From Santiago del Teide, an exhilarating ridge walk over the Cumbre de Bolico (the meteorological divide between the north and south) leads you to the colourful mountain hamlet of Masca, deep in the heart of the Teno mountains. Quite often referred to as the most beautiful village in Tenerife, the stone houses here cling to the cliffs of the mountainside, looking down on rich green forests filled with exotic flora. Enjoy a coffee taking in the views before taking the bus back to Santiago del Teide.
From Masca, you can take a bus 355 back to Santiago del Teide - view the bus times here - https://www.titsa.com/index.php/en/. Alternatively, it is possible to take a taxi back to Santiago as the buses can get very busy. If you would prefer to do this, a local taxi number is +34 922 72 22 28 or alternatively arrange a taxi with your hotel in Santiago del Teide.
Double check times at the bus stop as they may vary from those shown online.
Note de l'auteur
Consignes de sécuritéTake care on the initial climb as some of the rocks can be quite loose under foot. Once you reach the road into Masca there is no pavement so be sure to walk on the left side so you are facing any oncoming traffic. The road is fairly narrow and can have a steady stream of coaches and cars using it, take care!
Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires
Food & Drink
There are numerous restaurants and bars in Masca for food or refreshments. Alternatively, if you'd like to take advantage of the many look out points on this walk, Santiago del Teide has a couple of stores to stock up on supplies for a picnic.
Points of Interest
Masca is a tiny, yet very picturesque village with approximately 100 permenant inhabitants. SItting deep in a valley of the same name it is surrounded by the towering peaks of the Teno Mountains. With the hillsides covered in Cypresses, Agave, Prickly Pears and many other species of flora and fauna it's easy to see why this has become a popular destination for those touring the north of the island.
Whilst in town take some time to visit the Masca Ethnographic Museum to see displays of arts, crafts and information on how ancient villagers used to live here. Open Mon - Sat from 11am to 5pm.
Captanieblas de la cumbre Bolico
Found in many places across the Canaries the Captanieblas (fog collectors) provide a vital source of water in an area where it rarely rains. These simple nets act in a similar way to the surrounding vegetation by trapping water from clouds or morning fog that roles in from the ocean. The water droplets then drip down from the net into guttering connected to storage tanks for use later on with various tasks such as irrigating crops and fighting bush fires.