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Puerto Mogan

Puerto Mogan Holidays

Carved into the southwest coast of the island of Gran Canaria, Puerto Mogan is a vibrant seaside village framed with endless stretches of ocean and white villas dotting the hillside. Easily walkable and steeped in fresh sea air, the streets are lined with unique local shops and restaurants draped with colourful flowers, while down unassuming side avenues, hidden gems await.

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Nicknamed 'Little Venice' for its roadmap of canals weaving in and around the landscape, Puerto Mogan enjoys all the perks of its ocean surroundings – whale and dolphin watching, scuba diving excursions, water skiing and even its very own yellow submarine. Plus, vibrant beach spots, of course, each ripe for relaxation. And did we mention the fresh fish coming in just from the Atlantic? It's safe to say local restaurants take advantage of their prime oceanside location with fresh seafood dishes paired with flavourful wines, as well as tastes from around the world.

Whether you're stopping over during a Canary Island-hopping adventure or pausing for a lengthier stay, Puerto Mogan is the ideal seaside destination to hang your towel and drink in the Spanish sun.

Quick Tips

  • Roman Catholic
  • Euro
  • Spanish
  • GMT + 1hr

Out at sea

In Puerto Mogan , the sea is right at your doorstep. Visitors can not only stretch out on the lush white beach with a good read or a set of headphones, but get out on the waves and embark on an ocean adventure. Whatever your fancy, the locals pretty much have it covered. Want to give scuba diving a go? There's a boat for that. How about jet skis? Rentable. And whale watching? Hop aboard and look left.

From tours on sweeping sail boats to chartering a yacht and casting a line with experienced local fishermen, the Atlantic Ocean is not only gorgeous scenery but a playground. Visitors have the option to rent boats with or without captains and explore the rocky coast with a tour group or toast a loved one underneath a pink sunset, just the two of you.

Fresh catches and restaurants with a view

With the ocean as its backyard, it's safe to say Puerto Mogan has a lot to offer in the way of fresh fish and tantalising seafood dishes. From traditional Spanish paella and tapas to restaurants infused with the spices of Italy, Japan and South America, this seaside village pulls out all the stops when it comes to palate-pleasing meals. There's a little something for every occasion – seemingly infinite courses at gourmet eateries for a special anniversary treat, to specialty pizzas for the whole family.

And what goes better with a flavourful Spanish dish than a breath-taking view (aside from Spanish wine)? With such a cosy climate, a remarkable number of Puerto Mogan's restaurants offer ocean views and outdoor dining, so you're sure to enjoy the sun's warm rays or night's comfortable breeze at every opportunity.

We all live in a yellow submarine

Who hasn't wanted to board an actual yellow submarine? Also known as the 'Golden Shark', the unmistakable tip of this eye-catching submarine peeks up from the waves before dipping down to depths of 400 metres. Through its portholes, visitors gaze at the bustling ocean life below the surface for unrivalled views of underwater locals like octopi and trumpet fish swimming in and around sunken vessels.

Eye candy

When it comes to stunning views, the Canary Islands have been known to sport a few (a few hundred, that is). And at Puerto Mogan , there's a little something for everyone – dazzling sunsets crowning the horizon, cliffsides towering over the coast and sweeping beaches, all incredible from land or by sea.

With flowers blooming in vivid pinks and reds and crowning walkways, even a quiet stroll through Puerto Mogan's streets is a sightseeing activity of its own. And, might we add, from the comfort of a hotel, beside a tranquil poolside with a cocktail in hand, the view from a comfy deckchair isn't so bad either.

Shop like a local

Colourful shops you won't find on the high street pave the village, selling everything from handmade wares to clothing and beachy decorations. And for those especially keen to submerge themselves in the local culture, every Friday morning, visitors from all over the island gather in town for the Municipal Street Market of Playa de Mogán, a lively outdoor market selling local goods such as fresh fruit and vegetables, handcrafted items and unique souvenirs for even the most impossibly-difficult-to-shop-for friend.