Mogán is a town located in the province of Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria. You will find beautiful places to see in Mogán, since it is a tourist town in which its beaches stand out. In addition, the Port of Mogán is known as the “Venice of the Canary Islands”, an area of white houses and canals that you should not miss.
Port of Mogán, the “small Venice”
The Port of Mogán, in the southwest of Gran Canaria, is a seafaring district where you can see everything from small fishing boats to large yachts. It is one of the most beautiful tourist areas on the island. It is essential to walk among the white houses full of flowers located next to the dock, situated on small and characteristic water canals.
As you would expect, its gastronomy stands out, typical of a fishing port, with quality fresh fish and seafood. It has an average of 330 days of sunshine a year, with temperatures of around 22ºC.
For all these reasons, it is not surprising that the Port of Mogán is known as the “small Venice of the Canary Islands”.
Besides all the things to see in Mogán, the coastal town of Arguineguín is also worth a visit. The village, a district of Mogán, maintains its local essence, with its own fishing port. Those who come to Arguineguín do not miss the opportunity to enjoy its beautiful sunsets. If the sky is clear you can sometimes see the island of Tenerife. Quite a visual spectacle.
In the town you will find Las Marañuelas beach and the seawater swimming pool in Arguineguín, both perfect for a refreshing swim. From the pool there is a walkway that links Arguineguín, Patalavaca and Anfi del Mar, the latter two beaches of Mogán.
One of the greatest treasures to be seen in Mogán is its natural environment. On the one hand, the Southwest Massif is an area of geomorphological and botanical interest. It also has an important archaeological value. In this area you can find some endemic plants of Gran Canaria, the Tabaibales.
Another point of natural interest is the Veneguera Ravine, which marks the beginning of the Los Azulejos rock formation. The colours of the rocks are surprising, with different shades ranging from blue, yellow and dark red.
San Antonio de Padua Church
Among all the things to see in Mogán we find the Church of San Antonio de Padua, built in May 1814. Matías Sarmiento, a Canarian emigrant born in Tejeda (a municipality in the Canary Islands), was living in Havana when he set aside a substantial amount of money to found an hermitage in Mogán. It would be under the advocation of San Antonio de Padua.
Around 1803 Matías obliged his nephew to carry out the project, starting the following year before the bishop the will of his uncle. The elaboration of the plans was in charge of the well-known Spanish sculptor and architect José Luján Pérez. In 1809 Matías Sarmiento dies and the works had only begun. Five years later the Church of San Antonio de Padua would be finished.
Lomo de los Gatos Archaeological Site
This aboriginal archaeological site known as Cañada de Los Gatos or Lomo de Los Gatos is located in a strategic place, in the Mogán Ravine. The site includes La Casa de las Siete Esquinas, the Necropolis de las Crucecitas and La Puntilla. They constitute an archaeological enclave of relevant heritage and historical significance. At present it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest, so it is a must see in Mogán.
The village of Lomo de Los Gatos began to be used about 1300 years ago. Nowadays, the archaeological site is adapted for visits with paths, stairs, ramps and walkways that connect with the different areas of the village. There are several information points that explain the most interesting aspects of the site, as well as the elaborate archaeological work. A lookout point and a cafeteria have been set up in the area.
Declared a Site of Cultural Interest, the Lomo de las Camellitas is an archaeological zone made up of a group of different spaces that, when viewed together, acquire a sense of heritage and history.
The different ethnographic elements establish a continuity of human use in this area. These reach interest when associated with the political, economic and social changes established after the Castilian conquest of Gran Canaria. Thus, one can see natural caves used for habitation, stone turrets, furniture such as ceramics, old paths, basins and pots to store water…
This is one of the most curious sets to see in Mogán. Located in the vicinity of the Veneguera Ravine, the Castillete de Tabaibales has a special architectural configuration.
Above the elevation there are two large room structures with 4 meters in diameter and a circular floor plan. They are surrounded by a wall of slabs that reach three meters in height. It was also declared an Asset of Cultural Interest.
The archaeological zone called La Cogolla de Veneguera was an old Canary Island town of medium size. It is located at the mouth of the Barranco de Veneguera, about 350 meters above sea level. The place is currently a Site of Cultural Interest.
It is made up of seven dry stone houses, generally with an exterior floor plan that tends to be circular. The interior is quadrangular or cruciform and has attached rooms. Thus, different materials have been found near these houses. For example, a fragment of a circular mill, remains of ceramics, sea shells…
If you are looking for a beach destination, in the municipality of Mogán you will find a total of 19 beaches, each with special characteristics. Some are perfect for getting lost, away from the crowds, others have all kinds of services and a wide range of activities. There are more than 16 kilometres of coastline where you can enjoy the sunshine. Some of the best known are:
Amadores Beach is a perfect beach to rest, with white sand and crystalline waters. In 2004 it was certified with the blue flag, given the quality of its services. Shaped like a bay, not only does it have a wide range of apartments and hotels, but on the beach you can rent beach umbrellas and hammocks, it has parking and restaurant areas. In addition, it is accessible for those people with reduced mobility. Through the promenade it can be reached by walking to the neighboring beach of Puerto Rico.
With more than 280 meters in length, the beach of Puerto Rico stands out for its calm and familiar atmosphere. Located in the south of Gran Canaria, known for being the location of the island with the highest temperatures, it is perfect for bathing at any time of the year. For those who love water activities, here you can do some of them such as kayaking. It also has a restaurant area.
Anfi Beach or Anfi del Mar
Like a swimming pool, the Anfi del Mar beach is one of the most popular beaches in Gran Canaria. It’s a real eye-catcher with its calm waters, perfect for swimming. Supermarkets, shops and restaurants are located close to the beach. You can also rent water skates and kayaks, as well as giant inflatables to enjoy in the water.
Taurito Beach is located at the end of the ravine that gives it its name. The beach has undergone many transformations over the years, with great urban growth. In this beach of dark golden sand you have to be careful, because sometimes there are waves.
At the same time, in the ravine of Taurito is the Water Park of Taurito Lake, a paid leisure complex.