Puerto de Mogan
By Carl Ton
Position and Climate
Puerto de Mogan is situated on the southwest coast of the island of Gran Canaria. This picturesque fishing village is said to have the best climate in the world. In the winter, daylight hours are longer than those in Europe and the temperature is few degrees lower. During summer, the temperature goes from twenty to mid thirty degrees. Because of the many channels between the marina and the harbor, this village is often called the "Venice of the Canaries". It was built on an old settlement, a village called Playa de Mogán, which had small houses and narrow passageways. But the building of modern apartment buildings on the beach started eight years ago. The sand was imported from the Sahara. Its golden color was meant to change the black color of the volcanic sand. Next to the beach, there are many restaurants with a variety of cuisines, domestic and international.
Leisure & Pleasure
For those who are looking for an exciting vacation, taking a boat trip to watch dolphins in the open sea is the right thing to do. There are also boat trips to the nearby places - Puerto Rico and Arguineguín. Puerto de Mogan is a place where tourists can practice many water sports - they can hire jet skis, go on fishing excursions or explore the local wreck. Diving center offers courses and a sailing school offers accredited classes, so all the visitors who are eager to learn some new skills during the vacation are welcome. Yachting and boating are also well developed activities in Puerto de Mogan. This place provides the owners all the necessary facilities for their yachts and boats such as repairing and servicing. Many sailors came to Puerto de Mogan on their way across the Atlantic Ocean.
Those visitors who like to do some shopping during the vacation find this place a shopping paradise. In Puerto de Mogan there are many supermarkets and shops for selling clothes, shoes, souvenirs and jewelry. There are also many beauty salons or studios where the tourists can get a haircut or a tattoo. Two hundred meters away from the beach, there is a new shopping center that has an interesting architectural design. For those who like leather goods, African drums, cheap jewelry and second-hand clothes, there is an open-air market. It opens on Fridays and offers the visitors an ideal place to show their skills for bargaining.
Places to stay and eat
In Puerto de Mogan visitors can stay in luxurious hotels or in new apartments near the beach with swimming pools. "Spanish quarter" is an area where you can rent an apartment with a garden, a pool or with access to a roof terrace. Puerto de Mogan's restaurants offer Canarian, Spanish, Italian, German and Chinese specialties. Local bars have live music which is not too loud.
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