Every Friday about a thousand people walk past my desk (OK, at the moment about a hundred – see my what happened to the summer?! post). When asked “do you want to go fishing?” their reply is always the same.
“No, we’re going to Mogan Market.”
What is so popular about the market in Mogan and why do 99% of tourists seem to go there?!
I went along myself to have a look. My parents were over so I had my mother (who walks very quickly) holding one hand and my stepfather (who walks slightly slower than a snail) holding the other, so I wouldn’t lose them in the crowds (see my how to find a doctor or dentist in Gran Canaria post – great for mending dislocated shoulders).
What I Liked
Despite buying very little I found that the market is pretty big. In fact, it’s very big! There are a lot of different things for sale including jewellery, souvenirs, Canarian pottery, Canarian cooking ingredients, Canarian homemade tablecloths, clothing, accessories such as belts and socks.
Puerto de Mogan is a beautiful backdrop to the market although possible more enjoyable on non-market days, i.e. any day apart from Friday. Called “Little Venice” by the locals, there are waterways and quaint little houses.
Feel free to haggle over the prices too. In fact, it is expected. Even if something is marked “5 euros” it does no harm to suggest, “give you 4 euros for this?” – sometimes it actually works!
What I Didn’t Like
At some stalls as soon as you pick something up the Moroccan (not all the sellers are Moroccan but a lot are) grab your arm and try to force a sale. A polite “just looking, thanks” doesn’t always work. Remind me not to shop in Marrakech.
I couldn’t find one seat – not ONE! – in a bar or restaurant. It seems like every tourist in the south goes to Mogan market on the same day (well, the only day it’s on) and then they decide to all have a drink or lunch at the same time!
Never buy a suitcase at Mogan market, no matter
how much junk how many souvenirs you intend to bring home. My ex other half (sorry, confusing!) did that once and we were standing outside the house waiting for a cab. He picked up the handle of his “yes it is Samsonite, honest, guaranteed for life sir” suitcase and – was left holding just the handle while the case remained on the floor. I won’t quote his response since this is a family site.
Other Markets in Gran Canaria
Don’t forget the same market moves around the island so you could go on a Tuesday when the market is in Arguineguín (same ferry, different direction) or on a Wednesday or Saturday to the Maspalomas market if you are staying in Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles or Meloneras.
How and When to Go
Mogan market is open from 9am until 2pm. You can get the Salmon ferry from Puerto Escala in Puerto Rico at 9.30am, 10am or 11am or the BlueBird ferry from Puerto Base in Puerto Rico at 10.30am or 11.30am. Ferries come back on the hour and a return ticket is 10 euros. It takes roughly 45 minutes to get there. Else you could get a taxi (expensive!) or the bus (packed with people with seasick tendencies) or walk if you are staying in Mogan!
Ferries return from Mogan at quarter to every hour until quarter to five. If you want to go to Arguineguín market, get the 11.15am ferry from Puerto Escala. Coming back you can get the 3.15pm or the 5pm ferry.
Happy shopping and remember – don’t buy any suitcases!