You get the full works on Costa Adeje holidays. Top-dollar beaches, world-leading waterparks and boat trips are all in the bargain.
Costa Adeje's anchored on one of the most upbeat strips of Tenerife’s
coastline. Big hotels link arms with the seafront, and the offering of cafés, restaurants and shopping centres will leave you spoilt for choice. Next door, there’s a spot of friendly holiday competition in the form of Playa de las Americas
. This place plies its trade in pulse-pounding nightlife, live music and tip-top waterside scenery.
The waters here are an inviting shade of baby blue, with churros-coloured sands smudged alongside them. A couple of stretches – Fanabe and Torviscas – have well-earned Blue Flags on their CV, so you know the standard’s high when you fling down a towel. Follow the curve of the bay, and the beach shops and bars start to coil their way around the edge of a pretty marina. For sunbathing territory that’s a little on the quieter side, give nearby Playa del Duque a go.
The waterparks in Tenerife aren’t just a lucky bonus – lots of holidaymakers come here specifically for the island’s splash-happy qualifications. Siam Park’s the star of the show, and is perched right on the outskirts of Costa Adeje. It’s ranked by TripAdvisor as the world’s leading waterpark, and the rides are on another level. Take the Tower of Power – this 90-foot flume sends you down a near-vertical drop, before whizzing you beneath a shark-filled aquarium.
Beyond the manmade footprint, Tenerife’s hilly volcanic terrain rears up towards the clouds. North of town, nature trails and hidden waterfalls are tucked away in the Barranco del Infierno reserve. Turn your attention south, and Los Cristianos
gets its moment in the sun. Boat trips cast off from the harbour to the lesser-trodden shores of neighbouring Canary Island La Gomera, and whale watching jaunts are also on the cards.