Masca Valley, Tenerife: Hiking between Giants
Important Update as of November 2019: Masca trail is still closed. According to the latest news, it will possibly open in summer 2020.
My stay in Tenerife is coming to an end and I can feel the 3 months of hard work in every part of my body. Working during high season on Tenerife island is only made for resistant people out there. 😉 Every day off that I had, I tried to visit a part of the island.
Is there anything left? Something that you must have seen before you leave Tenerife? Yes there is!! The Masca Trail, probably the most emblematic walk in Tenerife!
It seems that every tourist on the Canarian island “has done” Masca. All of them talk about it with luminous eyes. Even though that some of them admit they shouldn’t have done it in flip-flops… Almost every guide recommends the hike in Masca canyon as top thing To Do in Tenerife.
While I am not in the best physical condition, I tried to pull myself together and get this 3 hour hike done. A decision that I will never regret!
How To Get To Masca
During high season it is important to book your boat transfer in advance from Masca Beach to Los Gigantes harbour. The trail can be crowded and most ferry companies only will take you to Los Gigantes if you have a reservation.
What to do in Masca
Wait! Did I say 3 hour long hike?! Oh please then let me have a drink first! 😉 What about an exotic and colourful beverage like Cactus Fruit Lemonade? So far I haven’t seen Cactus Fruit Lemonade anywhere else on the island. That’s why you should definitely try it when in Masca village!
Restaurants options are limited in Masca. If you’re a bit hungry I recommend 100% the veggie restaurant “Alte Schule“. It’s a calm hidden jewel, all food is freshly made on the spot and its German-Philippine family atmosphere is truly unique.
Beefed-up I just can’t wait to get myself between these spectacular cliffs. At first the vegetation is lush green and the views on Masca village are gorgeous! The more you enter in the canyon, plants get drier and it’s all about tremendously high cliffs of Los Gigantes. I tried my best to capture their exuberant dimensions, but it’s a sheer impossible task. You’ll just feel like an ant between the cliffs of Los Gigantes area.
Hiking in Masca
I was so amazed and distracted by these impressive landscapes, that I got lost. Thank God, a Frisian family took me under their wings! Without them, Masca trail wouldn’t have been that fun! The trail leads you to bizarre rock formations and caves.
It’s terribly inspirational: how must it have been for Tenerife aborigines, los Guanches, when they first saw these giant rocks? After all, they lived in Masca valley during a long time…
And if these caves could talk! I’d love to hear their stories about pirate treasures! Masca Beach was very popular among pirates due to its remoteness. I couldn’t get over the sense of wondering!
When Masca Beach finally opens up, you’ll think for a second you landed in paradise: crystal-clear water… and a cold beer in good company! These are these priceless 100% happiness moments. In all, Masca hike will fill you with awe and admiration for nature’s greatness.
The only way back from Masca Beach is by canoe or ferry. You can buy your tickets in advance or right at the beach. However I highly recommend to buy your tickets in advance, especially during high-season. You can also walk back to Masca village… but that’s a hike I’d only recommend it for the fittest.
The ferry brings you to Los Gigantes port, where I love to buy some souvenirs in its cute hippie shops like Nautilo’s.
For more information about tourism on Tenerife, I recommend the following webpage: Tourism of Tenerife