The Costa Mogan of Gran CanariaMogan - Pueblo and Valley
La Romeria de San Antonio el Chico 2007
Photos of the fiesta in Mogan
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Pueblo Mogán is a village, or some might say, a small town, about 8km up the Barranco de Mogan from the resort of Puerto de Mogan, set on the east side of the valley and overlooked by spectacular mountain scenery.
The town is centred around the church of San Antonio el Chico, local government offices and a small landscaped park which, among other things, is the venue for concerts of traditional music and dancing and the focus for local fiestas.
Mogan has some excellent restaurants with Canarian, Spanish and international menus, and a variety of bars, where, if you don't want a full meal, home-made tapas are available. Some of the bars and restaurants display the work of local artists, one also selling hand-made pottery.
Just outside the town itself is the barrio of Molino de Viento (Wind Mill), named after the now beautifully restored Molino Quemado (Burnt Mill), the tallest existing windmill on the island, which had been destroyed over a century ago by a local shepherd/goatherd who had a greivance against the authorities.
The Barranco de Mogan stretches about 15km inland, and while agriculture is no longer its main business, in the right season you can see trees laden with mangos, avocados, papaya, oranges, lemons and figs to name just some of the fruit grown locally. The valley is also home to a flock of goats whose milk is made into cheese at a dairy in the town.
As you climb higher up the valley and into the mountains the Canarian Palm trees (Phoenix Canariensis) give way to Canarian Pine (Pinus Canariensis), with their long fine needles and large cones. One of the roads out of the valley, which was once the only road, was a dirt track until very recently for several kilometres as it crosses over into the neightbouring valley and to the interior of the island.
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