Since returning from our recent trip to Gran Canaria, I have been desperate to flick through my travel photography from Mogan. Mogan is a stunning little village on the southwest coast of the island and should simply not be missed if you are visiting the Island.
Gran Canaria has been our go-to getaway spot since becoming parents nearly 6 years ago, ok the flight may not be the shortest but we are guaranteed sunshine almost every time we have visited. The food is simple and the people are friendly. Culture on tap. Two years ago whilst visiting the five-star resort of Lopesan Baobab, I grabbed a bunch of postcards from the local gift shop and swooned over the floral image of Mogan. I loved the flowers, streetlights and romantic balconies and vowed to visit there on our next holiday to the island. As soon as we returned home, I pinned the postcard onto the wall above my desk in the office. Some days I would read about the Island and soak up the local info but mostly be dreaming of those beautiful flowers! you can see more images of me posing by flowers and bridges on my Instagram page by clicking here.
So that time came around and we booked our Easter break. My Husband had planned to hire a car to visit Mogan as it was just 11 miles from our resort but once we had spoken to our rep and checked out the route, he confirmed that we could just hop on the coach. The buses run every 30 minutes from Meloneras and it is a nice way to catch the sites and scenery. We packed a day bag, including a light blanket for the beach and headed for the bus station which is just right outside the back of the hotel we are regulars at, Laposan Baobab. The bus journey was around 40 mins one way and cost us £24 Euro return for a family of 3. The bus was busy so I suggest getting there early to avoid queues and to catch a seat. A nice cold water will also make your journey more pleasant. I grabbed a notepad and pen from our hotel room to keep our Daughter entertained on the journey!
Word on the internet is that Mogan is known as little Venice and I can see why. With bridges over water and sweeping sidestreets, I felt like I was in Italy enjoying coffee and ice cream. We headed down to the old town and enjoyed a beverage whilst being thoroughly entertained by a live band situated in the middle of the square. I took a minute to glance up at balconies hosting holidaymakers or locals maybe? Carafe of wine, basking in the afternoon sun and taking in the scenery from above. Just perfect.
My Daughter pretty much spent her day taking pictures of flowers and climbing on the rocks by the sea. It was so rewarding to see her enjoying her surroundings as much as I was. We ordered a pizza and some beers for lunch ( water for Olivia obvs) and sat in a restaurant overlooking the sea. Lunch was under £15 euro and we were permitted to stay as long as we wished. It was really nice to take a break from the sun and watch the busy beach.
Flowers you can expect to see are Hibiscus, Bouganvilla, Tumbergia and the most famous flower of the Canary Islands, the Esterlizia. Market day is on a Friday and can get quite busy but is worth a visit if you love to sample traditional makings from the local people. In the early mornings, you can wander down to the port and watch the fisherman bring in the fresh catch for the day, even sample it at lunchtime in on of the local restaurants.
If you are planning on visiting Mogan then I hope you loved it as much as we did. Don’t forget your camera, a towel or blanket for the beach and suncream!