Sometimes the village of Mogán in Puerto de Mogán on Gran Canaria is called Little Venice. Of course, such comparisons always have their pitfalls. Puerto de Mogán in the Las Palmas region is not Venice, though the town has a number of picturesque canals and bridges. But Puerto de Mogán is much smaller, more contemplative than the fascinating Italian city. That is precisely why it has its own charm. And according to UNESCO, not only the local climate provides a reason to visit the fishing village at least once.
Despite the tourism, the flair has been preserved
Granted, Puerto de Mogán may not be a real insider tip for Gran Canaria friends. Too much has the former fishing village opened to tourism and too many of its buildings have more recently been built. But Puerto de Mogán proves that places can have charm and flair, though they have long been prepared for travelers with many cafés, restaurants and hotels.
Small alleyways with stone arches connecting houses, bougainvillea growing on the walls and charming roof gardens characterize parts of the town center. Big hotel towers are not to be seen in the center of Puerto de Mogán. Thank god. You can spend the night in many smaller houses. The harbour is particularly nice and attractive. From here attractive boat trips start. You can dive. Or you can enjoy the harbor atmosphere at the quay.
Some things are artificial in Puerto de Mogán: for example, the heaped beach. But if you don‘t know that it was built artificially, you won‘t notice it and just spend a nice time in the water. However, if you really want to get to know Puerto de Mogán, you should also walk a bit further away from the harbor and the beach.
Culinarily, Puerto de Mogán is also interesting
Where tourists are, there are restaurants. And not all of them are good. But if you don’t just head straight for the first restaurant in Puerto de Mogán, but compare the offers a bit, you have a good chance of finding delicious food. Of course, fish and seafood in the port are especially recommended. But also friends of other dishes will find what they want.
… and what about the top climate?
UNESCO has awarded the microclimate of Municipio Mogán as one of the healthiest in the world. It gets really cold in Puerto de Mogán even in winter. In addition, the place has more sunny days per year than most other European destinations. Sounds good? It is!