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About 20 miles from Puerto de la Cruz on the north west coast of Tenerife, the village of Los Silos is the perfect location if your looking for peace and tranquility, it is a completely unspoiled village hardly touched by tourism with just a few shops and tavernas in the narrow streets, an excellent fish restaurant and a patisserie/coffee shop.

The village square with it's old church is a nice spot to sit and relax. For some lovely walks you'll find that from the square there are several paths leading off through the banana plantations.

This is an ideal area for biking and walking holidays and a favorite with photographers, and artists.

Other places of interest.

A fascinating place to visit is Mount Teide with it's covering of snow creating a fantastic backdrop, as the road climbs through beautiful forests of unique pine trees that only grow on Tenerife, as you reach nearer to the top the vegetation thins and opens out to a landscape more akin to the moon and has been the location for several films such as Planet of the Apes and Stare Wars, NASA also used it as a training area for some of it's astronauts. To reach the very top you must use the cable car, it's worth checking that it is operating before setting out.

In the same region at the foot of the beautiful Orotava valley, over looked by Mt Teide is the charming old resort of Puerto de la Cruz, with the famous black volcanic beaches, lovely gardens, and a traditional way of life.

Near the harbour area is the old quarter, worth taking a stroll to sample the local cuisine at one of the Tapas bars and watch the world go by. On the main promenade is the Martianez Lido a complex of sea water pools, lots of fun for the kids as well as the grown ups.

Puerto de la Cruz is also home to one of the worlds leading Zoo's. For shopping the choice is varied from boutiques, modern electrical stores to traditional craft and souvenir shops. Eating out is a pleasure with a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and bars offering something to suit all tastes and budgets. Nightlife includes nightclubs, music and sports bars and the casino, Garachico A sleepy backwater with a glorious past.

Garachico was founded in 1496 by Cristos del Pone. Situated in the north it was the main port and trade centre especially for wine, amongst its most famous was Malmansay immortalized in Shakespears' Richard 3rd. In 1706 the town was devastated by a huge volcanic eruption that overwhelmed it and partially buried the town and blocked the harbour, without it the inhabitants were forced to fall back on the past traditional methods of making a living namely fishing and farming, which for us today means that we can enjoy some of the islands best fish, shellfish and local wine. Of the buildings left untouched by the eruptions partially noteworthy are the Castle San Miguel dated (1517) the convents of San Fransisco and Santa Domingo dated around the 16th and 17th century, the many fine mansions built by the wealthy merchants of the town during its flourishing hay-day and the Parish Church with its collection of paintings and religious sculptures. Although there is no beach the area is dotted with pools created by the molten lava flowing into the sea perfect for a dip after exploring this unspoiled town. Garachico past and present is one of Tenerife's Gems.

La Laguna was named the capital of Tenerife in 1496 by its founder Alonso Fernandez de Lugo. As a university town it is the second most important on the island. La Laguna is not only of architectural interest but has been built on a unique grid system that has been the inspiration of other city planners in America. Buildings of special note are the Cathedral built in 1515 which has a beautiful arched nave of illuminated stained glass and behind the high the alter is the tomb of Logo Conquistador de Tenerife y La Palma (The Conqueror of Tenerife and La Palma).

The oldest church is Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion built in 1502 and used by the conquistadors to baptize the Guanche leaders as part of there conquest of the islands.

Also of note is the Teatro Leal a triple tiered hall holding regular concerts. Plaza del Adelantado the central square and main area for shops bars and restaurants in between the cathedral and the main road.

To spend time in La Laguna is to look back in time before the developers took over, it has a long and impressive history a wonderful cool climate and great charm.

Puerto de la Cruz.
Playa de las Americas.
The Patch.
Callao Salvaje.
Puerto de Santiago
Costa del Silencio and Las Galletas.
Golf del Sur and Amarilla Golf & Country Club.
Los Cristianos
Los Gigantes
Los Silos
La Laguna.

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