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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.