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Mojacar

Its history

Mojacar Spain is a beautiful coastal area with beaches to enjoy and much more. It dates back all the way to the Bronze Age. Mojacar and its surrounding areas flourished during the time of the Argar People. A museum in nearby Antas is dedicated to that period and its population.

Mojacar was a settlement in the time of the Phoenicians and Cartagen, under the Greek regime it was called Murgis-Akra (that would mean something like the end of the edge). That name was Moxacar in Latin. Under Moorish rule this became Muxacra and when Mojacar was recaptured by the Christians (10 June 1488) it got its current name: Mojacar. In the eighth century, the province of Almeria became the authority of the caliphate of Damascus, which later moved to Cordoba.

There is an old Mojacar and a new Mojacar. One suspects that in the 15th century, Mojacar (on the hill next to contemporary Mojacar) was either hit by an earthquake or the Christian population fled from the Moorish population (or vice versa) and a new settlement was created where the village of Mojacar is today. The battle of Mojacar is commemorated annually in Mojacar during ‘Moros and Cristianos’, usually the second weekend of June.

In the first half of the twentieth century, Mojacar still had 10,000 inhabitants, when the region was hit by extreme drought in the 1950s, its population shrunk as people started moving away.

The 20th century

In the sixties, the mayor of Mojacar decided to give away plots of land, to anyone who could build a house within a year or who would invest in the area. First and foremost artists came in, later on also larger names found Mojacar such as the Spanish toreador Antonio Bienvenida, diplomat Sir Michael Adeane, actor Charles Baxter and concert pianist Enrique Arias. In 1965, the giving away of land stopped. It was the time that the film industry in Almeria bloomed. The Tabernas desert and the beaches of Mojacar and Cabo de Gata were used as important sets. There are still a lot of pictures to be found of stars such as Clint Eastwood, Anita Ekberg, Charles Bronson in Mojacar and the photos of Brigitte Bardot that walks up a hill alongside a donkey going are legendary. Sergio Leone often stayed in Mojacar, where Orson Welles filmed Treasure Island.

More recent films recorded in Mojacar, Cabo de Gata, Sierra Cabrera and Tabernas are, just to name a few: Indiana Jones and the last crusade, Assassin’s Creed, fragments of Game of Thrones (HBO) and Penny Dreadful (Showtime) … In Almeria, no fewer than 500 films have been shot over the last 6 decades. That is why there are now plans to make Almeria (the city) a film capital. There’re plans to build a film school, indoor studios and the like.

Today

In the village of Mojacar there remains an air of an artists’ village, so art is an important factor in Mojacar. On the other hand, there is the current mayor that wants to stimulate high quality tourism. The combination of both, and of course the climate, the air and the 17km of beaches and coves along its 22km coast line, makes Mojacar and Mojacar Playa quite a unique place.

Fortunately, a long ago introduced rule to keep buildings on a maximum of two floors has kept this area special. Its beaches, that count three Blue Flag beaches, and chiringuitos (beach lounge bars) are great ingredients for a relaxed time.  It gets even better: once you pass the beaches with infrastructure, there is a beautiful landscape that features some pristine, almost hidden coves that leads all to way to Carboneras and the Cabo de Gata National Park.

Entertainment

By Mediterranean standards, this area, the east coast of Almeria, is relaxed and certainly and less crowded. The area is relatively unspoiled and life is far less expensive than in the well known ‘Costas’. Apart from the beaches, Mojacar offers a good selection of restaurants and bars in both the village and near the seaside. There is always somewhere live music to be enjoyed, There are some pretty amazing dance venues in Mojacar, that have live music and dj’s on their calendars.

Nearby places, less than 20 minutes by car

Although Mojacar is the most important seaside resort for the Levante (East) coast of Almeria, other nearby towns and villages are also attractive.

You have to visit Bedar, that is called the balcony of the Mediterranean, the port of Garrucha and its large number of seafood restaurants, the amazing Sierra Cabrera and its village that goes by the same name, local markets in Vera and Villaricos…

Day trips

We highly recommend, actually we insist, that you make your way to Cabo de Gata either by sailing boat or by car. Explore its natural beaches and coves. Have a paella on the beach of Agua Amarga and you will feel like time has come to a stop. Check out the old goldmines of Rodalquilar and its lovely small center. Las Negras is a beautiful stop before you continue towards La Isleta del Moro, San Jose, the Lighthouse of Cabo de Gata, The reef of ‘Las Sineras’ …

Granada and the Alhambra is a 1h45 minutes drive from Mojacar. The ski slopes of Sierra Nevada is 30 minutes higher up.

Shopping and history in Lorca, Murcia or Almeria.

 

Getting there and around

Local Airports

Almeria Airport: LEI This is the closest airport to the Mojácar area being only 80 kilometers from the village taking the A7 motorway route.

San Javier (Murcia) Airport: MJV There are excellent motorway links to this airport, of which one is a toll road that cuts the driving time to the airport from Mojácar to about an hour.Please keep in mind that the San Javier airport will be replaced by the end of 2018 by the larger Carver airport, at more or less the same distance from Mojacar.

Alicante Airport: ALC This is the largest airport serving Mojácar and its surrounding area, about two hours by car.  trip without stops. It does, however, have a good, direct, motorway connection. There is a wider range of flights at your disposal and rental cars tend to be better priced at this airport.

All three airports have national and international flights, both scheduled and chartered.

There is a shuttle service from all three airports to Mojacar, check www.shuttledirect.com/en/

There is not a lot of public transport around. There is an hourly bus connection between the village and the beach area. There are bus connections to all major cities in Spain and to local cities, but the frequency is very low. Most have one service a day. If you are going to depend on public transport, then that will take some careful planning. There is hope though as by 2023 the rail tracks for the a high speed train should be finished, connecting the area with all major Spanish cities.

 

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