BEST THINGS TO SEE AT PUERTO DE MOGAN [GRAN CANARIA]

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WHAT TO DO AT PUERTO DE MOGAN, GRAN CANARIA? IS PUERTO DE MOGAN WORTH VISITING? DAY TRIP TO PUERTO DE MOGAN

Puerto de Mogán is one of the best places in Gran Canaria. It is a village known for its multicolored bougainvillea, colonial architecture, water canals, a beautiful beach and so much more. No wonder why it is nicknamed the “Little Venice”!

We actually fell in love with this place. For us, it is THE most beautiful place to visit in Gran Canaria. We love the atmosphere, the beautiful harbor with gorgeous boats, all the restaurants and cafes, the beach, and the cliffs in the background. Simply Stunning!

READ: 20 AWESOME THINGS TO VISIT IN GRAN CANARIA



Key Takeaways from a Visit to Puerto De Mogan in Gran Canaria

Scenic Canals and Architecture: The canals that run through the town have earned it the nickname “Little Venice”. The white buildings with colorful bougainvillea and quaint bridges add to the picturesque charm.
Beautiful Beaches: The beach at Puerto de Mogán is a lovely spot with golden sand and clear waters, ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports.
Vibrant Marina: The marina is bustling with activity, lined with boats and yachts. It’s a great place to take a stroll, enjoy the views, or embark on a boat trip or water activity.
Dining and Cuisine: The area is known for its excellent seafood restaurants along the waterfront, offering fresh catches of the day and traditional Canary Island dishes.
Outdoor Activities: Beyond the beach and marina, Puerto de Mogán is a great base for outdoor adventures, including diving, hiking, and exploring the rugged coastline.


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WHAT TO DO IN PUERTO DE MOGAN?

Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

Although Puerto de Mogán is not known for its beach, we were actually pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the beach. The beach is rather secluded and protected by calm water. It’s just perfect if you come to Gran Canaria with the kids! This beach is super safe.

We also like that there aren’t huge hotels surrounding the beach: just nice shops and restaurants and massive cliffs in the background. In Puerto de Mogán, the municipality managed the preserve this place from mass tourism. This is great as sometimes the Canary Islands are sadly overbuilt (we think).

Well in any case, if you plan a visit to Puerto de Mogán, make sure to bring a towel and your swimwear. You gonna love swimming at the beach there.

READ: 10 BEST BEACHES IN GRAN CANARIA


Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

The area of Puerto de Mogán which is attracting so many visitors is at the old marina.

There you can wander through the little streets and bridges over the canal to admire the white houses adorned by stunning bougainvilleas in all colors. At the center of the marina, you will see the main square surrounded by cute little restaurants and cafes.

Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

The day we went there, a band was playing at the center of the square. The atmosphere was fantastic. Then you can also admire the beautiful sailboats docked at the marina. If you look at the water you will see huge schools of fish.

Puerto de Mogan

The marina is also the starting point for many activities.


Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogan is a great starting point to explore Gran Canaria from the sea. There are a few tours organized, some with snorkeling opportunities such as this one. You can also opt for a more romantic option and sail in the south of Gran Canaria for a few hours. See here.

During your trip, you will be able to explore El Perchel, which is an awesome beach only accessible by boat. Food and drinks are also served on the boat.

Enjoy the trip!


Best things to see at Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

Surprisingly along the waterfront promenade, there are lots of great shops with local and international brands. The area is very nice to go shopping as it directly faces the beach.


Puerto De Mogan

To have the best panorama head to Mirador De Puerto De Mogán (location). You can’t drive all the way up there. It requires a bit of a climb with more than 200 stairs. However most of the path is shaded, so at least you will be protected from the sun.

The view from up there is stunning though. We highly recommend it. And the view is even more beautiful at sunset.


Best things to see at Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria

This place is a hidden archaeological gem in Gran Canaria. The site dates back to 1600 years and is the remains of what was a large coastal settlement a long time ago. From there you can also have a great view of the town.

You can either walk there from the town or drive and park nearby.

Website: here

PHOTO CREDIT: GRAN CANARIA TOURIST WEBSITE


Other things to see near Puerto de Mogan

What to do in Gran Canaria

Visiting the Dunes of Maspalomas is certainly the unmissable thing to do in Gran Canaria. For us, we were completely awestruck when we first visited Maspalomas! For miles away, you can only see sand. It definitely felt like we were in the Sahara.

There is a nice promenade which goes through the dunes. It starts at the famous lighthouse called Faro de Maspalomas (location).

Some of the highest dunes are over ten meters high and they spread over more than 400 hectares. They are bordered by a large beach of fine sand. We actually really liked the wide beach in Maspalomas. You can easily spend a day there.

You may also fancy a camel ride while in Maspalomas as it feels like you are in the Sahara. Book here.

Location: here

READ: FULL GUIDE FOR VISITING MASPALOMAS


What to do in Gran Canaria

Playa de Amadores, is a sublime beach of white sand with clear and turquoise water. The beach is obviously popular for sunbathing and swimming. Protected by two breakwaters, the sea is calm in Playa de Amadores. This is one of the best beaches if you want to swim safely or if you are visiting Gran Canaria with kids. Many hotels are located near Playa de Amadores if you want to make it your base in Gran Canaria.

Location: here

READ: 10 BEST BEACHES IN GRAN CANARIA


Barranco de Fataga

Barranco de Fataga is a deep canyon in the center of the island. Head to the Mirador Astronómico de la Degollada de las Yeguas, a viewpoint from which you can admire the beauty of the canyon. No need to hike to get there, you can easily access it by car.

However, if you like hiking, Barranco de Fataga is one of the best spots in Gran Canaria as you hike in the middle of the Canyon with a truly impressive landscape around you.

You do not need to visit the Gran Canyon in the US, you have Barranco de Fataga in the Gran Canaria!

Location: here


Where to stay in Puerto de Mogán?

Best Hotels

At Puerto de Mogán, our favorite hotel by far is Cordial Muelle Viejo. This brand new hotel is directly facing the sea and is located next to the beach right beside a cliff. We highly recommend this place for a perfect holiday in Gran Canaria. 

READ: 5 BEST PLACES TO STAY IN GRAN CANARIA


How long to visit Puerto de Mogán?

Marina in Gran Canaria

If you are only visiting Puerto de Mogán during your trip to Gran Canaria, then plan at the very least half a day to cover most of it. However, if you have enough time, you can easily fit 1 full day in Puerto de Mogán. You can spend a few hours at the beach or join a boat tour.

Making Puerto de Mogán your base when staying in Gran Canaria, is a great idea, as it is strategically located near some of the main sights. Besides the town gets more sun than the rest of the island. Isn’t it the reason why you decided to come to Gran Canaria in the first place? Sunshine!


Gran Canaria

When visiting Gran Canaria for over a month, we completely fell in love with Puerto de Mogán. For us it is the best place to visit on the island but also one of the best places to stay during your trip.

Puerto de Mogán, with its soothing atmosphere and its small white houses wedged between the sea and the cliffs behind, is just stunning. The beach at Puerto de Mogán is also very pleasant. As it is located in the south, it gets more sunny days than the rest of the island. You can easily reach Maspalomas, Playa del Inglés, Fataga and even Pico de las Nieves from there.

We recommend adding Puerto de Mogán to your itinerary when visiting Gran Canaria.

We wrote a full post about things to do in Gran Canaria here to help you prepare for your trip.

If you have any questions about Puerto de Mogánor Gran Canaria, feel free to leave a comment below.

All our posts about the Canary Islands can be found here.

HAPPY TRAVELS!


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