Orientation & Geography

Africa, Spain, Canary Islands

Masca is a small mountain village located in Buenavista del Norte on a small mountain road named Masca. The village is home to around 150 inhabitants. The village is in the Teno mountains, which range from 600 to 800 m and extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife. The village in the 1960s was accessed only by paths and was inaccessible by roads. The centre of the village features a small square (plaza) and a small church. High mountains surround the tiny village and there is a small peak near the village centre. Forests including cypresses and palm trees abound. The rocks and forests and a slope of about 70° to 75° angle lies westward. Farming cultivation include potatoes and wheat and also fruit and vegetables in small quantities. The village has a sufficient water supply and plants are green. The village was also an area that pirates never attacked. The Atlantic Ocean lies several kilometres northwest. The housing designs are two-stories and are built on the mountain slopes and are very remarkable. The covers are not used inside. Some of the homes are abandoned. Much of its inhabitants left for larger towns and cities on and on other islands and to Spain.