Perched high on a hilltop in the Sierra Cabrera Mountains, to the east of Spain’s Costa Almeria, is the tiny Moorish village of Mojacar. Full of Arab influences, from the narrow, maze-like alleyways of whitewashed houses to the tiny shops and tapas bars, the village retains its rustic charm that attracts visitors back to holiday in Mojacar year after year. Explore the historical parts of the old town including La Fuente (fountain), Plaza Nueva, the Parish Church of Santa Maria, the Castillo (Castle) and Puerta de la Cuidad (City Gate). Mojacar’s old town looks down on Mojacar Playa’s 9km stretch of beaches, which play host to a great choice of water sports including jet-skiing and waterskiing and its crystal clear waters are perfect for diving and snorkelling. A short trip along the coast brings you to the mountain coastline of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, offering secluded beaches and coves. The blend of old and new, mixed with year-round sunshine, makes holidays in Mojacar ideal for families and couples seeking a relaxing holiday.
Holidays in Mojacar centre around the beaches, whether you want to relax and sunbathe or enjoy the abundance of water sports on offer. Fishing, canoeing, hiking, quad biking, horse riding and golf are also available in the area. Perfect for a family day out is the Parque Acquatico Vera (waterpark) with its waterslides, pools and wave machines. A visit the Oasys Western Theme Park and Zoo set in the desert landscape of Tabernas is a must for film fans.
Youll find the liveliest nightlife down at Mojacars seafront promenade where you'll find live music and entertainment in the bars and hotels until the small hours during the summer months. Mojacar village itself has bars with a more authentic Spanish flavour. Some of the hotels and apartment complexes in the resort have their own entertainment programmes with flamenco shows, karaoke, bingo, clubs for young teens and games for kids. If you're visiting Mojacar in June you'll be able to enjoy one of the biggest local fiestas of the year the threeday Moors and Christians celebrations, when the streets of the old town become a riot of colour, music, dancing, street parades and latenight revelry.
Youll be spoilt for choice of where to dine in Mojacar. The beach bars (chiringuitos), open all day during the summer months, offer good value for money especially the "menu del dia". You will also find many English run bars and restaurants and Spanish restaurants serving local fare such as try the caldo de pescado (fish stew), pelotas (delicious meatballs wrapped in dark green cabbage leaves) or pimiento rellenos (stuffed peppers). There are several Chinese, Indian restaurants and a handful of Italian's for pizza and pasta lovers. A short trip to Garrucha you will find many good fish restaurants serving a fresh catch. A glass of local wine or traditional sangria or cava make a pleasant accompaniment to your meal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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