The town of Adeje, the main town in the district of the same name has preserved its historic quarter well; here the traces of its long history survive. Located in the upper area of the district, the town was, before the conquest, the residence of the "Mencey Axerax" or "Gran Tinerfe," the last of the great Guanche Kings of Tenerife. After the Spanish conquest, the town was clearly influenced by the colonial style of architecture as can be seen from its stately homes and catholic churches.
Among the many religious buildings, the most outstanding are the church of Santa Ursula and the Convent de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, as well as the church of San Pablo, which contains an interesting museum of religious art with pieces dating from the 14th to the 19th centuries. Important historical civil buildings are the "Casa Fuerte," next to which is an old 16th century fort.