Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria

The beach at Puerto de Mogan

The beach at Puerto de Mogan

Before I launch into the next series of plants it seems right to show a few holiday snaps but I won’t go on about it in case you don’t have your holiday for a few more months. Being a gardener, January is the right time for me to go away and that means the Canaries tick all the right boxes. To Europeans they don’t seem very exotic but they are the European equivalent of the Caribbean or the Hawaiin islands.

The port at Puerto de Mogan

The port at Puerto de Mogan

This was my first trip to Gran Canaria. In the past I had always thought it was going to be too ‘touristy’ and spoiled by high-rise hotels and ‘English pubs’. How wrong was I. I did chat to some students, researching tourists habits and it appears that most tourists do stay in the Southern conurbation around Playa del Ingles to dance the night away but boy are they missing out.

Up the steep streets at Puerto de Mogan

Up the steep streets at Puerto de Mogan

I will be back and it will probably be to the charming Puerto de Mogan and probably to the Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa. This is 4 plus stars and I can honestly say I have not stayed in a more lovely hotel. This is not tripadvisor so I won’t go on but it is great. Update: I was right and I have been back another two times. (March 2017)

Overall view of the Cordial Mogan Playa

Overall view of the Cordial Mogan Playa

Upper pool at Cordial Mogan Playa

Upper pool at Cordial Mogan Playa

Chapel in grounds of Cordial Mogan Playa

Chapel in grounds of Cordial Mogan Playa

Upper pool at Cordial Mogan Playa

Upper pool at Cordial Mogan Playa

Reception area

Reception area

Reception area again

Reception area again

and again

and again

Area planted with cacti near spa area

Area planted with cacti (and euphorbias)  near spa area

Even the cats are happy

Even the cats are happy

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Puerto Mogan is at the coastal end of a barranco (valley) on the south west of the island and is a small and charming town. It attracts an older tourist than some of the resorts to the east.

The ferry arriving in Puerto de Mogan

The ferry arriving in Puerto de Mogan

The Marina at Puerto de Mogan

The Marina at Puerto de Mogan

The flower-filled streets around the Marina area

The flower-filled streets around the Marina area

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The beach at Puerto de Mogan

The beach at Puerto de Mogan

Some people could afford more than the ferry

Some people could afford more than the ferry

East, along the coast is the more popular resort of Puerto Rico. Though this is not as built up at the big resorts I was glad we went by ferry to have a look and were staying in a quieter place because it had some features I would rather be well away from!

A party pirate ship!

A party pirate ship!

I wonder how much it costs for a fully cooked one? I must add that eating out is much cheaper here than in Puerto Mogan

I wonder how much it costs for a fully cooked one? I must add that eating out is much cheaper here than in Puerto Mogan

The shopping centre - nasty!

The shopping centre – nasty!

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4 Comments on “Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria”

  1. joy
    January 26, 2015 at 8:19 am #

    looks lovely Geoff bet gizi would have loved to sleep in the sunshine . anyway back to the grind stone for you

  2. Meriel
    January 27, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    Lovely photos. All worth fileing away for future reference”. The hotel looks gorgeous – rather expensive? Isn’t this high season there?

  3. thebikinggardener
    January 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you for the comments:) The hotel is really good. It is 4* plus so not the height of luxury but very nice and what made it special was the staff which were very friendly and helpful. I can never work out when high and low season are there but I asked and apparently this IS high season but it tends to be the cheapest time to go. I think older guests go in winter and younger in summer. The only low season there is apparently November and just after Easter. This was not the cheapest option for a hotel but honestly I feel it was worth the money and i will go back. I cannot recommend it highly enough – a really good hotel among a sea of so-so hotels

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