When I booked my ticket to Tenerife I didn’t know till the end what to expect. You hear contradictory opinions about the island (too touristic, different climates etc.). As usual I had to check it on my own and for sure after a week spent there I truly recommend this island. First attraction from my bucket list was Masca Trail.

Hidden beauty

The walks starts in the traditional village of Masca, which is reputed to have once been a pirate hide-out. At the start of the walk there are steps made out of pieces of wood, we can see palm trees, fig trees etc. After a good walk, we start to see the rocky sides of the ravine, some of which are up to 600 m high. We reach the wooden bridge that we cross over to get to other side of the gorge. From there on, the canyon starts to get wider. All along the walk we can see the volcanic rock, formations from different eruptions and the famous “natural arch”. At the end of the gorge there is a beautiful bay, bathed by the Atlantic.

There’s a reason why Masca is the second most visited place on Tenerife and it’s the same reason that Teide National Park is first on that list it’s quite simply breathtaking. Few places on the planet can boast such a dramatic setting as Masca, nestling in its fertile blanket at the confluence of two gorges beneath the colossal peaks of the Teno Mountain Range.

 

In the Masca village you can enjoy such home made delights as cactus ice cream, cactus lemonade, smoked goat’s cheeses and mojos made from every fruit growing over there. If you really want to have your cake and eat it, visit early in the morning, late in the afternoon or on Fridays and Sundays to avoid the majority of the tour groups and experience the solitude and tranquility of Tenerife’s Shangri-La.

When you reach the bay you can take a boat which will bring you to Los Gigantes or you can come back the same way.

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