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Something different for the visitor to the South of the island is the town of Arguineguín which, in places, has managed to retain some of its old Canarian charm. Its beaches tend to be popular with Canarians and Scandinavians.
Arguineguín is directly connected with the island's main airport by the GC-1, the north-south motorway. Journey time from the airport takes around 40 minutes.
Arguineguín and Puerto de Mogán are the only two places on the south coast which were actual villages before the tourist resorts were developed. So if you're looking for old Canarian charm, these are the places to visit in the South. You will still find that the older Canarios speak no English, so if you speak a little Spanish, why not try it!
There are two main beaches in the town. One is mainly sand and runs virtually the length of the main promenade. The other is situated round the point is less sandy and is more popular with local Canarian families who tend to use it for barbeques and parties during the summer months. On the point itself is the town's working port which remains a harbour for the many fishing boats which supply the town's many restaurants. Indeed, you will be spoilt for choice if you are looking for fresh fish to eat. Perhaps also try the fishermen's co-operative restaurant in the harbour itself.
There are two shopping centres in the town. One is the older and more rundown Ancora Centre which spreads out over a bewildering number of levels and consists of small shops selling smaller items. There are also cafés and bars interspersed so maybe worth a visit. The more recent addition is the La Marea shopping centre which is just down the same main road. Inside you will find a supermarket owned by the famous Spanish department store group, El Corte Inglés, as well as some branches of the more popular Spanish high street stores. In between the Ancora and La Marea is a large Spar supermarket where prices are somewhat lower than in the nearby resorts.
On Tuesday mornings, the town's marketplace plays host to the weekly market.
There is little in the way of holiday accommodation in the town unless you can obtain a private let. The town itself climbs up the hills behind which offer various footpaths taking you deeper into the island's interior or even Puerto Rico.
The ferry which docks in the harbour will take you along the coast calling at Anfi, the timeshare resort, Puerto Rico and finally Puerto de Mogán. Worth a trip to see some other parts of the island and its spectacular, rugged coastline.
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