Tenerife is an island of contrasts and a land of two sides--an arid south and a lush north. Take in cities with a mix of modern and historic quarters or agricultural hamlets where crops are still tended by hand. Within an hour's drive experience sweeping ancient forests and purpose-built vacation resorts featuring modern theme parks. Lie back on golden man-made beaches or volcanic black sand. And discover warm seas teeming with marine life including a resident population of whales and dolphins.
Masca -- The hamlet of Masca is Tenerife's most famous beauty spot and sits nestled between looming cliffs and narrow ravines. Getting to Masca is an adventure in itself. The narrow, winding access road has proved too hairy a prospect for some visitors. Despite the roller-coaster approach, Masca is packed with tourists throughout the day, many deposited from small coaches and jeep safaris. But its steep, cobbled paths deter most from straying too far from the picture-postcard centre. Walk a couple of hundred yards to Lomo de Masca to escape the crowds and soak up the solitary atmosphere of this magical spot.
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