Tenerife is a favourite winter destination for many Europeans. In the winter, the island is quieter and the weather is still nice. Most days are mostly sunny and the temperatures high enough to still be able to enjoy a few hours on the beach.
One of the most popular of the resorts is still the Costa Adeje, Tenerife. Here we take a closer look at the resort and give you some ideas of activities and days out you can enjoy when staying there.
The biggest attraction in the area is still the beaches. There are two blue flag beaches. Playa Fañabe has dark volcanic sand and the Playa del Duque has golden sands. Both offer a mix of watersports, bars and kiosks.
If you want big clubs, you will need to go to Playa de las Americas, which is just a few minutes from Adeje. There are clubs in Costa Adeje, but they are mostly small places. The focus in Adeje is bars and restaurants, which offer a mix of live music and a wide range of dining experiences.
The Plaza del Duque mall is three floors of designer and duty-free shops, so is a magnet for celebrities and many others in the area. This famous shopping centre is a great place for window shopping as well as looking out for celebrities like the Beckhams, Chris Kamara, Perry Fenwick and many others who like to shop in and around Adeje.
Shopping and saving big
If you like shopping there is a lot more on offer than just the mall. It is a great place to pick up some VAT free bargains. The area is part of the EU political area, but from a customs and VAT point of view, it is outside of the EU. That means that you can pick up some great bargains, so many people include shopping for luxury goods as part of their holiday itinerary.
There are lots of stores that specialise in luxury goods in the area, but other kinds of shops are also available. Every Thursday and Saturday morning, you can enjoy the Las Americas market. The Agromercado (Farmer’s market) is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday in the mornings. It is a chance to top up your holiday diet with some fresh fruit and enjoy a range of foods and beverages made by the local farmers.
Explore the rest of the island
The Costa Adeje is a great jumping off point for exploring the island. Car hire is cheap and the roads are good and relatively traffic free.
There are plenty of buses that run from the resort to the island’s other towns and cities. Bus travel is cheap especially if you buy a Bono Bus Card from a newsagent. Currently, they cost just 15Euros.
A boat trip to La Gomera makes for a nice day out. You can get the ferry from Los Cristianos and the crossing only takes 45 minutes. There are also whale and dolphin watching trips available.
The Adeje is a very relaxing place to stay and soak up the sun in the winter.