Moya, Gran Canaria

Moya is very quiet and peaceful town with a population of about 8,000 people. It is located on the northern slopes of the island of Gran Canaria, more than two kilometers from the Atlantic coast. The town is situated on the edge of a deep canyon and is known for its spectacular panoramic views. The higher-lying areas of Moya rise to nearly 500 meters above sea level and approximately 200 meters over the bottom of the ravine. The city is a wonderful place for sightseeing, hiking, biking and photography. One of the most beautiful buildings is the church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, fully completed in 1957.

moya gran canariaThis is one of the first places to visit when you arrive here. It was built in Neo-Romanesque style and is situated on the edge of the steep ravine Barranco de Moya.

Another famous landmark is the house-museum of the famous Spanish writer Thomas Morales.

Your visit of this charming town would not be completed without a stroll through the picturesque surroundings. The contrast between the northern and southern vicinities is huge.

North of Moya, for example, there are arid coastal areas, black volcanic beaches and vast plantations of local farmers.

To the south, the landscape is very different, dominated by mountains and lush deciduous vegetation. Through the forests in the vicinity are winding beautiful walking paths, which offer freshness and shade during the hot summer months.

The town of Moya usually enjoys typically spring weather through most of the year. The winter months offer a mild and pleasant weather, but with slightly lower temperatures in comparison with the coastal areas.

The weather in Moya’s forests during the winter season is cool, with frequent precipitations. The average day-time temperatures in the town are mostly between 18 and 22°C in the winter months and between 25 and 28°C during the summer season.

Overall, summer and autumn are warmer, and autumn is considered the best time for tourism here.

Moya is an attractive place for lovers of good food, especially if you are into sweets. In any case, while in the town be sure to try one of the largest local specialties – Bizcochos de Moya.

These are very delicious kind of baked cakes, well known as a perfect addition to a cup of aromatic afternoon coffee. They are also the perfect gift to bring home to your loved ones and friends.

Trying Bizcochos de Moya, your friends will experience the true taste of the island of Gran Canaria and this small lovely town.