If you're looking for a fun holiday in the sun, look no further than Mojacar in Almeria. With its beaches, water sports and historic buildings, it has something for everyone, whether you want to sunbathe, stay active, or soak up some culture. One of the driest and hottest areas on the Spanish mainland, Mojacar is perfect for sun worshippers. It’s a delightful combination of the old and new, giving you the best of a modern holiday resort with all the charm of Spanish heritage. Built up a hill, the village centre is complete with narrow winding streets, secluded corners and terraces dug into the hill side lined with magical white washed houses covered with bougainvillea. Book a cheap holiday to Mojacar on the Costa Almeria in Spain with loveholidays.com. We have great deals on holidays to Almeria, so find your perfect break today!
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 2h 35m
When to go
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Mojacar is a stunning Moorish town and it’s bursting with things to see and do. If you’re a keen golfer, make the most of your holiday in the region by getting outside with your club, because there are four very good golf courses in and around Mojacar on the Costa De Almeria. If it’s nature and wildlife you’re interested in, there’s lots of exotic species to see, and bird watchers won’t be disappointed with the assortment of feathered visitors. The coast stretches from Mojacar for about 5 km boasting fabulous sandy beaches with endless water sports facilities, so you can get your adrenaline pumping whenever you like or just top up your tan. The resort is alive with bars, restaurants, tapas bars and clubs, and the hotels are limited to being no higher than 4 stories, so the landscape isn’t spoiled. The resort is also nicely sociable but not too crowded.
Wine and Dine
Mojacar is a mixture of the old and new and is a great resort to explore. The traditional fishing villages are well known for their exquisite seafood restaurants, whilst the old arab town is full of tapas bars and picturesque streets. Fish is a big part of the menu in every café and restaurant here, with that day’s catch usually available in many delicious forms. But it’s not all about fish, and you’ll be able to enjoy meat both hunted and farmed locally. A few traditional dishes to try while you’re here include gurullos, which is a rabbit or partridge stew, as well as migas breadcrumbs, cous-cous, caldo de pimenton broth and the John Dory fish. The wine, while not local to Mojacar itself, is usually imported from the Almeria Alpujarras or Lucainena de las Torres so you should try some while you’re here.
For family water activities, head to the aqua park near Vera with water flumes, pools and play areas. Snorkelers and divers may also enjoy Cabo de Gata nature reserve where the wildlife and marine life are spectacular. Have a fun day out meeting and riding camels at Playa de la Marine de la Torre, for an experience and photos you’ll treasure for years to come. Or you can stick to horses instead, visiting one of the riding stables in the area and going out on a ride through the stunning scenery. The walking trails in Mojacar such as the Trail de la Torre will fascinate kids and adults alike, from the fruit trees and exotic birds the little ones will love to the great views and the historic village that grown-ups will appreciate. There’s also the Mojacar Gardens Trail that takes you through the peaceful gardens.
Action and Adventure
Heading out into the desert on a dune buggy is one of the most popular adventure day trips in Mojacar, but it’s certainly not the only one. There are lots of things you can do for thrills around Mojacar thanks to the variety of different natural wonders there are to explore. You can also go scuba diving, taking advantage of the seaside location and the favourable diving in the area, climb up a mountain, go skiing, or even descend into the caves at the natural Karst y Yesos de Sorbas park. There are places to go boxing and bowling too if you want to try something less wild but just as much fun. One of the best ways you can get out and explore while keeping the adrenaline pumping is to hire a quad bike so you can get around and see the sights in the most exciting way possible.
Life's a Beach
El Cantal Beach is the most popular in Mojacar, because it has everything you could possibly want from a day on the sand. With plenty of beach bars, eateries and water sports, you don’t need to be restricted to spending the day sunbathing. But if you do want to simply soak up the sun, there are sunbeds and umbrellas to hire. Cueva del Lobo and Ventanicas beaches also have the standard bars, shops and loungers, giving you a choice of well served tourist beaches to choose from. But if you prefer something a little more natural, just travel out of Mojacar and you’ll find a whole host of quiet coves and pebble beaches which are untouched by tourist facilities. For isolated beaches, take the coastal road for 4 km towards Carboneras, and turn off one of the rough tracks.
Mojacar is not the clubbing capital of the Spain by any stretch of the imagination, but that’s part of its charm and ensures a relaxed and enjoyable holiday. Don’t worry, it’s not devoid of nightlife either, but it strikes a balance between being quietly socialble on an evening, and being an all-night party destination with lots of loud and crammed clubs. Most of the entertainment in Mojacar is hotel-based, with hotels organising their own shows and themed evenings. This is great for families with young children, who don’t have to travel for their evening fun. If you do want to get out and explore after dark, the best place to go is the promenade, with bars and small clubs open until late. There are even traditional Irish pubs, as well as international restaurants, barbecue joints, and authentic Spanish tapas places.
The slow pace of life you can experience on a couples’ holiday to Mojacar, combined with the picturesque surroundings, make it the ideal romantic getaway. Soak up some culture in Mojacar itself, taking in the architecture and enjoying the small cafés and bars where you can spend laid-back days outside in the sunshine. The nature reserve of Cabo de Gata is a wonderful place to explore and appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape, while the parks of Sierra Maria-Los Velez and Sierra Nevada offer even more romantic backdrops to your holiday for two. What could be better as a couples’ holiday activity than visiting the local wineries? You can also visit Europe’s only desert on a jeep ride for something a little more adventurous, or just spend the day by the sea on one of the beautiful beaches.
You can experience the culture of the area simply by wandering the narrow streets of Mojacar and looking at the architecture as you go, but there’s more to discover if you know where to look. While you’re in Mojacar, look out for the famous ‘Mojacar man’, also known as the Indalo. This drawing of a man who looks like he’s holding a rainbow is an ancient symbol thought to bring good luck and to protect any houses it’s painted onto. You’ll see the 4,500-year-old symbol all over the world but it originated here. For even more fascinating insights into Mojacar, the Visitors’ Centre has three separate rooms dedicated to different natural wonders of the area - terrestrial, underwater, and wetlands. You can see some of this nature in reality by paying a visit to Cabo de Gata, a natural maritime-terrestrial park of volcanic origin.