MOJÁCAR

WHAT TO SEE & VISIT IN MOJÁCAR

View point of the new plaza

View point situated in the "Plaza Nueva", from there you can see a panoramic view of the Cabrera, Bédar and Almagrera mountains. A perfect place where you can relax and take in the sea views, the Valley of the Pyramids, the neighbouring villages or the old town of Mojácar, through which runs the River Aguas to the coast.

In the same square in which the view point is situated, we can find the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, built on a Moorish Mosque and now turned into a souvenir shop.

The view point was built in the 16th Century however following the reform of 1960 there is no trace of the elements of that era.

 

Castle View Point

At the highest point of Mojácar we can find this view point which formerly housed the castle and where, due to an earthquake in 1518, only the tank and the structure of the military area remain. This area was a strategic point during that period as thanks to its height, it helped to alert of possible attacks which were constant during the 14th and 15th century.

From here you can enjoy the pleasant views that cover most of the municipality and its coastal areas.

 

Santa Maria Church

It was built in the 16th century on the site of a former mosque and ready to be used as a shelter in times of external attacks, which were very common at that time, therefore serving as two functions: a place of Christian worship and a place of refuge.

From outside you can admire its robust appearance with huge stone pillars whilst inside, between the original Muslim structure you can see the images of the Christian Saints of Mojácar: the Virgin Rosario and Saint Agustín.

In front of its doors, in the square, there is a statue of a Mojácar lady in regional costume.

 

City Gate

This point of great cultural interest was built over the original Arab gate of the 16th century. It was part of the wall that protected the town and a bridge to the outside, as it served as a border. It was the place through which all trade carts and those wishing to visit the village had to pass through, serving as a control against bandits and villains. Its surroundings were formerly the venue for the market. It currently represents the entrance to the Plaza de las Flores.

At the top you can see the shield of Mojácar.

 

Tower House

This was formerly the place where taxes and fees were paid by those who crossed the city gates. The building is situated right in front of the gates and is currently private property functioning as a guest house.

 

Arrabal

District constructed in the 17th century, situated on the outskirts of the ancient walls of Mojácar, back from the sea and facing the mountains. Supposedly, it was the Jewish quarter as out of all of the churches scattered around the town none are located in this area.

 

Moorish fountain

Fountain, whose water derives from the Sierra Cabrera. It was used to supply drinking water for village residents and livestock.

Renovated in the 19th century and later reconstructed in the 80’s. History states that in 1488 at this very fountain, a meeting between the Christian Embassy and the Arab Lord Mayor was held in which a no-expulsion was agreed. The agreement can be seen reflected on a plaque situated at the fountain and it is remembered each year with the festival of the Moors and Christians.

It currently supplies totally safe drinking water.

 

On the outskirts of Mojácar you can also find various places of interest to visit during your stay in Mojácar. Some of which we have highlighted are:

 

Gypsum Karst Natural Landscape in Sorbas

This spot is located about 35 km from the Hotels Servigroup Marina Mar and Servigroup Marina Playa. The rain water and river have excavated a complex formed by more than 1000 cavities over an area of Gypsum rock creating one of the world’s most stunning Gypsum karst formations. There is a visitor centre in which they organise three guided tours to discover this landscape in depth and which are adapted to all ages.

 

Natural landscape Tabernas's desert

It is the most arid area of Europe, being considered the only desert on the continent. Due to its climate, in the 60’s 70’s and 80’s the area was chosen for filming major movie productions, becoming known as the “Hollywood of Europe”. It became the capital of the “Spaghetti Western” although other big American movies were also filmed here, including westerns and other types of movies for example “The good, the bad and the ugly”, “For a few dollars more”, “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Conan the Barbarian” or “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.

At present, there are theme parks where the original stage settings of some of these films allow visitors to recreate the American Wild West atmosphere.

 

Cabo de Gata Natural Park

It is a protected maritime-terrestrial area that has also been internationally recognised as a Biosphere Reserve and Geopark, being one of the places that has managed to avoid urban development and that best reserves the Mediterranean.

It has more than 50 km of cliffs around the coast such as Punta de los Muertos and Mesa Roldán that combine with spectacular beaches and natural coves such as Mónsul, Los Genoveses or Carnaje .

In addition, the area also allows you to visit several picturesque typical fishing villages, as well as the beautiful landscapes that make up the salt flats and the flamingos and other birds that habitat there.

 

City of Lorca

The city of Lorca, close to Mojácar is a historical city of great importance in Spain.

To fully know the legacy of Lorca, it is recommended to visit the city for a full day and enjoy the most interesting historical centres of South-Eastern Spain. For this, we suggest using the monumental route which is 2600 metres long.

To begin, we start the route at the Castillo de Lorca (Castle of Lorca) where you can visit the monuments such as La Torre Alfonsina and the Torre del Espolón. From this point we descend along the castle road until we reach the Calle Villaescusa where you can admire the medieval and contemporary structures. Finally, we follow the circular path of the city up to the calle de Juan Toledo where you can find features such as 19th century houses and baroque churches.

 

City of Águilas

Águilas is a beautiful Mediterranean town, situated an hour from Mojácar. There, you can enjoy the castle “San Juan de las Águilas” and have the privilege of seeing the marvellous views and carnivals, which have been declared Festivals of National Tourist Interest since 1997.

It is highly recommended to visit the Roman Baths, ancient city ruins, the old quarter and the Town Hall, a neo-mudejar style building from the 19th century that features ancestral gardens in a corner of dream and relaxation.

 

Níjar City, Alfareria

One of the must-see destinations to visit is Níjar, a city of Almeria that is characterised by its traces of Arab heritage and the making of Nijareña pottery.

The Nijareña pottery deserves a special mention. It is a colourful ceramic that was previously used a lot in the region to transport and store water in a dry atmosphere. Today the reason is purely artistic and you can find many premises and workshops that continue to produce it.

 

Bitter Water

Agua Amarga is a fishing village where the trade is still maintained. It belongs to the municipality of Níjar, famous for its proximity to the Cabo de Gata National Park.

This white village situated just 20km from Mojácar has an infinitive number of hidden reefs, crystal waters and arid landscapes, not to mention the famous “Punta de los muertos” beach, given the name as according to history, due to the currents in the area, many shipwrecked bodies were washed onto the shore.

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