Matthew’s article this week concentrates on moving to Telde – on Gran Canaria.
Telde: not to be confused with Tenerife’s Teide.
Nothing is too far away on Gran Canaria. Especially considering the island’s around the same size as Greater London. Still, Telde sandwiched between the airport to the south and the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to the north, enjoys an enviable location.
The weather. The east of the island’s one of the cloudiest places on Gran Canaria. This is all relative, however, as you’ll still be able to lap up more sunshine hours than your average mainland Europe location.
In and out
Aeropuerto Gran Canaria’s just over 10 minutes by car, along the GC-1. Use the same motorway to reach Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 25 minutes. You can cut you journey time ever so slightly if you travel on the GC-3.
There are more English-language academies than international schools in Telde. However, the likes of the American School, British School, and Canterbury School are all reachable by way of a short commute. Closer to home, you’ll find a number of state primaries and secondaries.
Shop until you drop…
Enjoy an open-air shop at the architectural wonder that is Centro Comercial Las Terrazas where you’ll find a Mercadona. The Alcampo off the GC-1 is another nearby budget supermarket. Elsewhere, Telde’s municipal market is open Monday through to Saturday.
The central neighbourhoods of San Francisco and San Juan offer some charming Canarian property. Although, there’s very limited housing for sale here. Newer developments dot the coast in the likes of La Garita.
Apartments from €55,000 +, fincas with a lot of land up to €700,000.
In Praise Of
“Telde might not be everybody’s first choice when it comes to relocating to Gran Canaria. However, it’s an ideal place for a base on the island. Telde’s so central for everything including shopping, the airport, and the capital. Yet the mountains and the countryside are right there on your doorstep. Telde can’t boast the all-year-round sunshine of the southern resorts but, with its welcoming, pleasant, and sociable inhabitants, it can certainly claim an all-year-round warmth. It’s a real home from home.” Joy Allen (Canary Motorcyle Tours)
- Are you an expat in Telde? What do you like/dislike about it? Let us know below.
Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He’s travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert.