On the way from Buenavista to Garachico, we decided, on the spur of the moment, to take a short detour and explore the tiny, little town of Los Silos. This was an inspired decision - it is so beautiful, so peaceful and one of the most charming places on the island of Tenerife. Most people head for the well known Garachico - they just don't know what they are missing.
Los Silos is right on the north-west coast of the island. We hadn't seen it mentioned in any of the tourist guides or books and there were no other tourists here! It felt like we had it to ourselves.
We parked our car on the main street, got out and just wandered. The church - Nuestra Senora de la Luz is probably the most striking building in the town. It is umissable - white, with the sun reflecting off its pristine walls. Just opposite the church is the Cultural Centre. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited, but apparently inside there is information on Los Silos and the surrounding area. The walls are painted in a very vivid colour, you won't miss it. It was built in 1649 and was originally a convent.
Neaby is the Town Hall, this is also a lovely building with a very impressive Canarian balcony.
We headed back to the Plaza - it is picture postcard perfect. There is an Art Nouveau style bandstand in the middle of the plaza. It was designed by a Canarian architect called Mariano Estanga. He lived in Los Silos in the 1920's and apparently played a big role in the restoration and design of the town.
We found a little bar just off the square and decided to go in and have lunch. It was lovely - thick, whitewashed walls, heavy wooden shutters and open windows (no glass), looking out over the plaza. It was very traditional with some local men gathered around the bar, chatting and passing the time of day. No-one spoke any English, but with pigeon Spanish and much nodding and pointing, we managed to order lunch. We ate delicious sandwiches, washed down with local beer and ice cream for our son. The cost - 6 Euros in total for everything. What a bargain! It also had the most wonderful relaxed and calm atmosphere.
We wandered a bit more after lunch looking for the Aderno patisserie and chocolate shop. Although Los Silos is a very small place, we couldn't find this shop. Apparently its produce is so good, people travel here all the way from Santa Cruz to buy things. We didn't find it, but did find some lovely old buildings and beautiful streets to explore and had a very enjoyable hour in this quaint and special place.