Mojacar is one of the most charming and unspoilt towns in south-eastern Spain. Enjoying the sunniest and warmest climate in the whole of Europe, it is known as ‘El Rincon del Embrujo’ or ‘the corner of enchantment’.
A forty-five minute drive from Almeria airport, Mojacar is an ancient Moorish town graced with a unique charm. Steeped in history, it is situated high up on the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera with stunning views across the Mediterranean coastline.
Mojacar village is an idyllic mix of sugar-cubed whitewashed buildings, cobbled winding streets and beautiful Moorish architecture. The main square looks across to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains and is filled with street cafes, bars, boutiques and shops. Take a stroll through the maze of cobbled streets hidden behind the main square and you will find some wonderful restaurants and bars.
A favourite with artists and writers, Mojacar is renowned for its historic surroundings and traditional Spanish way of life. The ancient Moorish fortress and Arabic architecture are protected and development is strictly controlled to prevent the historic charms of Mojacar from being lost.
Mojacar Playa’s pristine golden sands and its crystal clear Mediterranean waters are perfect for family holidays. The sun shines for 320 days of the year and with a 9 kilometre stretch of unspoilt, blue flag-winning beaches, this beautiful coastline offers something for every taste.
Excellent beach bars and restaurants are dotted along the promenade and you can enjoy a variety of water sports including snorkelling, sailing, pedaloes, water skiing, paragliding and windsurfing.
There is also a shopping centre set back from the beach where you can enjoy some great shopping and grab a bite to eat at one of the cosmoplitan cafe-bars.
A large part of Mojacar beach is a designated area of natural beauty. Take the coastal road out of Mojacar and you’ll come across a rough track which turns off towards the sea. Follow the track to discover charming, isolated coves that are ideal for beach lovers who prefer quiet solitude.
The local authorities have set strict guidelines preventing any high-rise buildings being built long the coastline, as they want to protect the region and prevent it from becoming another of Spain’s over-developed Costas.
Garrucha is a picturesque seaport with an attractive working harbour, situated next to Mojacar. It is a lively and bustling town with plenty of shops and bars as well as a beautiful palm tree-lined promenade stretching for almost 2kms.
There is an abundance of excellent seafood restaurants along the sea front where you can enjoy the speciality of large red prawns, local to these waters.
The town dates back to the 16th Century when it was founded by a group of fishermen. Today, fishing is still a major part of life in Garrucha and it is definitely worth a visit to the quayside fish market, where the fishermen auction off their daily catch every afternoon.
Vera, a delightful town situated to the north of Mojacar, is home to a beautiful old town square, gardens and a bullring. It is a vibrant town with plenty of shops, boutiques, fantastic restaurants and street markets.
Vera Playa offers 8 kilometres of blue-flag winning, white sandy beaches. There is an excellent water park situated near to Vera Playa, as well as the Puerto Rey Shopping centre and the Desert Springs and Valle Del Este golf resorts.
Vera Playa is also renowned as one of Europe’s top naturist resorts with a kilometre and a half of the coastline reserved for naturism.
Villaricos is a charming fishing village with a beautiful seafront promenade and a marina at each end. This small, tranquil village is situated at the foot of the Sierra Almagrera mountains.
Villaricos (meaning rich village), derives from the ancient silver mines that first made the village its fortune in the days of the Phoenicians. A restored necropolis, or burial ground, dating from this period has recently been opened to the public.
Villaricos has two attractive beaches that are popular with the locals but are never crowded. It is also known for its warm, clear water and there are some good diving opportunities on offer with a local dive school nearby. There is also an excellent chiringuito (beach bar) on the beach, which serves delicious seafood at good prices and is not to be missed!
Cortijo Grande Valley is a beautiful area to visit with a stunning backdrop of orange and lemon groves and the Sierra Cabrera mountains. A short drive out of Mojacar through rolling countryside will bring you to a pair of beautiful stone pillars that mark the entrance to the valley.
Home to the 9-hole Cortijo Grande golf course, this is an excellent opportunity for golfers to experience a challenging round of golf in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Cortijo Grande is renowned as a lush oasis in the desert surroundings of Almeria and it is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing walk in the countryside, a swim in the valley and to admire the stunning scenery.
Cabrera is a hidden gem that you must see during your stay in Almeria, set 3,000 feet above sea level, this sleepy town is built around ancient Moorish ruins and the modern-day architecture has been designed with a strong Arabic influence.
This focus on tradition makes Cabrera a unique and beautiful town. The views across mountains, valleys and the Mediterranean are spectacular and are not to be missed. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing meal, whilst taking in the magnificent views and basking in the relaxed atmosphere.