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“Quiet Picturesque Location”
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Yorkshire
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56 reviews
57 helpful votes
“Quiet Picturesque Location”
Reviewed October 2, 2011

Puerto Mogan is a small village with a harbour and small beach which is known as little Venice due to its decorated bridges crossing a tributory to the sea.
The island has a submarine adventure and this departs from Mogan harbour and takes you on an approx 50 minute journey to view the sea floor and its marine life.
The village has a number of restraunts some of which are on the harbour side but there is no pressure for you to go in. Prices appeared to be very reasonable. It was also refreshing that there were no people selling watches and other goods as I have experienced previously in other locations.
A small beach with a life guard and flag system is operated and you can hire 2 sun beds and a parosol for €9 per day. Also on the beach you can hire pedlows, canoes and jet skies etc. The beach is cleaned on a regular basis and is visited by the locals on a weekend.
Although there is a number of shops I was disapointed that they were mostly closed on an evening when people were having a walk. If you want a more intense shopping experience you would have to travel further afield.
The village comes to life on a Friday when the islands largest market takes place around the harbour. It is well worth a visit but be prepared to haggle with the majority of the stall holders to get your bargins. Belts and bags are in abundence.
Night life is limited to the bars and restraunts and if you are looking for discos dancing etc then Mogan is not the place for you, however if you like a quiet laid back location then you should enjoy this area.
Transport links from Mogan either by bus or water taxi to other areas on the island are regular convienent and cheap.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
6 helpful votes
“A gem to be found in the Gran Canary”
Reviewed February 16, 2011

I have just come back with my husband from a trip to the Gran Canaria. We stayed in the Cordial Valley Hotel in Puerto Mogan.
This is a lovely little area with plenty of charm and character although modern with a back drop of the wonderful mountains on both sides. You can walk from the hotel down a lovely wide no traffic tiled walkway full of Palm trees and other lovely bushes of flowers and Cactus plants they are still developing a small part on the right hand side as you walk towards the town but its fenced off and does not spoil the overall effect, There are a variety of shops selling the normal gifts souvenirs etc but also some local shops selling various items, Along the side streets are bars and restaurants and as you walk along the front there are lots of restaurants and cafes selling reasonable priced food to suit all tastes including a rather lovely Ice cream.crepe place which we visted several times. The beach is small and sandy and as it is sheltered by the harbour walls and roped off to prevent and boats etc is perfectly safe for bathers. As you cross the tiny bridge to the other side of the harbour there are more shops and as you walk through the carpark which in itself is pretty with flower baskets hanging from the wooden pagoda providing shade for the cars you come to another part of the harbour with yachts and boats moored up alongside the cafes restaurants and small shops that loop all around the harbour,
The people in the shops etc are very freindly and helpful. On Friday there is a huge market selling all manor of gifts souvenirs
It starts at the top end of town and loops all around the harbour.
All in all Puerto Mogan is a wonderful place and well worth a visit . having travelled all over the Island we would not stay anywhere else but here. If you want peace and quiet do not hesitate. Feb 2011

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Thank sturtonimp
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Helsinki
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31 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Great watersports at Puerto de Mogan”
Reviewed January 22, 2011

We stayed at Playa Taurito but heard we can do parasailing in Puerto de Mogan so this is where we headed. At the end of the pier close by the submarine is a flag and a stand for watersports. We were served by a very friendly Belgian lady and booked the offer of the day eur 55 / person for 3 activities: parasailing + jet ski + banana boat. We thought this was a very good offer!
Also the gentlemen that took us to our activities were very friendly and when asked they even took pictures with our own camera without extra charge (but of course we left at tip).
It was my first watersport activity experience and it was very positive!!

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Thank VirveH
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S. Wales.
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20 reviews
50 helpful votes
“Puerto de Mogan is slowly being spoiled.”
Reviewed January 11, 2011

After many years visiting lovely Puerto Mogan we feel that we may need to start looking elsewhere for that quiet Xmas holiday that we have enjoyed here so much in the past.
We will continue to visit next Xmas as it's the ideal Xmas destination but it's slowly being ruined by commercilism.
Jet skies and VW beetle peddleos have appeared around the marina giving it a sample taste of that horrid Puerto Rico, shops have been thrown up and many have been empty for a few years now. Tacky electrical shops are more common now and to be honest you can get a better deal at home, don't be fooled by the sales persons. Avoid the 'Ideal Shop' sellers of most things, they can look you in the face and lie to you.
But don't be put off Puerto Mogan, visit it as soon as you can before it's completly ruined by the live for today sellers with no thought of tomorrow.

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5 Thank S_Wales_Honest_John
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South Wales
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31 reviews
47 helpful votes
“a polished diamond among the tourism rocks”
Reviewed January 5, 2011

As a visitor to Mogan for over 18 years, every time I visit I assume it will be the last time. I keep thinking it will not have been able to survive the pressure called 'tourism development'. Amazingly, to the credit of the Mayor, councillors and Department of Tourism, Mogan has been developed - but for the better. The old village remains as it was in the early 1990's, with some signs of investment and upgrade to the houses still fully occupied by the fishermen and their families. The harbour development, referred to by us tourists as Little Venice, is still a joy to stroll, particularly in the early evenings when the day visitors have retreated to their egg-boxes in the main resorts. Yes, there has been expansion to meet the increasing demand from visitors. But it has not been 'at any price'. The major hotel development and complementing apartments has taken place some way away from the old town and, through clever landscaping, almost appears to be out of town yet close enough for the patrons to the small beach and myriad of restaurants around the harbour. If you want throbbing vibrant nightlife and a different bar for every lunchtime and night of the week, then the rest of Gran Canaria has plenty to offer you. But if you want a wide choice of affordable accommodation in an upmarket, picturesque resort, with enough quality restaurants to satisfy all tastes, then give Mogan a try. I promise you that you will return. I have still to pay my final visit and it seems that is a long way off.

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