Travel to Canary islands

Day 7 Puerto de la Cruz - Ravine of Masca - Puerto de la Cruz (117 Km.)

Canary islands


 

(in 21 Km.) Icod de los vinos: This village has been along many time the capital of this area of Tenerife, by its commercial boom and meeting point between the south and north of the island. Is famous worldwide for its great dragon tree. Has wines that have been and are very famous as the place name indicates.

Icod de los vinos - The Dragon Tree
Icod de los vinos - The Dragon Tree

(in 24 Km.) Masca: We arrived at Masca passing first through the mountains above Garachico. Caserío de Masca is a village located at west of the island of Tenerife, in the natural space of the Teno massif. It is a very rugged relief area dominated by ravines leading down to the sea breaking through into the dramatic coastline of cliffs known as The Giants.

Los altos de Garachico
Los altos de Garachico

Since Masca we began our descent (about 600 vertical meters and three hours) by the ravine along a path that surrounds some terraced fields to go away from the village. Shortly after the slope which we went down becomes steeper and the path zigzags to the bottom of the ravine, where we cross a small wooden bridge.

Road to Masca
Road to Masca

Now we will continue through an area with less slope and where we walked easily up to a wall that works as a small dam for water. From this area the trail is lost, and after passing a small gate, walking along the bed of the ravine that is enveloping us between his trimmed walls until it finally opens to the sea.

Beach at the end of the ravine of Masca
Beach at the end of the ravine of Masca

In the Bay of Masca we can enjoy a bath and a deserved rest in the black sand beach (if the tides permit). From here we got on a boat (after previous reservation and agreeing with the skipper of the boat to pick us up on the beach at an agreed time) that leads us to see whales and dolphins.

Beach at the end of the ravine of Masca
Beach at the end of the ravine of Masca

Cliffs of the Giants: Since the boat you can see one of the most spectacular scenery of Tenerife: the cliffs of the giants, rocky walls of high altitude forming a vertical on the sea, broken only by the banks of the ravines that open up to the sea. These walls can reach up to 500 meters.

(in 19 Km.) Masca: From the port of the Cliff of the Giants we took a taxi back to the starting point of the trip, place where hours ago we parked the car.

Cliffs of the Giants
Cliffs of the Giants

(in 53 Km.) Puerto de la Cruz: We returned to Puerto de la Cruz on the road that passes through Los Silos and Garachico (not to repeat the way). The rocky mound of this village is the symbol of the village. It was the most important port on the island and on it were embarked the famous wines of the region. Highlight their convents, churches and palaces, along with the Castillo de San Miguel. In 1706 an eruption wiped out most of the place (you can see the lava flows).


 

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