THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF LOS SILOS - Historic quarters - Tenerife

The Historic Quarter of Los Silos

The Historic Quarter of Los Silos
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You will find this charming and peaceful town in the shelter of the Aregume mountain. The municipality stands in a privileged setting and is home to a wealth of wildlife.

Inside its historic quarter, you will be most impressed by Plaza de la Luz and its colourful gardens. This welcoming little square invites you to take a restful seat in the shade as you look around and realise why the square has become a historic landmark and a symbol for the local people. You should also visit the gleaming 16th century church of Nuestra Señora de la Luz, home to a lovely figure of the Virgen de la Luz which (legend has it) was found on the coast by a Portuguese fisherman. In the second half of the 18th century a niche was built for the virgin and the figure was placed on a unique early 18th century throne that raises the figure on high.

Enter the old Bernardine convent of San Sebastián, which has been declared a Historic-Artistic Monument. It was fully refurbished after some unfortunate attempts to knock it down. The building now houses the public library, a well-kept exhibition hall and a visitors centre where you will find plenty of information on the area. You can also visit the modest chapel of El Calvario, which may be small but has a solemn air about it that invites you in to explore.

The Town Hall is easily recognisable with its flags waving proudly and its many architectural features that are in keeping with the most traditional regional style. The building has large sliding sash windows and raised windows with two panes covered with a small roof and wooden frames. Although it is now the town hall, the building has always been known as Casa de los Trujillos.

Your footsteps along the cobbled streets of Los Silos will echo off the walls of its buildings as you pass, making you feel part of its history as if time seems to stand still.

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