Puerto de Mogán

Puerto de Mogán the Venice of Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogán, a charming port town designed by artist Ralph Neville, is located in the western part of southern Gran Canaria. Also known as the “Little Venice of Gran Canaria,” this idyllic village offers a perfect blend of tranquillity and beauty. (kaart)

Puerto de Mogán the Venice of Gran Canaria
Puerto de Mogán the Venice of Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogán consists of a beautiful beach, a modern marina and a historic fishing port, and is part of the Mogán municipality. With a history of around 180 years, this resort is an ideal destination for tourists who want to enjoy both nature and culture.

This coastal town lies directly on the Atlantic Ocean and is surrounded by majestic mountains, making for a picturesque valley full of cosy shops and charming streets. Its crystal-clear waters and rich underwater world also make Puerto de Mogán a popular destination for deep-sea divers.

Panoramic view of Puerto de Mogán and its picturesque harbour
Photo Verschueren Eddy
Panoramic view of Puerto de Mogán and its picturesque harbour
Photo Verschueren Eddy

The Port of Mogan used to be the only way for the then residents to come into contact with the other residents of Gran Canaria.

The first inhabitants mostly came from Fuerteventura and Valencia in Spain to settle here for fishing. In the territory, an archaeological site “Casa de las sietes Esquinas” is located on a steep rock. Literally translated “The house with the Seven Corners“.

Climatologically, Puerto de Mogan is well located. It can even count on more hours of sunshine than, for example, Maspalomas or Playa del Ingles. It receives between 1.5 and 2 million tourists annually. Due to the many canals that wind their way between the houses, Puerto de Mogan is popularly called “The Venice of Gran Canaria“.

In recent years, Puerto de Mogan has undergone a true metamorphosis. The natural beach of the past has partly made way for an artificial beach brought in with sand from the Sahara. The beach is very suitable for a family holiday with children

The Picturesque Fishing Port

When you reach the harbor town, the first thing you notice is the old white harbor building. The port of Puerto de Mogan is very popular with sailors. (Information)

There is certainly no shortage of space for your boat or sailing yacht with more than 200 berths. There is a dry dock in the harbor where you have the opportunity to maintain the boat. But this harbor is not only for sailing, it is also a fishing port. Fishing is still an important source of income today.

Every day you can admire the sorting, cleaning and selling of the fish catch in the small fish market. If you are lucky you can sometimes find tuna of almost a meter in size among the catches.

The Fishing Port and Fish Market of Puerto de Mogán
Photo Verschueren Eddy
The Fishing Port and Fish Market of Puerto de Mogán
Photo Verschueren Eddy
Pittoreske Jachthaven van Puerto de Mogán
Pittoreske Jachthaven van Puerto de Mogán

You can of course taste the fresh fish in the fish restaurants at the marina. The restaurants are happy to let you taste their local specialties such as grilled tuna and delicious fish soup (caldos de pescado). The local fishermen are proud of their profession and certainly appreciate a visit to their craft.

The “Venice of Gran Canaria”

The white houses of this coastal town are its hallmark. They are richly decorated with colorful flowers such as Hibiscus, Bouganvilla, Tumbergia and the most famous flower of the Canary Islands, the Esterlizia. A walk through the picturesque streets will take you to souvenir shops, a candle shop, restaurants and bars with terraces.

Stroll through cozy streets decorated with flowers
Stroll through cozy streets decorated with flowers

Here you can really speak of the “small café on the harbour“. Among the newly built hotels and shops, you can visit the small church of the patron saint San Fernando and Virgen del Carmen. For the faithful, there is a mass celebration on Thursdays and Saturdays at 6pm. The beautiful church is located on the Paseo de los Pescadores.

Church of Patron Saint 'San Fernando'
Church of Patron Saint ‘San Fernando’
Het Carmenfestival wordt afgesloten met de maritieme processie van de Maagd van Carmen van Playa de Mogán
The Carmen Festival ends with the maritime procession of
the Virgin of Carmen from Playa de Mogán

Here and there you can see houses actually built over canals. The oldest part of Puerto de Mogan is on the steep rocky slope that starts at the car park on the Callejón Explanada del Castillete. Here you can still see authentic houses from the time Puerto de Mogan was founded.

Narrow streets and mosaic house facades in Puerto de Mogán
Narrow streets and mosaic house facades in Puerto de Mogán

I can recommend that you climb through the narrow streets between the houses to the platform at the top. In Callejón las Conchas you will discover a beautiful example of a house facade finished in mosaic. From the platform you have a breathtaking view of the harbor town. It is especially wonderful to stay here at sunset. Due to its charm, this city is a true paradise for romantic souls.

Shopping in Puerto de Mogán

The weekly market for women is held every Friday. The cozy market sells artisanal products, including typical Canarian products, souvenirs, clothing, fruit and vegetables and much more. The market takes place every Friday from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. For art lovers, every Monday on the square next to the parking lot there is a craft market for leather goods, ceramics, jewelry or glass figure making. This market starts from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Shopping in the old city center is possible in the many shops.

The coastal town also offers a lot for shoppers and bon vivants
The coastal town also offers a lot for shoppers and bon vivants

Artisan products such as handmade candles, swimwear, cotton clothes, pearls, etc … If you are much interested in pearls from the Canary Islands, there is even a regular workshop where you can learn to make your own necklace from pearls.

If you stay in an apartment, you can buy daily products such as food in the HiperDino supermarket or in a local store. The food stores are open every day from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm. Other shops may be closed for a few hours during the afternoon for the famous siesta.

Diving and Water Sports in Puerto de Mogán

Are you a sporty person with a love for nature underwater? In Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria, deep-sea divers are richly rewarded with breathtaking underwater landscapes. The beauty of the sea invites you to take underwater photography, where you can capture colorful corals and exotic fish.

Diving to the Underwater World on Gran Canaria
Diving to the Underwater World on Gran Canaria

Not just for Divers: Underwater Adventures for everyone

If diving or snorkeling is not your thing, they offer a unique experience with a yellow submarine especially for tourists. Take an unforgettable trip underwater and admire the marine life without getting wet.

Would you still like to try diving? The local diving school offers courses for beginners and advanced divers. Under the guidance of experienced instructors you can safely explore the underwater world and improve your diving skills.

This Canary Island crowd-puller is also an ideal destination for anglers. In July the city organizes a prestigious fishing competition for Blue Marlin. This exciting competition attracts anglers from all over the world and provides a great opportunity to test your fishing skills.

Why choose Puerto de Mogán?

  • Underwater photography: Capture the beautiful underwater world.
  • Unique Underwater Experience: Enjoy a submarine tour for tourists.
  • Diving courses: Learn to dive at the local diving school.
  • Sport Fishing: Take part in the Blue Marlin fishing competition in July.

Locatie: Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

Scuba diving for beginners is possible in Puerto de Mogán
Scuba diving for beginners is possible in Puerto de Mogán

Accomodations and Activities : Your Guide to a Perfect Holiday

Hotels and Apartments in Puerto de Mogán

As for accommodations, Puerto de Mogán offers a wide range of beautiful hotels and apartments. A popular choice is the Paradise Lago Taurito, which gives guests free access to the nearby Lago Oasis water park. Located in Taurito, this water park is open daily from 10am to 6pm and offers plenty of water attractions for the whole family.

Hotels and Apartments for your Holidays in Puerto de Mogán
Hotels and Apartments for your Holidays in Puerto de Mogán

Ideal starting point for excursions

Puerto de Mogán is ideally located for further excursions. From the picturesque fishing port, you can go back and forth by boat to Puerto Rico, with stunning views of the rocks and cliffs along the coastline along the way. The first tourist area you will encounter from Puerto de Mogán is Taurito, followed by the charming Playa del Cura and Playa .de La Verga. Uw volgende stop is het schilderachtige Playa de Amadores, waarna u eindigt in Puerto Rico.

Beach of Puerto de Mogán
Beach of Puerto de Mogán

Towards Maspalomas and Beyond

Further towards Maspalomas you will find hotels, flats and the small beach of Patalavaca. This beach is only 290 metres long, but offers a nice promenade connecting Patalavaca with Arguineguin.

Recommended Excursions and Activities

For those who like to party and enjoy themselves at sea, a trip on the sailing ship Afrikat is highly recommended. This excursion offers a unique experience at sea, including opportunities to spot dolphins and whales, although this can be a matter of luck. Exploring this popular destination can also be done with one of the many guided excursions in Gran Canaria. For more information, visit the port of Puerto de Mogán, Puerto Rico or Arguineguin.

Afrikat Catamaran aan de kust van Gran Canaria
Afrikat Catamaran on the coast of Gran Canaria
Puerto de Mogán Aquapark Lago Oasis
Puerto de Mogán Aquapark Lago Oasis

Why choose Puerto de Mogán?

  • Wide Range of Accommodations: From luxury hotels to comfortable apartments.
  • Lago Oasis Water Park: Open daily from 10am to 6pm..
  • Excellent Location for Excursions: Easy access to nearby beaches and tourist areas.
  • Sailing Trips and Sea Excursions: Includes the opportunity to spot dolphins and whales.
  • Guided Excursions: Discover Gran Canaria with expert guides.
  • Beach and Marina: Soak up the sun on the golden sandy beach or stroll along the lively marina.
  • Cultural Experience: Explore the rich history and unique architecture of this historic fishing village.
  • Scuba diving: Discover the underwater world with excellent diving opportunities in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Shopping and Dining: Enjoy local shops and restaurants serving authentic Canarian cuisine.

Location: Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

Plan your visit to Puerto de Mogán and experience for yourself why this picturesque village is one of Gran Canaria’s hidden gems.