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Costa Adeje: Laid-back glamour on Tenerife

A Holiday in Costa Adeje
Written by Nigel Simpkins

Costa Adeje on the Spanish island Tenerife has the highest number of 4- and 5-star hotels in the world. It is a popular holiday spot for celebrities like theBeckhams, who frequently spend holidays on Tenerife. Next to its luxurious lodgings, it has all the necessary amenities to please a glamorous audience. 

But fear not, you don’t have to be rich to enjoy your holiday here. Next to the high-class hotels and shopping malls, you’ll find a resort town that has much to offer for tourists of any kind. 

Here’s our travel guide to Costa Adeje.

Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje is a coastal resort town in the southwest of Tenerife, which makes it part of the Canary Islands and Spain. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it makes for the perfect beach holiday. Thetemperaturesin summer range from 22 °C  to 28 °C (72 °F to 83 °F) and in winter from 15 °C to 19 °C (59 °F to 66 °F), so the climate is nice, warm, and mild almost all year round.

The resort town is nestled between the ocean and the volcanic hills leading up to the Pico del Teide, the island’s highest peak (3715 m) and third-highest island volcano in the world. Fans of hiking and water sports, or simply just lying on the beach will enjoy their stay in the area.


Tenerife South, the closest airport, is a little under 30 km away. It is easily accessible via the island freeway TF-1 or by bus.

  • From Tenerife South Airport: Line 40, 111, 343, and 450.
  • From Tenerife North Airport or the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Line 110.

In Costa Adeje, you can get around using taxis, the public bus (TITSA), or the tourist train (TrenTurístico).


Next to the many 5-star hotels in the area, there are plenty of holiday villas to rent in Tenerife. If you are looking for private lodging, a small villa all to yourself, or a place to stay that is truer to the local charm, booking a holiday lodging might be the answer.


There are three beaches in Costa Adeje and plenty more in the surrounding area. The Playa Fañabe and the Playa del Duque have been awarded the Blue Flag awards for pristine waters. While the Playa del Duque has golden sand, the Playa Fañabe is made of soft grey and black volcanic sand.

The beaches in the area are supplied with all the necessary utilities. They connect to a long promenade reaching from La Caleta to Los Cristianos which is littered with restaurants and supermarkets. You can rent sun loungers and parasols and buy toys or inflatable mattresses. Lifeguards assure everybody’s safety. Moreover, many of the beaches were artificially filled with sand, so the slope tapers off slowly till it reaches the breakwaters, making it safer for younger children to enjoy.


Costa Adeje is home to – or close to –many attractions such as water parks and nature parks, making it perfect for a family holiday

Siam Park

Siam Park is Europe’s largest water park. The park’s 25 buildings and all attractions are Thai-themed and the largest collection of Thai buildings outside of Thailand. The royal family of Thailand has officially given their blessing for the use of the design and name. It is about 18.5 hectares (46 acres) big. It has 14 rides and was named the world’s best water park by TripAdvisor twice, in 2015 and 2017.

Other parks are Aqualand (a water park with dolphin shows), Loro Parque (a zoo), and Jungle Park (a climbing adventure park).

The Mount Teide Natural Park

It takes a 40-minute drive to get to the entrance of the Natural Park from Costa Adeje, but it is worth it. You can climb the volcanic mountain or take a cable car to the top to enjoy the view and the stunning nature surrounding it. The Hell’s Gorge is a hiking trail leading through the park. It stretches across ravines and leads to the highest waterfall on the island. Make sure to reserve a spot in advance, since the number of visitors per day is restricted to 300.

Plaza del Duque

The Plaza del Duque is the destination for luxurious shopping. If you have the money and want to buy some glitzy merch, here’s where to find it. But it’s also worth a visit when you don’t intendto spend a lot of money. You can come and bask in the glamorous aura while drinking a coffee in one of the many cafés.


Costa Adeje is the right holiday destination to satisfy both regular tourists and those with higher standards. The coastal town has beautiful beaches, high-class malls, and plenty of restaurants. Its location between the coast and the volcanic hills makes it incredibly visually pleasing, and the many attractions in its vicinity entertain old and young. 

This is only a small selection of the things you can do in the area. We suggest you check it out for yourself!