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The centre

 

There is no convincing semantic explanation of the aboriginal name Mogán yet. On one hand, the theory of the name's derivation from the word "tamogán-tacorán" and the old canarian words "almogarén" or "mogarén", with the same semantic origin as the first term is of importance. All the words mentioned before share the same meaning: house of god. As a matter of fact, there was an aboriginal sanctuary on the peak of Tauro, above Mogán.

The farming village preserves its canarian identity. The centre of the village is formed by typical white houses, distributed around the church. The church itself was built in 1814 and had been financed with important sums of money from a canarian emigrant, Matías Sarmiento. Native of Tejeda, this man succeeded in Havana and became a great landowner. The constant turn of the flows of money to other businesses of the family and the heavy riots of 1808 lead to the suspension of the construction works on various occasions. It was not until 1811, the cathedral chapter granted a extraordinary contribution of 500 pesos and the building could finally be concluded about 2 years later, in 1813 - 1814.

The valley, full of and astounding variety of plants, wild ravines and mountains, rich tropical fruit and the friendly but plain inhabitants are worth a visit, anyway.

Mogán

 

Beaches and cliffs, fishing ports and marinas, trade winds and the richness of seabeds, warm and sunny days and the spectacular sunsets.

Our coast and our sea - our most precious treasures.

Mogán keeps countless surprises for those who decide to explore its green core. Deep ravines, plantations, orchards, pine woods and palm trees, big reservoirs and rocky mountains. There are innumerable routes which can be followed on foot, by bicycle or by car.

Navigation, diving, fishing, discovering every spot of the coast on a boat cruise, practise all sorts of sports. Do original and useful shopping, enjoy gastronomy, dance through the whole night. Or else, simply enjoy relaxation in a quiet, peaceful place, caressed by sun and smooth winds.

There exists in Mogán an attempt to recapture the customs of the past by reviving those typical sounds, flavours, colours and emotions through its archaelogical sites and ancient hamlets, the old trades, the farm produce which is an important asset to a rich gastronomy, and its festivities deeply rooted in tradition.

The valley

 

The township of Mogán with a surface of 172 km and 42 settlements belongs to the southwestern part of the island the aboriginals called "Tamarán". From a geological point of view, it is the oldest island, formed by different types of rocks - all of them of volcanic origin. Erosion has lead to the formation of deep ravines which extend up to the sea shore.

The configuration of the natural surroundings, high mountains and deep ravines forced the population to an isolated life for a long time. Almost cut off from other townships. the sea had been the maon communication.

The township's valleys and ravines, fertile and densely covered with a wide range of plants have compensated the inhabitants with an extraordinary variety of fruit, wellknown throughout the entire archipielago: mangos, avocados, bananas, oranges, figs and many more. Nowadays, the freshly gathered fruit is offered in different shops in the centre of the township.

The introduction of tropical fruit, such as the avicado in 1930, is due to the strong emigration of Mogán folks to Cuba and Venezuela. In the valley, there are numerous farms built in the styleof traditional canarian architecture. The farms usually grow fruit and vegetables. In higher locations dominate pine trees rather than palm trees.

Festivities

 

The best way tpo enjoy the hospitality and kindness of the people from Mogán is by assisting to one of their traditional celebrations which take place the whole year round in the suburbs of the town. The most important of them all is the Romería de San Antonio el Chico, in ghe month of June, where floats and folk groups from the town and from other islands take part in the merrymaking, right on the streets in the centre of town, way past midnight. In some of the districts of Mogán one can go an admire the decoration of some of the most flashy floats.

For the sea-speople, the most emotional celebration is the one of the Virgen del Carmen, in July; idol is placed on a boat which travels through the coasts of Arguineguín and Mogán amidst the roar of sirens and fireworks, followed by dozens of other boats. By the end of the festivities it will return to Arguineguín accompanied by the sme party. During Christmas time, a Nativity Scene is staged in Veneguera on the 25th of December; the performance by the local people also include the recreation of the traditional trades and occupations from the Canary Islands which surround the Holy Family, also dressed up in the typical local attire.

During the months of February and March people let their hair down during Carnavales. In May, there is María Auxiliadora in Puerto Rico - Motor Grande and in August the festivity of La Virgen de Fátima (Our Lady of Fatima) in Veneguera, and La Inmaculada Concepción and San Andrés in Barranquillo Andrés. All these celebrations are worth taking part in to enjoy the music, good food and the infectious happy mood.

The treasures of the sea

 

In order to explore the rich seabed, nothing better than a beginners in the diving centres of Puerto de Mogán, Puerto Rico, Taurito and Playa de la Verga. Caves, riffs, sunken ships and the outstanding variety of submarine fauna of the Atlantic Ocean offer inexhaustible possibilities.

Deep-sea fishing is yet another activity which can be practised. Mogán's fishing grounds are among the richest coastal areas of Spain. Mogán is a real fishing paradise, given its infrastructure with plenty of charter boats, professional skippers and well organized fishing competitions.

The entire year is fishing season. In February begin the catches of red and white tuna and in May-June the blue marlin marks the paek of the season.

Deep-sea fishing on Mogán's coast is specially worth mentioning. Since the introduction of the register of catches by the international fishing association (IGFA) 87 world record were set in the marinas of Mogán (Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogán). In 1994 alone, 25 absolute world records - including 2 catches of more than 1000 pounds each - were set.

The heritage

 

Arts, trades and customs of our ancestors are rediscovered in Mogán, going way back to the remotest inhabitants, the Canarian aborigenes, who have left important traces in several archaelogical sites such as La Casa de las Siete Esquinas in the beach of Mogán, El Castillete in Tabaidales or El Santuario aborigen in the mountain of Tauro.

In many areas like for instance el Pie de la Cuesta or Los Almácigos in Veneguera, there are country homes which are samples of the rural architecture of past centuries; more often there are houses being restored according to the norms adopted by tradition, especially those surrounded by gardens with indigenous plants.

In the Molino de Viento district, right at the centre of Mogán, one can find a wholly restored windmill in which the traditional trade of milling the grain can be witnessed as it udes to be done in the past.

In several district areas of the town there are expert craftsmen who upto this day use palm and clay as raw materials to manufacture objects of a unique beauty which were indispensable for the daily life in the past.

One can acquire handicraft products from all over the island: pottery, fabrics, brass, wood and many more, some of which are manufactured in accordance with millenary methods.

A navigation paradise

 

The trade winds and the geographical situation on the sea route between Europe and the Caribbean have turned the Canary Islands into an intornational meeting place for lovers of navigation. The well equipped marinas of Mogán and Puerto Rico provide excellent infrastructure. For thse interested in learning, there is a Sailing School which offers 13-day courses in the summer months. The courses includad full board, physical preparation, theory of sailing, turns on sea and complementary activities, such as football, excursions, etc. The School of Nautic Sports offers skipper's courses for beginners as well as furher training to active captains. There are also courses for skippers of sailing boats for up to 1 ton. This school has brought out olympic champions!

Everybody can enjoy navigation thanks to the countless sailing and motor boats which offer cruises along the coast, including animation, lunch, fishing, etc. Furthermore, there are possibilities to rent catamarans with or without crew, make motor boat cruises to the area of El Parchel, and the weekly hiring of yachts with or without skipper. The beaches of La Verga, Puerto Rico and Amadores offer excelent conditions and installation for windsurfing beginners.

There are many forms of navigation. It also can be done renting jet skis or by water parachute 120 meter above sea level. In order to discover the seabed, have a cruise in a glass bottom boat or in a submarine.

Local Produce

 

In the lush ravines of Mogán farmers still recollect the different produce from the earth. In the hillsides sheperds see to their flocks of goats and sheep and at the seaside fishermen reap their own treasures with old skills.

We posess a rich and a natural cuisine, with ingredients that reach fresh to the tables of many restaurants of the area and from which one can have a good view of the fields. We have fruits such us avocados, papaya, mangoes, bananas, "tunos", figs, oranges.. vegetables like tomatoes, aubergines, potatoes... excellent goat cheeses and great pork and goat meats as well as a good variety of fishes: tuna, bocinegro, sea bream ,sama, sardines, dory, grouper, vieja and seafood which will delight your palate!

There are typical dishes such as fish soups, grilled tuna fish fillets, stewed limpets in a rich green sauce ans fish with aubergines as part of the culinary tradition of the islands; "Papas con Mojo" bolied potatoes in their skins with a red piquant sause, "gofio" (toasted corn flour), "sancocho", goat meat and "ropa vieja" which meat with chick peas; all these dishes accompanied by local wines and liquors.

As for desserts, nothing like papaya with orange juice for a good difestion as well as mangoes, "tunos"... all of which are grown in the area.

The Port

 

Puerto de Mogan [Port of Mogán] with its beach of yellow sand is a fishing spot. Due to its unique natural beauty, it was the starting point for one of the most beautiful complexes of the Canary Islands. The development of Puerto de Mogán is set on land gained from the sea. The harbour and the low constructions imitate the traditional style of open spaces. The construction works of the complex, imed at an elevated class of tourism, began in 1981 and concludad in 1988.

The marina has turned into a meeting place for the numerous lovers of international navigation and is equipped with 225 landing-places, water and electric current supplies as well as connections to satellite television. The integration of the traditional fishing harbour in the development, turns Puerto de Mogán in an unforgettable place.

The complex consists of an apartment complex not higher than 2 floors and bars, restaurants, shops and services of all sorts. The whole development is embedded in a rich tropical garden.

The quality of the complex, its architectural style and the ambiance of the marina compose the special touch Puerto de Mogán counts with.

The coastal road ends in Puerto de Mogán, even though there is a another beach further north. Veneguera, in a valley of high natural value, can be reached only from the inward part of the island.