Fishing village charm
Tucked in Gran Canaria's south-west coast is the picture-perfect village of Puerto Mogan. This tiny fishing port wins new fans every year with its cobbled streets and cluster of bougainvillea-draped villas.
Nicknamed 'Little Venice' for its beautiful network of canals and bridges, Puerto Mogan's vibrant marina is the heart of the resort. Packed with gleaming yachts moored up beside a white sandy beach, the marina is a good spot for watersports and sailing, and has the lion's share of the resort's bars and restaurants. Expect plenty of fresh seafood and Canarian cuisine (traditional Spanish with African and South American influences).
The marina has lots of little boutiques and a Canary handicraft market every Monday morning - ideal for souvenir shopping.
Flight time from the UK to Gran Canaria is approximately 4 hours 15 minutes.
Transfer time from Las Palmas airport to Puerto Mogan is approximately 50 minutes.
Summers are long, hot and dry in Gran Canaria, keeping at a steady mid-20s and climbing beyond 30°C in July and August. The Canaries are a good destination for winter sun, too – even winter and the shoulder seasons stay warm and sunny, with averages hovering around 18°C.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.