Legends and curiosities

  • When sailing from Puerto de Mogan, fishermen spending long journeys at the sea learnt how to navigate using as a reference a pointy rock clearly identifiable from afar. They called it piedra picúa (pointy rock), and it has always been a symbol for satisfaction for making a safe return home. There is even a street named after this piedra picúa in the village.
  • At the Lomo Los Gatos Archaeological Site the visitor can experience how the aboriginal life was. There is a settlement with cross-like floor plan houses, a burial ground and the construction called The Seven Corner House, were the techniques and materials used for building are clearly exposed. Many tumuli have been identified. These remain in very good state of preservation.
  • In the aboriginal houses floor limpet and sea snail shells have been found: such a finding proves the outstanding role played by the sea in the lives of the inhabitants of this area in southern Gran Canaria.
  • Clinging on the rims of the mouth of the ravine the ancient cave dwellings can be found. These are the fishermen’s old homes, which were there before the construction of the marina. The location in the heights constituted either a way to spot the fish stocks or an observation point to prevent pirate raids.
  • At the beginning of August the sea procession honoring the Virgen del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel), patron saint of fishermen. The image of the Lady is sailed from Mogan to Arguineguin. The boats, lateen sails and feluccas are adorned with coloured ribbons and other beads honoring the Virgin, offering up the fruit of their labour and praying for the upcoming year. It is a popular party not to be missed.