Places of Interest nearby
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Masca is also called the pirate village. The residents could overlook the sea. But the inverse is hard: from the sea you hardly recognize the village. Ideal to avoid the eye of the pirate. Because it is so well hidden in the mountains, it has also been the last village that has been conquered by the Spaniards.
Masca is a small mountain village and is home to around 80 inhabitants. Many of its inhabitants have left for larger towns and cities on Tenerife and on other islands and for Spain. The village lies at an altitude of 600 m in the Teno mountains, which extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife. Until the 1960s the village was accessed only by paths and was inaccessible by roads. The centre of the village features a small square (plaza) and a small church. High mountains surround the tiny village and there is a small peak near the village centre. Forests including cypresses and palm trees abound. The rocks and forests and a slope of about 70° to 75° angle lies westward. Farming cultivation include potatoes and wheat and also fruit and vegetables in small quantities. The village has a sufficient water supply and plants are green. The village lies at the head of the Masca Gorge. The trail from the village down the gorge to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular, though strenuous, hiking route, which takes about 3 hours each way.