Located just west of Tenerife’s vibrant capital of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje is close to some of the best action on the island, whilst being far enough away to enjoy a peaceful stay on your own terms.
Uuntil fairly recently, Costa Adeje was actually considered part of Playa de las America. But in an attempt to distance itself from the capital’s raucous reputation and attract a more family-oriented crowd, it became known as an entirely separate resort.
Its natural and man-made appeal will hit you as soon as you arrive. With the spectacular sight of Mount Teide forming the back drop to the resort, Costa Adeje also boasts a traffic-free promenade that runs along the full length of the resort, making for delightful strolls at any time of day.
Black volcanic sands lead down into the Atlantic Ocean, where there are plenty of watersports on offer. Or for a change of aquatic scenery, there are a couple of excellent water parks nearby.
The nearest airport to Costa Adeje is Tenerife South Airport, which is 25km away, and connects to a huge number of cities across Europe.
If you haven’t arranged a hotel transfer in advance, the best way of getting from the airport to Callao Salvaje is by using the public bus service TITSA which offers quick and cheap services. Alternatively, taxis and hire cars are in ample supply at the airport.
Similar to the rest of the island, the climate in Costa Adeje ensures it can be enjoyed all-year-round. The pleasant spring temperatures continue throughout the seasons, and all of the resort’s attractions remain open during the winter months as well, which is often one of the busiest times for Costa Adeje. Indeed, the months of December to February are considered ‘peak season’ in the resort.
The months between May and October are also popular times to visit Costa Adeje, when the cool sea breezes offer respite from the heat which often climbs above 30C.
One of the best ways to explore Costa Adeje is on the mini train that operates from the Centro Commercial Salytien. The round trip takes around 45 minutes and passes through Torviscas Alto, and the area around the Aqualand Costa Adeje waterpark, before returning via the harbour at Puerto Colom.
Once off the train, Poerto Colom harbour is certainly worth taking a stroll around. It has moorings for almost 400 vessels including a number of expensive luxury yachts, lending the area a touch of chic exclusivity.
The harbour is also the departure point for several day trips, including excursions to whale and dolphins colonies. If possible, try to book a trip on one of the Freebird catamarans, which are available for both private and corporate charter.
If that all sounds a bit too strenuous for your liking, Costa Adeje is also home to some excellent beaches. This area of Tenerife is also popular for watersports, including scuba diving and snorkelling.
When you're tired of the beach, there are plenty of other activities and attractions in and around the resort, including waterparks and a high-quality golf course.
For visitors looking to venture beyond the resort, the old town of Adeje is situated inland, and presents a completely different side of Tenerife. A short distance from the centre of the town is the impressive "Barranco del Infierno" ravine, which is the deepest on all of the Canary Islands, and offers daily access to the public.
Also worth a visit is the tiny fishing village of La Caleta, a 15-minute walk along the coast from Costa Adeje. If you do check it out, you may want to sample an outstanding restaurant called Masia del Mar, which serves some of the best seafood on the island.