Boat trip to Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria
Boat trips with a toddler always seem a bit risky to me – if she gets bored/hungry/upset, you can find yourself trapped. And small boats without a toilet are even riskier…
But I do love cruising along in the sunshine, the sun glinting off the waves. So while I ditched any thought of dolphin or whale watching cruises in Gran Canaria, I loved the sound of the Lineas Bluebird water taxi which runs along the south coast – little glass-bottomed boats which act as ferries hopping between four different spots.
One of which is Puerto de Mogan, dubbed the Venice of the Canaries or Little Venice. Frankly, I’m not quite sure why, but it is one of the loveliest spots on the island, all bright bougainvillea, yachts bobbing on the marina, blue sea, beach and cobbled streets.
And as the trip between Puerto Rico, just down the coast from our villa, and Puerto de Mogan was only about half an hour, it was enough to satisfy my desire to get out on the sea but the perfect length for young kids. And it had a toilet on board.
It’s also the perfect relaxed start to a leisurely wander around Puerto de Mogan. This isn’t somewhere you go to tick off attractions on a list – its charm lies in the fact it’s incredibly picturesque, which is why this post is mostly photos and a video.
This is somewhere to wander the cobbled streets (scooter optional), browse the little souvenir shops, stumble across unexpected friezes on a wall, stop at one of the cafes, maybe wander to the beach and have an ice cream.
Or stop for lunch, as we did, at Cafe de Mogan on the marina for sparkling rose, fresh fish and seafood and massive ice creams. Fortunately there isn’t far to wobble/waddle back to the boat afterwards.
Need to know
Children under five travel free, and it costs 6.50 Euros for a single ticket or 11Euros return for an adult between Puerto Rico and Puerto de Mogan, more for longer trips. Make sure you have cash as they didn’t accept card payments at Puerto Rico.
The boats run approximately every hour – see the timetables here.
There’s an indoor shady section as well as an upper deck which is open to the sun, two glass bottomed sections (although not a lot to see on this stretch) and toilets.
Images/video copyright MummyTravels/Cathy Winston