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fontanales moya gran canaria walk

Walk from Fontanales to Moya Gran Canaria

The interior and the Nothern part of Gran Canaria is in my opinion far superior to the more popular southern part of the Island.  If you like walking it is even better.  One of my favourite walks is from the small hamlet town of Fontanales to the beautiful town of Moya Gran Canaria.  The walk from Fontanales to Moya Gran Canaria is one of the easier walks on the Island so it is made to be enjoyed and not endured.

The Fontanales to Moya Gran Canaria walk is not a strenuous walk.  There is one short steep climb nothing major.  It should take 2 or 3 hours depending on your pace.

Fontanales is a small town in the municipality of Moya in the northern part of Gran Canaria.  It is approximately 16km from the Capital Las Palmas.

Fontanales is in a protected area of Gran Canaria.  It is unusually green for Gran Canaria and situated within a valley.  The best time to visit here is in the winter or spring as it rains here at times during these seasons and everything is more colourful.  While most days are sunny it is best to check the weather forecast become you come to Fontanales.  At times the cloud can settle on the town.

fontanales town

fontanales moya gran canaria walk

To begin the walk from Fontanales to Moya Gran Canaria walk down to the main square as you pass Bar Miguel.  At the end of this street, you will see two churches.  One on the left and a smaller one on the right.  Walk past the smaller church and take the narrow lane in the centre.  The day I visited there were renovation works in the square.  I am sure they will be long finished by the time you visit.

Fontanales bar

Fontanales Church

Walk down this short lane until you come to the main road.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

When you are at the main road take a right.  Very quickly a small road on your right side.  Turn right here and walk down the small road.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

Keep walking down to the end for about 10 minutes. You will pass some really nice houses

fontenlas houses

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk start

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

As you walk down into a valley you will quickly see how beautiful Fontanales in the municipality of Moya Gran Canaria is.

fontenlas valley

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

After a short walk, you will soon find yourself deep in the valley in  Fontanales.  You now begin your walk to Moya Gran Canaria.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

fontenlas trek

You now will begin a very gradual descent into the valley passing the most amazing scenery.  If you have not visited the north of Gran Canaria before you will be surprised how fertile the land is.

 Fontanales in the municipality of Moya

 Fontanales in the municipality of Moya

 Fontanales in the municipality of Moya

 Fontanales in the municipality of Moya

People in Gran Canaria love their dogs.  In the capital Las Palmas, it feels like everyone has a small dog in their apartment.  In the countryside, you will see many dogs also.   Probably to protect peoples houses in remote areas.  In all my time walking here I never have had a problem with a dog.  They usually just bark.  I ignore them and walk on.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

As you continue your walk you will pass some really nice rural houses and a small local church.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

If you fancy trying some local cheese you can take a detour to the right here but it is up a hill.

Moya cheese

We continue our gradual descent into Los Tilos.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

Los tilos

Los Tilos is a very popular walking area for local people.  You can walk around the rim of the hill here.  It is just less than 2km.  To be honest the walk to Moya is just as good so the walk around Los Tilos might not be needed.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

At Los Tilos, just before the main road we turn right and go up a track.  This will be the only real uphill stretch.  It takes about 20 to 30 minutes.  Keep left at each signpost as you make the climb.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

We keep climbing up the hill until you come to a large sign.  On the left is a private house so stay on the trail to the right.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

Continue passing lush fields until you come to a signpost and we will begin our descent into Moya.

Moya walk

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

In about 15 minutes you will come to the entrance to Moya.  Cross the road and go right.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

Moya is famous for its ravine.  If you are lucky you may also be able to see Tenerife 100km away.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

If you are in Moya make sure to pay a visit to the amazing bar and shop there.  It is just at the entrance to the main pedestrian area of the town.

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

walk from fontenlas to moya gran canaria

How to get there

To get to Fontanlas by bus you need to go to Moya first.  There are regular buses that go to Moya from Las Palmas San Telmo bus station.  From Moya, you can a bus for the short trip to Fontanales.  This bus is not so regular so check times first.

Below picture is the bus station in Moya. For bus routes and times in Gran Canaria click here. 

For more on the town of Moya click here.

Moya bus station

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Comments (2):

  1. PATRICK O Neill

    May 4, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Ivette. Thanks for your nice words. It is a special place.

    Reply

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