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Águilas, which translates as “Eagles" in English, is a picturesque port town located at the very Southern point of The Costa Cálida and right on the border between the Murcia and Andalucia regions of Spain.
Originally a thriving Roman fishing port, in the late 18th century Águilas prospered again as a key export point for the locally produced fruit and veg which to this day still remains one of the region's primary industries. In the 19th century Aguilas also became an important mining area and you can still visit The Hornillo Jetty, where lead, iron and silver were loaded onto ships before being exported around the globe.
Key cultural sites in the town include the beautiful gardens of the Plaza de España, the19th century City Hall and the impresive church of San José. Above the old town, standing on a promontory, is the castle-fortress of San Juan de Aguilas, built in 1579. Below it sits the port with its characteristic black-and-white striped lighthouse, which has been in operation since the mid-19th century.
Aguilas boasts a 34km coastline and offers visitors a choice of solitary coves or golden sandy beaches with crystal clear water. La Higuerica, La Carolina, Calabardina and Las Delicias being some of the best. Thanks to its rocky seabed, Aguilas is also one of the finest places in the Mediterranean for scuba diving with Fraile Island and the area around the rock of Cape Cope being particular favourite spots with divers.