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Visit the Lost Village of Masca on your Holiday in Tenerife

September 26, 2012 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

If you are looking for somewhere different to visit whilst on your holiday in Tenerife, then visit the “lost village” of Masca – a remote and picturesque village that is located amongst stunning scenery in the western part of the island, north of the resort of Los Gigantes and Puerto de Santiago and perched above a deep gorge, smothered with palms and pines.

In the past, Masca could only be reach by donkey but now during the peak season, coaches of tourists can be found visiting this pretty village. A road was built to the village [incorporating many hairpin bends] which then enabled electricity and water to be introduced and small museum was then established which can be reached via a steep path. All this occurred in 1991.  The stone houses in Masca occupy narrow ridges, tiny platforms of rock or built into the hills with wooden steps leading to their doorways.

You will find great walking opportunities in Masca with the best walk undoubtedly being from the village down the gorge [Barranco de Masca] to the sea. This walk is approximately 8km [5 miles] long and will take the average person around 2 hours to reach the coast. Starting in the town of Masca, keep a look out for the markers along the way to keep you on track and you walk through ravines that are as high as 600m above sea level. Parts of the gorge are only 20m wide, which you will find full of interesting rock formations and varied vegetation. Be sure to take some sturdy walking boots and plenty of water with you. Masca Village in Tenerife

Bear in mind that if you have arrived by coach or car then you will need to make your way back, and that is all uphill. However, if you are not reliant on getting back to Masca, then you can simply take a boat to Los Gigantes from here. However, if you are making your way back on foot then the whole journey from start to finish can take around 6 hours to complete – so allow plenty of time.

If you would prefer not to complete the walk independently, you will find many companies offering hiking trips. This can include a shuttle bus to Masca and a boat to collect you once you reach the end of the walk.

Although popular with tourists, Masca has retained its beauty despite the fact that a few bars and restaurants have sprung up providing excellent views, as well as a small souvenir shop. The best time to visit Masca to avoid the coaches of tourists is outside the hours of 11:00 to 17:00 when tranquility resumes.

So don’t forget to take a trip to Masca on your holiday to Tenerife and see some of the beauty this Canary Island has to offer.

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