Holidays In Costa Adeje
Costa Adeje Holidays at a Glance
Costa Adeje, located on the South West coast of Tenerife is a newly established neighbour of Playa de las Americas, built to cater more for the family market and couples visiting the area. Home to new smarter accommodation, including upmarket 5 star hotels, Costa Adeje is just 3 kms from its brash neighbour and an easy trip by taxi to sample some of the extensive and lively entertainment offered there.
Who holidays in Costa Adeje?
Costa Adeje is ideal for families with children and couples looking for an upmarket alternative to its busier neighbour Playa de las Americas with all the attractions within easy reach together with a more chic selection of shops and restaurants.
Key Facts - Costa Adeje
- LanguageSpanish & English
- Dialing Code00 34
- Flight Duration4 hours 30 mins (Approx)
- Distance From Airport25 kms
- Airport Transfer (Taxi)25 mins
The resort of Costa Adeje is situated around the black volcanic sand beach of Playa de Fanabe, quite a small beach, but well-equipped with plenty of facilities including watersports & diving. A pedestrian promenade, that connects the neighbouring resorts of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and La Caleta, runs behind the beach at Costa Adeje, and is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Inland from the coast is the old town of Adeje, with it's residential areas and some interesting historic buildings. Costa Adeje is most famous for the deepest gorge in the Canary Islands, the Barranco del Infiermo, or `Hell's Gorge', a deep ravine that is environmentally protected and offers a 16 kms walk through it's steep walls and dense vegetation.
Festivals and Carnivals: Tenerife is an island that revels in its colourful celebrations which go on year round. Carnivals take place in all areas, but especially Santa Cruz during February and March, when huge costumed parades and partying fill the streets. Easter celebrations are held in many places including Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava. The latter also plays host to the Corpus Christi festival in June, when the town square is decorated with tons of colourful sand to illustrate biblical events. August 14th and 15th are when the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands, the Virgin of Candelaria, is honoured with pilgrims from all over the Canaries travelling to the city of Candelaria in Tenerife to take part in processions. In late November, the Fiesta de San Andres takes place in Puerto de la Cruz and La Orotava when, traditionally, wine cellars are opened up and the new wine is tasted. Youngsters in Icod de los Vinos enjoy a tradition of sliding down the town's steep streets on greased wood boards. The climate in the Canaries makes it a favourite winter destination, too, and at Christmas and New Year, you may catch sight of the Baile del Nino (Dance of the Child) where groups of people in traditional dress dance before the image of the infant Christ, or one of the firework displays welcoming in the new year.
As well as religious celebrations, one of the most prestigious European classical music festivals takes place in June with a varied programme and impressive line up of musicians performing at various locations around the island. In Laguan in September, is the Sabandeno Festival of folk music with both Canarian and international bands in the line-up.
Loro Parque: One of the most famous animal parks in the Canary Islands, Loro Parque houses the largest collection of parrots in the world. It was founded as a refuge for the colourful birds in 1972 and has since become of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Covering 135,000 square metres, it includes an aquarium and a wide variety of other animals including dolphins, sea lions, gorillas, chimps, penguins and killer whales in realistic replicas of their natural habitats. Whale shows are a big attraction in the park. One of its newer attractions is Katandra Treetops, a network of suspended bridges from which you can observe a range of exotic birds at close quarters.
Los Gigantes: Cliffs are large by definition, it's true, but none more so than these awe-inspiring examples on the west coast, towering over the town named after them; they range up to 600 metres high. Take in their majesty on one of the many boat trips out from the chic marina of Puerto de la Cruz.
Mount Tiede: Unless you feel confident navigating intimidatingly winding mountain roads, its best to seek out an organised trip to Mount Tiede, 3717 meters high. It is the highest Volcano in the world, and the highest Spanish mountain. It sits in the massive crater of a prior ancient volcano, which so resembles the surface of the moon with its petrified lava formations, it was used by NASA to simulate actual moon landings. Look out for the Roques de Garcia. The obsidian (cooled magma), gives the rocks - and the consequent beach sands - their black colour and off-cuts are often polished up to fashion into striking jewellery. The mountain shelters the north of the island from Saharan winds creating quite a microclimate, but on the mountain itself, it can get quite cold, so take a warm sweater.
Bananera El Guanche: A visit to this private banana plantation includes a short video about Tenerife and a guided tour of the plantation. At the end, there is an opportunity to sample the banana liqueur made there, and to order flamingo flowers and bunches of bananas to be delivered to your hotel.
Museo Arqueologico del Puerto de la Cruz: This is one of the most important archaeological museums in the Canary Islands offering a collection comprising more than 2,600 specimens of items from the Guanche culture, and a document collection named after researcher, Luis Diego Cuscoy. It has an enormous collection of Guanche aboriginal pottery, including the remains of several Guanche mummies. Also to be seen are two unique pieces from the island, one of which is two limpet shells, a finding of Telesforo Bravo, and a clay idol called El Guatimac.
Masca: For the fit and strong, this picturesque village, located at the foot of the mountains in the northwest of the island, is well-worth the three-hour walk through deep ravines along breath-stopping winding roads. You'll be rewarded with stunning views, so remember to take your camera, as well as factoring in the uphill walk back.
Anaga Mountains: For breathtaking scenery and unusual landscapes, a hike through this protected part of northeast Tenerife is hard to beat. Still relatively unexplored, you will discover unusual rock formations and hidden villages in which some people still inhabit caves. The path to Barranco de Las Huertas is spectacular and leads to an amazing panorama of the craggy northern coastline.
Santa Cruz: The island's capital, this city is well worth a visit. It is home to one of the most historically important harbours in the Atlantic Ocean, a frequent stop-off point for 19th-century fleets heading for the Americas. Today it is a vibrant cosmopolitan city choc-a-bloc with interesting things to see, arresting architecture and, of course, great places to shop and eat. Explore it on an open-topped bus with the option to get off and on to fit your schedule.
Canarian Wrestling (Lucha Canaria): A popular tourist attraction, this is a spectator sport practised throughout the islands, usually in teams of twelve.
La Orotava: Located within the stunning Orotava valley is this ancient town distinguished by its picturesque buildings and quaint cobbled streets. Its historic centre is a popular tourist destination, where the Concepcion Church and Casa de los Balcones (houses of the balconies) perfectly represent the island's unique architecture.
The town also has a beautiful botanic garden, La Hijuela del Botanico. Created to acclimatise new species coming over from America, the garden was commissioned between 1788 and 1832 and came into being through investment from the Marquis of Villanueva del Prado. In the middle of the 19th century, gardener Germï¿¿n Widpret further developed it into a splendid display and in 1941 it came into the hands of the Institute for Agronomic Research. It is now home to more than 3,000 plant species, mainly native Canary Island flora but also including spectacular exotic species.
Playa de las Americas: Renowned for its round-the-clock party atmosphere Playa de las Americas is one of the most popular places to visit in Europe. Located on the south coast of Tenerife, it is the place young people head to for its hedonistic appeal. This emanates in particular from the one-kilometre stretch known as Veronicas, packed with nightclubs, cabaret bars, live music venues, shops and restaurants. Neon lights, music pumping out of doorways and people dancing in the street are all to be expected here every night of the week!
Away from the beach, golf is one of the top activities. Golf Costa Adeje is a superb championship 27-hole course close to the fishing village of La Caleta. If you haven't the time to play a full 18, they also have a challenging 9-hole course. And while one partner tramps the fairway, the other can book themselves in for some serious pampering. Spas are big business in the land of eternal sun. Look for signature treatments using local products such as volcanic mud or banana leaves.
For families and children the options in Costa Adeje include the Aqualand, Siam Park, Go Karting, Ten-pin bowling and for younger kids the excellent indoor Miki Park in the Centro Comercial El Duque shopping centre. There's also a 7-screen cinema inside the Gran Sur shopping centre which periodically shows English-language films.
Eating/Drinking During Costa Adeje Holidays
Although you'll still find a few pie-and-pint pubs, the majority of bars and restaurants in Costa Adeje prefer chic to cheap, classy to sassy. From sushi to spaghetti, fish to fajitas, more than a dozen different nationalities are represented, including some damn fine creative Canarian cuisine. Watch out for the fiery red mojo sauce!
For those looking to party into the early hours head to Costa Adeje's busier neighbour of Playa de las Americas with bars playing live music, happy hour and karaoke. The array nightclubs are located in the Starcos Commercial Centre with well known venues including Cream and the Ministry of Sound.
Getting Around on Costa Adeje Holidays
Getting around whilst on holiday to Costa Adeje is very easy with plenty of taxis readily available. Local buses called guaguas (pronounced 'wah wahs') are very cheap and run frequently over the island's main roads.
Costa Adeje Holidays Shopping
A major attraction of shopping during your holidays to Costa Adeje is that certain goods are tax free. So you can pick up bargain perfume, alcohol, cigarettes, cameras and electronic goods that are considerably cheaper than at home. There are also a huge amount of shops in Costa Adeje with boutiques and designer outlets.
Holidays in Costa Adeje - Beaches
Playa del Duque is one of the best beaches, although families with small children may prefer the calmer waters of Playa Fanabe, just around the headland.
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