Costa Adeje, located on the southern part of the island of Tenerife is a fantastic place to go for all year round sunshine. Whilst I was on holiday in Costa Adeje last year, I didn’t just work on my tan. Although this corner of Tenerife is relatively tourist orientated, there is a lot more to do that to lie on the beach. If you wander along the beachfront to the other nearby coastal resorts of Playa de las Americas or as far as Los Cristianos, these two resorts also have so much to offer. In fact there is a coastal walkway which goes from Costa Adeje through to Los Cristianos, which overlooks the various beaches. Due to Costa Adeje being heavily influenced by tourism, most places there are big hotel complexes, although there are shopping possibilities. Playa de las Americas is better for shopping and nightlife possibilities, and Los Cristianos has some fantastic places to eat, but you should wander through some of the old, narrow part of town in Los Cristianos to find the especially good places. In addition Costa Adeje has recently won the HolidayCheck Destination Award.
Things to do in Costa Adeje
Siam Water Park
Siam Water Park is the largest water park in Europe, and arguably the best. It’s definitely the best that I have been to. However, it is quite expensive to gain entry, with children (up to 11 years old) being 22 euros per ticket and Adults tickets are 33 euros per ticket. An advantage is, you can get a ‘twin ticket’ which enables you to gain entry to both Loro Parque and Siam Park at discounted rates, and you can do this online. Siam Park’s main attraction is the tower of Power which you can see in the picture, it’s the steep Kamikaze style slide. This particular slide levels out into a transparent tube and goes through an aquarium full of live fish, so if you can actually look up whilst going through the slide bottom without too much water splashing you in the face, you can see the fish. In addition to the famous Tower of Power, there are slightly more relaxing slides, for those who don’t appreciate the Adrenalin hits as much.
For those who love animals, Loro Parque at the northern part of the Island in Tenerife, in Puerto de la Cruz is a must. You can easily get there via an excursion bus from Costa Adeje. They have live shows here featuring Killer Whales, Dolphins and Sea lions. The Killer Whale show was the most exciting for me, as there are not many aquariums which actually have live Killer Whales. However, they do have more than just sea life here, to name a few which I remember, there were Iguanas, Jaguars, Sloths and Anteaters. The best advice is on arrival, be sure to get a timetable of when the different sea life shows are on and get a map of the park, so you can navigate your way around the park and plan the other attractions around when the live shows are on.
Getting around in Tenerife
The best way to get around whilst in Tenerife is definitely by car. You can hire cars at the airport, and I strongly advise it because although Costa Adeje has some nice beaches, the rest of the Island is at your fingertips to explore, when you have a hire car. This also will open the door to drive up to the cable car station on Mount Teide, which is also another must whilst you are staying in Costa Adeje. If you don’t want to hire a car, or you cannot drive, there are enough excursion buses available, which you can usually book from reception in you hotel.