Visit Masca, Tenerife - Tenerife's most beautiful village, travel guide

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Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village set in a superb mountaineous location. Masca is a village set in the Teno Mountains on the western side of Tenerife. 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'.

Explore Masca

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 was a bar and a tiny church but its popularity means that a number of restaurants and shops have now opened to cater for tourists.

The church is so small there is only room inside for eight people! (Make sure you cover your legs if you enter the church.)

Masca

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 Gigantes 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.

Masca

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. Apparently it is not unknown for locals to have to drive visitors back down the mountain as they are too nervous to do the return journey! However don't be put off, the scenery on route to Masca is almost as good as the village itself and so it is well worth finding a way to do the trip.

From Masca itself you get splendid views of La Gomera, one of the other Canary Islands, framed on either side by the walls of the ravine - definitely one for your instagram account! The village itself with the mountainous surroundings, the colourful flowers, cacti, forests of palm trees and cypresses, blue sea and sky all make the whole trip a photographers paradise.

photo kindly supplied by the Turismo de Tenerife

Places to visit nearby

Heading back to the coast the dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes are quite a spectacle. The cliffs are best seen from the sea but luckily many of the whale watching tours pass by here so hopefully you would get to see cliffs and whales!

You can find more local travel ideas in the Tenerife guide.

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Map of Masca and places to visit

Places to visit near Masca

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

The Los Gigantes is a resort next to huge cliffs with a sheer drop down into the sea.

Los Gigantes guide

Teno Alto

Teno Alto

Teno Alto has stunning views from its position high in the Teno mountains. The area is very popular with walkers.

Teno Alto guide

Los Silos

Los Silos

Los Silos is a pretty town with attractive traditional Canarian architecture. The Teno mountains form a beautiful backdrop to the town.

Los Silos guide

Garachico

Garachico

A beautiful little town on the north coast of Tenerife. Garachico has a very pretty centre and a harbour area full of natural rock pools.

Garachico guide

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos

Icod de los Vinos is home to the oldest dragon tree on the Canary Islands. It has some pretty squares and is close to the Cueva del Viento larva tunnels.

Icod de los Vinos guide

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

A stunning volcanic park with an active volcano, Mount Teide. Teide Park is in the centre of Tenerife and is a highlight of any visit.

Teide National Park guide

Siam Park

Siam Park

Siam Park is a huge water park with a Thai theme and has consistently been voted the number one water park in the World.

Siam Park guide

Jungle Park

Jungle Park

Jungle Park is a zoo on the southern coast of Tenerife. Its animals include rare white tigers and lions and there are various activities at the park too.

Jungle Park guide