If you’re jetting off for a week in the sun in gorgeous Costa Adeje, you might be tempted to spend every day on the beaches. (They are, after all, some of the best on the island!) But, if you can tear yourself away, you’ll find everything from the biggest ravine anywhere in the Canaries to the fun-filled attractions of Siam Park. Get the lowdown on all this fantastic resort has to offer with our local guide to 7 days in Costa Adeje.
On your first day, get your bearings by taking a stroll along the seafront promenade. (If you’re exhausted by the journey, hop on the handy mini-train.) You could spend the afternoon chilling out on the beach – Playa de Torviscas is one of the longest and best equipped – and soaking up the sunshine. Then enjoy drinks overlooking the ocean in the evening.
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Why not book yourself onto a whale- and dolphin-watching tour? Boats leave from the marina at Puerto Colon for a thrilling trip along the coast. Tours usually take between 3 and 4 hours and might include a buffet lunch, plus the chance to swim off the back of the boat.
Give yourself a break, and spend the day on the beach. The Playa de Torviscas is long, sandy and has a great choice of water sports and activities, plus plenty of shops bars and restaurants. We also love the Playa del Duque, which is smaller but equally well equipped. Mix up the sunbathing with some water sports – perhaps take out a paddle-board, or even rent a jet-ski if you want to whizz across the waves.
Spend the day at Siam Park, one of the biggest and best water parks on earth! It’s huge, and you’ll find a host of spectacular attractions to get the adrenaline pumping, including the ‘Tower of Power’, which you will whizz down at up to 80km/h before flying through a huge aquarium with sharks and rays! If you’re travelling with little kids, don’t worry – there is plenty to keep them happy too! (If you prefer something on a smaller scale, you could also hit Aqualand, which has lots of slides and pools.)
Give yourself a pampering day. Book in a treatment or massage at one of the hotel spas, or just sit by the pool with a good page-turner or some mags. If you’re not the type to enjoy sitting still, you could head to the biggest ravine in the Canary Islands, the Barranco del Infierno (‘the ravine of hell’), which is now a beautiful nature reserve. Feeling wonderfully relaxed, enjoy a fabulous seafood dinner by the beach.
Make a trip to the Pico del Teide – at 3718 metres, this is Spain’s highest mountain. This dramatic volcanic peak dominates the whole island, and is the centrepiece of a spectacular national park. There are lots of fantastic hikes, but you can also take the cable car up to a stunning view point at 3,555 metres. (If you want to make the hike to the crater at the top, you’ll need to apply in advance for a permit because access is limited.)
You’ll probably want to hit the beach again on your last day in Costa Adeje so that you can soak up as much sun as possible before heading home. Grab a sun bed, slather on the sun tan lotion, and relax!