Striking thing about the Tenerife Airbnb where missing Jay Slater stayed

A reporter has visited the Airbnb where Jay Slater stayed the night before he went missing in Tenerife.

Reporter James Holt has described the sheer remoteness of the location of the secluded holiday let, named Casa Abuela Tina, which is located just outside the village of Masca. It's believed that 19-year-old Jay, who hasn't been seen or heard from since Monday morning (June 17), stayed there with individuals he met at a music festival.

The accommodation owner later reported seeing him on Monday, walking uphill into the mountains by himself. Jay, from Lancashire, travelled to Tenerife on his first overseas holiday without his parents but disappeared on Monday after last speaking to his friend Lucy around 8am.

His last known whereabouts were determined by his phone signal, which was traced to a vast mountainous region about half a mile north of Masca.

A huge search operation was initiated with local police and continued into its sixth day on Saturday (June 22). Search teams told the M.E.N they 'still have hope' of finding him alive - but acknowledged the difficulties posed by the barren and challenging terrain. Drones, police dogs, helicopters, and mountain rescue teams have been deployed over the past few days, but so far, no progress has been made.

Reporter James Holt visited the Airbnb as the frantic search operation persisted. Here's what he observed....

The holiday cottage is situated midway up a mountain, just outside of Masca. It takes around an hour to get to from the popular resort of Los Cristianos - where Jay and his friends were staying in a booked apartment.

It was difficult to reach even by car. With just one road in and out, which is beside a steep cliff with nail-bitingly tight corners, it seemed only few tourists visited the village, very much off the beaten track, to experience the views, the majority of which were on pre-booked tours.

There are only two restaurants within reasonable walking distance, and one bus stop that has services running between every 60 and 90 minutes, and only to Santiago del Teide and Lomo de Masca.

There are little footpaths or signed routes in the surrounding area for those who may be on foot, and taxis to and from the rental from other popular destinations would be extremely costly. It feels as though it is in the middle of nowhere.

The surrounding terrain is challenging and perilous

Upon visiting the Airbnb rental, it became clear that the area would be extremely difficult to navigate if you weren't familiar with the surroundings. Especially on foot; with very steep, narrow and windy roads populated with cars driving at speed.

Travelling down into Masca would take around 15 minutes downhill, but going any further would realistically require some form of road transport; whether that be via car, taxi or bus.

Jay reportedly left the rental and walked uphill, further north of Tenerife. The next main village you would reach is Las Portelas, which takes around two hours on foot and involves hiking up mountains and along tricky roads and paths.

The area has limited accommodation options

The rental is not in a popular resort surrounded by hotels, apartments, shops and restaurants. It is discreetly nestled at the side of a road. Blink - and you'd surely miss it.

The accommodation, with breath-taking views of the landscape, would certainly be ideal for families, or those that have hired a car and already know their way around the island.

There are only three other hotels within seven kilometres of Masca, the area currently being searched to find missing Jay, all of which are tucked away within the mountainous landscape.