Tourists have been flocking to the resort of Costa Adeje for as long as Tenerife has been a holiday destination – and it’s easy to see why. Slightly swankier than the neighbouring Playa de las Américas resort, it also offers some of the island’s best beaches, a wide selection of activities, and plenty of family-friendly fun. Here’s a run-down of the best things to keep you entertained in this popular resort.
Hike through Hell’s Canyon
Grab your camera, set off early and head to Barranco del Infierno (Hell’s Canyon). This walk is hellish in name only as this perfectly civilised three-hour hike isn’t too challenging and offers spectacular views along the way. Only 300 people per day are allowed to trek to protect the area, so booking is advised as is taking plenty of water. There is a modest entry fee, which is well worth it just to see the abundance of the flora and fauna living there. You may even be lucky enough to snap some pictures of an eagle, but if not, you can take many a selfie in the hard hat that comes with your entry fee. Guided tours are also available.
Reach Spain’s highest peak without breaking a sweat
Take in the stunning views of the largest national park in the Canary Islands from a cable car. Pre-book to avoid the queues and ensure you actually get up Mount Teide as daily visitor numbers here are also restricted. There are three routes to choose where you go for your views once leaving the cable car but make sure you take a coat as temperatures plummet at the top. If you want to reach the actual summit you must organise a free permit in advance from here.
Cool off with some designer shopping
Visit the Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque to peruse three floors of quality shops and outlets. The mall is the perfect place to avoid the midday sun and splash some serious cash. Alongside the high-end shops are the usual familiar high-street regulars so there is something for everyone.
Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque, Calle Londres, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 71 98 88
Swim with sea turtles
While the Playa del Puertito is a little off the tourist trail, it’s certainly worth the trip. The main attraction lies in the waters, with sea turtles often seen here swimming around the clean water and sand shelves. The sheltered bay also makes it particularly easy for snorkelers. Afterwards, enjoy a reasonably-priced bite at the beach’s only restaurant: Bodegon Pepe y Lola.
Relax on Blue Flag beaches
This coastline offers a long stretch of beach options but head to Blue Flag-awarded Playa Fanabe for great swimming and watersports in the clear, pristine waters. Venture further up the promenade to reach the more sophisticated Playa del Duque. Also a Blue Flag beach, this cove mixes imported white sand (from the Sahara) with the native volcanic sand, creating one of Tenerife’s best beaches. Although expect to pay more for your beach add-ons like sun loungers.
Take a Tuk Tuk Tour
Looking to explore the island from a fresh perspective? Then take a tuk tuk tour. Not only is it fun, it’s ecologically friendly too as they are powered by electricity. The Costa Adeje tour will zip you around the surrounding local markets, charming churches, and – of course – the beaches.
Sweet Tours Tenerife, Av. de España, Tenerife, Spain +34 685 797007
Enjoy some local seafood
Stroll the couple of miles up the coast from Playa del Duque and you’ll get to the small fishing village of La Caleta. Grab a terrace seat overlooking the sea if you can and indulge in delicious seafood at La Masia del Mar. Relax long enough and you could easily shift into sunset cocktails seamlessly.
La Masia del Mar, Calle El Muelle, 3, Tenerife, Spain +34 922 71 08 95
Splash about at Siam Water Park
Prepare to hold onto your swimsuit at Siam Water Park, Europe’s largest waterpark. Boasting the world’s largest man made waves (reaching three metres (10 feet)) and the world’s longest and highest lazy river, there is plenty to wear you out at this Thai-themed water park. Suspend your disbelief for a moment and pretend you are in Thailand for the day: indulge in Thai food from the restaurants and shop at the floating Thai market. You may need to build up your courage before hurling yourself down the Tower of Power, an almost vertical slide that shoots you through a shark tank.
Siam Water Park, Avenida Siam, Tenerife, Spain +34 822 07 00 00
Observe the heavens
Take a drive out of town and look upwards. The Canary Islands are some of the best places in the world for star gazing due to the low light pollution. So much so that the Teide National Park was awarded the title of ‘Starlight Tourist Destination’. Take an astronomy tour, looking through long-range telescopes for the full experience.
Listen to the sounds of whales and dolphins
For an experience more like a marine biologist than a tourist, embark on an eco tour led by a scientist and listen to the underwater communication of dolphins and whales. The small boat is equipped with a sound system and a hydrophone and excursions have snorkeling options, too.
Atlantic Eco Experience, Pantalan, 4, Tenerife, Spain +34 638770306