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Playa de Mogan is said to be one of the most picturesque resorts on Gran Canaria. Originally a small fishing village, Playa de Mogan has developed into a popular resort with a fine marina. Lying in the south west of the island, the old village is clustered beneath and rises up the side of the sheltering cliffs. The modern resort offers good accommodation and a variety of fine restaurants. There are a good number of shops for provisions, gifts and souvenirs as well as boutiques and specialist retailers. The golden beach is sand imported from the Sahara desert.
A Playa de Mogan holiday offers warm year round sunshine in a pretty resort with variety of leisure activities on land and water. There are many attractions in the vicinity appealing to both adults and children. Hotels, bars, and restaurants provide the evening entertainment.
A Playa de Mogan holiday appeals to families with young children and couples of all ages. Those with mobility problems need to be aware of the gradients in the resort, particularly in the old village, and choose their accommodation carefully. There are many stepped walkways from the hotels and apartments on the hills.
A Playa de Mogan holiday can be taken at any time of year with its pleasantly hot summers and warm winters.
Playa de Mogan is a very attractive resort on the south west coast of Gran Canaria. It has grown from a small fishing village, where the dwellings were nestled beneath the cliffs, into a sizeable resort which has lost none of its authentic atmosphere. The holiday accommodation now stretches into the valley and along the coastline. The modern marina attracts many yachts-people and is fairly upmarket. The beach of imported sand is washed by clear blue sea. There is an arc of rock stretching out across the bay which protects the beach from heavy Atlantic swells and gives ideal conditions for children and less confident swimmers. A range of water sports are available from the beach. The waters beyond the bay are ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving. There are also opportunities for jet skiing and para-gliding. The ocean around Gran Canaria has ideal conditions for whale and dolphin spotting and for big game fishing where it is possible to catch blue marlins weighing hundreds of pounds.
A promenade framing the beach is lined with palms and semi-tropical plants as well as bars and small restaurants. There are six golf courses on the island with three in the north and three in the south.
Many of Gran Canaria’s tourist attractions are in the south of the island. These include the very popular Aqualand which has over thirty slides including the Anaconda and the Tornado appealing to both children and adults alike. Here you can actually swim with the sea lions. Holiday World is a theme park with exciting rides. Inland Gran Canaria is well worth exploring with its stunning scenery and charming old villages. Jeep safaris to Mount Tejeda are an ideal way to explore the island.
A Playa de Mogan holiday offers peaceful relaxation in a very attractive resort which has managed to retain its traditional atmosphere.
Although there are some lively bars, Playa de Mogan nightlife is fairly low key reflecting its popularity with families and couples. Evening entertainment is sometimes provided by the larger hotels, but in the main, evenings are spent wandering around the streets of the old village and along the waterfront and the marina. There are a good number of cosy restaurants where couples can enjoy an intimate meal.
One of the attractions of shopping in Gran Canaria is that goods are virtually tax free and Playa de Mogan has its fair share of shops. Friday is market day and there are many stalls selling a wide variety of goods. Here you can haggle over prices until you believe you have a bargain. Popular purchases include leather goods, wood carvings, embroidered linens and lace, pottery and jewellery.
Playa de Mogan has many restaurants serving a diverse cuisine and catering for most tastes. Fish features prominently on menus, often accompanied by mojo, a spicy pepper salsa and salted potatoes. A good way to sample Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in the Canaries than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.