Here we hope to tell you a bit about the resort of Puerto Mogán and its surrounding area and to provide information which we hope will help you have a great holiday here. We have listings of apartments in Puerto Mogan and the surrounding area, property for sale, holiday activities such as diving, sport fishing, local transport and medical facilities, and other services you may need while you are here. Just click on a category in the menu to the right to view a listing. And if you discover something we don't have listed that you think we should, let us know about it by sending us an email.
Puerto de Mogan
Puerto de Mogán, on the south-west coast, is the most picturesque resort on the island of Gran Canaria and has what some claim to be the best climate in the world. Summer daytime average temperatures are normally in the high twenties to mid-thirties Celsius, usually with a refreshing sea-breeze. In winter temperatures are only a few degrees lower and also our daylight hours are longer than those in Europe, sunrise today in Mogan is at 06:00 and sunset at 20:16 - except of course, in the shadow of the cliffs! (times are GMT, so add an hour in the summer)
This pedestrianised development of two-storey apartment buildings has roof terraces and gardens bursting with bougainvillea, palm trees, bird-of-paradise flowers, hibiscus and other gloriously colourful plants. It is built around a marina and fishing harbour, which gives the bars and restaurants lining the quayside interesting views and a special ambience.
Channels between the marina and the fishing harbour, passing under arches in the buildings and between the port and the beach, led to it being dubbed the "La Venecia de Canarias" (the "Venice of the Canaries") by a publicity campaign. The Hotel Club de Mar has rooms overlooking either the beach or the marina, as do many of the apartments in the harbour area.
The old village
Before the resort of Puerto Mogan was built on land reclaimed from the sea, the village of Playa de Mogán consisted of a jumble of houses interwoven with narrow passageways and steps clinging to the cliff, and a few fisherman's huts along the beach. Avenida de la Castillete, between the old village and the port area marks the original shore-line. In the absence of a harbour, the fishing boats were launched from the beach.
On the beach
Within the last ten years the area behind the beach has been developed, with luxury apartment buildings looking out over the beach of golden sand imported from the Sahara, and beyond to the port and the Atlantic Ocean. A couple of hundred metres back from the beach is the Hotel Cordial Playa Mogan.
On the promenade, restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines, are a great place to watch the boats and the Yellow Submarine coming and going from the harbour entrance across the sheltered bay, which is ideal for safe and easy swimming.
There are sun loungers, parasols, pedaloes and canoes for hire on the beach. Beyond the rocky mole protecting the beach the sea is a little more lively and would suit stronger swimmers especially if they like to snorkel.
Places to stay«more info»
There is a great variety of accommodation available in Puerto de Mogan, ranging from full-board in top quality hotels to budget price pensions, from self-catering in new luxury apartments with swimming pools to characterful lodgings in the "Spanish quarter". In the harbour area you can choose between an apartment with a garden or an apartment with access to a roof terrace, many of which have views over the marina or fishing harbour.
Things to do«more info»
For those who want a bit of excitement, there are jet skis for hire, parascending, big game sport-fishing excursions and submarine trips round a local wreck. If you want to learn new skills while on holiday, there is a diving centre offering PADI courses and a sailing school offering RYA accredited classes and practical training. For the less energetic there are dolphin-spotting trips and ferry trips to Puerto Rico and Arguineguín. If you want to hire a car to see more of the island, there are several local car-hire agencies.
Eating, drinking and entertainment«more info»
Puerto de Mogan has some excellent restaurants serving locally caught fish, Canarian and Spanish specialities, and for variety there are also some very good Italian, German and Chinese restaurants. Several bars and restaurants have live music on certain nights of the week, mostly local guitaristas to rock and blues (but not too loud!). There are also occasional trad. jazz weeks throughout the year held at the bandstand in the plaza by the marina.
Shopping and market day
There are several banks and supermarkets, shops selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and much more. If you want a haircut, a tattoo or a new pair of glasses, there is a choice of salons or studios and an opticians, and if you need to send an email or surf the web, there are several places where you can get connected and also a Post Office. We have an "architecturally interesting" shopping center (that's what it says on the signs!), about 200 metres back from the beach, which sis beginning to fill up with shops.
On Fridays there is a large open-air market which fills the two plazas on the marina side of Puerto Mogan and lines the road from the boatyard almost as far as the end of the harbour wall. There are stalls selling shoes, clothes, leather goods and watches, many bearing designer logos - try your hand at getting a real bargain. You can buy African carvings and drums, cheap and cheerful jewellery, second-hand paperback books, fruit and vegetables, beach towels, sarongs and swim wear. Look out for the locally-produced crafts such as exotic candles and glass sculptures.
Mondays is when the smaller craft market takes place, thought not all of the stalls can really be described as craft stalls. This is centred around the plaza above the underground car park.
Yachting and boating
Puerto de Mogan has excellent facilities for "yachties" whether they need temporary moorings in the marina, repairs and servicing or wish to stay for longer periods. Some who arrive like it so much that they never leave! Others stop off here before joining the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) or crossing the Atlantic Ocean on their own. The varadero (boatyard) by the fishing harbour has a boat lift and locally-based specialists in various boat-related crafts are able to carry out most types of repairs and services. There is a chandler's shop and a hardware store a short walk from the boatyard.
Keeping in touch
There are several wi-fi networks available in Puerto Mogan, though due to the construction of many buldings you may have to sit on the terrace or balcony to get a good signal (not really much of a hardship!). Alternatively lots of bars and restaurants have wifi access available on request, but of course you will be expected to take some refreshment while you are using it. Not all have signs advertising it, so it's always worth asking.
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