Puerto Mogan Travel Guide
Puerto Mogan Marina © canaryforum
Situated on the south west coast, nine miles (14km) west of Puerto Rico, Puerto Morgan is one of the more up-market holiday resorts on Gran Canaria. The town is an old fishing village that has recently started to be developed into a modern resort town but retains a Spanish feel to it. Tourism is centred around the marina which bustles with local boats, yachts and Atlantic cruisers. There are a selection of bars, shops and restaurants aimed at tourists, but the shops are less tacky than in neighbouring resorts and the restaurants serve some of the best seafood on the island.
Backed by the mountains, the old Puerto Morgan village is a maze of narrow roads and colonial style houses; the couple of canals running through it has prompted tour operators to dub it 'Little Venice'. There is one small beach in the resort and another, Playa Taurito, three miles (five km) to the east; both have black volcanic sand and boulders. Although there is a disco in Puerto Morgan, those looking for more noise should head to Puerto Rico or Playa del Inglés.
Puerto Morgan has all the shops that you would associate with holiday resorts in the Canary Islands but they are generally a little more arty-crafty and sell less of the usual rubbish you find in souvenir shops. Every Friday morning there is a large market in town, which is aimed at locals as well as tourists and sells everything from fresh fish to football shirts.
While there is no shortage of fast food stalls and restaurants offering full English breakfasts there are also a few restaurants offering good Canarian cuisine, wines and cheeses. Puerto Morgan is best known for its excellent seafood restaurants serving locally caught fish. Some top choices include Restaurante El Castillo for paella or tapas, La Bodeguilla Juanana serves up some great Canarian cuisine and Casito Mediterraneo has some of the freshest fish in town. Most restaurants are located around the harbour.
While there is a disco and many restaurants offer some sort of entertainment, most visitors come to Puerto Morgan on holiday for peace and relaxation.
Sailing, jet skiing, boat tours, fishing trips and jeep safaris can be organised from Puerto Morgan. It is also one of the best dive spots on the island with two wrecks just in front of the harbour and the Morgan Caves about a mile away where divers and snorkelers can expect to see large shoals of fish, moray eels, barracudas and yellow gunters. Non-divers on holiday can take a fascinating submarine trip to discover this underwater world. The actual village of Morgan is about six miles (10km) inland and is well worth a visit; it retains a strong rural Spanish ambience and is home to some good traditional Canarian restaurants.
Visitors should be aware that there is a lot of building work going on, but this is mostly towards the back of the resort. Those looking for large nightclubs and dance music will need to make the short trip to Playa del Ingles, Puerto Morgan is designed more for those wanting a quieter and more relaxing holiday. The beach is only 600ft (183m) long and can get crowded.