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Mojacar

Resort Type

Coastal

Airport Distances

Murcia (San Javier) - 109 km - 1 h 8 min

Almeria – 161km - 1 h 53 min

Description

Mojacar has two distinct areas. Mojacar Pueblo is a picture book, whitewashed hill top village nestled into the hillside overlooking the beautiful white sandy beaches of Mojacar Playa.

This delightful, Andalucian “Pueblo Blanco” with its jumble of narrow, cobbled streets and traditional white washed terraced houses, attracts and delights visitors all year-round. The village's maze of charming, cobbled, alleyways are lined with an abundance of arts & crafts shops, gift stores and classy boutiques. At its centre is Mojacar's beautiful church as well as a number of open, tree encircled plazas where you can take your pick from a great choice of open air restaurants and café bars, some of which offer truly breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and out to the sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.

Populated since the Bronze Age, around 2000 BC, and subsequently by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks and Romans, it was the North African Moors, who, after establishing themselves in Spain in the early 8th century, left their mark on Mojacar which remained long after the Christian conquest of the region at the end of the 15th century.

To this day the architecture remains true to its Moorish ancestors with many homes and buildings featuring this unmistakable Moroccan style.

From the 16th century, up to the end of the 18th century, the Christians spent much of their time defending the coastline against the North African pirates, though even after the disappearance of the buccaneers, life for the inhabitants of Mojacar still had many struggles in store.

In the 19th and 20th centuries the village saw periods plagued with war, drought and disease, although during the first of these centuries Mojacar did pass through a prosperous boom period when silver was discovered and mined in the Almagrera mountains to the north of Mojacar.

After the closure of the mines, at the beginning of the 20th century, the village numbers reduced drastically with many emigrating to either Argentina or America.

According to legend one of these emigrants, Jose Guirado Zamora, born in Mojacar in 1901 went on to become the internationally esteemed film producer known as Walt Disney, though there is much speculation as to whether this story is fact or fiction.

The civil war and post war periods plunged Mojacar into further depression, and as recently as the 1960s Mojacar still had no running water, electricity or telephone lines.

It was around this time that things started to turn around for Mojacar, an enthusiastic mayor, Mr Jacinto, began offering free plots of land to people who would restore the ruined houses.

He provided assistance and encouragement for new settlers welcoming all kinds of intellectuals, artists, journalists and bohemians who were enthralled by Mojacars unique location, light and beaches.

Village houses were renovated and whitewashed, with beautifications and improvements remaining loyal to the past.

he Indalo Man talisman, a stick figure with an arch over his head, seen on jewellery, key fobs, t-shirts, and embellishing the frontage of many local businesses and homes, is recognised as the village good luck symbol as well as the adopted emblem of Almeria province.

It was also the insignia used by the Indaliano Movement of Mediterranean Art, based in Mojacar and founded by the Almerian painter Jesus de Perceval in the 1940s. Its heritage has links to the prehistoric painted cave markings of Cueva de los Letreros in the Sierra Maria natural park in the north of the province.

On account of the now growing popularity of the village building works progressed to the construction of new residential developments and hotels alongside the beaches, and thus the resort of Mojacar Playa was born.

This beautifully clean and polished beach resort famous for its trendy beach clubs and beach-side restaurants has always been a firm favourite for Spanish tourists. It is now fast becoming a popular destination for both British and Northern European visitors many of which now also call Mojacar home.

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