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Puerto de Mogan is a former fishing village now turned tourist resort, situated in the municipality of Mogan, one of the sunniest parts of the island Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands. If you're visiting the island, you should not miss the chance of seeing this lovely place.
Puerto de Mogan has changed a lot over the years and from the sleepy village it used to be, it's grown into a charming place to stay in Gran Canaria, especially if you're looking for a relaxing and quiet holiday in the south of the island.
The place is also a favorite destination for mature couples and families with kids who looking to escape the noisier and more crowded resorts like Maspalomas or Puerto Rico.
You'll find that Puerto de Mogan has a bit of everything for all types of travelers, from a beautiful beach to colorful streets and amazing mountainous landscapes, which can be easily accessed from town.
Whether you're staying in Puerto de Mogan while on holiday in Gran Canaria or you're just visiting for a day, here are the best places to visit in Puerto Mogan, also known as the Little Venice of Gran Canaria.
Playa Mogan is a small but beautiful public beach, where you can enjoy the gorgeous weather in the south of Gran Canaria.
With plenty of bars and cafes around the beach, you won't have to go far if you want to have lunch in the area. Sunbeds are €3.50 per day and you also have all the facilities typical for urban beaches in Spain.
Mogan Beach can get crowded since it is so small compared to other beaches on the island, but this highly depends on the season when you decide to visit (it's quieter in spring in autumn, compared to summer or the hot winter days).
Playa Mogan is perfect for families with kids, as the breakwater offers a lot of protection, so the ocean here is always calm, with no waves, no currents and it's generally very safe for swimming.
For many visitors to Puerto de Mogan, the marina is the town's main attraction.
We recommend a long walk so you can fully enjoy this scenic spot in Gran Canaria. The streets are really charming and quaint, with balconies adorned with colorful flowers, which will make a great background for holiday photos. In our opinion, Puerto de Mogan is one of the prettiest towns in Gran Canaria and even if you don't stay here during your trip, you should still come and visit for an afternoon.
One of the best things to while in Puerto de Mogan is to go on a boat trip, experience sailing in Gran Canaria, or maybe even try snorkeling to see some of the underwater hidden gems of Gran Canaria.
You can hop on a boat trip right from the marina in Puerto de Mogan, so you won't have to travel to another resort to go on this trip, with no transfers and no precious holiday time wasted.
The famous Mogan Market is held every Friday, with stall spread out throughout the town, which is why Friday is considered Mogan day for some, especially for those looking to do some shopping.
There are many stalls, selling typical stuff for markets in the Canaries, like souvenirs, knockoffs like watches and handbags, leather products and even aloe vera products. Since it is quite busy usually, be really careful with your belongings and keep your documents safe.
Puerto de Mogan gets very crowded during market day, so if you're just visiting Mogan for the day and you're not actually interested in buying anything at the market, then it would be better to avoid Fridays and come on any other day of the week.
Get into this submarine and discover all the charms of the seabed of Puerto de Mogán for 40 minutes. You will be able to see some shipwrecks and the wonderful marine fauna from its big windows.
Especially for the kids, this can be a really fun activity and it's a great way to spend the morning during your family holiday to Gran Canaria.
If you want to do some exercise after having a tasty meal or coffee break while visiting Puerto de Mogan, our best recommendation, in that case, would be to go up to the viewpoint. In order to get to Mirador de Puerto de Mogan you need to just follow the signs that lead you to the stairs that will take you up to the Mirador, from where you can enjoy the most amazing view of Puerto de Mogan and if you go there in the evening you'll also get to see one of the best sunsets in Gran Canaria.
Just follow the signs through the city, make your way among the narrow streets which may seem like a labyrinth if you're not used to the town, and go up to enjoy the most beautiful view of the beach and the marina.
If you want to go on a day trip and you don't feel like renting a car and you don't want to take the bus either, you can hop a ferry that will take you to either Puerto Rico, Anfi, or Arguineguin.
The company Lineas Salmon operates this service from Puerto Mogan and you have around 8 boats per day that make this journey, so you can leave in the morning, spend the day either in Puerto Rico or Anfi Beach or Arguineguin, then come back to Mogan in the evening. There's also another company called Lineas Blue Bird that operates a ferry on the same route, so there are a lot of options each day connecting these resorts.
Prices for return tickets (valid February 2023):
This church is under the patronage of San Antonio de Padua and was built around the year 1813. A local man who had emigrated from Tejeda to Havana (Cuba) financed the project at the time, although he never got to see it finished.
This is one of the largest windmills in Gran Canaria and it used to be a Tourist Information Center but unfortunately, it is closed now as it is currently under renovation.
El Molino Quemado de Mogán is commonly known under this name (The Burnt Mill) because, according to residents of the area, it was set on fire in 1875 by a neighbor from the village of Aldea de San Nicolás. Since then, it has been restored and nowadays you can stop and visit it on your way from Mogan to Puerto de Mogan.
Lomo de los Gatos (The Cats Back) is an aboriginal archaeological area that contains a village made up of stone houses called La Cañada de Los Gatos.
It is interesting to see the first settlements of the people who used to live in Gran Canaria and it's one of the more authentic places to visit in Puerto de Mogan, besides the more commercial areas which nowadays are full of shops and bars & cafes.
The complex is located in Calle de La Puntilla in Playa de Mogán and can be visited (there is a small entrance fee).
Each year, between the months of February and March usually, the island of Gran Canaria is filled with lots of celebrations, as the carnival is being celebrated in various municipalities on the island.
Mogan municipality also organizes its own carnival, which is split between the towns of Mogan, Arguineguin and Puerto de Mogan.
Check out the dedicated page to Mogan Carnival to see the dates for the upcoming edition.
The mango and the avocado are the most important types of agricultural produce in this area of Gran Canaria and they are really tasty and you should try them - just try to buy them at the local market from small farmers, to make sure you get something genuine.
There's even a summer mango and avocado festival in September in Puerto de Mogan and another event for winter avocados in December.