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Geographical Information. The Village of San Nicolas is placed to the west of the island of Gran Canaria and is the third municipality in extension, with 139 square kilometres. It forms from the coast to the interior and an altitude located in the Mountain of The Hornos (Inagua) is 1.440 meters on sea level. San Nicolas de Tolentino limits in the north and east by cliffs and ravines and gets longer from north to south in an irregular coastal band of 33 kilometres. It is a question of a considerably rough, high, rocky coast and with beaches or small coves that fit in the river mouths of ravines. It’s place in the most ancient part of the Island, and its geographical unity of great landscape beauty and of an extraordinary scientific interest.

History. In this territory was located one of the most important aboriginal accessions of the Island, distributed along the principal basin and its ravines. In the river mouth of the Ravine of The Village is the most important accession: the Settlement of Houses. In the pre-colonial time arrived at the Beach of The Village a few Majorcan friars who constructed a hermitage in honor San Nicolas de Tolentino; after the conquest of the Island for the Castilians, this hermitage was closed, other one being constructed in its place, inside the valley. The territory is consolidated as modern municipality in 1812 and during the XVIIth century the Marquesses of Villanueva of the Meadow acquire most of the areas. But the lack of definition of the limits of this great estate and the continuous usurpations of areas led to end for this family, gave place in The Village to a land lawsuit that lasted for almost three centuries. In 1927 the Minister of Grace and Justice, Galo Ponte, San Nicolas de Tolentino visited and gave solution to the lawsuit in favour of the villagers.

Holidays. The Employer Holidays develop during the days from September 1 to September 15 with a procession of the Saint along the principal streets, to finish with a pilgrimage - offering the Employer, in which are folklore, the best crafts and the gastronomy of the villa. The day before the party takes place the Descent of The Rama, original of the Canary aborigines, who were going down the high summits up to the sea in times of calamities and droughts to ask for rain. And, finally, on September 11 there is celebrated the singular Holiday of the Puddle, which re-lives through the custom of the former Canary people of embarbascar skill of fishing in the coastal puddles, and there come many visitors of other municipalities of the Island.

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