If you are planing your next holidays in Telde, this post will be interesting for you. The municipality of Telde is located to the east of Gran Canaria. It is the second most populous municipality on the island with more than 102,700 inhabitants (2020 data). At the same time, its capital, which is also called Telde, is the second most populated city in Gran Canaria, after Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The beaches of Telde are one of the main tourist attractions of the municipality. Likewise, we cannot leave behind its old town, trails, archaeological sites and wide gastronomic offer. If that’s okay with you, we’ll tell you everything below!
Holidays in Telde
Below we will tell you all the must-sees of this area of Gran Canaria, so as we will mention you some restaurants and the best places to stay for your holidays in Telde.
Old town: San Juan, San Francisco and San Gregorio
The historic center of Telde has three old neighborhoods that we recommend that you visit and explore on foot. They are San Juan, San Francisco and San Gregorio. In San Juan we suggest you visit the San Juan square, the church of San Juan Bautista, the Plácido Fleitas square, the surrounding pedestrian streets, as well as the well-known Lulú park.
A few steps from the Plaza de San Juan is also the Telde Town Hall and a tourist office. On the other hand, from this neighborhood you can also walk to one of the largest parks in the city: San Juan Park. An ideal place to walk and practice sports.
Similarly, in Telde you can discover on foot the historic neighborhood of San Francisco, one of the oldest in the Canary Islands. Here its pedestrian streets, small houses and the San Francisco aqueduct stand out. In addition, a few steps away is the León y Castillo House-Museum. Here you will be able to know first-hand the life and history of this politician and diplomat from Gran Canaria.
Finally, don’t miss the traditional shopping area of the San Gregorio neighborhood, where you will find practically all kinds of shops and restaurants. Here you can also walk next to the square and neoclassical church of San Gregorio, one of the patrons of Telde with San Juan. In fact, this municipality celebrates both the San Juan festivities on June 24, and those of San Gregorio on November 17.
As we said at the beginning, the beaches of Telde are a great tourist attraction, but above all for the residents. The main reason is that it is a few minutes by car from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and, when there is a donkey’s belly, it is often sunny in Telde.
At the same time, its beaches are less kilometers long than the most famous of Gran Canaria. Likewise, some of them are small coves like Tufia, our favorite in Telde. In addition, they are mainly dark sand, although we have the exception of Aguadulce beach with golden sand.
On the other hand, you should know that several beaches in Telde have the distinguished Blue Flag for their services and facilities. These are Melenara beach, Salinetas beach, La Garita and Hoya del Pozo. Finally, if you are looking for a beach to surf in Telde, you can do it in Playa del Hombre, which is therefore the most dangerous as well.
✔ Bufadero de La Garita
A tourist attraction of Telde is El Bufadero de La Garita, many even include it as a mandatory stop in Gran Canaria (we don’t think it’s that bad). However, since we are talking about things to do in Telde, El Bufadero could not be missing. Also, the sea promenade is very nice.
Along the promenade of La Garita beach, just when the tide is rising, we can see this set of prismatic basalt figures. This rock formation has an underwater hole that, when the tide rises, expels a good jet of water through this hole at high speed. At the same time, this movement of the sea emits a rather peculiar sound every time it ejects and engulfs the water.
This archaeological site is located about 3 kilometers from the old town of Telde and is the largest in Gran Canaria. Its name, Cuatro Puertas, is due to the four door-shaped cavities that give access to a large cave.
This pre-Hispanic site covers the entire Bermeja Mountain, although only the upper part can be visited. In addition to Cuatro Puertas, there are other artificial caves: Almogarén, Los Papeles, Los Pilares, La Audiencia and La Cantera de Molinas. Apparently these constructions were carved with stone peaks by the Canarian aborigines. According to experts, possibly here the Canarian aborigines practiced religious rituals, as well as used the cavities to store grain and other functions that are still unknown.
If you are interested in archeology, in Telde there are other archaeological sites that you can visit. They are Tufia (next to Tufia beach), Tara (Tara neighborhood) and Cendro (Caserones neighborhood). The piece of clay in the shape of a woman that we showed you earlier is the Idol of Tara. At first it was believed that this piece of aboriginal art had been found at the Tara site, in Telde. Today there are certain doubts about its origin.
Los Cernícalos ravine
Between the municipalities of Telde and Valsequillo there is one of the most beautiful ravines in Gran Canaria and where we can see running water all year round. It is the Los Cernícalos ravine, a few steps from the Lomo Magullo neighborhood. You have all the information about this hiking route through Telde by clicking on the above link.
Restaurants in Telde
If you are looking for restaurants in Telde, you should know that there is a wide gastronomic offer from its old town to its coasts. If we talk about the city center, without a doubt, the first option is the La Tunera restaurant. Here they make their own vermouth, gofio liqueur and their menu is one of the most original and tasty on the island.
The restaurants on Melenara beach (La Rubia, El Mago Karlin …) are also very famous. However, on the coast our favorite is the Taliarte Fishermen’s Guild. Likewise, you can eat well at the Zurita Bar on the beach of Ojos de Garza. Nor can we forget the famous places to eat a sandwich in Telde. These are the Yazmina Bar, known for its roasted pork sandwich, and the Dos Hermanos restaurant, visited for its squid sandwich.
Finally, if you want to have a drink or cocktail, we recommend you the Aquelarre Cocktail Bar.
Hotels in Telde
As we see it, spending your holidays in Telde is a very good option during your stay in Gran Canaria. You can choose between hotels, apartments or holiday homes. Below you can see all the options for hotels, holiday homes and apartments in Telde. Look how nice the apartment that we show you below!
Videos about Telde
Finally, we invite you to discover the old town of Telde and La Tunera restaurant in the following video. Likewise, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube channel here. You can activate the English subtitles!
Finally, we invite you to get to know the island on your own with the help of our local Gran Canaria guides. In this way, you will save time when planning your days around the island without missing the essential places to visit and restaurants.