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    Mojacar and nearby towns

Mojácar

A natural choice because of its strategic location, this small white town has been the refuge of many civilisations through its history.

The first signs of human settlement date back to Neolithic times. It was later inhabited successively by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Barbarians and finally the Moors, until their expulsion in the 15th century. On June 12th 1488, the Moorish governor handed over the town of Mojácar and its fortress to the Catholic Kings, who, in exchange, granted it city status.

During the 19th century, Mojácar grew in wealth and population. But at the start of the 1950s, it was still poorly communicated with no running water or electricity. In the 50s and 60s  Mojácar began to open up to the outside world, thanks to the numerous intellectuals, artists and bohemians who moved to the town, captivated by its allure. In the space of a few years the town was modernised and started to gain importance as a tourist destination, although not at the expense of its old world charm.

Nearby Towns

Around Mojácar there is a cluster of coastal and inland towns and villages that still have that traditional feel about them and are well worth a visit.

Carboneras

This small fishing town lies at the foot of the Sierra Cabrera on the eastern fringe of the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. The town is set out around the Castillo de San Andrés, a 16th century fortress. Carboneras retains the charm of a typically Mediterranean town and boasts excellent beaches which are ideal for relaxing or long walks. A walk from Los Algarrobicos to Mesa Roldán is a great choice.

El Sopalmo

As you go along the coast from Carboneras towards Mojácar, El Sopalmo is one of the most spectacular sights on the Almeria coast. In the 19th century this was where iron from the Sierra Cabrera used to be mined. Ore was transported to Playa Macenas, where it was loaded onto ships for export. Today, it is renowned amongst visitors for its unspoilt beaches, mountains and desert-like scenery.

Garrucha

Once a typical seafaring town, today it is a bustling holiday destination because of its beautiful Blue Flag beaches and the variety of services on offer, including its marina. The Monument to the Fisherman on the marine parade is a homage to the fishermen who founded Garrucha.

Antas

Located slightly further inland, this town is home to El Argas, one of the most important archaeological sites in the province with relics from the Bronze Age. The remains of the fortified settlement show signs of early urban development. A must for those interested in prehistoric civilisation.

Vera

This town has a rich historical heritage with monuments such as the fortified church of Nuestra  Señora de la Encarnación, the Virgen de las Huertas sanctuary and, the heart of the town, the Plaza Mayor. The Town Hall is home to one of Andalusias best historical archives, as well as the Ethnographical and Archaeological Museum. Vera also boasts 6km of beaches, several of which are naturist.

  















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