Mogan is a sensible destination if travelling EastwaRds through the Canaries archipelago fromTenerife. Likewise, it is a good departure point for S. Tenerife or La Gomera if headed West. We sailed overnight to Puerto Mogan from Radazul in N. Tenerife, a close to beam reach across the lumpy seas of the Tenerifee-Gran Canaria channel, which is a funnel for the NE trades. About twelve miles out of Puerto Mogan we hit the wind accelreation zone, but although the wind picked up to 25 knots we were able to bear away as the wind swung to follow the coast, and the ride became more comfortable. The acceleration zone here can be fierce - make sure you are well reefed in plenty of time. Five miles from Mogan we began to lose the wind - the S. coast of Gran Canaria is in a wind shadow, and it pays to stay offshore a bit until you see the Mogan breakwater. For more information on this passage and Fairwinds' stay in Mogan see HERE
The marina entrance opens to the East and is very straightforward. If arriving during the day you will probably be directed to a berth immediately, particularly if you have phoned or emailed first. (Visitors berths are often at a premium in this very popular harbour, so enquiring first is a good idea). If no-one appears you could tie up to the wall beside the marina office (starboard side of the entrance) - but although this is nominally the arrivals berth it is also the ferry terminal for the regular tourist ferries, so best not to during the day if it can be avoided.
Berthing is bow or stern to the quayside walls or to pontoons - there are no fingers. There is very little surge in the marina. The marina staff will hand you a lazy line for the aft mooring warp, so the procedure is usually without trauma - just fender up both sides and make sure the gap is big enough for your boat.
Straightforward - one form to fill in. Pay in advance for wi-fi if you want it - although the signal is weak and sometimes drops - and when you leave for water and electricity.Facilities and Charges
Mooring is bows to and there is very little surge in the marina. There are no security gates to the pontoons, just a little chain on a hook - but the whole area is covered by 24 hour CCTV which is widely publicised, and the risk factor felt very low. Water and electricity is available on the pontoons for a nominal charge. (We were less than 5 Euros for both combined for a week's stay). Showers are included with key access (3 Euros deposit) and while the facilities are clean and well maintained they are totally inadequate for the size of the marina - there is only one toilet cubicle and two showers in the shoreside gents facility. and the same again on the muelle. No laundry facilities, but you can get a service wash in the town. Charges per night are average to high for the Canaries - we paid 118 Euros for 7 nights including water, electricity and tax for an 8.25m boat. Wifi is 5 euros a day or 25 euros a week - ask for a discount if it keeps dropping the connection on you.
The marina is surrounded by bars and restaurants. Many of these are cheap enough to eat at, but drink is expensive and the bars all shut early. There is a small supremarket in the marina, but it is expensive and it is worth the short walk to the Spar in the town.
Wifi is available in the marina - see above.
Flights are available to Gran Canaria from most UK airports, and the bus ride to Mogan is not too arduous. Other buses run regularly to Puerto Chico and Maspalomas (Playa del Ingles) and if you change buses in Taurito you can get the express to Las Palmas in under an hour and a half.
Things to Do
JUst chilling on your boat and watching the crowdes go by can provide an hour or so's entertainment, but there is plenty to see and do off the boat. There is a wonderful if slightly crowded white sand beach right beside the marina with a large swimming area safely separated from the many passing boats. If you don't want to bake yourself on the beach or swim then wander round the marina admiring the lush planting and pseudo-colonial architecture, or take a stroll up the village past the 'canal' that apparently justifies calling Mogan the 'Venice of the Canaries'.
In the afternoon when the sun gets low take a stroll to the end of the muelle to the strange circular restaurant called El Faro and enjoy a cold beer on the terrace while watching the colours deepen on the spectacular cliffs above the anchorage. After dark seek out the Calipso bar up town - it is a yachtie and expat bar with cheap beer, friendly staff and a book exchange.
It is worth taking a bus trip to Puerto Chico for a quick look at this amazing desert landscape, or for more distant exploration car hire is available from various places - we paid 32 Euros for a Peugot 106 for a day. The road system is good and the island has some spectacular scenery inland as well as along the cliffs of the SW and W coast.
On Friday there is a colourful market with dozens or maybe hundreds of stalls selling all manner of items - a lot of it is just T-shirts and fake designer goods from the far East, but you will also find African carvings and all sorts of strange stuff.
We loved the place and would definitely go back. The overall atmosphere is very laid back and the climate is reputedly one of the two best in the world.
For a detailed account of Fairwinds' time in Gran Canaria see HERE