Municipality of Moya in Gran Canaria
Moya is a town and municipality of Gran Canaria. It’s a little green gem – Sixty-five percent of the municipality is classified as a Protected Natural Area -with some cultural and natural sights which are well worth visiting. The archaeological sites Cueva de Doramas or those of the Montañeta are the most outstanding. But a walk through Moya cannot overlook such emblematic buildings as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, the Museum-house of Tomás Morales, the Heredad de Aguas or the Shrine of San Bartolomé de Fontanales.
Best Places to visit in the Municipality of Moya in Gran Canaria
The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria hangs over the cliff which drops sheerly down to the Barranco de Moya. Opened in 1957, it is divided into three naves, with two adjoining towers and an outstanding feature is the rose window on the main façade.
Opposite the church is the house where the poet Tomás Morales was born in 1884. In the Museum-house there is an extensive collection of material about the poet, a library and a collection of pictures relating to his life as the main representative of Spanish Modernism.
The building of the Heredad de Aguas, constructed in basalt, is another outstanding feature. It consists of two floors and a symmetrical façade, and it has a central belfry with a clock in the bell-tower. The six neo-classic columns on the façade are worth noting. They support a cornice which crowns the second floor.
The Ermita de Fontanales is one of the most interesting examples of popular religious architecture. It was built in 1872 and dedicated to San Bartolomé. The image of the patron saint is conserved nowadays in the new church and is the work of the sculptor José Luján Pérez (1753 – 1815).
If the visit, however, extends beyond the village itself to the natural surroundings, Moya offers one of the best opportunities to appreciate rural constructions such as traditional houses with gabled roofs and Arab or French tiles, terraces for growing crops, threshing floors or water structures such as irrigation channels, canals, aqueducts, cantoneras (stone structures for irrigation) or mills.
In the Parque Rural de Doramas there is the Special Natural Reserve of Los Tiles, one of the last redoubts of laurisilva on the island and whose name originates from the abundance of the Til (Ocotea Foetens). It’s a must-see for all the nature lovers who come to Gran Canaria to witness the spectacular nature and its variety of flora and fauna.
On the coastline of Moya, which covers 4.22 kilometers, are the beaches of La Caleta in the Altillo and the natural pools of clear waters of the Charco San Lorenzo, suitable for bathing during most of the year. It is at the Playa de La Caleta, which is used by surfers from all over the island throughout the year, due to its excellent conditions, that the International Longboard Festival is held every year at the beginning of November, attracting sports people of many different nationalities.
The cuisine typical of Moya guarantees all its visitors a variety of dishes which, according to the particular area, include meat or fish as the main ingredient. But what Moya is really famous for is its confectionery.
As well as the industries producing homemade glazed bizcochos and suspiros (meringues) for which Moya is well known, there is also the making of lemon roscos (a type of small doughnut), bollos de anís (small aniseed buns) and truchas (a sort of pastry with a sweet pumpkin filling), all of which have also become very popular throughout the archipelago. Every Sunday the market opens to offer the very best of the local products.