If you had to choose the perfect location for a new five-star hotel, where would you place it? You’d want somewhere warm, beautiful, and sunny. Close to the ocean maybe, and shaded by palm trees. A quiet spot, but with plenty to see and do nearby. Would you choose a location close to quality restaurants and shops? A spot not too touristy, where local life still goes on? What if you can have both, or all of the above in the same spot? You can in Mogan. And that’s why we put the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria’s newest 5-Star hotel, exactly there, in Puerto de Mogan in the South of Gran Canaria!
The best climate in the world
The Canary Islands are known as the Fortunate Isles because of their year-round, sunny climate. They are warmed by African sunshine and cooled by breezes flowing down from Europe. This combination gives the islands one of the world’s greatest climates. Within the Canaries, Gran Canaria has its own special climate: the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, has the most pleasant climate of any city in the world, according to a Syracuse University study of 600 cities. And where do the people who live in Las Palmas go when they want great weather? They head to Puerto de Mogan, where the sun shines for more than 320 days every year. So even the locals agree that Puerto de Mogan, sitting in a bubble of sunshine, is blessed by great weather.
Mogan: Peace and quiet, if you want it
The Mogán Valley is one of the most peaceful and undisturbed rural spots in Southern Gran Canaria. Aside from a few hamlets and Pueblo de Mogán village, there isn’t much around except for farmhouses surrounded by mango and orange orchards. Things become a bit more alive as you reach the coast, but only so much. Local boats still head out every day to catch fish for Puerto de Mogan’s seafront restaurants. The original, white-washed village, clinging to the hillside overlooking the harbour, is as sleepy as ever. Even Puerto de Mogan’s famous marina, with its timeless, elegant houses, pedestrian lanes and vibrant bougainvillea arches, is quiet most days. Behind Mogan’s golden beach teh atmosphere is a bit more lively with more restaurants and cafes as well as a select choice of shops. There are even a couple of bars that stay open well into the night (but don’t worry, they are well out of earshot of the hotel). The Mogan marina and beach are just a ten minutes stroll away from the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria, Mogan.
Things to do in Puerto de Mogán
Most people come to Mogan to wander around and sit by the sea to enjoy a cool drink and a plate of fresh seafood. But there are many more things to do. Mogan harbour for example is home to Gran Canaria’s yellow submarine along with many charter yachts, jet skis, dive shops and fishing boats. Or you can rent a car and head inland: Gran Canaria is a rugged, beautiful volcanic island that impresses everyone who explores its interior. Puerto de Mogan itself is famous for its big Friday market which sprawls through the streets behind the marina and all the way along the harbour wall. Take a stroll and you’ll find stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and clothes to art and jewellery. Less known but just as much fun is the Monday handicrafts market behind the beach. It’s the place to find local quality pottery, art, fabrics and handmade souvenirs.
As a fishing village, Puerto de Mogan celebrates the Fiestas del Carmen every July. The highlight of this ancient tradition is a boat procession along the coast between Mogan and Arguineguin harbour. The town also hosts a fair and puts on live music and fireworks in the evenings. If you’re the active type, look out for Mogan’s annual sporting events. There’s a race or fun run almost every month, including the only long-distance swimming race in Europe which takes place in December.
We placed the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Gran Canaria Mogan in Europe’s sunniest spot so that you can decide for yourself what to do every single day of your holiday, without having to worry about the weather!