Often, the coolest things you do on your holiday are the spontaneous ones. And there’s nothing more spontaneous that the daily sunset gathering on the rocks at Puerto de Mogán in southwest Gran Canaria.
Mogan marina gets thousands of visitors every day, especially for the Monday and Friday markets, but most people who visit stay in the marina and beach area all day. This is a shame because the best sunset spot in Puerto de Mogán is tucked away in a quiet corner.
To find it, just walk west through the marina until you get to the start of the harbour wall. You’ll see a dirt path next to the recycling bins that takes up onto the spot here the harbour wall meets the cliff. From here, just walk as far as you can along the base of the cliff and you’ll come to a narrow rock shelf that runs for about 100 metres before dropping into the sea.
This ledge is wide enough to be safe but do stay back from the edge as there are rocks rather than water below you.
If you arrive twenty minutes before sunset you’ll find a good spot to sit before everyone else comes along.
As the sun starts to drop into the sea an eclectic mix of tourists, locals and people from Puerto de Mogan’s travel hostel congregate to watch. The gathering has a lovely peaceful vibe as most people just sit and watch the sunset while the waves splash against the cliff.
Most days there are people playing music, reading, taking selfies and even doing yoga.
If you’re lucky you’ll see the odd local fishing boat heading back into the harbour.
Once the sun disappears most people head back into the marina but it’s worth sticking around for a few more minutes. The rocks keep the sun’s warmth and you get to watch the sky turn from orange to deep blue before fading into black. Unless you’ve used all your battery taking photos, using your mobile as a torch is a good way of getting back to the marina in the dark.
Then the sky starts to talk
As the darkness grows the seagulls retire for the night and are replaced in the sky by one the Canary Islands’ most heard but least known birds.
Cory’s shearwaters spend all day flying around close to the surface of the ocean. If you take a boat trip from any marina in south Gran Canaria, you’ll see them swooping silently over the water.
At night they head high into the air and start to chat. Listen out for their mellow cackling calls; they really do seem to be talking to each other as they glide around in the darkness.
You won’t hear them in late summer and autumn because they migrate north to feed around Great Britain and Ireland. It’s a nice thought that as you fly over the ocean too and from the Canary Islands, the shearwaters are doing the exact same thing right down by the water.
Other quiet spots in Puerto de Mogán
The sunset spot is just one of many places in Puerto de Mogán where you can get away from the crowds by walking a for a few minutes.
Head up into the lanes in the old fishing village and follow the signs for the viewpoint for a panoramic overview of the whole of the marina and beach. You are almost guaranteed to get lost on the way up but that’s half the fun.
Or, head to the far eastern end of the beach and keep going. You’ll find a small, pebble beach which is far quieter than the sandy one next door. The water here is calm most days and so clear that it’s an excellent spot for a snorkel.
A few hundred metres behind you there’s a fascinating archaeological site where the islands original inhabitants lived. The views from here are also pretty spectacular. It’s best to visit in the afternoon as ruins look much prettier with long shadows and warm light.