Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village set in a superb mountaineous location.
Masca is a village set in the Teno Mountains. Its location is stunning and because it is quite difficult to get to on a road full of tight hairpin bends it has been relatively undiscovered until recent years. Indeed there wasn't a road at all before 1991 and led to Masca being known as the 'forgotten village'.
Masca is the most beautiful village on Tenerife and its houses appear to cling onto the edge of the rocky mountainside on which it is built. As well as the deep ravines and dramatic views the surrounding vegetation is lush and adds to the beauty of the site. In the centre of the village there is a bar and a tiny church. The church is so small there is only room inside for eight people! (Make sure you cover your legs if you enter the church.)
If you are fit and feeling energetic there is a walk from Masca to the Bay of Masca on the coast. The walk goes through stunning scenery and weird rock formations. The return trip takes 6 hours.
If you came by coach it is possible to do just the downhill walk to the coast (still a strenuous walk though) and then get a boat to Los Gigantis where your coach will pick you up. The cliffs of Los Gigantes (the cliffs of the giants) are magnificent sheer rock cliffs 500-800m high and well worth seeing.
If you are a nervous driver it is well worth taking a coach as the roads are hair-raising. The bends are so tight that only small coaches can do the trip.
photo kindly supplied by the Turismo de Tenerife