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