Tenerife. Masca village, Montaña La Sahorra, Garachico, Icod de los Vinos. Day 3
Русская версия All these sights maybe easily visited within one day, and we did it the next day after the rainy Paisaje Lunar. This day we decided to keep close to the car for the case of the bad weather.
On our way to Masca village the weather cheered us with the sun:
But as soon as we turned to the narrow mountain road leading to Masca, the rain started drizzling. It even prevented us to get out of the car at miradores for some time, but the need of beauty was stronger:
But the closer we got to Masca, the clearer the sky became.
Masca (coordinates: 28.305278, -16.840278) is well-known for its excellent views of the gorge. Indeed, it is breathtaking. There are only about 100 people living here, and it is often said to be a pirate village (being that far and also that difficult to access, it as if was the place to hide for pirates and smugglers), although a visitor won’t notice anything associated with pirates in it.
But we shouldn’t complain about the weather: due to it we were rewarded by unforgettable rainbow. After coming back from Tenerife, Vitya was writing a review on our trip on the forum dedicated solely to Tenerife, and many people reading his review (who had been to the island for many times) were envious: they have never seen a rainbow at Masca. That is why you should never complain about the weather!
There we asked a local woman about the lighthouse, she showed the way, but recommended not to go there due to the strong wind and rain (the road was mountaneous). We decided to try though, but there were signs on the road after every 5 meters (and in different languages), stating that the road is closed and one may drive it only on his/her own responsibility. We decided not to risk and to come back on another day. We turned back and drove to Garachico, a town and municipality of 29 sq. kms.
Next to the information center it has free wi-fi access, a great possibility to show the ocean to your parents and friends on skype, which Nastya started to do:
Since we did not succeed with the lighthouse, we decided to go around the whole island, and our next stop was Icod de los Vinos, where we visited the butterfly garden (Mariposario del Drago, Calle Nicolas Estevez Borges, s/n, 38430 Icod de los Vinos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, +34 922 81 51 6, grown-ups 8,50, kids 5,0, students 7,0 евро, in winter 10.00-18.00, summer 10.00-19.00). In the garden, there are a lot of flying butterflies of all kinds.
Here you may also observe how a butterfly appears from chrysalis. There is a lab, where they take care of these babies.
Next to the butterfly garden, there is an arboretum, famous for the dragon tree, one of the oldest on the earth (about 2,500 years old) (Plaza de la Constitución, 1, 38430 Icod de los Vinos, +34 922 81 22 26, €4 for adults, €2.50 for students and pensioners, €2 for children, April-September 09:00-20:00, the rest 10:00 -18:00). It is surrounded by multiple legends and many other plants constituting the botanical garden.
Next day we went to El Medano Beach, Candelaria, La Laguna, and Anaga Mountains.