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Trip Planner Europe  /  Spain  /  Canary Islands  /  Gran Canaria  /  Telde
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Things to do: beaches, historic sites, religious sites
Telde is a city and a municipality in the eastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. It is the second most populous municipality on the island, with a population of 102,170 (2013). Its area is 102.43 km². The city is the oldest and the first capital of the island of Gran Canaria, founded before 1351.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 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.In the past, Telde was an agricultural community, the main crops being sugar canes, vineyards, bananas and tomatoes. Today, the surrounding area of Telde is quite heavily industrialised becoming the industrial centre on the island.
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