Why Costa Adeje is a top choice for active breaks
A lot of us dream about holidays in the sun, but if you’re looking for somewhere that ticks all the usual boxes for an island getaway – like good weather and nice beaches – as well as providing plenty of activities, Costa Adeje in Tenerife fits the bill perfectly.
This is on the south-west coast of Tenerife, so you can expect a decent amount of sunshine. It’s close to Playa de las Americas, which is a well-known bustling resort, but it’s quieter in terms of nightlife. This is an added bonus if you’re looking for a relaxing break, and you can always nip over to Playa de las Americas if you fancy a night on the town.
But before you start planning your options for the evening, check out what you can do during the day. Of course, plenty of people come to Tenerife because they want to hit the beach and not a lot else, but that seems like a bit of a waste in Costa Adeje, given the choice of activities. Read on to find out what not to miss.
Masca: a walker’s paradise
Whether you’re an avid walker or you’re just someone who likes seeing a bit more of your chosen destination, Masca is an absolute must-visit if you’re staying in Costa Adeje. This little village is located in a pretty gorge – and it’s this gorge that forms the basis of most serious walks here. That said, before you set off it’s definitely worth spending a little time in Masca itself. Why? Mainly because it’s known as the prettiest village in Tenerife.
It’s characterised by stone houses, sharp ravines and amazing sea views, as well as its tiny population. That said, it’s a good idea not to expect it to be a quiet place, unless you’re visiting at an odd time. After all, news travels fast and it’s now no secret that Masca is so scenic – so you’re likely to be sharing it with plenty of other travellers.
Still, it also marks the starting point of a great hike to the sea. There and back, the route takes around six hours, and the path can be steep, narrow and dotted with loose rocks, so you should be an experienced hiker to tackle it. It’s a really scenic, unusual trail (there’s some great plant life, and the gorge gets surprisingly narrow in places), so it’s well worth taking. Plus, it’s pretty easy to follow, so you don’t need to be too worried about getting lost, which is always comforting!
Golfing in Tenerife: Golf Costa Adeje
Tenerife is a popular choice among golfers, and Golf Costa Adeje is a great spot to choose. Offering 18-hole and nine-hole courses, it’s also got a driving range where you can practise your swing. Plus, there are two practice putting greens and a practice bunker, so it’s a good choice if you’re feeling a bit rusty. If you’re not, head to the championship course, which is the best place to put your skills to the test. The prices for playing vary between the summer and winter seasons, so it’s best to double check these before travelling.
Of course, you’re hardly going to book a hotel here without spending a bit of time on the beach – after all, it would be a bit of a waste of the location! There’s plenty more to do than sunbathe though, and you’ll find companies here and in Playa de las Americas that hire out surf gear. Alternatively, head to Puerto Colon (in Costa Adeje), where you’ll find boats that take holidaymakers on whale and dolphin-watching trips.
Joe is a travel blogger who usually takes up residence in the Canaries over the winter! He’s in the UK at the moment but is looking forward to his next Tenerife holidays.