A day with clouds too close to the earth, attracted by the beauty of the island, was ideal for exploring other areas of Gran Canaria. The day before, we almost drowned on the hot sand of the Maspalomas dunes, and now we just wanted not to rain. I left behind the desert and its sensational pictures and went to Puerto de Mogan, a small bohemian town we wanted to visit and close enough to Playa del Ingles. The distance of 20 minutes connecting the two locations seems much shorter when you have the Atlantic Ocean on your left, volcanic rocks, picturesque little houses and palm trees from place to place, and after each curve another surprise of the nature is expecting you.
Puerto de Mogan is a pretty little village with pretty smalll beach, a canal that passes a good part of the town and bridges decorated with flowers, which is a pleasure to walk around, and that is why it is also called the “Little Venice of the Canary Islands “. Although in recent years the old fishing village has turned into a true resort that attracts many tourists from around the world, the locals have not given up their pursuits and carry on the tradition of fishing.
The cochet resort met us with many flowers: in the trees, around the houses and windows, on the fences, on the sidewalks. I knew I would fall in love with this place when I stopped here:
We continued our journey to the marina, trying to find a parking space. Although it was still in the morning, until 10:00, the parking lots were full and we hardly found a place to leave the car in a paid parking lot. We started walking, step by step, among the colorful, chic and carefully decorated with gorgeous flower arches cottages.
The restaurants in the port were the perfect place to admire the view that opened to the Atlantic, highlighting the dozens of yachts anchored close to the shore, so we looked for a terrace to have the coffee of our life 🙂 We ordered two coffees on which we paid 5,20 Euro.
All the terraces around the harbor were almost full, and the narrow streets had begun to fill up with tourists. It was not very warm, and we having the feeling that it would start to rain immediately, but the weather was on our side and I felt only a few drops of rebel rain.
We continued to walk among the beautifully colored houses, decorated with flowers at the windows and arches at the gates, clean and neat. Besides, the entire resort is very clean, it is free from the hustle and bustle of a tourist area for entertainment and it is, as we have seen, the favorite one for the people who have passed the second youth. Maybe the tranquility and beauty of this bohemian village make this little harbor a relaxing attraction for those who want to rest.
It had gone well in the afternoon and the hunger was getting worse, so we decided it was time to look for a cute restaurant where we could have lunch. After seeing some menu deals at the restaurants in the harbor, we chose to eat… hamburger 🙂 The idea is that I saw a leaflet stuck on the glass of one of the restaurants and looked good at that hamburger next to a fresh orange with pineapple . Taste was not far from what I expected and I paid quite a lot – 24 euros – for something that was about to turn into a wonderful indigestion for my life partner.
We made several port tours and reached the small beach that was almost deserted because of the clouds that had taken over the city since the early hours of the morning.
After 3 hours of walk through Puerto de Mogan, we went to get our car back from the parking lot, we paid 6,20E for the space we had booked all the time, then we went to Playa de Amadores a very beautiful beach and tranquil, close by, between Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan.
We found a parking lot almost empty, we left the car, then walked through a beautiful garden with palm trees and cacti, where you could rent a sun lounger or try a tired leg massage at the price of 50 Euro for 90 minutes. There was no time for a massage 🙂
The area is very beautiful, with many hotels built on the cliffs and others in the process of building. I have not seen a lot of people at the beach, maybe because I was there in the after noon.
We left behind Playa Amadores and headed for Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria. Hotel Verol, where we chose to stay, was well positioned, close to the beach and the promenade. The price I paid for a night of accommodation here was 90 Euro, but it was worth every cent: clean, well-kept and quiet. We did not linger too much in the room and went for a short walk on the cliff, then devoured two portions of canariot potatoes with some meat and some glasses of Sangria.
This day has completely exhausted us, so after buying a bag full of local fruit, we slept deep until the next day, when we left for the most beautiful Canary island, in my opinion. But about that soon. I hug you. More pics here.