Teide – Icod – Garachico – Masca
The journey started at 9.30 am at the bus station, where we were picked up. We decided for a bus trip because we didn’t want to drive by ourselves. The bus driver mastered the risky route and we had the chance to relax and enjoy the lovely views. 🙂
As our guide was extremely good at languages, we were lucky and got all explanations in four languages, even in our mother tongue. Apart from that, he was very experienced and this is why he told us many interesting aspects on the way to our destinations, for example about the Guanches, the origin of the name Vilaflor, etc.
The first station of the excursion was the National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide. During winter time it is getting fresh here on this height and the top of the mountain can be covered with snow.
Afterwards we travelled to Icod de los Vinos, where we have seen the old famous Dragon Tree, which is one of the symbols of the Canary Islands. Furthermore it is worth to look at the magnificent traditional architecture of Icod. The village is also well-known for the possibility to taste local delights like wine, jam, liquor, etc.
We continued our journey taking the northern coastal route to visit the beautiful village at the coast Garachico. Unfortunately there was no time for making a break and swimming in the natural pools.
Finally, we had a stop in Masca, a small mountain village famous for its beautiful landscape. Masca is the starting point for a very popular hike through the canyon to the sea, which we will explore very soon. Drinking a barraquito and enjoying the sunset, this place was an ideal last station for a wonderful trip.
For the price paid, it is definitively worth booking this kind of trip in order to get a first impression of the different landscapes on the Island. Of course there wasn’t any time left to hike or swim, especially if you lose two passengers who aren’t able to get on the right bus again. 😀