Puerto de Mogán is one of the most attractive tourist resorts in the Canaries, as it combines a typical fishing-village atmosphere with a marina built in the local style. In this seafaring village, the original-looking houses – traditional straight lines, whitewashed walls, brightly painted doors and windows-seem to cling to the cliffside. Puerto Mogan is situated on the south west coast, nine miles west of Puerto Rico.
Beneath, sits the new town, constructed over a lacework of canals, overlooking a yacht-filled harbour and a charming seaside promenade. Fishing boats and pleasure craft alike are docked at the harbour, the latter category consisting mostly of 12-metre (or longer) ocean-going vessels, since this port specialises in the transoceanic sailor.
Mogán Beach is situated a few hundred yards further on, at the mouth of the gorge of the same name. Heading inland along this deep valley by road, one gets to the town of Mogán: a pleasant run which, in the space of a few kilometres, reveals the swift change in scenery from the aridity of the coast to the verdant leafiness of the island hinterland.
There are a range of bars, shops and restaurants aimed at tourists, but the shops are less tacky than in neighbouring resorts and the restaurants serve some of the best seafood on the island. Flanked by the mountains, the old village is a maze of narrow roads and colonial style houses and the canals running through it has prompted holidaymakers to dub it ‘Little Venice’. Although there is a disco in Puerto Mogan, those looking for a livelier nightlife should head to Puerto Rico or Playa del Inglés.