Puerto Mogan Holidays
Puerto Mogan holidays – Charming fishing port with considerable style
Puerto Mogan offers a clear alternative to the big commercialized holiday centres on Gran Canaria. This attractive resort is a genuine fishing town with tasteful and restrained development for tourism. Stroll charming narrow streets in the town centre and explore a pretty yacht harbour with smart bars and classy restaurants. Puerto Mogan is enjoyably animated at night but caters to a very different clientele to boisterous Playa del Ingles! Expect piano bars and romantic sunset meals rather than non-stop discos and fast food.
A sheltered sandy beach is ideal for children. You are superbly placed for exploring a string of excellent Gran Canaria beaches by coastal ferries and footpaths. This colourful resort skilfully combines traditional whitewashed architecture with tastefully designed modern accommodation. The traffic-free centre, with its canals and bridges, is one of the most attractive and atmospheric resorts in the Canary Islands.
When to go to Puerto Mogan
Open for business all year round thanks to an idyllic climate. Quite busy in peak summer, when Puerto Mogan is a popular day-trip destination. However, the resort becomes a lot quieter when the excursions have departed. Most day visitors come to wander the harbour rather than sit on the beach.
The combined attractions of the beach and harbour areas make Puerto Mogan a particularly rewarding destination outside of the main beach holiday seasons. Attractive restaurants, interesting shops, scenic coast ferries and excellent walks mean more variety than many of its beach resort neighbours. A charming winter destination and beautiful with spring flowers.
The weather in Puerto Mogan
Gran Canaria is famous for its year-round beach holiday sunshine, and this south-west corner gets the very best weather on the island! Conditions remain amazingly similar throughout the year. Both winter and summer see long hours of sunshine and very little rain. Expect temperatures in the low 20’s in winter and the high 20’s in summer.
Peak summer is hot but not too hot. Light breezes keep things comfortable. Gorgeous summer evening temperatures around 20º make for romantic outdoor dining. Winter weather is far more reliable than mainland Spain and will feel an absolute joy if arriving from the UK!
Getting the best deal to Puerto Mogan
Plan ahead if you hope to visit during the summer school holidays or popular holiday periods like Easter, Christmas and New Year. The unique attractions of Puerto Mogan make it a very popular choice, and there is far less accommodation than big resorts like Maspalomas and Puerto Rico.
An early search means a better choice of holiday options at every price level. Holidays to Puerto Mogan are sometimes discounted to encourage early bookings. Late deals and last minute holidays to Puerto Mogan require more flexibility with hotels and dates but can offer tremendous value. Prices always tend to be cheaper in unfashionable holiday months like October and February.
Airport and transport need to know
Puerto Mogan holidays begin at Gran Canaria Airport, also known as Las Palmas Airport (LPA). Year-round flights from London, Manchester and Birmingham. Also departures from regional airports like Liverpool, Glasgow, Bournemouth, Newcastle, Bristol and Cardiff. Flight time is about 4 hours 15 minutes.
The airport has a small collection of shops, bars and restaurants. Well-organised metered taxis and regular public buses outside. A taxi to Puerto Mogan costs about €72-82 (₤60-68). By bus around €7 (₤6). Two buses an hour from 6am to 8.30pm. www.globalsu.net. Airport transfers take about an hour.
If you are driving it is a straightforward motorway journey past south coast resorts like Maspalomas and Meloneras. Take care on narrow roads when exploring the mountains. Busy central Las Palmas is best avoided. Drive on the right. There are very good local bus and ferry services to a whole string of attractive beaches from Puerto Mogan to Maspalomas.
Gran Canaria beaches have always been very popular with UK holidaymakers. The island excels when it comes to sandy family beaches with well-maintained facilities and quick access to resort shops, restaurants, bars and hotels. All resorts will have sunbeds and parasols for hire plus showers, toilets and changing rooms. You will also find affordable bars and restaurants on promenades a short distance from the beach. Perhaps the only thing lacking is the wide open spaces of islands like Fuerteventura.
An attractive string of sheltered coves extends east from Puerto Mogan. Some beaches have been superbly crafted with imported sand while others are natural dark volcanic sand. All easily accessed on local buses, economical ferries and easy coast paths on low cliffs.
Puerto Mogan has a very sheltered sandy beach on a lovely little enclosed bay with low cliffs. Whitewashed low-rise buildings and mature palm trees make an attractive setting. Wonderfully calm water is divided into sections for swimming and watersports. There is great snorkelling, an excellent diving school and the famous yellow submarine. Lots of attractive restaurants close at hand as well as all the interest of the harbour and the town centre with its waterways and bridges.
To the east is a series of widely contrasting resorts that include excellent family beaches at Playa Taurito and Playa Amadores. Enjoy the sunset at Patalavaca, the smart marina at Playa de las Vergas and the Tuesday market in the fishing town of Arguineguin.
For total contrast head into Puerto Rico. This is one of the liveliest resorts on Gran Canaria. Not as hectic as Playa del Ingles but still offering lots to do and very lively nightlife. Also worth a day trip are the famous sand dunes of the Maspalomas nature reserve.