“The Captain's House offers style, convenience, comfort and an incredible location.”
My husband and I planned our recent trip to Spain and Gran Canaria for almost two years. One of the things that governed the dates of our trip was the availability of the Captain's House. We had previously stayed at a Hamilton Holiday House in Grenada and were very impressed with the quality of the home and its owner. We knew we would like the Captain's House, too, and definitely weren't disappointed. Our pre-trip arrangements were handled flawlessly and a taxi was waiting for us upon arrival at the airport in Las Palmas. Within minutes of being dropped off in Puerto de Mogan, we were met, given a tour of the Captain's House and received the keys from the property managers.
Puerto de Mogan is an old, quite charming fishing village on the southwest coast of Gran Canaria. It is a short 50 minutes or so from the airport. The Captain's House couldn't be in a better location if you like immersing yourself in the life of the place you are visiting. The house is located in the heart of the historic section, just steps from all of the exceptional restaurants, quaint shops, harbor, and a magnificent crescent-shaped beach. It's often referred to as the "Venice of the Canaries" because of the picturesque canals in the village.
As for the house itself, the first floor features a living room, full kitchen and bathroom with shower. There's a flat-screen TV, shelves lined with books and games, ample closet space (including a safe for valuables), and a dining table with four chairs. The rooms with their white walls accented by navy blue upholstered furniture are clean, crisp and modern. The couch pulls out into a bed, thus accommodating more people.
The second floor includes the bedroom, an additional bath with shower, and a tiny nook on the landing with a window inviting those passing by to stop and sit for a moment. At night we opened the windows to enjoy the sounds of the neighborhood and cool ocean breezes as we drifted off to sleep. There is air-conditioning, but we found opening the windows in the evenings to be sufficient. That, of course, will depend upon when you decide to visit. October was a perfect time of year to discover Puerto de Mogan.
Unfortunately, because of the three-levels and the narrow staircase, the Captain's House would be difficult to navigate for those with physical disabilities. We, however, had no problems and fit into the late 50s, early 60s age bracket.
Continuing a tour of the home, the stairway then takes you to my favorite place - the rooftop terrace. The views are breathtaking in all directions, whether you're gazing at the ocean, the harbor, the beach or the mountains. The terrace features a fully equipped kitchen and we cooked breakfast there every morning, sitting at the large teak table. If you decide you'd like skip the beach and sunbathe on the roof - no problem - there are two chaise lounges provided. Watching the sunrises and sunsets from our vantage point on the terrace became two of our favorite activities. If you're lucky, you'll be visited by the neighbor's cat as it patrols the rooftops each night, as well as converse with a particularly talkative parrot that lives nearby.
If you can't live without the Internet, you can rent a Wi-Fi "hot spot" device for a small fee from the property managers. A number of the restaurants and cafes also offer free Internet to their patrons. "The Zoo" near the harbor was particularly helpful to us until we got the Internet up and running at the house. Plus they serve good food there, too.
The village of Puerto de Mogan is charming, with new surprises tucked away on each of the narrow, flower-lined streets. It seems to be a popular vacation destination for visitors and families from the United Kingdom and Germany, as well as mainland Spain. Even though we speak very little Spanish, communication was never really a problem and the local residents were happy to help us. Fortunately, there are a number of English-speaking people in the shops and restaurants. When necessary, however, descriptive hand gestures proved to be indispensable!
When you need basic supplies and food stuffs, there's a small grocery store just around the corner from the house. That came in handy, because the Captain's House does not provide such things as trash bags, soap, additional toilet paper, etc. We left supplies behind that we had left over, but there may not be any when you arrive. One very nice feature of the house is that there is a washing machine available for your use in a closet on the rooftop. Just replace the soap you use. There is also a drying rack for your clothing so you can really feel at home as you join in with the rest of the neighbors!
The landscape of Gran Canaria is spectacular. While we spent most of our time in the village, we did spend two days on the ocean sailing up and down the coastline. We would highly recommend doing something like that during your stay. Another must-do is a trip exploring the interior of the island. Whether you rent a car and venture out on your own or decide to take a guided tour, you won't have experienced Gran Canaria without visiting some of the other villages and landscapes. We took an eight-hour Jeep tour and it was fantastic!
If you need to exchange currency, we found the Sanderman Bank in the village easy to work with. But be sure to take your passport and the address of the Captain's House along - they'll ask for that.
While in Puerto de Mogan we decided to enjoy the local restaurants each evening and not once were we disappointed. Our favorite place was a tiny Italian restaurant just around the corner from the Captain's House. It's called LaCucina. Each evening the young couple who own it place five or six small tables in the area outside the building and serve traditional Italian dishes featuring local products and seafood. Not only is the food exceptional, the young owner (he's also the chef), serenades his guests as he prepares their meals. Adding to the ambiance, a short distance away is an open plaza near the beach where local families meet every evening. The parents converse while their children play (didn't see any tablets or smart phones - how refreshing), while foursomes of older gentlemen are intent on playing card games at tables nearby. It was wonderful!
Did we enjoy Puerto de Mogan? More than I ever expected. Would we return? Absolutely. And the Captain's House was an integral part of our trip. There's a large, rather lavish hotel about a mile up the road from the old village. If you prefer large resorts of that nature, perhaps the Captain's House is not for you. But from our point of view, you could take that hotel and plop it down anywhere in the world and it would be at home. Not so with the Captain's House. We experienced life in Puerto de Mogan firsthand, from the children playing in the plaza to the older lady yelling angrily at her henpecked husband every night as she pulled her shopping basket up the hill with him straggling behind. Each morning we heard one gentleman head to work, whistling as he went ... Those are memories you just don't come home with when you're staying in a large, upscale resort. And those are the memories we'll cherish for the rest of my lives. Thank you Captain's House for a vacation we will never, ever forget.
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