Masca
Tenerife"s Hidden Village

Masca - the stunning beauty of nature with the charm of the little hidden village seemingly at the end of the known world…..


Forgotten Village

     Imagine you are sitting in a “rustic-kind of” road-side café, just two plastic tables at the edge of a small parking lot, lost somewhere in a mountain’s landscape.

The coffee shop itself is a kind of little mobile unit, you don’t find easily these days, squeezed between rocky wall and the parking lot.

A charming and hospitable waiter emerges from nowhere bringing you a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The aroma raises into the air, mixing with the fresh crispness of your surroundings...

As you enjoy your fresh beverage, you begin to feel relaxed, after spending quite some time behind the steering wheel, exploring back country roads.

Finally, reaching some level of comfort and peace you look down to take in your surroundings, and the stunning beauty of what you see before your eyes takes your breath away.

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

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View from the "outdoor cafe bar" on the famous "Road to Masca" with the village in the background.

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

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As you slowly enjoy the view, you gaze at a picturesque valley with deep ravines interlaced with lush green flora surrounded by steep ridges of volcanic mountains. The narrow and curvaceous road that leads down the valley appears to consist only of twisted and interlaced turns through the steep hillside as it reaches the center of the little, forgotten village - Masca.

I just hope that these words expressing my feelings “mixed” together with the free Masca Tenerife pictures can somehow open to you the stunning beauty of what I experienced during my visit to Maska.

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

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Village and majestic views of surroundings

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

Masca Tenerife city pictures

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Monument of Mr. Jose Perez Gonzales (1896-1984) - a man that "opened" Masca to the external world...

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Masca Tenerife city pictures

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These impressive decorations in the restaurant "Chez Arlette" cannot compete with the vista on the valley from the terrace.... As the legend goes amongst locals that call Masca their home for centuries, because of its remoteness, the village once upon a time served as a refuge for pirates on their way to conquer the seas of the world.

Because the village was invisible from the sea and inaccessible from the land, it was nicknamed "the hidden village". Regardless of its past, the current Masca offers its visitors and habitants a peaceful beauty that only can be experienced in a place lost in the heart of a mountainous landscape.

Enclosed deeply in the rugged terrain of the Teno mountain range, this charming little village was a well kept secret until very recently, when a new road was built to access it. In the past, this gem was only accessible by riding on a mule or on horseback. Given the new road, Masca can now welcome visitors with its unique charm and genuineness, seemingly being a Nature Lover’s "dream come true" story….

Free Masca Tenerife pictures

Map of the western area of Tenerife Island "Beunavista de Norte" where the village of Masca is hidden. 


     The village itself is situated slightly off the road, and is mostly inaccessible by car. Visitors have to follow a few steep and narrow paths paved with stones that make up the “system of streets”. But that only adds to the beauty of the place unspoiled by civilization, helping minds to fully indulge in this idyllic nature's landscape.

Few existing restaurants and bars offer good food but let’s be honest - with so spectacular views from the terraces, the food is a secondary issue ….

     To my delight, till these days, relatively few tourists venture these meandering roads, so Masca still keeps its largely undiscovered secrets of the hidden village in the dramatically magnificent valley.

Well, knowing that one picture or photo is better than thousand words please take a closer look at the attached free stock city pictures and photos taken in Masca, (Tenerife, Canary Islands).

However: 

If you want to make a tour of Tenerife, see pictures of old colonial towns, feel the atmosphere on the streets, drive trough the El-teide Volcano National Park, taste local potatoes, get friendly with animals in Loro Parque, experience the bird's view of the island when paragliding or witness the unique whistling language from La Gomera then click any of the following links:

Tenerife City  - and follow several pages
El-Teide Volcano Park- and follow several pages
La Piedra de la Rosa 
Tandem Paragliding in Tenerife
Canarian potatoes
Whistling Language in la Gomera
Loro Parque-Tenerife


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