Mogán, Gran Canaria
Mogán is a municipality in the south western corner of the island of Gran
Canaria with Mogán town being the capital of the municipality. The main industries of
Mogán are tourism, agriculture and fishing.
The terrain around Mogán consists of mountains and a valley area that are mostly covered with vegetation and forests. Barren land dominates the northern, central and eastern parts of Mogán, especially in the mountain areas, while farmlands and urban areas lie within 2 to 3 km of the Atlantic Ocean and in the narrow steep sided ravines.
The town of Mogán is about 12 kilometres from the coast and north-west of Puerto Rico and is accessed by following the coast road from Puerto Rico.
One of the highlights of the fiestas held in Mogán, is that of San Antonio El Chico and San Antonio El Grande (Little Saint Anthony and Big Saint Anthony). The fiestas of San Antonio El Chico are held on June 13th, the feast day of Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of the Mogán municipality.
Celebrations begin in Mogán with a folk festival, made up of a number of folklore groups from Gran Canaria and other islands, as well as a traditional procession in which all the Mogán locals participate,
with offerings to the saint of fruit and local products.
During the rest of the week there are cultural displays and events, and the week ends with the procession of Saint Anthony through the town streets of Mogán and the traditional Canto de los Pajaritos.
In Mogán, Arguineguín and Puerto de Mogán the "Fiesta del Carmen" celebrated in July is very important. This is when the local residents of Mogán take the statue of the Virgin Mary in a maritime procession from one end of the coastline of the municipality of Mogán to the other, with a multitude of boats especially decorated for the occasion following the procession.
The fiesta of San Antonio El Grande is held on the first Sunday of August. The fiesta has it's origins in a communal promise made after a plague of locusts flattened the crops of the municipality of Mogán.