Águilas which translates to “Eagles" in English, is a picturesque port city located at the very Southern point of The Costa Cálida 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. Perched on the cliff high above the port 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.
This unique, unspoilt, historically and culturally rich, port city offers something for everyone. It has a vibrant city centre with boutique and high street shops and numerous tree-lined plazas surrounded by stylish cafe-bars, restaurants and shops. The stunning port features a fantastic marina, golden sandy beaches and many more seafront bars and restaurants. The city also boasts some superb sports facilities, modern, out of town shopping centres and some of the region´s most progressive night spots.
Águilas´s 34km of stunning, rugged, beautiful and Sunny coastline contains some of Spain's most breathtaking beaches. Visitors are spoilt for choice. Aguilas has some of the world´s most beautiful, wild and rugged beaches featuring unique sandstone caves and crystal clear blue waters, shallow, family-friendly, golden-sandy, city centre beaches and numerous isolated cove beaches. 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.