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Los Silos lies on the northwest coast of Tenerife in an area known as Isla Baja or the Lowlands; an emerald carpet laid at the feet of the 7 million year old Teno Mountains.
Los Silos snuggles into the deep pile of the landscape between Garachico and Buenavista is a picturesque town with pretty plazas, traditional architecture and narrow cobbled streets.
Named after 3 grain silos built here within the 15th century, Los Silos initially grew wealthy on the production of cereals and later, on sugar production.
Inside the church, instead of the gloomy, sombre, intimidating atmosphere of many churches, windows allow the sunshine to flood in illuminating its beautiful altars and statues. One that’s worth popping in to see is a sculpture that’s reproduced frequently in churches on Tenerife and depicts a seated Christ with his chin in his hand and his knees torn and bloodied. It’s known as the Christ of Humility and Patience and this particular one was sculpted by a craftsman from the neighbouring island of La Gomera in the early 17th century and remarkably, still has its original paint.
The adjoining 17th century Convent of San is also worth a visit. There’s a small visitor centre where you can pick up a walking guide for the area and lots of information on Los Silos and its environs and the beautiful courtyard has nice clean toilets (it’s always worth knowing where you can take a ‘convenient’ stop when you’re out and about in Tenerife).
One of the most intriguing fiestas on Tenerife, December sees Los Silos hosting the ‘International Storytelling Festival’.
A relatively new addition to Los Silos revamped coastline is a curious skeleton of a sei whale; it's a tribute to the conservation of sea life.
La Escuela is a great little pizzeria in a building which was formerly the town school; the only studying done here now is of the goodies on offer. The rustic décor of agricultural implements on the walls and quaint wooden window seats make this a cosy place to enjoy what my sources tell me is some excellent pizza (open Fri, Sat & Sun evenings).