Nestled in the south-west of Tenerife, Adeje is a historic town adjacent to the buzzing modern beach resort of Costa Adeje. It’s home to the oldest church on the island and an impressive museum of religious art, as well as lively stretches of sand and one of the world’s best water parks.
Things to do in Adeje
Spend a day exploring the historic settlement of Adeje, stopping to admire the sgraffito ornamentations and Moorish-inspired architecture of the 16th-century Santa Ursula Church. It lies on the edge of Plaza de España Square, with the Museum of Sacred Art’s religious works exhibited in a cutting-edge gallery below.
One of the most famous attractions near Adeje is the Thai-themed Siam Park, which has been regarded as one of the best water parks in the world. Take a surf lesson at the Wave Palace, challenge your family and friends on the six-lane Naga Racer slide and cruise along the world’s longest lazy river on the Mai Thai.
The resort of Costa Adeje stretches to the south of town, with plenty of sandy beaches where you can soak up the sun. Head to Playa de Torviscas or the small curve of sand at Puerto Colon to find a water sports centre where you can organise jet skiing and parasailing.
If you want a day away from the beach, hit the hiking trails that wind through the scenic ravine of El Barranco del Infierno. Witness Tenerife’s highest waterfall and explore ancient caves where indigenous Guanches once lived.
Getting around Adeje
Adeje is located 25 minutes’ drive from Tenerife South Airport and one hour from Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The town of Adeje is easy to explore on foot, with rental cars and scooters available to access the surrounding island sights.