Telde, Gran Canaria
Telde is the second largest town on Gran Canaria and historically Telde was the capital of the island of Gran Canaria. Las Palmas took over as the capital after the worlds 4th largest port (Puerto de la Luz) was built there.
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In ancient times Gran Canaria was divided into two kingdoms. Gáldar was one of the kingdoms and had the royal seat and Telde used to be the other.
Telde like many other towns has developed and spread over the years.
Telde itself is actually very old and starting from the borders of the town and working inwards the closer you get to the centre of Telde the older it gets with the historical core being based around the Plaza de San Juan. The old historic part of Telde was declared a national monument in 1981. Right in the centre of the historic area at Telde you will find Plaza de San Juan, a square surrounded by big, old trees which lend it their shade, and tranquillity. Around the main square of Telde, are also beautiful, colonial style houses painted in green and white with exquisite and elaborately carved balconies. Granting rhe very centre of Telde an untouched feel.
Totally dominating the main square in Telde is the large Basilica de San Juan Bautista.
Inside the Basilica de San Juan Bautista you will some find real treasures, a marvellous Flemish altar which depicts six scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary and a figure of Christ which although being 1.85m in height, only weighs in at 7.5kg. The reason being the material used to make the statue. It really is made of corn cobs and was put together by Mexican Indians.
Another historic area of Telde is the district of San Francisco and this is linked to the Plaza de San Juan by the street Calle Inés Cenida.
This area of Telde is centred around the church, Iglesia de San Francisco from which the area takes it's name. All around this area of Telde the streets are cobbled and you will see some of the original dark glazed street signs while in other parts the street signs were replaced a while ago with new Canarian ornamental signs, which were designed to look old and stay in keeping with the rest of this area of Telde.
Telde is home to the Léon y Castillo House Museum. The exhibits inside are dedicated to the lives of two famous brothers, Fernando and Juan Léon y Castillo and their careers as engineer and diplomat. The famous brothers were both born in Telde and are responsible for transforming the harbour in Las Palmas. The museum is found on the street called Calle San Fernando, also named after one of the brothers.
The municipality of Telde boasts the widest coastal strip on the eastern side of the island of Gran Canaria, with a wide variety of geological conditions, some sandy,others rocky, and all lined up one after the other. As you travel along the coast through the municipality of Telde you will travel through Jinámar, Las Salinetas, Agua Dulce, Ojos de Garza, Bocabarranco, Las Clavellinas, El Hombre, Las Cuevas, Silva, Tufia, Melenara and Gando, and each one having it´s own section of beach.
The town of Telde possesses the oldest historical centre in all of the Canary Islands with it's surrounding environment being of great beauty and with stunning views. The most interesting in the municipality of Telde, the reservation of Los Marteles (which also passes through the municipality of Valsequillo) which contains places of great importance like the Barranco de Los Cernícalos and the Barranco de Las Goteras. Both can be found in the protected area of Tafira, near to Telde.