Best Things to Do in Costa Adeje, Tenerife

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General information about Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Costa Adeje is an upmarket resort in Tenerife, located on the south-west coast. The beaches of Costa Adeje are among the best the island has to offer. Costa Adeje is a quieter resort compared with Playa De Las Americas, but you still will be able to find a lot of activities, sports and places to eat and drink.

The public transport in Tenerife is very well functioning, so if you prefer to not rent a car, it is definitely possible. There are buses which can take you from both airports to Costa Adeje, and from there to the major towns of the island. There are also many daily package bus and boat tours starting from Costa Adeje itself if you want to go on a day trip in the middle of your holiday.

Weather in Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Tenerife modestly claims to have the best climate in the world and this might really be true. The general temperature is quite mild, rarely going over 30C (85 F) or below 15 C (60 F).

The hottest time in Tenerife are the months of June, July and August, so head there during the summer to get some tan and enjoy real beach weather. Chose spring or autumn, if you prefer milder weather, as the temperature then would normally stay around 23 C (74 F).

And if you like to keep it cool, but still are looking for some sunshine and warmth, then winter is the time for you, with the temperature around 20 C (68 F). Do note, however, that winter is also the wettest season in Tenerife, and the saying “when it rains it pours” can be taken in this corner of the world quite literally.

Best beaches in Costa Adeje

Playa Torviscas, Costa Adeje

This is my favourite one, hands down! The sand is of beautiful grey-black colour, which really reminds me of crushed Oreo cookies. There are showers, toilets, a variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and shops around as well as a great play area for the kids. Really good beach, where we would spend most of our mornings or afternoons. Another important feature: the beach is accessible by wheelchair (and it is also useful to know for parents with strollers).

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Real-life picture of Costa Adeje beaches

Playa El Duque, Costa Adeje

A much fancier beach usually named one of the best beaches of Tenerife. The area behind the beach is known for luxury hotels, shops and restaurants, but the beach is free for everyone to use. The sand is more golden in colour and you have some very picturesque cliffs towards the end of the beach.

Playa La Pinta, Costa Adeje

The beach next to the port – Puerto Colon. La Pinta is a perfect spot if you like doing (or watching) watersports, as most of the activities start here. If you want to swim a bit before going on a sailing or dolphin and whale-watching tour, this is a beach to go to.

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Sunset in Playa Torviscas

Costa Adeje shopping

Costa Adeje is one of the major tourists’ spots in Tenerife and offers wide shopping opportunities. Here are some of them.

Markets in Costa Adeje

The Farmers Market in Adeje

The best place to get local bananas, avocados, mango, many other fruits and vegetables, as well as cheeses, bread and liqueurs. This market is located at the Calle Archajara in Adeje, close to the Mercadona Supermarket and the BP Gas Station. The parking is free, but you can also take a walk or use public transport. The market is open every Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm and every Sunday morning from 8 am to 1:30 pm.

Costa Adeje Market or Fanabe Market

A funny place, where you can definitely spend some time on a cloudy or windy day when the beach is off limits. The market offers a wide selection of Canarian crafts and arts as well as both original and replica clothes and accessories. Worth browsing!

Shopping malls in Costa Adeje

Centro Commercial El Mirador

One of the newest shopping centres in Costa Adeje, which also hosts the Artisan Market. Here you will find mostly clothing stores, but also some places to grab a bite and get some local souvenirs.

Gran Sur Commercial Centre

The Gran Sur Commercial Centre Costa Adeje is probably the biggest shopping complex. Here you can get clothes, food, accessories and whatnots in pretty much any price range.

Plaza Del Duque

The Plaza del Duque is a shopping complex on a slightly more luxurious side. It is the place for shopping for designer goods, while also enjoying some nice minimalistic architecture.

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Banana plantations near Costa Adeje

Best Restaurants in Costa Adeje

For a nice cup of tea and a cake try Harriet’s Tea Room and Restaurant. There are many places to have tea in Adeje, but Harriet’s probably is the best of them all.

For a good cup of coffee or lunch, try out The Smart Bakery on Avenida Eugenio Dominguez.

For local Spanish and Canarian food, try the following restaurants:

  • CHAR Modern cocina & grill
  • Cordon Rojo
  • Secret’s Tasca
  • La Torre Del Mirador
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Watching the sunset

Things to do in Costa Adeje when it is raining

  • Visit a waterpark – There is not just one, but two parks: Siam Park and Aqualand. Chose the one to your own liking!
  • Go shopping – Especially relevant in the sales period of January and July, but I’m sure you will find something also in other months.
  • Take a day trip – The weather in Tenerife can vary a lot from north to south. If it is raining in Adeje, it might still be dry and sunny in Teide National Park or in the north of the island.

Costa Adeje Nightlife

While remaining a rather tranquil place during the day, Costa Adeje does offer rather good opportunities to party at night. You can choose from a wide variety of late-open restaurants and pubs to cocktail bars, beach parties and night clubs.

Here are some spots you definitely should check out:

  • Achaman Discopub – blend in with the locals for a Salsa night and great cocktails
  • The TIBU – open through the night until 6 am, so you can dance until the sunrise
  • Faro Club – a very elegant venue, so make sure you dress up!
  • Hayal Tenerife Cocktail & Shisha Bar – for a Turkish vibe and some shisha, this is the place
  • Kaluna Beach Club – a glamorous beach club near Playa Torviscas

Day trips from Costa Adeje

To take a day trip from Costa Adeje to pretty much any spot on the island you can either rent a car or chose from many offered organised tours. Even if you plan a relaxing holiday at the beach, there is always a chance to do something fun. Consider these options:

  • Mount Teide
  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Loro Parque
  • La Gomera

Best Hotels in Costa Adeje

For choosing the hotel, I would use booking.com in 80% of my stays (and the rest 20% would be Airbnb). True, sometimes you might save some money when booking directly with the hotel itself, but then if things go sour, there is no one there to help you. When you book on booking.com, there is always available English-speaking support on the phone, who would help you deal with things if needed.

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Costa Adeje

For more information on finding the best deals on booking.com website, check out these tips.

When looking for a hotel, here is the criteria I use to select the best hotels in Costa Adeje:

  • A review score of 8,5+
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast included

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