Top things to do

Archaeological Site in Telde

Cuatro Puertas

Although it's only 5km south of Telde, this impressive pre-Hispanic site is seldom visited, even by locals. Cuatro Puertas means 'four doors' and takes its name from the multiple entrances carved into the rock face …
Beach in Telde

Playa de Melenara

This decent beach is 5km from Telde and frequented by townsfolk rather than tourists. The wide arc of dark sand is fronted by apartments and several good, inexpensive seafood restaurants. A footpath follows the rock…
Church in Telde

Iglesia de San Francisco

To reach the church from the central Plaza de San Juan Bautista, take cobbled Calle Ynes Chimida due west. This tranquil street runs alongside an old aqueduct with orange and banana groves below. In the church, note…
Museum in Telde

Museo León y Castillo

This museum is devoted to the city’s most famous resident, a late-19th-century politician. The building, his former home, is lovely with its galleried wooden balconies; in contrast, the exhibits, ambassadorial crede…
Church in Telde

Basílica de San Juan Bautista

Among the grand old buildings of the San Juan area is this neo-Gothic church. You can’t miss the gloriously kitsch 16th-century altarpiece, all gilt and gold, with a crucifixion at its heart. The Christ figure was m…