A little of the history of Playa Mogan

Looking east from the cliff top - 1978 / Looking east from the mirador - 2005 Looking east from the cliff top - 1978 Looking east from the mirador - 2005

Playa Mogan, a fishing village with a 180 year history was principally made up of people from the north of the island of Gran Canaria and fisherman who settled here, attracted by the richness of the local waters. People from other Canarian islands (e.g. Fuerteventura) and notables from Valencia on the Spanish mainland also chose to move here.

1976 - the shore / 2005 - Avenida de Castillete 1976 - the shore 2005 - Avenida de Castillete

According to an old fisherman, long-since passed away, the name of the district, Mogán, should be pronounced "as if your mouth is full".


Looking west from the cliff top in 1981 / Looking west from the cliff top in 2005 Looking west from the cliff top in 1981 Looking west from the cliff top in 2005

The fishermen in days gone by risked their lives in their small rowing and sailing boats (6-8 metres in length), fishing 6 to 10 miles off-shore from dawn to dusk for the catch that their families depended on for a living. Puerto de Mogán's fishing fleet continues to this day to bring home the fish for which it's restaurants are renowned.

The port under construction - 1983 / The port working - 2005 The port under construction - 1983 The port working - 2005

The benign climate and friendly people attracted tourism to the district. The building of the marina development designed by the late artist Rafael Neville made the port the prettiest in the Canaries, and maybe in the whole of Spain. The Canarian-Andalucian style and Italianate touches of its water-front houses have led to it being called by some, the Venice of the Canaries.


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