Route around the Historic Quarter of Arona

Route around the Historic Quarter of Arona

To arrive in Los Cristianos Port is to disembark in one of the most important tourist areas of the Canary Islands: Arona – a municipality located in the south of Tenerife where the pleasant climate can be enjoyed all year round. Arona offers a wide variety of coastal activities however, amongst the many other attractions of the city, it is also a complex and interesting architectural site, with lots of specimens of popular architecture, making it a cultural point of reference and its historic quarter the perfect place for discovering on your own.

 

How to Get to Arona's Historic Quarter from the Boat

The best way to get to Arona's historic quarter when you have a few hours is to make use of the public transport system – and for getting back to the pier too. About 18 minutes' walk from Los Cristianos Port is the bus station (buses are called "guaguas" in the Canaries), from where you can take the no. 480, which takes 30 minutes to go the 12.7 km to the Historic Quarter and costs €1.45. To get there quicker and gain some extra time, a taxi will take you right from the port for €14–€16. When you get there, you can have a snack in one of the cafés or try the typical pastries of the Canary Islands in the bakeries around the area before beginning your walk around cobbled streets, monuments and stately buildings.

 

Church of San Antonio Abad – a religious and cultural tour from the cruise liner

The 18th-century Church of San Antonio Abad is one of the must-see, cultural stops in Arona. Located in the Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud and beside the town hall, it is right in the centre of the historic quarter. The church, laid out like a basilica, has a chapel on the right-hand side used as a baptistery and built in the 20th century. One of the attractions of the temple is the variety of religious images it houses, featuring the original image of San Antonio Abad, from the end of the 16th and start of the 17th centuries, and the Cristo de la Salud from the 17th century in true Baroque realist fashion.

 

Discover charming areas between Arona and the boat

You can get to know Arona's historic quarter as you quietly wander around its cobbled streets discovering typical Canaries architecture. You will see special places such as the Arona copperwood tree, in the Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud, a specimen of copperwood tree specimen included in the Libro de Árboles Monumentales de Tenerife (the book of tree monuments in Tenerife), or the 19th-century Cruz de San Antonio, which is on the route that it is named after and forms part of local festivals and traditions. Make sure you take a stroll around the town and down Calle Domínguez Alfonso, Calle Duque de la Torre, Calle La Luna and Calle del Medio, Calle José Antonio Tavío and Calle El Calvario.

 

Wander through the streets of Los Cristianos on your way back to the boat

After a route around Arona's historic quarter, there'll still be lots of time for strolling through the pedestrian streets of Los Cristianos near the harbour before going back to the boat. Starting from the bus station, it doesn't take long to get to Avenida Los Playeros and Paseo Pablos Abril, where you'll find a wide variety of shops selling clothes, jewellery and souvenirs to remind you of your visit to Tenerife. Here, you can have a snack or a drink on any of the terraces in one of the most popular areas of Los Cristianos wrapped in a friendly atmosphere.