Address: Lomo de Masca, Santiago del Teide, 38690, Spain

- Free


A hidden paradise known as Tenerife's Shangri-La.

This is a tiny hamlet tucked into the folds of the 7-million-year-old Teno Mountains. The white knuckle drive down the mountain affords breathtaking views and once in the village, a small museum chronicles life in the hamlet over the past 500 years.

Like many people, I enjoy the three-hour hike down the Masca barranco (ravine) to the beach where a boat collects hikers and takes them back to Los Gigantes.


Value for money

Price advice

Entrance to the museum is 1.50 euros. The boat from Masca beach to Los Gigantes is 10 euros.

Expert tips

To avoid the crowds go on a Friday, there are no tour buses that day.

Streets are very steep and cobbled, so sensible footwear is essential.

Avoid 11am-3pm when the jeep safaris descend on the hamlet en masse.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Sporty types
  • Great views / scenery
  • Nature / wildlife