It’s a personal thing – Costa Adeje

So far I have given my personal view of Los Cristianos and Las Americas, today my thoughts on Costa Adeje whatever and wherever that may be.  Despite common belief that the area mainly attracts British tourists, if you live here you know it has a very multicultural feel.  Walking around you hear a collection of different languages, from Spanish to Scottish, Russian to Romanian, French to Finnish.  The Adeje area has  a thriving Hindu community and of course lots of South Americans live here too.

In recent years, much of the coastal area in the south of Tenerife has become collectively known as Costa Adeje.  Often tourists refer to Costa Adeje as just one resort and seem to imply it is posher than the rest of the south.  I think they possibly mean the area around El Duque and La Caleta.  In fact Costa Adeje stretches for miles and includes areas that at one time were part of Las Americas such as San Eugenio and Torviscus and now extends all the way around the coast to include Playa Paraiso and Callao Salvaje.

The marketing men claim that Costa Adeje is one of the most prestigious resorts in Tenerife. It is said that it caters for the more exclusive and refined tourist and some of the best accommodation on the island is located there. Well that is certainly true and with a price tag to suit, but like the curates egg as well as the good bits there are in my opinion bad bits, some areas are certainly posh and some are in need of a long overdue facelift.

Like other popular resorts, Costa Adeje has risen out of nowhere, mainly due to the high demand for quality hotels. In most cases these are more luxurious, are a blend of good design, good taste and near the sea and as said, generally more expensive than other areas.  As an example the Gran Bahía del Duque is not just one of a handful of prodigious hotels in Tenerife but has been nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards!  While the Jardin Tropical on the edge of Puerto Colon has one of the most beautiful swimming pools carved into the cliff.  Sitting here the views are breathtaking not just of the ocean but the island of La Gomera on the horizon.

In recent years the wide traffic-free promenade that runs along the full length of the resort has been restructured to help those with mobility problems and is known locally as the “Geranium Walk” due to the numerous flowers that line its borders. It is pretty, but again in my opinion, some of the restaurants, bars and other establishments along this main tourist thoroughfare could do with being refurbished.  Playa Paraiso still looks like a wild west town all that is missing is the tumbleweed blowing down the road but Callao Salvaje has pulled its socks up and now the new beach has been added, the shops and restaurants are taking on a new lease of life.  Good on ya Callao!

The beaches of Costa Adeje have gray-gold sand and you will find several options for water sports. You can also enjoy a boat ride, which can be booked at any of the establishments found in Playa de Fañabé, Playa de Torviscas or from Puerto Colon there are numerous sailings to see whales and dolphins. For those who want an all over tan, then Playa de Diego Hernandez is located between the now resort of La Caleta and El Puertito, a small fishing village further along the coast.

Costa Adeje has its own attractions, Aqualand, Golf Costa Adeje one of the best golf courses in the Canary Islands  and for those who like to shop the Plaza del Duque is heaven but in the words of J.P. Morgan “If you have to ask the priceyou can’t afford it”  When it comes to culture that may be a bit thin on the ground but I have visited Hindu Festivals, Tibetan Festivals as well as innumerable Canarian Festivals, you just have to move from your hotel sun bed to find these.  It is also a very short distance to the capital, Santa Cruz, so the culture buffs can also partake of their ballet, opera and classical music an easy 40 minutes journey down the motorway.

Is it worth paying the extra to stay, eat or drink in ‘Costa Adeje’ it really depends on what you are looking for, the exclusive hotels will offer you something you wont find everyday but whether that is worth the price really depends on how deep your pockets are.  There are equally good, sometimes better hotels and restaurants in other areas of the south, but like most things it is the name you are paying for.  In my opinion like the majority of the south of the island, it is a great area to both live and holiday as the variety on offer no matter what you are looking for is matchless.

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8 Responses to It’s a personal thing – Costa Adeje

  1. Don says:

    Could anyone tell me if San Martin restaurant (the pig factory) is still in business? if it is how do you get there by car? Thanks

    • Hi Don, It is a while since I have been to the ‘pig farm’ it is in Cabo Blanco opposite the Culture Centre. It is good but IMO the best food is when you are part of a large group and they roast a pig. I think it is closed on Thursday evenings. Hard to give you directions as I dont know which way you are travelling. I would suggest you ask your question on Tripadvisor where you may get other peoples opinions of the place as well as confirmation of the night they are not open. 🙂

  2. discoverywalking says:

    Having lived in Las Americas (the original creators/owners of the BookSwops), I always found it varied and alive. It may not be ‘posh’ but it is bright and honest in what it’s there for. Great to see your pics!

  3. Blyth Spirit says:

    Another good insight, I work with some one who goes to Costa Adeckeeee as he calls it and he also thinks its the upper class and has never even been up to PdlA but says he doesn’t like it, its rough he claims !!!

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