The town is at the beating heart of the Tenerife tourist scene yet tends to be seen as more upmarket than its neighbours – las Americas and Los Cristianos. The King of Spain stays here when he visits and the area is renowned for its expensive hotels and long flowing beaches, which are some of the best on the whole island.
The resort itself is a mix of upmarket malls and hotels interspersed with sections which are in need of a revamp. Like the rest of the South, these areas flow somewhat uncomfortably into one another as the relentless pace of development continues. In truth, you can walk from Los Cristianos to the far end of Costa Adeje and La Caleta without even realising you’ve entered a different area, such has been the amount of development.
The beaches at Adeje are some of the best on the island and long promenades make for pleasant early morning or evening walks. There is a vast range of bars and restaurants catering for every taste from fine dining to simple pub grub. Nightlife is less hectic in this area, tending to revolve around bars with live music or relaxed beachfront pub/restaurants. On a clear day, the sunset views over La Gomera are breathtaking.
Adeje is also home to the most water and sea sports on the island. The majority of boat trips depart from Puerto Colon harbour while jetskiing, paragliding, boat hire, fishing and wakeboarding are all possible. In fact, pretty much all sea sports are centered in the area and along with Los Gigantes, Adeje is departure point for the majority of whale and dolphin cruises.
When booking accommodation in Adeje, it’s worth double-checking the location of your hotel or apartment. The town is built on a sloping plateau which cascades down to the seafront. As a guide, anything to the South of the motorway is on relatively flat ground but the further inland you go, the longer the walk home on what can be, in many places, really quite steep terrain (of particular note for disabled or older persons). Accommodation further up the hill tends to be significantly cheaper – and the sunset views can be spellbinding – but in places the climb can be tortuous (hence the locals calling it ‘Cardiac Hill’).