|Autonomous community||Canary Islands|
|Province||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|Municipality||Buenavista del Norte|
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Masca is a small mountain village on the island of Tenerife. The village is home to around 80 inhabitants. The village lies at an altitude of 600 m in the Teno mountains, which extend up to the northwesternmost point of Tenerife. Until the 1960s the village 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 lies at the head of the Masca Gorge. The trail from the village down the gorge to the beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a popular, though strenuous, hiking route, which takes about 3 hours each way.
The housing designs are two storeys and are built on the mountain slopes and are very remarkable. The covers are not used inside. Some of the homes are abandoned. Many of its inhabitants have left for larger towns and cities on Tenerife and on other islands and for Spain.
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