Tenerife – Masca and the Ravine

It was time to get the hiking boots on and head to the North West of Tenerife, in the Teno mountains. The place I needed to head was a little, very remote village called Masca. In fact so remote that it was not connected by road until just 1991.

This particular road itself is an adventure. Winding, sharply around the mountainside, hairpin bends and too narrow for big coaches.

Discover the breathtaking beauty of Masca Gorge, the hidden gem nestled in the heart of Tenerife. Tucked away in the rugged landscape of this mesmerizing island, Masca Gorge offers a truly unforgettable adventure for nature lovers and intrepid explorers alike. With its soaring cliffs, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear streams, this natural wonder is a paradise waiting to be explored.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting surroundings as you traverse the narrow trails, navigating the steep descents and breathtaking viewpoints. The dramatic scenery and rugged terrain provide a unique opportunity to connect with nature and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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Capture awe-inspiring photographs of the towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls, creating memories that will last a lifetime. As you make your way through this picturesque landscape, keep an eye out for the diverse range of plant and animal species that call Masca Gorge home.

masca village on hilltop

Whether you’re an experienced hiker seeking a challenge or a casual adventurer looking for a memorable day trip, Masca Gorge is a must-visit destination. Unveil the beauty of this hidden gem and experience the magic of Tenerife like never before.

Masca Village

Masca Village is a picturesque village located in the Tenerife region of Spain. Known for its stunning natural beauty and unique architectural charm, Masca Village attracts visitors from around the world.

It houses just 150 inhabitants and is perfectly perched on a dramatic mountainside above the gorge. 

Surrounded by towering cliffs and nestled within a deep gorge, the village offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. With its narrow, winding streets and traditional Canarian houses, Masca Village provides a captivating glimpse into the local culture and history. Whether you’re an adventure seeker looking to explore the nearby hiking trails or simply want to soak in the beauty of the surroundings, Masca Village is a must-visit destination in Tenerife.

Masca gorge

Hiking down Masca Gorge

The hike down Masca Gorge from the village is a natural wonder that showcases the stunning beauty of Tenerife’s landscape. As you venture into the gorge, you’ll be greeted by towering cliffs that rise majestically from the valley floor.

Tenerife mountains at masca in the gorge

The rugged terrain is adorned with lush vegetation, creating a striking contrast against the rocky backdrop. The crystal-clear streams that flow through the gorge add a touch of serenity to the surroundings, making it a truly magical experience.

The beauty of Masca Gorge lies in its untouched and unspoiled nature. The absence of crowds and commercial development allows visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of the surroundings. The deep canyons and narrow trails create a sense of adventure, enticing you to explore further and discover hidden treasures at every turn.

stream and pond at masca gorge

From the village runs a narrow and gorgeous ravine down to the sea at Masco Bay. Off you go walking and down you go, away from it all.

The mountains either side of the gorges towering above you. The ravine gets to just 20 metres wide in parts. Rock formations creating great visual distraction. It was sheer wonder. To keep you company there are the thousands of little lizards that dart into the grass as you approachs, coloured songbirds, with their song amplified in the echoey rock walls. greenery each way you look and pools, waterfalls.

In the gorge

In fact there are too many things to see and talk about, it truly is an experience to undertake.

The trek down takes about 2.5 – 3 hours. And there you are at the bottom, a hidden bay (Masco Bay) only accessible by boat any other way. What a place to stop and rest.

Tenerife - Masco Bay

Now then, what to do about getting back to the car? Well, as a hiker I did the turn around and climb back up. Its good for me, I loved it and I got to see all in a different perspective with sun moving around too since.

However, the other way is catching the arranged boats that come collect from the bay and ship you round to Los Gigantes. Many hotels can arrange a coach to Masca and then pickup from Los Gigantes after your journey. That way you don’t have to hammer yourself back up the mountain but still enjoy the Gorge.

The hike through Masca Gorge is challenging, with steep descents and uneven terrain. It is recommended for experienced hikers who are physically fit and prepared for the demanding nature of the trail. However, even if you’re not an experienced hiker, you can still enjoy a modified version of the hike by exploring the lower sections of the gorge.

Tips for exploring Masca Gorge

To make the most of your adventure in Masca Gorge, it’s important to come prepared. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:

1. Wear appropriate footwear: The trails in Masca Gorge can be slippery and uneven, so it’s important to wear sturdy hiking boots or shoes with good traction.

2. Bring plenty of water: The hike can be strenuous, especially during hot summer months. Make sure to bring an adequate supply of water to stay hydrated throughout the journey.

3. Pack snacks and a picnic: There are no facilities or shops along the trail, so it’s a good idea to pack some snacks and a picnic lunch to enjoy along the way.

4. Start early: To avoid the midday heat and crowds, it’s best to start your hike early in the morning. This will also give you ample time to explore the gorge and take in the breathtaking views.

5. Check the weather forecast: Weather conditions in the gorge can change rapidly, so it’s important to check the forecast before embarking on your hike. Avoid hiking during heavy rainfall or storms, as the trails can become dangerous.

cactus masca

Wildlife and flora in Masca Gorge

Masca Gorge is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts. As you explore the gorge, keep an eye out for the Canary Island pine trees that dot the landscape, adding a touch of green to the rocky surroundings. The lush vegetation provides shelter for various bird species, including the endangered Bolle’s pigeon and the endemic Tenerife blue chaffinch.

Tenerife lizard

If you’re lucky, you may also spot some of the native reptiles that call Masca Gorge home, such as the Tenerife lizard and the Tenerife wall gecko. The crystal-clear streams that flow through the gorge are teeming with life, including freshwater fish and amphibians.

Tenerife dragonfly

The history and culture of Masca Gorge

Masca Gorge is not only a natural wonder but also a place steeped in history and culture. The village of Masca itself has a rich heritage, with its traditional Canarian architecture and charming narrow streets. It was once a haven for pirates who sought shelter in its secluded location.

The indigenous Guanche people, who inhabited Tenerife before the arrival of the Spanish, also left their mark on Masca Gorge. The ancient terraced fields that line the valley walls are a testament to their agricultural practices and ingenuity.

walking back up the gorge

How to get to Masca Gorge

Getting to Masca Gorge is an adventure in itself. The most common way to reach the village of Masca is by car or taxi. From there, you can park your vehicle and begin your descent into the gorge on foot. Alternatively, there are organized tours and boat trips that offer a more leisurely approach to reaching Masca Gorge.

Directions of heading to Adeje.
Take the exit towards TF-82 / Playa San Juan / Guía de Isora.
Merge onto TF-82 and continue driving in the direction of Santiago del Teide.
As you approach Santiago del Teide, follow signs for Masca.
The road to Masca can be winding and narrow, so drive carefully.
Enjoy the scenic drive as you make your way to the picturesque village of Masca.

near the bottom of ravine

Other attractions near Masca Gorge

While Masca Gorge is undoubtedly the main attraction in the area, there are other points of interest nearby that are worth exploring. The nearby village of Garachico is known for its natural rock pools, formed by volcanic activity. These pools offer a unique opportunity to swim in crystal-clear waters while enjoying stunning coastal views.

Another must-visit destination near Masca Gorge is the Teno Rural Park, a protected natural area that boasts rugged cliffs, deep ravines, and picturesque villages. The park offers numerous hiking trails, allowing visitors to further explore the beauty of Tenerife’s natural landscape.

tenerife masca ravine path

For a hike then you must go and climb El Teide from the bottom without the cable car.


The visit and hike at Masca Village and Gorge offers a captivating experience immersed in natural beauty. From the charming village to the breathtaking gorge, this adventure showcases the allure of Tenerife’s landscape. Rich in history and surrounded by stunning cliffs, Masca provides a unique opportunity to explore its picturesque surroundings. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable experience, a visit and hike at Masca Village and Gorge is sure to leave a lasting impression.

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  1. Your Tenerife hikes make me feel like I was living back there hiking it all over again. Bravo to you also for showing that there is a beautiful side to the island away from the strips along the coastland.

  2. Lisa @ RunWiki says:

    Speechless (which is not easy to do) so gorgeous can't even imagine what it looks like in person as I know pictures must not have done it justice.

  3. Awesome stuff Paul. So many people out there just think of sun and sand when they think of the Canary Islands. Some fantastic and unique scenery to explore on each of these wonderful Islands.Look forward to seeing more!!

  4. Spectacular trek and the snapshots are just the same. I would love to hear those songbirds, beautiful indeed!

  5. Walks And Walking says:

    Absolutely awesome photographs – spectacular!

  6. After viewing lots of other photos and videos, including this one – I'm sold on going to the Canary Islands. You did an absolutely great job on the mountain photography. Simply so beautiful.

  7. Gina SuuperG Stark says:

    Of course you hoofed it all the way back up 😉 I love changing perspective and light. It's what makes my regular hikes through Idyllwild and the San Jacintos always new and beautiful. Loving this trip of yours – a whole new Spain for me…for us all! Cheers! G

  8. @ellies58 says:

    OMG…This is an Absolutely awe-inspiring group of Photo's Paul! You really are so fortumate…and I am so grateful that You take the time to Share! :)))

  9. Stefanie Frank says:

    Paul what are the cacti looking plants in the 8th photo from the top (below the dragonfly)? They look A LOT like some plants we have around here!

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