Puerto Mogan Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ...beaches here are of golden sand which has been imported from the Sahara Dessert...

Located on the south west of the island, Playa de Mogan is a picturesque resort often referred to as 'Venice of the Canaries'. The resort will appeal to families and couples seeking a relaxing holiday with plenty of amenities close to hand.

The beaches here are of golden sand which has been imported from the Sahara Dessert, there are plenty of facilities, such as sun loungers for hire and nearby bars and restaurants for refreshments making it popular with families.

There are many activities available, jet skiing, pedaloes, scuba diving and snorkelling to name but a few. Boat tours and trips are also available from the harbour as are submarine excursions and dolphin spotting trips.

Locally caught fish is a speciality at many restaurants, although there is also a wide choice of other local and international dishes. The night life is fairly low key, some bars do offer live music a few nights a week but for those looking for a livelier evening should head to the popular resort of Puerto Rico which is just 13 km away.

The resort offers a good selection of shops, supermarket, gift and souvenir shops as well as hosting a large market every Friday which is well worth visiting to grab a few bargains.

The resort is situated approx 60 km from the airport.

Insider's View

 by Liz Correal

Gran Canaria Insider ...everywhere here specializes in fish, but for a real taste of how it's done Canarian-style try going one street back from the harbour, it's where the locals eat.

After completing the barter of a lifetime at the Friday market in Puerto de Mogán, I sat on the shady terrace of the lighthouse cafeteria to recuperate from the stress and bustle of the stalls. Three camels in exchange for a designer leather handbag? Now what had I gone and done?

My frothy coffee was finished and I hadn't managed to solve the problem of how I was going to fulfill my part of the deal. Still, watching the yachts bob at anchor on one side and the sun sparkling on the crystal blue of the Atlantic on the other was very relaxing. The Yellow Submarine underwater excursion motored gracefully out of the harbour and as it submerged beneath the waves, my mind wandered onto more important things such as why this place is constantly labelled 'Little Venice'.

Puerto de Mogán has been one of my favourite places to visit for the last twenty years. I've watched it grow in stature from a simple, bougainvillea decked apartment complex into a very elegant resort. It's probably the one place where the local authorities can pat themselves on the back and say they got it right.

Two decades later, I'm still looking for the bit which looks anything like Venice. One of my long time ports of call here is the Irish Marina bar, unbeatable for good service and the fantastic view, so I adjourned to there to continue my philosophical train of thinking.

The beach area here has been modernised and extended to accommodate the influx of guests from the new hotels. The older part of this beautiful urbanization, which is in reality what everyone comes to see, is backed by an expanding range of trendy, modern restaurants and littered with souvenir shops. Thankfully, the development has left the original part unscathed.

If you're looking for somewhere to sample the local fish then Puerto de Mogán is really one of the few places in the south where you'll be guaranteed it's fresh. Watch them unload the catch from the incoming boats and then follow your nose to where they cook it.

Almost everywhere here specializes in fish, but for a real taste of how it's done Canarian-style try going one street back from the harbour, it's where the locals eat. It might be rowdy and there may be crumbs left on the tables from the previous diners, but a mixed fish grill for two in any of the back street restaurants will leave you glad you were a little adventurous. If you're on a budget the three course menus, at around about eight Euros, are good value for money and you get a drink thrown in as well.

Nights in Puerto de Mogán are laid-back and with more of a Mediterranean flavour than you'd normally expect in The Canaries. You're more likely to hear the gentle clink of wine or brandy glasses over an expensive dinner than the thump of a disco beat, but it's one of the things which makes Mogán delightful. If you're a true night animal then try the Zoo bar, you'll feel right at home.
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