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Telde

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Telde is a town and a municipality in the eastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, overseas (Atlantic) insular Spain. It is the second most populous municipality on the island, with a population of (2013). Its area is 102.43km². The city is the oldest and the first capital of the island of Gran Canaria, founded before 1351, a former medieval bishopric and present Catholic titular see.The city Telde is located 4 km from the coast and 16 km south of the island capital Las Palmas. The GC-1 motorway passes east of the city. The Gran Canaria International Airport is located in the subdivision of Gando, south of Telde.HistoryBefore the Spanish invasion Telde was the eastern centre to the aborigines of the island, and the renowned aborigen Doramas is believed to have lived here. Early records point to about 14,000 aborigen dwellings here in Telde at the time of conquest, and Telde is the spot where the famous Idolo de Tara figure—currently housed in the Museo Canario in Las Palmas—was discovered.It was created by papal decree is 1351. Today Telde is Gran Canaria's second city with a population over 100,000. The historic old town area of Telde is particularly popular with visitors.Ecclesiastical HistoryOn 1351.11.07 was established the Diocese of Islas de la Fortuna (español) / Isola de Fortunate (Italiano) / Insulas Fortunatis (Latin), meaning 'Fortunate islands', nickname of the Canaries, territory split off from the Balearic Diocese of Mallorca, as suffragan of the (Andalusian) Metropolitan Archdiocese of Seville.
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Outdoor Activity
Barranco de los Cernicalos
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Shark Diving
Karapat Dive
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Historic Site
CanEducAm - Patrimonio y Sostenibilidad
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Geologic Formation
El bufadero de La Garita
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes

Side trips from Telde

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Cave
Barranco de Guayadeque Gran Canaria
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Garden
Cocodrilo Park Gran Canaria Gran Canaria
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Distillery
Arehucas Rum Distillery Arucas
3.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Winery / Vineyard
Bodega Los Berrazales Agaete
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Telde

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Beach
Playa de Melenara
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Playa de La Garita
4.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Religious Site
Basilica de San Juan Bautista
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Telde

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Beach
Playa de Tufia
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Beach
Playa de Aguadulce
3.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Telde

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History Museum
Casa Museo Leon & Castillo
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min

Outdoors in Telde

Outdoor Activity
Hipica Canaria
3.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

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