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Telde (Travel Gran Canaria)
- is half way between what locals call the north where Canarians mostly live...and the south which is where most tourist resorts are.

Before the Spaniards conquered Gran Canaria Telde was one of the two main Guanche Kindoms on the island.

So its not surprising that some of the most important archeological sites have been found here. Like Four Doors and Tufia which you can visit.

Its Beaches

There are a number of good beaches along its 10km coastline. And they are very popular with locals as they are closer from Las Palmas than the beaches of Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles.

Melenara Beach is the most visited of these beaches. It's a 600m sandy beach with lots of restaurants. Then...walking distance from here is Salinetas Beach. This is a smaller sandy beach.

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Salinetas Beach

Two other beaches in the area are La Garita and Playa del Hombre. There's a promenade linking these beaches. It's a long walk so just make sure to take a cap and some sun cream with you or you will definitely get burnt.

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La Garita Beach

If you're looking for smaller and more secluded beaches you can go to Aguadulce Beach or Playa Chica. Aguadulce Beach is a lovely for snorkeling.

However, bear in mind that these beaches here and in the south of Gran Canaria are very popular. So during the summer months they do get quite crowded, especially as children are on holidays.

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Aguadulce Beach

If you're looking for less crowded beaches you can have a look at the north of Gran Canaria.

What to Visit?

Right in the centre of Telde you'll find San Juan Bautista Church. And around it the old quarter of San Juan.

If you walk down Calle Inés Chemida you'll get to one of the oldest neighborhoods on the island, San Francisco. Here you'll find old traditional houses, another church and a centenary drago.

iglesia de san juan bautista

Archeological Sites

Telde was once one of the two main pre-Hispanic Guanche Kingdoms on the island, the other one was Galdar with its famous archeological site of 'The Painted Cave'...

...when the conquers arrived there were over 14,000 aborigine dwellings. This municipality has over a hundred archaeological sites. The most important ones you can visit are; Four Doors, Tufia, Tara and Cendro.

    i) Four Doors Site is one of the island's most important sites. It's thought to be where sacrifices were made to the gods, and where meetings and assemblies were also held. The site dates back over 500 years. If you're interested in the Canary Islands history this is a must.

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    ii) Tufia Site is a big site located close to the coastal fishing village of Tufia. Here you'll find a number of caves and houses made out of stone.

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    iii) Tara and Cendro are a series of artificial caves. Some of the most important artifacts and figurines have been found here. Like the "Idol of Tara". Which is a figurines of the goddess of fertility and can be found in the Museo Canario.

Why shop here? and how to save up to 70%

A new shopping centre opened on the motorway (GC-1) between Telde and Las Palmas called 'Las Terrazas'. You can find true bargains here (up to -70%) as most outlets like Levi's or Mango opened up here. It also good for entertainment as it has a cinema, a bowling alley, a food court, carting etc.

gran canaria shopping las terrazas

How to get here?

By Car
Telde is right between Las Palmas and the south of Gran Canaria. All you have to do is drive up the GC-1 motorway. It's a 15 minute drive.

From Las Palmas central bus station (Estacion San Telmo) you can take buses 12, 15 or 55. Bus 80 is a direct bus which leaves every 20 minutes from the bus station Santa Catalina.

From Maspalomas in the south of Gran Canaria you can take bus 36. It leave every hour at 40 minutes past the hour.

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