Puerto Mogán is a picturesque and popular little sea-side town in the south-west of Gran Canaria combining traditional village living with a modern tourist resort. The original dwellings nestled beneath and rising up the side of the sheltered cliffs help retain the traditional beauty and authentic atmosphere of times gone by. The resort, which occupies the valley and along the coastline, is most popular with families and couples who come to enjoy the year-round sunshine in a quiet, relaxing setting while still offering plenty of leisure activities to keep everyone entertained.
Things to See and Do
One of the highlights of Puerto Mogán is its golden beach built with sand imported from the Sahara desert. The beach is protected from strong Atlantic waves by an arc of rock making it an ideal location for children or less confident swimmers to enjoy some time swimming in the beautiful blue sea. There are plenty of fun activities to entertain in, on or under the waters surrounding Puerto Mogán such as snorkelling, scuba-diving, jet-skiing and para-gliding. The location is also ideal for the whole family to take part in some whale and dolphin spotting, both of which can often be spotted from the shore, or enjoy a ride on the yellow submarine and explore life underwater.
The modern marina is usually full of private yachts, which are a site to behold on their own, but visitors can also find replicas of old sailing boats ready to whisk them away to other parts of the island. Being a fishing port, Puerto Mogán is not short of deep sea fishing vessels willing to take budding fishermen out onto the ocean looking to make the catch of a lifetime - tuna and blue marlin weighing hundreds of pounds can be found in the nearby waters.
Although Puerto Mogán is not the nightlife capital of Gran Canaria, it certainly has many fine restaurants serving a range of foods catering for all tastes. Being a sea-side town with a prominent port, fish is a major staple on most menus usually accompanied with potatoes and salsa. Like many other towns on the island, a tasty plate of tapas is never far away and is a perfect way of sampling some Spanish cuisine as a light lunch or snack. For an ideal spot for some evening dining, try out one of the restaurants lining the promenade which boast tasty food from different nationalities and gorgeous views over the beach and ocean.
Being targeted more towards families and couples, Puerto Mogán is not famed for its nightlife. Evening entertainment is much more low-key here in comparison to the likes of Puerto Rico or Playa del Inglés, but some of the larger hotels do cater for visitors looking for a fun night out. Visitors to Puerto Mogán are much more likely to spend their evenings exploring the old town and going for relaxing walks along the marina, or perhaps enjoying a nice meal in one of the many cosy restaurants.
If you're looking for brand name high street shopping then Puerto Mogán probably isn't the best place to come. However, if you'd rather pick up some gifts or souvenirs of your time in the town, then there are plenty of shops offering more traditional delights such as wood carvings, embroidery, jewellery and pottery.