The Little Venice of Gran Canaria


The island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, is one of the year-round destinations we can jet off to once travel is back in our lives.  One of the prettiest resorts in Gran Canaria is Puerto Mogan on the southwest coast.  You’ll see below why Puerto Mogán is known as ‘Little Venice’, and is probably one of the most photographed resorts on the island.

The birth of the resort

Until around 1980, Puerto Mogán was a small fishing village. It was home to a community of hippies, bohemians, as well as the local residents. The hippies eventually moved on when it was decided to develop the village into a small tourist resort.

At first, the development was unpopular with the locals, but this soon changed when the houses were kept small with attractive painted doors and window surrounds. Canals and bridges began to appear, and streets were pedestrianised. Bougainvillea and hibiscus plants became abundant, and roof gardens flourished.

Puerto Mogán today

Today, the charming and picturesque resort offers visitors traditional whitewashed houses, palm-lined avenues, cobbled streets, and floral lanes. Spend a while looking in the boutique shops, and then head down to the marina for something to eat in one of the many waterside restaurants.  You’ll walk across many Italian-style bridges crossing over the sea water inlets around the resort.

Mogán beach and marina

If you enjoy a beach, you’ll find a wide, sheltered, sandy beach here with calm water. Relax on the sunbeds beneath an umbrella, or select your spot on the sand. Of course, there are ample bars and restaurants for you to enjoy a drink, or meal.

Puerto Mogán market

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