Visit Masca; a travel guide to the village of Masca, Spain

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Visit Masca

Masca is Tenerife's most beautiful village and sits perched on the edge of rocky mountainside on the west of the island.

Explore Masca

Masca is a village set in one of the remotest parts of Tenerife. Before 1991 there was no road leading to Masca, as a result it is a charming unspoilt village - though it has now been discovered and is a part of the tourist trail. Be warned though the road is not for the faint-hearted, it is full of sharp hairpin bends. If in doubt leave the car at your hotel and get a bus or coach to Masca, leaving the drive to experienced hands.

Its location is idyllic, set in the Teno mountains and its houses cling to the rocky slopes and have fabulous views over the gorge and on to the atlantic ocean. Some of the houses now contain cafes and restaurants where you can stop for lunch or refreshments. You can also buy oranges grown on the surrounding slopes. Take a look in the tiny church - only 8 people can fit inside!

Masca

If you can, do the walk from Masca to the ocean. Along the way there is some stunning scenery. It is a 6 hour return trip but if you came by coach it is possible to walk one way to the coast and then get a boat round the coast to Los Gigantes where your coach will pick you up.

Masca is on the north west coast of Tenerife.

photo kindly supplied by the Turismo de Tenerife

Places to visit nearby

As well as the mountainous area around Masca be sure to explore Park Teide which has some very unusual landscapes and its Mount Teide is the third highest volcanic mountain in the world!

The pretty town of Garachico is nearby and is considered to be another of Tenerife's prettiest destinations.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Western Canary Islands guide.

See also:

Map of Masca and places to visit

Places to visit near Masca

Garachico

Garachico

Garachico is a lovely jewel of a town, tiny but very elegant with colourful stucco buildings, elegant plazas, convents and mansions.

Garachico guide

Park Teide

Park Teide

In Park Teide is Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain. The park is a treat and not to be missed.

Park Teide guide

Tenerifes Aqua Parks

Tenerifes Aqua Parks

Tenerife's Aqua Parks; Tenerife has two great aqua parks which are great for a family day out.

Tenerifes Aqua Parks guide

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's biggest resort and well-known for its night-life.

Playa de las Americas guide

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely little harbour town situated at the foot of Mount Teide. It has colourful stucco buildings and lots of attractions nearby.

Puerto de la Cruz guide

La Orotava

La Orotava

La Orotava has wide streets, handsome squares and lovely churches and like Puerto de la Cruz is beautifully situated at the foot of Mount Teide.

La Orotava guide