Masca hiking. Up & down, same day – big post and lotsa pics with videos

At last got some free time to organise, edit, upload and describe photos from the recent (Monday 18th Feb) Masca trekking! I know that some of you might have done it already, – some even a couple of times! – but for me it was a first time experience that was a part of training for #Transgrancanaria2018 where I’ll be running 30k’ and my boyfriend – 64 km race… (we’re both freaking out but that’s another story.. hehe)

The route: from Masca village down to the Playa de Masca, small break and back up to the Masca village. More or less accurate trail was uploaded on Wikiloc (click here to view details or see below):

But first things first: we’ve started with coffees and ‘motivation’ (which was a donut!) after driving in the rain from Santa Cruz to Santiago del Teide and then to Masca.

coffee, canarias, tenerife, rain, дождь на Тенерифе, канарский кофе

teide in snow, nieve, tenerife

Teide covered with snow, but sadly couldn’t be seen properly as it was too cloudy that day

santiago del teide, valley in the mountains

A bit blurry (due to the driving) image of Santiago del Teide valley

tenerife, almond trees, blossoming almond

Almond trees in full blossom

rainbow in masca, радуга, arco iris, Тенерифе

And here we are – Masca has heartily welcomed us with a rainbow :)

masca, tenerife, знак, ресторан в Маске на Тенерифе, sign

yellow flowers, windscreen, flowers on windscreen, цветы за стеклом

Masca village, pueblito en las montañas, hillside village, houses on slope, morning light, glow, beautiful cliffs

Houses are literally built on a slope as there’s hardly any flat surfaces in the village

Masca gorge, ravine, cliffs, Tenerife, la Gomera, Гомера, остров, ущелье Маска

Another shot of this popular view.. :)

happy, smiles, couple, love, tourists, hikers, hippie tourists

And the ‘tourists’ :)

masca village, barranco de masca, tenerife, тенерифе, маска

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doggie, stray dog, cute, ginger, рыжая собака, бездомыш, симпатичный пес, тату

Sad lil doggy as ginger as a carrot!!

Sidewalk flower, tiny, цветок на дороге, маленький цветок

Beauty around (and beneath) us

collage, dog, cafe with the view, кафе в Маске, кафе с видом на океан

The ginger stray dog and local cafeteria with The View

cafeteria en Masca, Tenerife, touristic place, for tourists, multilingual, кафе в деревне Маска, Тенерифе, для туристов

For all tastes & nationalities

empty cafe, morning light, light through the window, wooden chairs, wooden cafe furniture, кафе в горах, ресторан, Тенерифе, Маска

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almond flowers, almond trees in blossom, beautiful nature, Tenerife almond trees, цветущий миндаль на Тенерифе, цветы миндаля, миндальное дерево

These blossoming almond trees (and their guardian bees) are everywhere thanks to rain and sunshine that are typical for the place in winter.

house in Masca village, casita en barranco de Masca, Tenerife, rustic house Tenerife, деревенский пейзаж, Тенерифе, Маска

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Masca cliffs, Masca hiking, Tenerife hiking, Teneriffa

Cliffs, cliffs, cliffs whichever direction you turn your head..

rocks in Masca, rocas de Masca

Green and dark, bald and thriving, beautiful and scary..

masca trekking start, empezamos aqui

Starting point of trekking

collage, masca ravine, gorge, barranco, Teneriffa, dry tree, ущелье Маски

cane, cañazo, камыш, тростник, ветви тростника, Masca cane bushes

If you see these cane bushes – be sure there’s a water spiring nearby!!

en el barranco, hiking, Masca trekking, camino, tourist attraction, Masca, Tenerife, Маска, Тенерифе, горное ущелье

After two hours finally blue sky and a sight of the ocean.. Hallelujah!

sun glare, morning light, breaking through, cliff, rock, Playa de Masca

Down on the Playa de Masca

Atlantic ocean, Атлантика, остров Ла Гомера, La Gomera island from Tenerife

…the ocean never looked so good and inviting ;)

calmness, calm waves, tide coming up, ocean, deep blue, tranquility


volcanic sand, feet in the ocean, feeling good, good for feet, wet rocks, вулканический песок, ноги в океане, коллаж

Water feels goooood on tired feet

big splash, wave, jumping into waves, cold ocean, brave, morning swim, Edu Acaso

…And if you’re brave enough to jump into cold ocean, you’ll be rewarded with the best feeling ever, as if you could  fly! =)

Los Gigantes, playa de Masca, in between hiking, cliffs of Los Gigantes, Tenerife cliffs

Remember you don’t have to do both ways up and down, instead you can just hire a boat that will bring you to the marine of Los Gigantes (might need to check or book beforehand though!)

lovely cat, stray cat, cat on the beach

On the way back when leaving la playa, you’ll get a small furry blessing =)

almond tree, миндальное дерево, цветущий миндаль

Another almond tree in a full blossom but unfortunately out of focus (sorry)

Masca, Tenerife, Teneriffa, cliffs of Masca, barranco de Masca, Masca trekking, down in the gorge, natural pool

Above.. and underneath <3

cliffs, tourist, big cliffs, in the mountains, down in Masca, Tenerife cliffs, турист, ущелье Маска, треккинг на Тенерифе, масштаб гор, горное ущелье

Hey hey) By Edu Acaso <3

After we’ve finally managed to get back where we started, it was really nice to go and spend an evening/night in a hotel close to Masca! We’ve booked ‘La Casona del Patio’ in advance to avoid long driving back home after what felt like a week of hiking, – and it was definitely a smart decision!

La Casona del Patio, hotel, almond tree, отель Сантьяго дель Тейде, Касона дель Патио

Hotel ‘La Casona del Patio’ from the parking

path to hotel entrance, hotel Santiago del Teide, hotel la Casona del Patio

Hotel entrance

hotel, backyard, patio, внутренний дворик


tea ceremony, чайная церемония, ceremonia del té, la Casona del Patio, Santiago del Teide

A free one-hour tea ceremony is held daily from 6pm to 7pm for the hotel guests

hotel toiletries, туалетные принадлежности в отеле


selfie, bathroom selfie, blondie, smilling, thumbs up, happy

..and a toilet selfie)

welcome cava, welcome drinks at hotel, cava, welcome card, bienvenido, blue lights, tree with blue lights, blue tree, in the night, голубое дерево, ночное небо

Was pleased to have a welcome drink and card in the room…(Gracias!!). Image on the right: a tree with blue lights that looked like a crazy night sky!. <3

view from the hotel room, hotel in Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, mountain hotel, forest hotel

Morning view from our room – isn’t it beautiful?!.

hotel breakfast, buffet, la Casona del Patio, hotel interior, завтрак в отеле

And a quick brekkie before heading back home!

Next post: Carnival in Santa Cruz with some random, a bit psychedelic pics ;)

Photo running challenge // Беговые заметки натуралиста

Today’s running path was in the mountains of La Esperanza close to Las Lugunetas (map). To say it was beautiful is to say nothing. This path starts in the forest and goes uphill for ca. 4km, then to somewhat looking like a flat area with fantastic opening views from the top; around the top and back down to the other part of the forest.

Literally every 3-5 minutes landscapes are changing their sceneries, colours and ‘decoration’ details, so that it is nearly impossible to run by without stopping (and catching a breath, lol).

trail running

running, happy, fun

We’ve seen quite a few cyclists passing by, but no other runners than ourselves. And – which was rather pleasing! – no cars at all as the way is too unprotected and narrow at times. Perfect for trekkers, in other words!! :)

canarian pines

salomon runners

Christmas holidays approaching!!

canarian mountains

mountains, trekking, path

green forest, clouds

pine fir cones, tired runner

Pine and fir cones all along the way

tree roots

dry, seco


The result: ca. 16km, speed around 7:50 – and around double faster & longer for my handsome guide who I am so thankful for showing this <3 Thanks a lot babe xx

For the love of hiking

Another FUNtastic day spent hiking with my love and taking snapshots on iPhone (all photos presented here), walking around 14 km with the crazy altitude between 0 and 1 km above sea level… Ah, why can’t we do it all day every day?! :)

The itinerary: left car at/ started walking from Playa Benijo – El Draguillo – Punta Baja de las Palmas to Roque de Dentro (Roques de Anaga, Las Brenas) and all the way back with a short but very much needed pause at the beach with some coffee & munchies that we prepared beforehand. Again, when it’s too hot everywhere in the world (except Russia only, perhaps?!)), head to the North and stay cool ;)

Started here

beach, rocks, Benijo, playa, Tenerife north, waves

See the little piece of rock on the top right corner? THat’s our rock that we’ve walked to!

road, mountain road

In the beginning you think it couldn’t be any easier than this..)

selfie, blonde, rocky road, view

..and we take lotsa pics

mountains, beach, playa, roques, Almaciga, Anaga, Taganana

Playa Benijo left behind as well as the feeling that it’s not gonna be too difficult (in fact it is not, Im just way unprepared / unexperienced with mountain walks…)

El Draguillo Tenerife, mountain life, house in mountains

Sort of middle of the way at El Draguillo village

El Draguillo, mountain village, горная деревушка, север Тенерифе

Literally few houses of El Draguillo village, and the road divides in two: one to Chamorga (see the post here), another one to our destination point at Roques de Anaga

view from above, ocean, Tenerife, high, высоко, страшно, scary dary

This is where I started shitting myself from heights the road gets higher, wilder and narrower with breathtaking views down at the coast and the ocean’s distant roar…

Roques de Anaga, Punta baja de las Palmas

Btw, we were super lucky with the lighting conditions and weather: windy and cloudy, perfect for a hard walk!

hiker, walker, mountains, sporty, fit, blonde, smile, thumbs up

OK, this was an almost Fake Thumbs-Up moment, lol (I felt like i was gonna die any minute from a heart attack, if too lucky…)

hard walk, tired, still happy, pain, no pain no gain

More real one

man, beard, dog, happy, smiley dog, hipster, handsome, Love him, legs, Salomon, #timetoplay

We are always lucky with the friends along the way :)

donkey, doggy, man, local people, authentic, smiley, friendly

Apathetic donkey Perico, very friendly local Francisco, scary but super friendly doggy Husan and the love of my life Eduardovski :)

Roque de Dentro, high tide, waves, Atlantic, ocean, wildness

His majesty Roque de Dentro :) Beautiful and lonely, we’ll have to get back there to walk in a low tide to discover him better!

picture of taking picture, rock, cliff, bushes, man, ocean, nature, thank you mother nature

One of the last pictures on the way back. Surprisingly, it was much faster and less scarier :)

Thank you, mother Nature, we’ll be back! =)