun beds and umbrellas, watersports facilities, showers etc and Las Vistas (Los Cristianos) with white / yellow sand, shallow safe waters, sun-beds, umbrellas, watersports facilities and plenty of bars and restaurants nearby.

Playa de las Americas Markets: Try a visit to the Torviscas market which is held on Thrusdays and Saturdays near the Pueblo Torviscas Hotel (C/ de Valencia).

Places to Visit: The smaller islands of La Gomera and El Hierro, by ferry from Los Cristianos, the Parque Ecologico Las Aguilas (7km) with its displays of condors in flight plus a floodlit pool full of crocodiles!, the Barranco del Infierno, an impressive gorge with a beautiful waterfall and the Parque Nacional del Tiede, where the Pico del Tiede volcano reaches a height of 3,718 metres.

Playa de las Americas Hotels: There is a superb range of hotels and holiday accommodation available for your Tenerife holidays, most of the major tour operators feature package deals to the resort or alternatively you can book your own accommodation on the internet where you will find a great selection of hotels and privately owned rental accommodation, search for the best deals, book your own flights and don't forget to book airport transfers to Playa de las Americas so that you don't need to mess around with local taxis when you arrive.

Playa de las Americas Hotels:

This month's featured hotels in Playa de las Americas are:

The Vulcano Hotel Playa de las Americas - Address: Hotel Vulcano, Antonio Dominguez, 8, Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife, 38660. Canary Islands. Telephone Number: (0034) 922 787 740. Full details here: Vulcano Hotel.

Cleopatra Palace - Address: Avenida de Rafael Puig Lluvina, S/N, 38660 Arona (Tenerife), EspaƱa. Telephone Number: 922 757 545.

Hotel Sol Tenerife - Address: Av de Rafael Puig Lluvina, 38660 Arona, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 922 791 062.

Playa de las Americas Weather: The resort enjoys a superb all year round climate with plenty of sunshine and very low rainfall. The resort can get very hot during the summer months and the most pleasant time to visit is during the winter months (November to March), when the weather is perfect for holidaying. Note that the Christmas period is often the most expensive time to visit the Canary Islands. Often called "the island of eternal Spring", the name will give a clue to the type of climate on Tenerife. See today's weather here: Latest Weather.

Playa de las Americas can be easily accessed from the TF-1 (Autopista del Sur) motorway and is about 17 kilometres from the Reina Sofia International Airport.

Playa de las Americas Pages: Playa de las Americas Map - Playa de las Americas Weather - Playa de las Americas Holiday Rentals.

Playa de las Americas Golf: Golf Las Americas

Playa de las Americas Hotels: Vulcano Hotel

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