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,
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!