Arona is a municipality on the southern part of the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The municipality covers an area of 81.79 square kilometres comprising 4% of the island’s area and is 81 km from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital. The population in 1996 was 28,208 and has grown rapidly in recent years due to the growth of a tourist industry and was one of the fastest between 2000 and 2002 in the Canary Islands. It is the third largest city in Tenerife, after, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and fifth in the Canary Islands, is the most populous municipality south of the Canary Islands. The metropolitan area is about 120,000 with Adeje and San Miguel de Abona. Arona has a pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees celsius. Notable places include the tourist resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas, Costa del Silencio and Las Galletas. Arona also features Punta Salemas, the southernmost point on the island of Tenerife.
Arona is accessed with the superhighway to the south with the TF1 Motorway linking Adeje and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The superhighway was first linked in the 1990s. The old highway runs within the coastline. The farmlands once covered most of Arona now covers the area around Arona. The mountains lie to the north.
The Central Park of Arona (Parque Central de Arona), finished in 2004 is a city park of 4 hectares. Designed by architects and biologists, it hosts a collection of tropical palms, and a rocky section with the original endemic flora native to this part of the island.
Los Cristianos is one of the main tourist centres on the south coast of Tenerife. Originally a quaint fishing village the resort has undergone some major expansion over the last twenty years and is now a bustling resort.
Las Galletas is a fishing village situated between Los Cristianos and the Tenerife South Airport in the south. It also has some tourist facilities. It has also become a tourist resort. The beach on Playas de Las Vistas has been refurbished with sand from the sea bed turning it into one of the longest beaches on Tenerife.