Puerto de Mogan, on the south-west coast of Gran Canaria is the most picturesque resort on the island and according to some, has the best climate in the world!
The original village of Playa Mogán with its narrow passageways and steps is a jumble of houses and apartments clinging to the cliff and the Mirador at the very top has one of the best views of the resort.
The harbour area, known as the "Venice of the Canaries", is a pedestrianised development of two-storey apartment blocks with roof terraces bursting with bougainvillea and other gloriously colourful plants and is dotted with gardens of banana and papaya trees, palms and bird-of-paradise plants.
The new development on the beach-front and stretching back up the valley includes new hotels and luxury apartment complexes, some with great views up the valley or over the beach and of the sea, cliffs and marina.
Puerto de Mogan is packed with excellent restaurants serving local fish landed at the fishing harbour and other Canarian and international specialities. It has several banks and supermarkets, and shops selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery and much more. If you want a haircut or a tattoo, there is a choice of salons or studios, and if you need to send an email or surf the web, there are several places where you can get connected.
Puerto de Mogan has excellent facilities for "yachties" whether they need just temporary moorings in the marina, repairs and servicing or wish to stay for longer periods. Some who arrive like it so much that they never leave!
The golden beach, of sand imported from the Sahara, faces south and is protected by a rocky mole, which makes it ideal for safe and easy swimming, and there are sunloungers, parasols, pedaloes and canoes for hire. Outside the enclosed area is good for those who are more adventurous and like to snorkel.
For those who want a bit more excitement, there are jet skis for hire, parascending, scuba diving lessons, sport fishing excursions and submarine trips round a local wreck. And for the less energetic, dolphin spotting trips or ferry trips to Puerto Rico and Arguineguín.
On Fridays there is a large open-air market which fills the two plazas on the marina side of Puerto Mogan and the area behind the beach. There are stalls selling shoes, clothes, leather goods and watches, many bearing designer logos - try your hand at getting a real bargain. You can buy African carvings and drums, cheap and cheerful jewellery, second hand books, fruit and vegetables, beach towels sarongs and swimwear. Look out for the locally-produced crafts such as exotic candles and glass sculptures.