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Santiago del Teide to Masca

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A strenuous uphill start to the day soon takes you onto the Cumbre de Bolico ridgeline with wonderful views into the Masca Valley and out to the island of La Gomera.
Distance 8,3 km
3:00 h.
387 m
712 m
1 237 m
610 m

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 - 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

The final approach towards Masca is lined with Prickly Pear Cacti, they're a very tasty snack when ripe (dark purple) but be sure to wear some thick gloves if picking them. Balloo was right when he sings about a raw paw!
Niveau physique
Point le plus élevé
1 237 m
Point le plus bas
610 m
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Consignes de sécurité

Take 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.


Santiago del Teide (935 m)
Coordonnées :
28.297627, -16.816190
28°17'51.5"N 16°48'58.3"W
28R 321904 3131511




0.00 km - Standing with the church to your right side, walk STRAIGHT ON along the main road heading out of Santiago del Teide. Be sure to walk on the left, so as to face oncoming traffic also using the dirt path wherever you can. 

IMPORTANT - As of January 2022, the start of the route has been changed due to the construction of a new motorway.  However, the route is still open. When you arrive at the construction work, you simply need to follow the perimeter fence around to the left hand side of the road (do not go through the tunnel, this is prohibited) and up the hill till you hit the trail.  

0.37 km - BEAR LEFT to stay on the main road, heading towards El Tanque.

0.70 km - As the road now bears right TURN LEFT to follow the rocky dirt track through the trees.

1.00 km - The trail now begins to steepen and climb steadily up the hillside.

1.70 km - After a steeper rocky climb TURN LEFT at the sign for ‘Punta de Teno’ and ‘Cumbre de Bolico’ as you continue uphill.

2.00 km - At the top of the climb you cross over the ridge to be welcomed with wide views on over the Atlantic Ocean and the Masca Valley. TURN RIGHT to continue on the trail as it traverses below the cliff face of Cruz de Gala (1354m).

2.70 km - BEAR LEFT at the split in the trail as you begin to head downhill.

3.00 km - BEAR LEFT at the small plateau to pass directly by the ruins of Casa de la Cumbre. Yellow/white markers point the way down a shady track.

3.30 km - BEAR RIGHT slightly where the track narrows and steepens as it winds downhill through thick bushes.

3.80 km - On emerging from the bushes you gain views of El Palmar and Buenavista del Norte to your right. Continue STRAIGHT ON, descending a loose rocky path.

4.20 km – A short climb brings you to a lovely little summit with views down to Masca. Continue STRAIGHT ON.

5.30 km – TURN SHARP LEFT at the sign for Masca as you now join the PR TF-59.

6.60 km – TURN LEFT as you reach the road, passing a lookout point and small café on your right. Follow the sign for ‘Masca’ downhill on a tarmac lane.

6.80 km – BEAR RIGHT at the sign to join a descending gravel track that weaves through terraced land.

7.50 km – After a steep descent, on a cobbled path, TURN LEFT to follow the road directly into Masca. There is no pavement here so be sure to walk on the left so as to face any oncoming traffic.

8.30 km – Your walk finishes here in the centre of Masca. Take some time to explore the village and enjoy some lunch in one of the numerous restaurants before catching the bus back to Santiago del Teide.


Toutes les notes sur les zones naturelles


28.297627, -16.816190
28°17'51.5"N 16°48'58.3"W
28R 321904 3131511
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Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack sunscreen, insect repellant and plenty of water. A windproof is always a good idea to keep handy as it can get quite blustery on top of the ridgelines.

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