Masca, The Mini Village

What words are accurate enough to describe Masca, a mini village in the Canary Islands? Marvelous. Breathtaking. Awe-inspiring. Wondrous. Spectacular. All of the above.

Located at the foot of the Teno Mountains, Masca is the island of Tenerife’s most magical village. Getting there is not easy. The roads are narrow and winding, leaving you feeling like the green face emoji during the journey.

But what great journeys don’t involve a little effort? And a little nausea?

And Masca is a great journey!

Yes, these charming collaborations of neutral-colored buildings with orange roofs are Masca, and yes, this beautiful little village is built right into the side of the rocky mountain.

Located only 4.5 kilometers from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, Masca’s 99 residents are treated daily to what might be one of the best views in the world.

Two peaks frame the endless horizon of the Atlantic, broken up only by the barely visible neighboring island. (If you squint, you can just barely see it in the right center of the above photo.)

The surrounding area is marked by a kind of tropical-desert ecosystem common to western Tenerife.

And patches of bright flowers pop up, juxtaposing themselves next to those wonderful orange roofs.

The most precious church will welcome you as you enter the village.

Wind your way down cobblestone paths,

And up cobblestone steps,

Hello kitty cat!

Taking in all the beauty.

In terms of villages, it’s teeny tiny, which – when you think about it – is pretty amazing.

How many times in your travels have you been able to walk every street, or see every building in the place you’re visiting? Neal tries to do this everywhere, but in Masca, it’s actually achievable!

Tenerife is certainly much more than this little village, and we have plenty more pictures and memories to share, but on this occasion we had to reject the old adage of saving the best for last!

27 thoughts on “Masca, The Mini Village

  1. This looks really cool. Off the beaten path – I love it!

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    1. Thanks! It was an amazing find for us!

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  2. What a great place! I love cobblestone paths, they usually lead to someplace interesting!

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    1. Because it is such a small place, we could travel down every path!

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      1. That must have been so fun!!!

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  3. It’s so archaic and quaint. I love its looks.

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    1. Masca is certainly one of the most unique places we have ever travelled! Thanks for following!

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  4. you are right – breathtaking!

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    1. We literally both gasped when we saw the ocean view from the village!

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  5. Just wow. If you’re wondering what those bright flowers are, they’re bougainvillea 🙂

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    1. They were part of the beautiful landscape all throughout the island, but the way they were incorporated in Masca was special!

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  6. Amazing. I should add this to my bucket list.

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    1. It is such a special place and so unique!

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  7. I am genuinely in awe of this breathtaking place! My goodness, I am so grateful you’ve shared it. As an introvert myself, this quaint little village looks very much like my speed of life. 😀 To see the views you’ve captured here, I can only imagine how they must feel each day upon awaking. Wow. Simply wow! I love this post.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! We did our best to capture the true spirit and beauty of the village. We agree…wow!

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  8. Such a nice place ! By the way, thank you so much for following my blog !

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      1. Thank you ! Same to you !

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  9. What a stunningly beautiful setting for an equally beautiful village. It is amazing how many of thses hidden gems there are al over the world, it is just a matter for finding them!

    Another great post, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Exactly right! Here’s to hoping for many more gems to be discovered! Thanks for following!

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      1. My pleasure, it is a great read.

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    1. It is a special place! Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Thanks for showing me this wonderful location.

    Now on my list to visit!

    Regards Thom

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    1. Definitely add it to the list! We have a couple more posts from the area because everything around there – from wine country to Pebble Beach – is stunning!

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