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When you catch your first breathtaking view of Masca, you realise why it’s Tenerife’s second most popular tourist destination after Teide National Park, and why it’s known as Tenerife’s prettiest village. Clusters of white buildings nestle in small communities mostly hidden by lush vegetation, sandwiched between the Masca and the Madre del Agua gorges. The mountains tower above the village on three sides, with a deep ravine running along the valley floor to a ‘V’ on the horizon which frames the Atlantic Ocean and the distant outline of La Goméra.
Masca was one of the Guanches last refuges from the Spanish conquistadors in 1496. Its extraordinary position, virtually isolated until the roads from the north and south were constructed in the 1970s, has meant it has had to be self sufficient, growing crops of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, sweet potatoes, vines and fruit trees.
Restaurants in Masca
Whilst most menus are traditional with lots of fresh local ingredients, there is more variation than in other small villages. Even vegetarians are catered for. For something different, cactus lemonade is popular in Masca.
Accommodation in Masca
There are no hotels in Masca, but many of the restaurants, the bar and even some private houses offer rooms to rent. This is rural living for anyone who really wants to get away from it all.
Beaches in Masca
Masca does actually have a beach but it's a 3 hour trek through the barranco to get there... unless you catch the boat from Los Gigantes. It is also closed to the public.
The Pick of What to do in Masca
Walk the Barranco de Masca to a small, black sand beach, three hours down the line. Waterfalls, palms, cacti, wild flowers and the sweet scent of figs line the path as the steep walls of the barranco loom overhead.
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Tenerife has some fascinating towns, yet many visitors miss out on the best bits of them. But not those who have our Town & City Guides. With routes to our favourite sights, museums, galleries, parks, plazas, restaurants and more, these guides are your key to Tenerife towns & Cities. Routes for Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz now available.
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