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Villaricos is a simple fishing village, perched precariously between the Sierra Almagrera and the sea and flanked by the Almanzora River.
Dating from Neolithic times, Villaricos was once a great Phoenician port. Forgotten by history for thousands of years, it resurfaced as a silver mining boom town in the 19th century before finally becoming the pleasant fishing village of today, with a special identity all of its own.
Every morning early, the men go out to sea to fish, farm the land or to work in local marble quarries. Women take their children to school and chat. Life has a very traditional rhythm.
Every weekend its people meet in the small old village square where, each Sunday, a colourful market thrives.
The real charm of Villaricos lies in its old fashioned simplicity and warmth of spirit and it is this lack of pretension that catches you in the end.
At the last count, Villaricos had some eight restaurants and eleven other cafes and bars.
They vary from modern to traditional, from Spanish to English and from very economic to relatively expensive; without exception they offer good value for money.