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Review: Puerto de Mogan

Escorted Tour - Coach

Gran Canaria, Spain

A visit to Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

  • By SilverTraveller Treoes

    2 reviews

  • Sep 2013
  • Adult family

98 people found this review helpful

It's the first time in 30 years I have been on a coach trip, we were staying in Maspolamas, Gran Canaria at a great hotel The Taibiba Princess. Our tour operator offered a number of excursions from the hotel, one of which was to Morgan.

The promised trip was by coach to Puerto Rico (no, the smaller port in Gran Canaria) then a water taxi to Morgan and a visit to a colourful local market that is held every Friday. One of my sons came down with a stomach complaint, so we set off one short.

After 20 minutes of driving through rocky terrain we arrived at the port, there were several water taxis, if you can call a boat that seemed to hold over 200 a taxi. We waited about 20 minutes for the boat to fill and then chugged along the coast to Morgan.

I like boats and it was not an unpleasant trip, the boat ran at about quarter power, quite visible as we were sitting behind the helmsman. The trip took again about twenty minutes and we landed in Morgan. A pretty little town with restaurants and small shops.

The "Market" started pleasantly enough. A UK Trading Standards officer would have had a coronary as the stalls mostly consisted of "copy" goods. Some African carvings, one stall with brightly coloured pottery, then a pattern emerged, fake goods, T-shirts, hats, then maybe a soft drinks stall then repeat fake goods, hats, t-shirts. We actually went to the end, (about 1/2 a mile) and returned and really that was it, a tad disappointing.

We had a good coffee (same price as Starbucks,) at a quay side restaurant then sat on the quay, and watched the tourist world arrive and depart by water taxi. Until our overland departure at 1.00pm from Morgan's small but cleverly policed and managed bus station (3 – 4 spaces). The trip back to Maspolamas took 25 minutes by a newly built motorway.

There are new developments at Morgan and Puerto Rico with apartments tiled up the rocky cliffs painted in identical white washed concrete.

I did enjoy the trip, but felt the local market was somewhere locals would avoid. The number of tourists were impressive as was the logistical exercise of getting them there and away, slightly lighter in pocket.

Our tour guide was pleasant and informative, which made us realise apart from tomatoes, tourism kept the regional area afloat.

If you want copy goods, then Morgan is your place. if not save the 25 Euros.

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