Moya, Las Palmas

Municipality of Moya
|- Statistics
Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Las Palmas
Island: Gran Canaria
Area: 31.87 km²
some reads 31.74 km²
Population: 7,825 (2004)
Population density: 246.53/km²

Atlantic Ocean
490 m
southern part
Location: 28.11667/28°7' N lat.
15.5667/15°34' W long.
Municipal code: E-35013
Car designation: GC until 2001

Moya is a municipality of Las Palmas province, on the Canary Islands. It is in the northern part of the Grand Canary island or Gran Canaria.

Moya's area is 31.87 km² with a population of about 8,307 (ISTAC, 2003) and its density is 250.63/km².

Moya is situated in the mountains while the valleys cover the northern part, the mountains cover the southern part. Farmlands are within the coastline, the Atlantic Ocean lies to the north. Moya is located W of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and GC2, N of Puerto Rico and W of Arucas and is linked with a major highway linking Puerto Rico and Arucas. The main industry are agriculture, businesses and tourism.

Geography and Information

  • Location:
    • Latitude: 28.11667 (27°8') N
    • Longitude: 15.5667 (15°34') W
  • Altitude:
    • Lowest: Atlantic Ocean
    • Centre: 490 m
    • Highest: eastern part
  • Name of inhabitants: -
  • Postal code: -

Historical population

Year Population Density
1991 8,007 -
1996 8,663 -
2001 8,137 254.28/km²
2002 8,435 -
2003 8,307 250.63/km²
2004 7,845 245.63/km²

History and Information

The northern part of Gran Canaria was covered in forests during the Spanish conquest of the 15th century. All that's left today are two redoubts, the Finca de Osorio in Teror and the Tilos de Moya. Here, the native chief, Doramas, took refuge after attacking the Castilian conquerors, giving the name Selva de Doramas or "Doramas' Wood". These days, there are old caserios (country-houses) between hills and cliffs with its medicinal waters. The town area is surrounded by huge volcanic valleys and is well known for its fantastic Neo-Romanesque church. This impressive structure dates back to the first half of the 20th century and is the birthplace of famous Spanish poet, Tomas Morales.


Moya has schools, lyceums, a few gymnasia, churches, a post office and a few squares (plazas).

See also


External links

North: Atlantic Ocean Northeast: Arucas
West: Santa María de Guía de Gran Canaria Moya East: Firgas
Southwest: Gáldar South: Artenara and Tejeda Southeast: Valleseco

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