When you first arrive in destination as a rep, the first mission is to get to know it. You explore the resort, you do the excursions and you cram yourself with knowledge so you know what the hell you are talking about. Whilst I’ve sadly found that I don’t love Gran Canaria, there is some beauty here.
Puerto de Mogan
Our first official day in Gran Canaria took us to Puerto de Mogan. Every Friday, the village hosts the largest market on the island with over 600 stalls. Whilst the market itself is nothing particularly special, the village is beautiful.
It’s known as Gran Canaria’s Little Venice due to all the little waterways and cute bridges. I’ve never been to Venice but I can tell you with honesty that it is nothing like Venice… but it is pretty. The village is full of cobbled streets with beautiful flowers making it a truly picturesque location, plus it sits right on the sea front with a darling little harbour.
The first mountain visit was a bit lacklustre. The first stop was nice which took us to a mirador (Spanish for viewpoint) with panoramic views overlooking a canyon.
The further into the mountains we got, the worse the weather was. It was cloudy, raining and absolutely freezing. You could see absolutely nothing from any other viewpoints so it was basically a day of us driving from village to village and grabbing a drink each time.
The second trip to the mountains was better, the sky was clear and the view was stunning. This trip didn’t go as far into the monutains as the previous so we only got to see what we had previously seen but it was beautiful.
The only reason we explored Puerto Rico is because of a double up on an excursion. The dolphin watching boat, which we had been on after our visit to Mogan, was also lined up on this excursion… so we decided to ditch it, explore Puerto Rico and meet back up with the excursion later.
Puerto Rico is basically just a holiday resort but it’s a lot nicer than Playa De Ingles. However, it’s basically built into the side of a cliff so there are a lot of steps and a lot of hills.
We took a wander up to Atlantida Water Park which has been abanoned since 2009 and that was super cool. We spent the rest of our time in Puerto Rico chilling by the harbour eating an icecream.
The end of our first trip into the mountains ended in an aloe vera plantation. I actually found it really enjoyable. I knew aloe vera is good but I had no idea about the things it could do.
We got to taste it (it is disgusting and has an absolutely awful texture) and we got to sample the products. I really would have loved to buy the suncream but it was soooooo expensive.
The South of Gran Canaria is famous for the sand dunes of Maspalomas. We have had a brief introduction and it was stunning. We wandered down one day during our first week but didn’t venture too far into the dunes as we had already had a long walk to get there and it was during a week when we weren’t feeling our best. We took some photos and headed back but I really want to return before we leave to have a proper walk through (and a photoshoot). We did try again on a day off but it was so windy that you could see the sand blowing in the air, so we decided against it.
I have heard some tales about the sand dunes though. Whilst they may be pretty, they are apparently also a breeding ground for a bit of dodgy public activity… if you know what I mean.
If you don’t know what I mean, someone we know witnessed a threesome in broad daylight….
This blog post is not sponsored or endorsed in any way. Some of the places mentioned in this post were visited free of charge through work. All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.