Located off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife is the sun-drenched Canary Island that attracts the most tourists annually. The island has far more to offer than just luxury resorts and holiday apartments, however. It is home to spectacular natural features such as Spain’s highest mountain, a rich local culture and world-renowned attractions. Whether you are visiting Tenerife for its volcanic beaches, uninterrupted sunshine or wild nightlife, don’t miss these unparalleled opportunities.
Wherever you find yourself on Tenerife, there will always be a picture-perfect beach nearby. The island continues to entrance visitors with its many golden and black-sand beaches, set against sheer cliffs and bookended by rugged coastline. To the north of the island, beaches tend to be smaller and more secluded whereas in the south, the beaches often slope gently into a sea tamed by breakwaters.
Masca is often hailed as the most beautiful village in Tenerife and even the Canary Islands. The tiny hamlet is perched among the Teno Mountains, on the western side of the island, and is home to around 100 inhabitants. Surrounded by deep ravines and lush vegetation, it’s an idyllic spot. Until 1991, there wasn’t even a road leading up to Masca, but it has slowly become more popular with tourists thanks to its incredible views and tiny village charm. It’s just a 5km (3.1 mile) drive up to Masca from Santiago del Teide, along a narrow twisting road. From the village, intrepid hikers can walk down the Masca Gorge to the beach, from which you can either climb back up or take a boat to Los Gigantes.