Choose a hotel in Costa Adeje and you’ve got one of the world’s best waterparks right on your doorstep. In fact, calling it a waterpark is doing it a serious injustice – it’s roughly the size of 25 football pitches and looks more like a tropical jungle. Spread throughout the greenery you’ll find rides like the Tower of Power – a vertical, see-through tube that shoots you safely through a tank of sharks and stingrays – the world’s longest lazy river and even a Thai-style floating market. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Top tip: you can’t take your own food in to Siam Park but there are snack bars and restaurants, and shops in the floating market.
The waters around Costa Adeje – the Atlantic Ocean , to be precise – are teeming with sea life, so you’ll spot plenty of fish, octopuses and crabs if you snorkel just off the beach. And, at low tide, there are plenty of rock pools for children to explore. If you want to head out further, lots of companies offer boat trips out into deeper waters. Snorkel or scuba dive here and you may just spot a turtle gliding through the water. Tenerife's south coast is also home to whales and dolphins, so if you're lucky, you might spot some of those, too.
Top tip: if you buy water shoes at Siam Park, keep hold of them – they’ll come in handy for snorkelling and rock-pooling, too.
As Spain's most-visited national park this place welcomes millions of visitors every year. You wouldn’t know it, though – the park, which includes Spain’s tallest mountain, Mount Teide, is so vast that it seems to go on forever. You can drive to the top if you’ve got a hire car, or you can book an organised excursion and ride the cable car up. The view takes in the islands of Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro on a good day, so it’s well worth it.
Top tip: there are guided hikes up to the summit, but the climb takes about 6 hours and it’s not for the faint of heart.
Costa Adeje’s market opens up on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am until 2pm, inland from Fanabe beach. It’s cheap and cheerful, so you can pick up hand-embroidered clothes, weirdly flavoured cheeses and little souvenirs to take home. Just make sure you haggle on the price a bit – it’s very much expected here.
Top tip: there’s another market just up the road in Los Cristianos on Sundays and Tuesdays at the same time. You’ll find the same sort of thing on sale, only much more of it.
If you’re more of a high-end shopper, this upmarket shopping centre will be right up your street. Inside the modern, circular mall there are a mixture of shops including high street brands such as Mango as well as pricier designer labels. There’s a supermarket if you need to pick up any essentials, and some contemporary bars and cafes that are shaded from the sun. Plus, there’s a huge underground car park and a soft play centre up on the top floor – perfect if you’ve got little ones and want to escape the heat.
Top tip: the beach promenade leads all the way up to the shopping centre, so you can easily get to it without a car.
This adults-only hotel gives you a peaceful pool scene and a beach on the doorstep. And the food’s first class, too.
Massages for two and dinners with a view are just the start of what this hotel has to offer.
Choice is the watchword here – there are three outdoor pools, three restaurants and a great selection of activities.
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