Exploring Tenerife – The Gigantes, Masca and the North West Cape

Tenerife is an island that you just have to hire a car and get out to explore.  Here is the second of our two favourite routes.

The Gigantes, Masca and the north western cape

We suggest an early start, as there is a huge amount to see along this amazingly scenic drive.  From Los Cristianos, take the motorway (TF-1) north to Junction 81.  Exit and take the TF-47 towards Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is a small port town with an excellent viewing point for the huge Gigantes cliffs.  After snapping a few pictures, head back up the TF-454 towards Santiago del Teide.  Once you reach Santiago del Teide, look for the TF-436 to Masca (on the left, it’s easy to miss, so drive slowly through the town).

The next part of your journey will be one of the most amazing drives you have ever done.


This well-maintained road with countless hairpin bends, twists and turns up and down thousands of meters.  The scenery is jaw-dropping, as is the beautiful village of Masca.

Parking facilities at Masca are limited, so arrive early if you want to stop for lunch.  If you can’t find a place to park in Masca, continue futher about 2 miles to a hill top viewing point with more parking and a small restaurant.


From Masca, continue along to Buenavista del Nova.  Chances are, you will reach this point by the middle or late afternoon.  But don’t skip the next bit!

At Buenavista, turn left onto the TF-445 towards Faro de Teno.  A 15-minute drive will take you around cliff edges, through tunnels to the most north westerly point on the island.  The views of the Gigantes are amazing.


The drive back to Los Cristianos takes around one and a half hours.  Head back to Buenavista and follow the TF-42 towards Genoves.  At Las Cruces, turn right on to the TG-421.  This short cut involves another adventurous road climb with numerous hairpin bends, eventually joining the TF-82.  From here, follow the signposts to Los Christianos.

Click here to see our recommended route to explore the El Tiede volcano and its lava fields.

Driving In Tenerife

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