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.
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.
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)
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.
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!