Mojácar and Garrucha
Located on the eastern shores of the province of Almeria, Mojácar has a contrasting face with on the one hand the old village clinging to the mountains and on the other hand a coastline offering a wide range of tourist activities and infrastructures.
Old Mojácar has kept its white houses in Muslim times, leaning against the hill overlooking the sea and the Almería desert, its terraces in stairs, its steep and zigzagging lanes, preventing all car incursions.
The Renaissance Church of Santa Maria, the old 15th century castle and the town gate are the main cultural and historical centres of interest in Mojácar’s architectural heritage.
Mojácar Playa and its waterfront offer not the same calm and conviviality that has long attracted many artists, musicians and writers.
It was in the 1950s that the painter from Almeria Jesus de Perceval, when he launched the Indaliano movement in Mojácar, promoted the tourist development of what was then only a picturesque little village.
The 5 km of beach bordering the city are a succession of tourist residences, hotels and restaurants, refreshments, the’ chiringuitos’, supermarkets, golf courses and nautical clubs.
Mojácar, endowed with 17 km of coastline, has many beaches, Macenas, Ventanicas el Cantal, Vista de Los Angeles, others, wilder, some naturists, are accessible by tracks starting from the old defensive forts dating from the XIIIth century located in the south of the city.
Access: via the A7 motorway or the coastal routes AL- 5107 and AL-7107.
Tourist Office. Plaza del Fronton. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 8 pm, Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm.
Situated a few kilometres north of Mojácar, Garrucha is a pleasant fishing village.
If Garrucha has a beautiful sandy beach and a pleasant promenade by the sea, what makes the reputation of this small fishing port well sheltered is the red shrimp, the queen of paëllas caught in its waters and considered the best of the Mediterranean.
It is in the lively harbour’s lively fish market that we realize the scarcity of this crustacean, whose fishing area is reduced off the coast of Garrucha. An auction that is a sought-after spectacle of the public who sees freshly landed shrimp, with also prawns, groupers, scorpion fish or other stone-pits.
It is there, on the Malecón, the sea promenade, that restaurants offer this local gastronomy based on rice, seafood and fish.
Next to this old fishing port, a small marina completes the tourist offers of the city with visits to the Church of San Joaquin, the Castle of Jesús de Nazareno and the old lighthouse dating from 1880.
To get to Garrucha: from Almeria take the A7 to Vera and then Garrucha or cross the Cabo Gata-Níjar Nature Park via Carboneras and Mojácar, taking the AL-5107.
Tourist Office. Centro Cultural Paseo del Malecón, 42. Garrucha.
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