If you think all of Gran Canaria is brown dry and barren think again. Moya in Northern Gran Canaria is surprisingly green for an island known for its sun and beaches. This very pretty town is just a short 15km away from the Capital Las Palmas. Moya is one of Gran Canarias most beautiful small towns.
When the Spanish conquerors finally got around the settling the interior of northern Gran Canaria areas such as Moya was thick forest. One of the aboriginal chiefs was called Doramas. To escape the Spanish he hid in the forest near Moya. Today Parque Rural de Doramas is called after him and its one of the last remaining forests in the area. There are over 400 species of plants growing here.
Although Moya is one of the main towns in Northern Gran Canaria it would be considered a small town by most European standards. If you are looking for a really picturesque quite town for your holiday or even to come live in Gran Canaria then Moya should be on your list.
The main street of Moyo Gran Canaria is a small cosy and quite pedestrianised area. Here you will find a few bars. Restaurants and cafes. Don’t go to Moya Gran Canaria and not visit the cool combined shop bar and cafe. It is just on your right side as you enter the main street.
At the end of the main street, you will see the church. The present church was built in 1673. Similar to many Churchs on the Island it holds a prominent location in the town.
From the back of the church of Moya, you will have the most amazing view of the north of Gran Canaria. You will see Las Palmas. The coast and if the air quality is good even Tenerife 100km away.
Just before the church, you will find Casa Museo Thomas Morales Gran Canarias famous poet. Entrance is cheap and it is worth going inside.
When you are in Moya Gran Canaria take time to visit all the streets. Moya is a small town so it will not take much time.
The Barranco de Moya is one of Gran Canarias best ravines. If climbing is your thing you may have the whole Barranco to yourself.
If you are in Moya you should take the time to go to Los Tilos de Moya. It is just a few Kilometres from the town of Moya. It is a protected reserve. You can take a circular walk around the rim of the mountain. It is only 2km long. There is also a small interpretive centre there. Open hours can be restrictive so best to check online before you go if you want to see the centre.
If you feel like spending a bit more time in the area I would highly recommend walking through the valley from Fontanales to Moya Gran Canaria. For more information on this walk click here.
How to get to Moya Gran Canaria
By car its only about 40 minutes from Las Palmas. There are regular buses from San Telmo bus station in Las Palmas. At weekends a bit less regular so check times online.
Moya bus station is just 2 minutes walk from the main street.
For bus routes and times in Gran Canaria click here.
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