The mountain village Masca isn't a pirate recluse now.
Was it one in the past?
May be. Why? It had all it takes.
This intriguing village of Spain's Canary Islands near Africa seems to be hugged by menacing peeks. Steep slopes are all around. There, Pine forests and ancient Laurisilva burn easily. It happened last in July, 2007. Then many of the hamlet's scarce dwellings fell to the flames, as seen by surprising Tenerife details.
This picturesque altitude oasis offers hardly any tourist accommodation.
You see why when you stand on its parking ground above the hamlet.
A few white houses with terracotta roofs are spread out. That's on a small plateau and on some slopes. Two square km of space even include a gorge.
Did you ever hear about a tropical, but pleasant climate? Well, Masca the rare mountain hamlet with its many palms has that. Day temperatures range from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius. At night, you may feel sometimes a little chilly, but never cold. Basically, most tropical fruit grow there, but so do cabbages, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, wheat and all the rest of the vegetable family. Only the difficult terrain makes agriculture awkward. However, terraces solve most of this problem.
A roughly 20m gap between ocean cliffs of the Teno Massif is above Masca Bay. There, Elysian winds enter from Northwest between March and September. This Macaronesian airflow is also responsible for the delicate, rare plants and the bird life of the village.
Los Gigantes further down the coast shares the impressive cliffs. There, giant granite walls with heights of 750m at an 80 degree angle meet the eye.
The mountain road the TF 436 put an end to mule cart transport in 1960. Then, any secret contraband traffic from the hidden Masca Bay could have been discovered more easily.
Find the helpful map for Buenavista del Norte with more roads and settlements. Spot Masca the mountain settlement, Los Gigantes and Los Silos. The rumored pirates would not have liked the sudden infra-structure.
Thanks to Don Jose Perez Gonzalez 11 km of electric cables soon connected Buenaviste del Norte with Masca.
There is a statue at the entrance of the mountain village entrance in its honor. It also tells you that Masca was the late Mayor Don José's bride. That's how much he loved it.
Masca has roughly 30 dwellings with 122 inhabitants. It has a town square with a magnificent, shady tree and a small Catholic church. The Church which was built in the Canary Island style dates back to the century XVII. Its name is Iglesia or 'Ermita de la Inmaculata Concepción'. There also is a tiny museum. It commemorates an old village school. The museum's framed drawings are interesting.
The article souvenirs Masca is about a most surprising gift shop. There, also learn how to book hiking trips to the legendary shore.
The mountain village Masca is a runner up for top attractions of the island after Mount Teide which is and will always remain number One.
Look out for cyclists that practice altitude training on this scenic mountain road. Sometimes, they take a short break by the Baracán lookout which is 1005m above the sea. Mind the nearby Teno Alto is at 794 and El Palmar 830m.
Most important your Masca weather forecast.