Puerto de Mogan - Venice In Spain
Gran Canaria's Puerto de Mogan has been nicknamed the 'Little Venice' by tourists who have visited. It's resemblance to the Italian city of canals is no
accident. The vision of the designers of the beachfront part of the city was to re-create the quaintness of Venice in a Spanish environment.
Puerto de Mogan is located on the southwestern coast of Gran Canaria. The island is the second largest most populous in the Canary Island chain.
Visitors from Europe, the UK and around the world visit Gran Canaria for its sunshine, beaches, charm and rich culture.
The island is home to over 800,000 residents. It sees well over twice that many annual visitors. Tourism, in fact, is one of the major staples of Gran
A majority of tourist activity takes place along the eastern coast of the island. Much of it is centered around the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran
The western side is less populated and concentrated. This is one reason that Puerto de Mogan's developers decided to adopt an Italian theme.
Created by an Italian designer, it's one that is unique to the island. It has become one of its "must see" destinations, despite being somewhat off the
Visitors to the beachside downtown area will be hard-pressed to find a motor vehicle of any kind. Instead, Puerto de Mogan caters to the pedestrian.
Designers created arched walkways reminiscent of many Italian cities. Visitors can stroll the bricked walkways which link the town's shops, restaurants
and quaint residences and hotels.
The real nod to Venice, though, is the town's canals. They run through the village and out into the marina area which opens into the Atlantic Ocean.
While many of Gran Canaria's popular resort towns feature modern high-rise buildings, residences and hotels, few exist in Puerto de Mogan. This was
another deliberate design choice by town visionaries.
No buildings exceed two stories tall except for a small handful of older ones. Any modern construction is limited by law to two stori