Costa Almeria region is one of the driest in Europe in parts it is desert. This makes for a very hot and reliable climate with little rainfall – perfect for holidaymakers seeking guaranteed sun
Mojácar is a very popular tourist resort with great beaches on the Costa Almeria coast. There are two distinctive parts which are 2 km apart.
Mojacar Pueblo is the kind of vacation spot you would expect to see on a postcard.
A fairytale town, with its cluster of white sugar cubed buildings clinging to the side of the hilltop. For visitors, the old town is a delightful place to explore, where you will find charming trinket shops, restaurants, bars and terraces. The town is a browser’s delight. Arty shops beckon with their bits and pieces hanging from walls and make shift stalls.
The winding streets lead you past smartly renovated houses decked out with potted plants and flowers and hole-in-the-wall shops selling everything from trendy clothing to locally made souvenirs. Look out for the great value hand woven rugs, jarapas and the famous Indalo Man. At the heart of the mountain top town is the Plaza Nueva where you stand on what appears to be a marble dance floor overhanging the side of a mountain. The views of the unexpected green carpet of agriculture land surrounding the town and Sierra Cabrera Mountains and coast line are magnificent. For those with the energy, further spectacular views await at the Mirador Castillo, which is the highest point of the town. Make sure you see the defensive fortress from the 18th century known as the Macenas Tower which acts as the gateway separating the main beach area from the beaches reserved for naturalism (nudists).
Mojácar Playa is a modern beach resort the busiest beaches are Playa Del Cantel and Playa de la Cueva Del Lobo.
Most visitors or holidaymakers come to visit the 17 km long beach area which stretches all the way South to the Cabo de Gata National Park where the resort of Carboneras is located.
Just north is the smaller and much quieter beach resort of Garrucha famous for its large red prawns and fishing harbour these restaurants are classed as some of the best for seafood in the world!!
If its watersports you are after there is plenty to choose from – boat trips, scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, fishing and sailing. For lots of fun try not falling off the banana boat ride!
Other beaches include: Las Granatillas Beach, El Sombrerico Beach, Castillo de Macenas Beach, Cueva Del Lobo Beach, El Cantal Beach, El Descargador Beach, La Murina Beach and the Marina de la Torre Beach. (All in easy reach by car.) Elsewhere there are plenty of small coves where you can sunbathe in relative privacy. (The beaches have been awarded at least three Blue European Flag Awards for cleanliness and good facilities.)
For the sporty there is horse riding, trekking into the hills as well as mountain biking and road biking. Many companies offer biking holidays around Mojacar – due to the terrain it’s very popular with the cycling community, & you often see team sky cycle team when you are out on your travels.
The favoured beach bar (chiringuito) is Tito’s beach bar at the southern end of the beach. Mojácar has a decent nightlife scene with plenty of bars such as Saabs and a few nightclubs such as Mandela Beach, Maui, Moma, Liquid, and Zen. For those who prefer to wine & dine there are many reasonable eateries & bars offering fabulous foods varying from Tapas Chinese Indian Italian Argentinian Steaks & regular pub grub too many to mention!! Most offering a “menu del dia”, (menu of the day) to satisfy people all ages & appetites.
Market day is a Wednesday (near the town hall in Mojacar Pueblo). Plenty of local fruit and vegetables and handicrafts.
Many people also have recommended Garrucha market on a Friday.
Other local markets are:
Thursday – Carboneras
Saturday – Vera
The public transport (yellow bus service) is very good and there is a regular bus service between Mojácar Playa and Mojácar Pueblo. In addition to this the public transport in the towns and surrounding areas is very good for Spain.
There is only one taxi rank in Mojacar – opposite Parque Comercial by the bus stop. The taxis are efficient and clean – the drivers speak little English if any, but they are safe. The fares are relatively expensive. If you are away from Parque Comercial and you need a taxi then it is best to call into a bar, buy a drink, and ask them to order a taxi for you. The taxi telephone booking people speak only Spanish and very fast at that! It is always best to get a bi-lingual barman/barlady to order them on your behalf.