Sun, sand and sea is often what springs to mind when people think of Tenerife. Blessed with arguably the best climate in the world, there are undoubtedly few better places than the Canary Islands if you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday. With little rainfall, beautiful blue skies and warm but not overly hot temperatures at almost all times of the year, the Canaries are seemingly set in an almost eternal spring. What you may not realise though is just how much diversity these islands offer, both between and within each of them. So while Tenerife is a perfect destination to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation, you can also have some really incredible adventures.
During my latest stay at the stunning Pearly Grey resort in Costa Adeje, I was kindly invited by the award winning travel company, Travel Tenerife, to go on their Trekking Masca excursion. During my last time in Tenerife I had been on two other excellent adventures with Travel Tenerife: Teide by Night Stargazing Experience and Trekking Teide. Because of the excellent quality of the last two trips in terms of their organisation, service, knowledge of the guides and overall enjoyment of the experiences I had high hopes for the Trekking Masca excursion, especially after seeing some amazing photos. Could this excursion live up to expectations?
My friends and I were collected at around 8 in the morning from the resort by our friendly guide Marcin in one of the company’s comfortable vehicles. We were then driven to Los Gigantes village to meet with a family who would be joining us on the excursion. I had a good feeling that as a group we would all get along well for the day which definitely turned out to be true with lots of fun and interesting conversations.
At Los Gigantes we swapped into a taxi which drove us higher and higher to the Northwest foot of the Macizo De Teno Mountains where the tiny village of Masca is located. During the drive we really got a sense of how diverse Tenerife is as we were able to take in some stunning mountainous scenery. Just a short drive away on the coast are beautiful beaches but this was a world away. As we drove higher there were some ominous clouds and even some slight rainfall which was a bit worrying considering we would soon be starting our trekking adventure. In fact, this only added to the beauty of the excursion as we witnessed an amazing complete rainbow. Tenerife was already treating us to some awesome sights before our excursion had even fully begun!
By the time we reached the small village of Masca, the clouds started to clear and the rain had thankfully stopped. It really was perfect timing! Masca felt like such a remote place and it seems amazing that anyone lives there. The small population that do choose to make it their home are treated daily to truly breathtaking views! The drive from the resort had taken about an hour so it was definitely time for a coffee before setting off on the walk. Masca village sits at an altitude of around 650 metres and looks right out across the Masca Gorge, and from the cafe the views are picture perfect. This really was an excellent indicator of the stunning landscape we would encounter.
We were provided with comfortable walking shoes, but I would certainly recommend taking some if you decide to do the trek yourself, as the path can be steep. The steps leading down from the village to the pathway had been made slightly more treacherous by the rain, so we all held onto the handrail and carefully made our way down. Luckily it was a lot less slippery once we reached the rocky pathway that we would be following and we set off along the path which winds it’s way down through the gorge.
The landscape you will encounter on this walk is both varied and epic! Despite still being on Tenerife, this couldn’t be anymore different from being at your hotel or resort lounging by the pool or gazing out at the ocean, and is definitely one of the most amazing places to visit in Tenerife. There is a wide variety of exotic vegetation such as palm trees and bamboo and surrounding you on either side are high rock cliff formations towering above. As you explore this almost untouched landscape, at some points you literally have to crouch down to walk beneath the overhanging branches of bamboo or other trees which makes it feel like even more of an adventure. There are rock pools to cross with stepping stones, small rivers and mini-waterfalls. This will almost certainly be unlike any other excursion you may have tried in Tenerife and it is great for your mind and body as you are totally immersed by nature, plus it’s also a great workout!
While this trek is certainly not like a walk in the park, it is accessible for almost all ages from kids through to older adults, especially if you take the walk at a steady and safe pace. During our journey we stopped about two or three times for a quick rest and to have something to eat and drink, with water and fruit provided to keep us energised on the walk.
As we neared our destination of the small bay of Masca, our guide Marcin explained that according to legend this area was used as a hideaway for pirates which definitely seemed plausible due to its remoteness and difficulty to access. Due to the imposing cliffs on either side, the bay of Masca can only be reached by boat or by traversing down through the gorge. After around two and a half hours of trekking through the stunning landscape, we glimpsed the beautiful blue ocean. The sun was beaming down as the waves crashed onto the beach in dramatic fashion, with the high cliffs on either side of the bay added to the spectacle. It was a perfect place to sit and eat lunch which was provided to us by our guide.
We had around an hour at the beach, so there was time to cool off in the sea. The water certainly wasn’t warm as it was mid December, but I decided to jump off the jetty which felt very refreshing after all the walking. Then after taking some photos of this stunning remote beach scene, it was time to catch our boat back to the small port of Los Gigantes. With the sun on our faces, wind in our hair and awesome views of the cliffs along the coast, we enjoyed a very relaxing, calm boat ride back. As we reached the port we all agreed what an amazing trip it had been with some new friends and wonderful memories made. We said goodbye to the other family and Marcin drove our group back to the resort where we thanked him for a really great experience!