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Village of Masca clings to a ravine wall.

Tenerife Island, page 4
By Lucy Corne

The Parque Rural de Teno in the north western corner of Tenerife offers a similar experience, albeit one that figures more frequently on tour bus itineraries. The pretty village of Masca clings to a ravine wall and is the chosen place to showcase a traditional Tinerfeño village, but despite the abundance of souvenir stalls and the ever-present tour buses it is still a charming spot for lunch and a wander.

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Those seeking a truly authentic village could venture a little off the beaten track to Teno Alto. There’s not a lot to do here but your photos won’t be marred by buses or other tourists. The Teno region is abundant in hikes, from easy circuits through the laurel forest to the tricky descent into the Barranco de Masca (Masca Ravine). The latter is one of the best hikes on the island and ends with a boat trip past the Los Gigantes cliffs.

Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz was Tenerife’s main tourist resort until the 1970s, when developers recognised that the south’s superior weather would draw in more visitors. Today it still attracts its fair share of tourists and is a quieter, more family-oriented resort than Playa de las Américas. Some holidaymakers find the black sand beaches here off-putting and the sea is a little rough for bathing, so developers have built a selection of salt-water swimming pools overlooking the craggy coast. There are a couple of alternatives to sunbathing though – the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) is just south of the town and is certainly worth a visit, and Tenerife’s top attraction, Loro Parque is popular with families (it’s a zoo with a few shows starring performing parrots). Back in the resort there’s a small archaeological museum and occasional art exhibitions in the Castillo de San Felipe – good for escaping the midday sun.

Photo below - A better view of Masca as it clings to the ravine.
A little closer view of Masca
La Ototava

Not far from Puerto de la Cruz, the pretty town of La Orotava has a few interesting museums and a large handicrafts shop - a much better bet for your souvenirs and gifts than the tacky stores in the resort. La Orotava also has a small theme park, Pueblo Chico. It’s a nice place to get an overview of the islands as it has all of Tenerife’s top spots (plus a few from other islas) in miniature. Great for kids.

 

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