Masca

Head inland from the beautiful beaches of Tenerife and discover another side to this idyllic island. The unspoiled northwest may just be a short drive away from the modern coastal resorts but it is worlds away culturally. Think remote villages straight out of a fairytale where time seems to have passed by, think verdant valleys and fields of hardened lava, and a rugged coastline unceasingly battered by the Atlantic breakers. The adventure begins on a scenic coastal road as the tour winds its way through the picturesque settlements of Los Silos and Buenavista before starting the climb up to the Teno mountains, heading for the first stop, the quaint village of Masca. Tucked away amid lush mountain slopes at 700 metres above sea level, this impossible pretty hidden hilltop hamlet consists of a scattering of higgledy-piggledy houses perched on a series of volcanic ridges overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean far below and with views of the neighbouring La Gomera island in the horizon. Here there will be time for you to explore or to have some lunch before heading for the next destination. The coastal town of Garachico was an important exporting centre for Malmsey wine before it was destroyed by lava in 1706. Its old-fashioned houses, cobbled streets and sunny plazas will keep your camera clicking. The final stop is the pretty town of Icod de los Vinos, which is famed for a 1,000-year-old dragon tree with blood-red sap and supposed magical properties. Another popular landmark is the charming San Marcos Church. You shouldn't leave without trying some of the town's renowned wines and liqueurs. Head inland from the beautiful beaches of Tenerife and discover another side to this idyllic island. The unspoiled northwest may just be a short drive away from the modern coastal resorts but it is worlds away culturally. Think remote villages straight out of a fairytale where time seems to have passed by, think verdant valleys and fields of hardened lava, and a rugged coastline unceasingly battered by the Atlantic breakers. Meeting/pick-up point: Collection from near hotel with time depending on the hotel’s location. Duration: Eight hours. Languages: English Spanish French German and other languages ​​on request

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