The municipality of Adeje is located in the south-west of the Island and covers a surface area of 105.94 km2 (40.9 sq miles), making it Tenerife's sixth largest municipality. It is here that some of the Island's most ancient geological materials have been found, and the erosive force of the wind has carved such impressive sculptures as the Roque del Conde rock formation or the summit of Pico de Abinque. Also worthy of mention is the Barranco del Infierno (Hell's Ravine), which has been designated a Special Nature Reserve, as well as the phreatomagmatic crater of Caldera del Rey. More than 45% of the municipality's land is covered by protected nature areas.
Moreover, the town of Villa de Adeje is steeped in history, dating back to before the Spanish conquest. As proof of the historic legacy it has built up over the years, its historic quarter is home to significant architectural monuments such as Casa Fuerte and the Church of Santa Úrsula.
In recent years, the municipality's coastal area has undergone considerable development. Known as Costa Adeje, it boasts a top quality hotel industry and plenty of leisure, nature, relaxation and sports options (with special mention to be made of its golf course).
Adeje also has 14 beaches made of different colour sand where visitors can swim all year round thanks to an average annual temperature of 24 ºC (75 ºF), with roughly 300 days of sunshine a year.
Another great asset is its wealth of sea life, housing one of the world's most important colonies of cetaceans: pilot whales, dolphins and other species of sea mammals can be seen swimming placidly in its waters. This makes for a great natural show that you can watch from one of the boats that head out specially.
The beauty of Adeje's ocean floors, inhabited by over 500 species, makes this municipality a favourite destination for divers. Adeje has a great network of diving centres that give lessons, organise diving trips and sell or rent out diving equipment. Adeje also has the Tenerife Top Training centre for the keenest and more proficient divers, equipped with some of the most modern facilities in Europe, attracting divers from all over the world to the municipality. The centre has an Olympic swimming pool, a warm-up pool and the only hydrodynamic flow channel in Spain.
Adeje's beautiful and jolly traditional celebrations are very much enjoyed by visitors. The festivities in honour of the Patron Saint, for instance, gather hundreds of people wishing to pay homage to San Sebastián, Santa Úrsula and La Virgen de la Encarnación, with adorned wagons, street dancers and pageants.