Masca – a small village on Tenerife Island located 600 meters above the sea level. No less than 50 years ago it was possible to reach Masca only on foot or on a (rental!) donkey. Today everything changed and you can easily reach Masca by a tour bus, regular bus lines or a rental car. Although the last one may not be as easy at it seems…
Beautiful photos of breathtaking landscapes are waiting for you at the end of the post,
but first – a short introduction 🙂
Here’s the story:
The most popular tripadvisor’s reviews about the Masca Valley say: „Stunning scenery scary drive” and „If you want the maximum thrill hire a car and drive yourself!” and that’s exactly the best sum-up of this incredible place on the Tenerife Island. (Un)fortunately for me, I haven’t read any review before taking my trip to Spain – I was only responsible for the logistic side of the trip and my boyfriend was supposed to check all the attractions. Moreover, I need to mention that two months ago I smashed my car in a crash and I didn’t drive since then.
On the map the roads of Tenerife looked twisty, but generally okey. My perception changed drastically when I saw it with my own eyes: so narrow, single lane and precipitous! I WAS TERRIFIED. With a kind of superhuman effort I managed to drive to our guesthouse in the North of the island. Because my boyfriend doesn’t hold a driving license, I was the only to drive. And I was scared to death. So what did I do? At the beginning I literally cried all night long, regretting the idea of coming to Tenerife, hating my boyfriend and everyone around. One day I even managed to convince him to go for a trip by bus to Puerto de la Cruz. No need to drive – that was a short relief for me…
On the next night (still crying a lot) I decided to try a short, night ride on the steep roads of Icod de los Vinos, where we stayed. Although the streets out there are not so much user-friendly ↓
The next morning we set off for a hellish route to Masca. Before we get to Santiago del Teide I was so scared I even refused to talk while driving. I made a short break and walked around, getting ready for „the worst” (Santiago del Teide is a critical point, where the road turns into the special stage mountain pass…).
Santiago del Teide
Santiago del Teide is a town and a municipality in the western part of the island. It’s a popular stopover during the roadtrip to such attractions as Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena and of course Masca Village.
I was really fascinated by the unique flora of this area. I even took some samples home (don’t tell anyone!) and I’m growing them on my window shelf in the kitchen 😉
And this is the car, my car…
We got back to the car and after a while of driving out of sudden a „miracle” happened: in one, short moment all my unjustified fears (and trauma after the crash) have gone away. I was free. There was only me and the road, and all the lessons my brother taught me about driving in the mountains (thanks God I was raised among the green hills). I don’t know how, but it worked! Maybe because I was focused so much? Maybe I simply needed some time to get used to drive again? I’m always amazed by the abilities of the human brain. The whole journey: Icod de los Vinos – El Tanque – Santiago del Teide – Masca – Buenavista del Norte – Icodde los Vinos turned out to be an amazing adventure!
I would recommend this route to any good driver who wishes to test his or her skills. No need to mention about the breathtaking views all the way – just have a look 🙂
The way to Masca was not as easy as it seems on the map
The road to Masca (constructed in the 70s’) made the journey from Santiago del Teide much faster and pleasant, and foster the increase in the tourist traffic to the region. Currently, because of its unique location and surroundings, Masca is one of the most popular destinations in Tenerife.
Between the hills – La Gomera, another island of the Canarias
On the way to the Masca Village (this time on foot)
Agave flower looks like a huge Mesozoic horsetails 😉
Masca suffered from a great fire in 2007. Even in 2015, when I visited the island, some of the houses still remained destroyed after many years. There are not so many houses in Masca – after all it’s just a village with around 90 inhabitants (visited probably by several thousands of tourists each year).
An attempt to the group photo taking
Failed – the camera fell down from the tree two seconds before the shutter fired
(dinosaurs know no selfie-stick) 😉
And opuntia, opuntia everywhere ♥
Our way home was maybe less exciting, but also very picturesque
Masca Village, where is it?
How about you, would you dare the Masca drive?
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