Arona, in the south of the island of Tenerife, includes the well known resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. Arona’s success as a tourist destination is closely linked to the disabled, indeed it was discovered by a group of Swedish visitors in search for the right location for their rheumatic conditions.

In 1957 a group of Swedish youngsters with reduced mobility (originated by rheumatic problems) arrived to a fishing village after having travelled around the world in search of a kind climate. The pleasant weather and beach helped them to improve noticeably; the privileged spot is called Playa de Los Cristianos. They continued to return year after year bringing along friends and other visitors lured by their successful stories. Today, as a result of the award winning efforts by the local authorities, Arona is one of the best endowed municipalities for the disabled traveller. The 7 km Long Sea Promenade in Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos is the major Barrier-Free Pedestrian Area in Europe. Both Playa de Las Américas and Playa de Los Cristianos resorts have an elevated number of obstacle-free public ways, all thanks to the architecture-barrier elimination currently underway. The local attractions, together with a wide offer of accessible hotels, varied leisure activities, adapted sports, and of course, accessible beaches, make Arona a very popular destinations with thousands of reduced mobility tourists. The local sports centre offer addapted swimming, tennis, basketball and handball. Diving in Tenerife's  fascinating undersea world, tandem skydiving and  athletism are other adapted sports possible in the area. Arona Tourist Information

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