Motor Grande (big motor) or Puerto Rico old town as some people call it, is the residential area nearest to Puerto Rico Gran Canaria, in fact, it's now considered part of Puerto Rico.
Once a distant town with almost no connection with Puerto Rico resort, in the last 15 years Motor Grande has connected with Puerto Rico and become one of the main areas for residents, especially with the recent new developments.
The Primary school, High School, Guardia Civil Station (Spanish Police) and Bomberos (Fire Station) are some of the services located in this area.
If you are resident in Puerto Rico, Playa del Cura or nearby resorts, Motor Grande is where you can fix your car, buy a car, do the shopping, workout at the gym and much more.
Church and Religious Events
The nearest Catholic Church to Puerto Rico is located in Motor Grande and mass takes place on Saturday afternoons. (please check times as this can change due to celebrations nearby)
Puerto Rico Street Party
Local religious celebrations include the Fiestas Maria Auxiliadora Street Party which happens annually in May. A stage is set up in the plaza and there are activities for all ages including live music, fireworks and typical Canarian food with chiringuitos (pop up restaurants and bars). This is a great time to soak up some of the Canarian culture and mingle with the locals.
The party takes place in Motor Grande itself, but the Romeria parade route begins near McDonalds through the main road past the Shopping Center Puerto Rico, in which you will see participants in traditional dress, singing traditional songs while pushing floats of food towards the church.
Supermarket in Motor Grande
Mercadona supermarket open its doors in 2017 in Motor Grande. Mercadona is one of the biggest supermarket chains in Spain and known for their low prices. The supermarket opens Monday to Saturday from 09:00 – 21:00.
Businesses in Motor Grande
Fast Car Service – Car Repair
Ferreteria el Arbol – Hardware shop
Centro Veterinario Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico’s only veterinary clinic and the one that the PuertoRicoGC team trust with our own pet. It also has a pet grooming service on Tuesdays.
J & J Shop –
Better Bodies Gym –
Bars and Restaurants in Motor Grande
There are 2 bars in the area: Tasca Al Final with its fantastic terrace, perfect for a cold beer after walking and House Fusion Thai Restaurant in the plaza.
Accommodation in Motor Grande
Mirador del Valle and 27 houses complex there are two places where you can look if you fancy living in this area.
Motor Grande Parque
Puerto Rico park is a great addition to the area, located underneath the overpass. It has a free outdoor gym, running track, basketball and football pitch, children’s play area, dog park and picnic benches.