The village clings to the sides of an impossibly steep ravine which snakes its way down to the beach, far below. The walk down is unbelievably picturesque – but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted and it’s a serious trek to get down there. The sign at the entrance to path warns of the possibility of rock-falls while those suffering from vertigo most definitely should avoid. In fact, you need to be in pretty good shape to take on this trail, despite the fact it’s almost all downhill.
The port at Masca these day is little more than a rocky beach and small jetty. There is also a small beach to your left as you enter the bay – dark black sand which is natural to the island rather than the imported golden sand so prevalent in Tenerife’s more touristy areas. This also lends charm to the area – you’re seeing a very real side to the island which so many others don’t.