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.
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.
Walk down this short lane until you come to the main road.
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.
Keep walking down to the end for about 10 minutes. You will pass some really nice houses
As you walk down into a valley you will quickly see how beautiful Fontanales in the municipality of Moya Gran Canaria is.
After a short walk, you will soon find yourself deep in the valley in Fontanales. You now begin your walk to Moya Gran Canaria.
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.
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.
As you continue your walk you will pass some really nice rural houses and a small local church.
If you fancy trying some local cheese you can take a detour to the right here but it is up a hill.
We continue our gradual descent into 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.
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.
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.
Continue passing lush fields until you come to a signpost and we will begin our descent into Moya.
In about 15 minutes you will come to the entrance to Moya. Cross the road and go right.
Moya is famous for its ravine. If you are lucky you may also be able to see Tenerife 100km away.
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.
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.
Join me on my journey.
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