Puerto de Mogan Holidays
Puerto de Mogan Holidays at a glance
Prepare to be completely enchanted by this chic little seaside resort on the southern coast of Gran Canaria. A winning combination of magnificent marina and contemporary holiday accommodation mingled in with the more traditional houses and the mood of manyana in the air, Puerto de Mogan is a delight that visitors have been anxious to keep to themselves. Find out why by booking yourself a week or two in one of our Places to Stay in Puerto de Mogan and enjoy a restful break in this pretty holiday paradise.
Who holidays in Puerto De Mogan?
Puerto de Mogan is favoured by families and couples who love its peaceful picturesque setting and appreciate the excellent range of leisure facilities on offer.
Puerto de Mogan Holidays - Destination Profile
The town of Puerto de Mogan huddles at the foot of rocky cliffs with views over the North Atlantic ocean. The bold purples and reds of Mediterranean flowers are striking against the whitewashed walls of the two-storey, cube-shaped, buildings and the fanning fronds of palms lend more than a touch of Moorish magic to the landscape. Once a thriving fishing village, its tourism potential was realised when accommodation, shops and restaurants were built on land reclaimed from the sea at the junction with the wide but steep-sided Mogan Valley; the original shoreline is today the Avenida de la Castillete. Originally, the village known as Playa de Mogin was made up of a jumble of houses sliced through with narrow passageways and, before today's thriving port existed, the town fishermen kept their nets in huts on the shore, launching their boats direct from the beach each morning.
The inlet of sea water flowing through the town has created a natural canal system whose sides are cobbled together with a series of attractive little bridges, earning the resort the nickname Little Venice. And you can't miss the marina which dominates the view, enclosed by an arc of rock jutting into the sea like a come-hither finger. Crowded with yachts bobbing in the sunshine, it's a centre of attraction in the town. Much of the area around the harbourside has been pedestrianised, making it ideal for a stroll around the shops or the popular Friday market, perhaps with a leisurely lunch in one of the fabulous fish restaurants which profit from each day's plentiful catch. And, as dusk gives way to a mesmerising sunset, yet more customers are eager to relish the tranquil atmosphere of the harbour over a cocktail or two as night falls. Jazz clubs and piano bars offer their appreciative customers a sophisticated evening out - there are also occasional traditional jazz weeks throughout the year, held at the bandstand in the plaza by the marina, and several bars and restaurants have live rock and blues music on certain nights of the week. You won't find rowdy crowds of young people here, however, though there is a disco if you like to dance after dark.
That is no doubt the reason Puerto de Morgan is so popular with families and couples, young and old. That, and the admirable stretch of golden sand, imported from the Sahara desert, alongside a calm, clear sea. The waters are home to a wide variety of colourful fish ensuring that snorkeling is a popular activity, though you don't have to get wet to get a glimpse; a yellow submarine offers fun rides below the surface and pedaloes and canoes are available for a more sedate trip around the bay. But if fishing is what really floats your boat, you can spend time aboard a deep-sea vessel and test your angling skills against the weight of tuna or marlin to be found a little further out to sea.
When it comes to where to stay, choose between the attractive and popular Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel where you'll find great facilities and a warm welcome, and the excellent value Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments if you fancy trying out your culinary creativity with the luscious local produce. Both are clean and comfortable, have inviting swimming pools, and are situated close to the harbour. You can't go wrong.
Puerto de Mogan Holidays - Things to see
Museum and Archaeological Reserve of Cueva Pintada: Find out what life on Gran Canaria was like hundreds of years ago in this museum with the nickname The Painted Cave, in Galdar, in the north of the island.
San Bartolome de Tirajana: Inland, due north from Mogan, this area is the location for a variety of ancient sites including the Tunte Settlement, an entire underground village, complete with dwellings, granaries burial areas and cave paintings; the Arteara Necropolis, a prehistoric burial ground 2kms long and 1km wide, made up of over a thousand burial mounds; Las Fortalezas, a fortified settlement of natural and artificially excavated caves - the remains of prehistoric paintings can still be found on the walls of some caves, while some others were used for burial rites and grain storage; and Almogaren de Amurga, one of the most complex and spectacular archaeological site, believed to have been the site of religious ceremonies. Other such prehistoric cave sites are to be found around the island including one in Mogan itself.
Majada Alta (Mogï¿¿n): In this smallish cave can be found pictures painted in red ochre with unique motifs and painting techniques.
Dunas de Maspalomas: Follow the coast south to find the glorious rolling sand dunes of Maspalomas running for miles along the coast - a desert next to the sea.
Teror: Accessed by steep winding roads, this town may be suitably named for the faint-hearted. It has great symbolic value to islanders, though, as it is said to be the place where La Virgen del Pino, the island's patron saint, appeared. An annual pilgrimage takes place to the Basilica in this rural town.
Vegueta: Travel back in time to tread the narrow, cobbled streets in the old city centre where Columbus is believed to have walked half a millennium ago.
Guayadeque Ravine: Close to the southern shore, is this palm-covered ravine where rock paintings will transport you back in time.
Bandama: Hold your heart in your mouth as you descend into the Caldera of a volcano crater to find one of the oldest wineries on the island.
Whales and Dolphins: A paradise for whales and dolphins, of the 87 species in existence around the world, 29 can be found here in one of the most ecologically valuable locations in Europe. In addition to bottlenose dolphins, visitors can also see common, striped and spotted varieties. Sarari trips are available lasting approximately 2 hours.
Parque Natural de Tamadaba: A huge network of ravines, slopes and mountains create an area of stunning beauty where one of the island's best preserved natural pine forests can be found. A Special Bird Protection Area, Tamadaba is an enormous massif uniting the ecosystems of the precipitous cliffs of Aden Verde with the crags and slopes of Guayedra. Various protected species inhabit the forest and Guayedra cliffs, many exclusive to the area. The park is also the location of some remote, semi-abandoned hamlets and important archaeological areas such as El Risco and the Guayedra valley.
Things to do on a Holiday in Puerto de Mogan
A land full of opportunity for endless outdoor activities, surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, swimming, walking, windsurfing, biking, golf, diving, and virtually anything imaginable is available in Gran Canaria.
Watersports and Activities: The beautiful bay and tranquil sea offer plenty of fun and sporty things to do such as snorkelling, scuba-diving, jet-skiing or para-gliding. The whole family can take part in some whale and dolphin spotting, both of which can sometimes be seen from the shore as well as on the safaris which run regularly. Colourful shoals of tropical fish which populate the warm harbour waters can be closely observed from the yellow submarine, an exciting trip for children especially. Sailing enthusiasts will be entranced by the replicas of old boats available to transport them to other parts of the island.
Fishing: Go big fry with the deep sea your horizon; tuna and blue marlin weighing hundreds of pounds can be found in the waters nearby. Will you reel in the catch of your life?
Golf: Golf is now a very popular pastime on Gran Canaria with many courses to be tried out.
Cycling: Gran Canaria brings an amazing diversity of landscape to the adventurous traveller and a range of steep slopes to challenge even the fittest rider; there are thousands of tracks through the mountainous areas of the island for all levels of rider to push themselves a little towards the peak of fitness. If you prefer gain without pain, however, electric bikes can also be hired to do all the hard work for you.
Hiking, climbing and other mountain adventures: A bike is not necessarily required to get full enjoyment from the scenery; a network of trails will take you deep into the beautiful countryside for a close up with nature. Challenge yourself that little bit further on a range of vertical ascents, and enjoy the views from the top. Look out for the fun of a zip wire, wobble your way along a hanging bridge or abseil down the sides of a ravine. These are just some of the many ways to put your skills and courage to the test on the varied island of Gran Canaria.
Holiday World: Holiday World is located 3 kilometres inland from the Faro Lighthouse on the Maspalomas coast and includes a funfair with roller coaster, big wheel, sky drop, autoscooter, centrox, pirate ship, mechanic bulls, children's carousel, pony rides and bouncy castle. There is also a bowling alley and wellness centre. The park is open all year round.
Eating/Drinking During Puerto de Mogan Holidays
You are in for a treat! The warm climate of Gran Canaria encourages the cultivation of a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, and its cuisine incorporates the flavours and traditions of many foreign influences. The tapas is known here as los enyesques (starters), even though it may be followed by soup as a first course, perhaps a fish broth or a watercress pottage. Local specialities include salt-fish sweet-potato sancocho, accompanied by the typical papas arrugadas - small salted jacket potatoes. Another popular dish is sama frita, fried pieces of sama drizzled with mojo verde, a green sauce made from oil, coriander and garlic. In higher parts of the island, where almond trees grow, dessert is often served with a sticky honey almond sauce known as bienmesabe, which translates to 'it tastes good to me.' Good local wine is available to compliment your typical Canarian meal.
Around the marina you can sample fresh locally caught fish and excellent seafood, a major staple on most menus in Puerto de Mogan, especially fried Morena fish, usually accompanied with potatoes and salsa. Some of the best fish-restaurants are on the Avenida de Castillete just back from the harbour, and if you want to cook or barbecue some fish yourselves, visit the pescaderïa (fishmonger), where they'll clean and fillet it for you. As if such delicious offerings were not enough, you can also find Indian, Irish, German, Spanish, Chinese and Italian restaurants. There is an ice-cream parlour, a rustic Canarian restaurant and several bars and bistros. You can even find a full English breakfast if you feel the need.
Getting Around on Puerto de Mogan Holidays
Airport transfer: It takes about 90 minutes to travel to Puerto de Mogan by coach from the airport.
Bus: There is a bus station in the town centre from where you can travel on the coastal routes around the island, perhaps ending up, via the No. 1 bus, in the capital Las Palmas. There is also a direct route to Las Palmas which runs hourly, but check the timetable as there times when it doesn't run, such as early afternoon, siesta time! Other routes will take you inland to the mountains and villages away from the shore.
Taxi: You will find a taxi rank near the sea, but it is often more reliable to obtain a number and telephone to book.
Ferry: With the Bluebird or Lineas Salmon, you can travel along the coast to Puerto Rico and Arguineguin, with great views of the cliffs and some of the more inaccessible little coves. The Friday market attracts a great many visitors, pouring from the ferries in the morning, and queueing to return in the afternoon. The town is also a major stop for ocean going yachts beginning their journey across the Atlantic to the Caribbean.
Car Hire: Several places offer cars for hire, including some estate agents and accommodation rental companies. Parking is straightforward on the road, and there is a car park close to the beach. Puerto de Mogan is linked by the coastal road with motorway a few kms to the east in Puerto Rico.
Puerto de Mogan Holidays Shopping
Plenty of shops offer traditional goods such as wood carvings, embroidery, jewellery and pottery, particularly in the boutiques around the marina. About 200 metres from the beach is a new shopping centre, and there is a large, open market on Fridays which occupies the two plazas near the marina, selling clothes, leather goods, watches, African carvings, drums and much more. Locally produced crafts include exotic candles and glass sculptures. If you are suffering big-store withdrawal, though, a trip north to the shopping malls of Las Palmas will ensure a swift recovery.
Puerto de Mogan Holidays - Beaches
From the vast expanse of dunes at Maspalomas to the numerous small coves which line the Mogan coast, a quarter of Gran Canaria's 236 kms of shoreline is beach. There is a myriad of smaller coves to the south, some of which have organised services and beach equipment and all of which benefit from year-round sun. Plenty remain as hidden, secluded spots for those in search of a bit of solitude, particularly in the north with small sea enclaves such as Agaete.
Puerto de Mogan: A quiet, safe and convenient family beach, enclosed by a long spit of land, with lovely yellow sand imported from the Sahara desert, and backed by a pedestrianised area where shops and restaurants are to be found. Water sports available include jet skiing, parascending and banana boat riding. There is also a diving centre offering PADI courses.
Las Canteras: A cosmopolitan beach made up of a mile-long stretch of sand in the centre of the capital city of Las Palmas in the north of the island. It is popular with swimmers and surfers.
Playa del Ingles: A huge strip of yellow sand stretching to the foot of the great Maspalomas lighthouse bordering a sand dune desert on the island's southern coastline. The sea at Playa del Ingles is not particularly shallow and therefore unsuitable for young children, but there are plenty of activities on the water, including water skiing, banana boating, jet skiing and paragliding.
Puerto Rico: Not to be confused with the central American island country in the same ocean a couple of thousand miles due west, the beach at Puerto Rico is a lively tourist trap a short distance south around the coast from Puerto de Mogan. It enjoys some of the best sunbathing weather on the island.
Playa de Amadores: A magnificent 500-metre long Blue Flag beach, it is man-made with white sand from the Caribbean and fairly shallow turquoise water. The massive breakwaters offer protection from the Atlantic making it very safe for children and unsure swimmers. Pedalos can be hired.
Playa de Maspalomas: One of the best beaches in Gran Canaria, it is around 6 kms long and up to 100 metres wide. On a small boardwalk are located restaurants, shops and toilets.
Playa de San Agustin: A quiet, dark-coloured sandy beach of around 670 metres which gets a little busier at weekends. The beach at San Augustin is well protected from the ocean, creating ideal conditions for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are also a number of excellent seafood restaurants, cafes and shops on the promenade, shower facilities adjacent to the beach, and a car park.
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