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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I urge you to take a drive up to Masca on your holiday. You will be blown away by the beautiful views, and the driving on those roads is both scary and great fun. Definitely a trip highlight.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kalina29
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Masca with my wife in September 2019 we were disappointed to learn that the Masca Gorge Walk was closed for safety reasons. However, we discovered a breathtaking alternative.

We took a cheap 460 bus from Costa Adeje to the town of Santiago del Teide. Starting from the church, walk north towards El Tanque for 700 metres then take the rocky path at the bend in the road up a fairly steep incline to the summit (signposted Punta de Teno partway up). The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking and well worth the effort.

From there follow follow the path in front of the ridge to your your right and enjoy the stunning scenery. After about 700 metres the trail splits (go left) and left again 300 metres after that in front of the ruined house. In another 2.3k you’ll come to a signpost sharp left for Masca. Follow that to descend down to the road and welcome refreshments at the cafe at Cruz de Hilda (more great views).

From there we took the 355 bus back to Santiago, but there’s an option to continue the walk into Masca Village. It took us about 3 hours at a leisurely pace to cover the distance of 6.6k. For us, a decent pair of trainers and water proved sufficient supplies in nice weather.

Date of experience: September 2019
4  Thank Swintonian0564
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Reviewed September 11, 2019

Hi guys,

I am going to Tenerife now and cannot find a clear info if Masca hiking path is opened again? Or tourists are doing it by themselves even if it is closed? Is it possible to reach by rented car or only by publc transport? Thanks in advance!

Date of experience: September 2019
7  Thank Agne_Pustovoitaite
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Reviewed September 10, 2019

Well worth the visit. Great views from up above the city on a guided trip. The pub in the town was great and their is a nice village square

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Keith P
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

There are lots reviews on stunning views etc, so I am going to focus on the driving part. If you enjoy mountain roads, this is for you. The roads for the rest of island were spacious, not so for this part of nearly untamed nature so be prepared. When we rented car we thought of upgrading to a mid size sedan. We were glad that we didn't and kept the compact car, in our case a C3. We started from Garachico and its all very narrow roads from a turn off of the main road up the hill toward the Restaurant Mirador de Garachico. This is one of the building you may see from Garachico town. The restaurant provides an excellent view of Garachico from it's roof top terrace. We stopped there for some food before heading west toward Masca. ( There are shorter routes, but we wanted to check out the view there and refuel our stomach )

While roads are narrow, they are usually well paved and well protected with concrete blocks. Some part of road would need one side of car to yield to let the other pass for those really narrow parts. Watch for the tour buses as they will need extra help to maneuver some of the tight corners and be prepared to stop ahead at places to facilitate passes. In most places, you may put your tires slightly off the pavement onto the terrain to help ease the passing on these narrow two lane roads. Downshift and not riding on the brake all the way going down the hill to prevent brake from overheating.

Hike a little even if that's not your primary goal at Masca for more spectacular views and get that up close and personal life time experience of the place. We hiked up from Bar Restaurant Masca up toward yet another restaurant, Mirador del La Cruz de Hilda, with terrace overlooking Masca. For those not wanting to hike, the same road drives up to the restaurant.

We took a different route back to Garachico by the way of a town Buena Vista. There were a few vista points ( not huge, may park a few cars at most ) to marvel some of the amazing views there. This pic from tripadvisor for Masca Valley is from one of these points. On a good day you may see the neighborhood islands of Ganarias from there too.

We had way too many great memories of this part of island that we'll definitely go back again in the future

Date of experience: December 2018
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