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Valsequillo de Gran Canaria

Geographical Information. With a surface of 39,15 square kilometres, Valsequillo's places in the spurs of Telde's Cuenca. The higher zone is 1.800 meters on sea level. An impressive boiler of erosion, Tenteniguada's Boiler, uses it as refuge opposite to the Central Clump of Gran Canaria. This boiler acts of basin of receipt of the waters of rain and is characterized by high botanical value, since in species typical of the monteverde appear. Crowning the leaks some rocks stand out specially, in this spectacular landscape, as the Saucillo and the Roque Grande. Already in the summits, they are the volcanic boilers of the Marteles and of the Copper that stand out for landscape and cultural importance. The average section of Telde's Cuenca presents a few much more fitted ravines, As the Ravine of San Miguel and tributaries of great landscape beauty like the Ravine of the Kestrels or that of San Roque.

History. Valsequillo's pre-Hispanic past is very tied to religious aboriginal worship, since it is one of the highest zones of the Faycanato de Telde. During the conquest of Gran Canaria, the Castilians entered for Tecén's Ravine, where an important aboriginal population existed. In 1530 there would be constructed in the same place a barrack of cavalry, known as the Barrack of The Apiary, constructing several buildings linked to the military life. At present it constitutes one of the Valsequillo's most important historical patrimonies. In 1670 the population of Valsequillo promotes the construction of a hermitage Archangel turns into Parish of San Miguel into the year 1800. Two years later, Valsequillo obtains the autonomy and the separation of Telde's municipality.

Holidays. The almond-trees are one of the big protagonists of Valsequillo's municipality, since more than 2.000 dispersed trees exist in this locality. This fact has provoked that Valsequillo celebrates a very popular holiday, the Holiday of the Almond-tree in Flower, during January and February. Coinciding for the festivity of San Miguel Archangel, on September 29, Valsequillo also celebrates the Release of the Damned Dog. This day reminds that the demon walks freely from eve midnight of the Holy Employer up to the midday of the principal holiday.

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