Los Silos, located in the northwestern corner of Tenerife, is one of the best preserved places on the island. Beneath the majestic massif of Teno and on the coastal shelf of Isla Baja, it has a rich and diverse biodiversity. Unique plant species and animals coexist in harmony with the agricultural and commercial activity that takes place in the village. An example of sustainable development that has made it worthy of the cataloging of more than half of its territory as a protected natural area.
The great diversity of environments allows the visitor to carry out activities in nature throughout the year. Beaches and seaside puddles, plains of cardones and tabaibas, deep ravines covered with tertiary laurisilva forests and mid-level crop areas, until reaching its summit in “Cruz de Gala”, at about 1,400 meters high, are some of the most outstanding environments in Los Silos.
Hiking lovers find here an ideal place to go on foot to some of the lesser-known spots of the island, such as “Monte de Agua y Pasos” and the Rural Park of Teno. Coastal areas, with good weather conditions, become an excellent place to practice surfing and bodyboarding, diving, sport fishing and different water activities. In addition, the peace of the area and poor traffic make it easier to practice cycling and mountain races.
Throughout all seasons, there is a unique program of cultural activities such as the traditional parade of Reyes Magos, the Carnival, the bonfires on La Noche de San Juan, the Boreal Music Festival or the International Festival of Tales in Los Silos.
All of them are unique reasons to spend a few days staying in one of the hotels or rural houses there, enjoy the local gastronomy and relax thanks to the quietness that characterizes this area of the island.
This ecotourism guide is intended to be a tool to discover Los Silos in a different way, bringing the most unique aspects of this remarkable territory to the traveler and helping the bonding between visitors and the local population. For that, an authentic model of ecotourism is committed, where we understand ecotourism as “the environmentally responsible journey, to relatively undisturbed areas for enjoying and appreciating nature, the rural world and local culture while promoting its conservation and protection. It has a low environmental impact and provides a social-economic benefit to the local population.”
This edition is framed in the “Actions to improve knowledge of the heritage, cultural, touristic and natural resources of the township of Los Silos”, a subsidized project by the Rural Development Program of Canary Islands, through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development; the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment of the Spain Government; the Ministry of Agriculture, Cattle raising, Fisheries and Waters of the Government of Canary Islands and the City Council of Los Silos.
Texts: Birding Canarias S.L.U. (Pedro González del Campo García-Vaquero, Juan José Ramos Melo y Erika L. González Méndez).