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Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán


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27 Mar 2017

It’s far too easy to walk into the marina at Puerto de Mogán and stay by the sea all day long.There are coconut palms to sit under, bougainvillea arches to selfie under, and hungry fish to keep you occupied between coffee and lunchtime.

But I think it’s a shame to spend your whole day at Puerto de Mogán at sea level. After all, doing nothing is always more fun if you feel like you’ve earned it.

So I set out to explore the highs and lows of Gran Canaria’s most famous marina. To start, I have to turn my back on the sea and head uphill.

Rooftop terraces of the marina houses

A steep climb for a gorgeous view

Flat land was always at a premium in Gran Canaria, even at sea level. This is why most Gran Canaria villages are built on rocky outcrops rather than on the level. Puerto de Mogan’s original fishing village is no exception.

The village clings to the cliffside just behind the marina and the path to the upper houses is steep. It’s best to walk up early in the day, even during the so-called winter,  when the air is still cool and the shadows deep. The houses, almost all whitewashed, face out over the sea and are separated by delightful little lanes and pathways.

It’s only a little place but it’s easy to get lost down a dead end. I always say hello to people here because this is a local spot and you are a guest in people’s backyard.  

Viewpoint at the top of the village

After a few wrong turns (you can follow the signs but where’s the fun in that) I get to the viewpoint at the top of the village. From here there’s a sneak peek of the secret rooftop terraces of those pretty marina houses. And a view that stretches across the valley to the beach and to the steep cliffs of the south coast.

It’s a much easier walk back down to the marina and after the effort it’s a good time stop for a coffee. But I don’t dawdle, because there’s more to see on the other side of the valley.

1300 years of the view

From little square at the bottom of the village, shaded by a vast ficus tree,  I cross the humpback bridge over to the beachfront and walk past the sand, palms and restaurants.

On the far side of the valley, just inland from the beach, Mogan’s prehistory is on display at the Cañada de los Gatos archaeological zone.

Before tourism and even before the Spanish, Puerto de Mogán was inhabited by Gran Canaria’s original inhabitants. Excavations at Cañada de los Gatos show that the Canarii lived here at least 1300 years ago and that their settlement was an important one.

Cañada de los gatos archaeological zone

The entry fee of just a few euros is worthwhile as I get to wander around a prehistoric stone village with informative panels explaining how the Canarii lived. The mystery is why the Canarii chose one side of the valley for their village while the modern Canarians picked the other.

It’s a question that keeps me distracted as I hike up above the ruin to the rock ledge that gives me another panoramic view of Puerto de Mogán. A pair of kestrels calls the ruin home and spends its time hovering over the rocks waiting for a lizard to get careless.

I’m not the only one who starting to think about lunch.

Into the blue

By now, the sun is blazing and it’s time to head down to the sea to cool off. I could just go for a swim at the sandy beach, or hop on the famous Yellow Submarine at the end of the harbour wall. But instead I jump in off the pebble beach just east of the beach breakwater. Here the water is deep and cool and the fish swarm over the rocks. It’s easy to spend an hour hovering in the cool water with the sun blazing down on my back.

Puerto de Mogán Beach

Once I’m out of the water, it’s definitely lunchtime. The only question is whether I can bring myself to order the fresh fish having just spent time with them in the ocean.

Snorkeling in Mogan

Maybe today I’ll stick to chicken.

 

 

 

 

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
www.hellocanaryislands.com