Mojacar is a charming jumble of whitewashed, sugar-cube houses, perched on a hilltop and overlooking a golden-sanded beach. The village itself is an atmospheric labyrinth of twisting, cobbled streets and Moorish architecture, housing hidden cafés and quirky shops. Holidays to Mojacar are ideal if you want a slice of Spanish charm and a beautiful beach on which to soak up some sun.
Although the resort is believed to be the birthplace of Mickey Mouse creator, Walt Disney, you won’t find any theme parks in the village: holidays here are low-key, designed to help you leave all the stresses and strains of life behind you. With superb, rustic restaurants and traditional tavernas serving local cuisine and some stunning countryside to explore, you can make your holidays just what you want them to be.
If you want to make the most of the sunbathing weather, book your Mojacar holidays between June and August, when the temperature nudges all the way up into the low thirties.
Mojacar is best for…
Families: The beach is dusted with golden sands and the shore shelves gently into sapphire-blue seas. There are waterparks nearby, where the kids can cool down and burn off some energy.
History buffs: Mojacar houses some excellent examples of Moorish architecture, with some of the oldest dating back as far as the 8th century.
Scenery lovers: One of the greenest parts of Almeria, it’s surrounded by some truly spectacular scenery, including the Sierra Cabrera mountain range.
Mojacar Fast Facts
Language: The language spoken is Spanish. While most of the locals have a god grip of English, the occasional ‘por favor’ and ‘gracias’ can go a long way, so pack a phrasebook or download our handy language app.
Currency: You’ll need to exchange your Sterling for Euros, before jetting off.
Local time: Mojacar is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Almeria Airport. The transfer time to Mojacar is 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Mojacar is 2.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at www.spain.info
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Mojacar.
Mojacar Weather & climate
Temperature: Average of 30°C in the height of summer.
Best time to go: While sun-worshippers will appreciate the high temperatures between June and August, spring is a popular time to visit if you prefer to sightsee in a cooler climate.
With long hours of sunshine for over 300 days a year, the weather is perfectly Mediterranean. Expect hot, dry weather in July and August, which regularly peaks in the thirties. From September until November, the mercury hovers in the mid-twenties. With little rain, this is ideal for visitors who prefer things a little less sweltering and with fewer crowds.
Getting around Mojacar
On foot: Walking is the best way to soak up all of Mojacar’s old-school Spanish charm. Among the twisting, narrow streets, you’ll find busy squares, unique shops and plenty of Moorish architecture. There are guided walking trails available, both in the town and in the surrounding countryside.
By bus: The town is within walking distance of the beach, although it’s uphill so you may prefer to use the regular bus service to shuttle between the two.
By taxi: Taxis are also on hand, although parking in the town can be difficult if you wish to hire a car.
August weekend: During the last weekend in August, the town holds a fiesta in honour of its patron saint, Augustine. The sleepy village transforms into a hive of activity, with sporting events, live music and dancing, and a colourful procession in which the women wear traditional Mojacar dress and carry water-pitchers overflowing with flowers.
Medieval parade: Book your holidays to Mojacar in June and you might catch the Moors and Christians festival. A highlight in the local calendar, this marks the expulsion of the Moors from the village, celebrated with villagers dressed in fabulous medieval costume and sporting muskets and sabres. Expect a dazzling re-enactment of that crucial battle, complete with fireworks, flashes and bangs! However, it doesn’t stop there: after the firework finale the locals party, dance and drink long into the night.
Things to do around Mojacar
An ideal spot for families and couples who want to take things easy, Mojocar offers a wealth of things to see and do. If you can tear yourself from the sun-kissed beach, you can explore the incredible countryside by bike, or even ride a horse along the coast. The old town is the perfect place to take a wander or grab a leisurely lunch in one of the bustling squares. By night, enjoy a cool drink in a taverna and watch the sun set.
Beaches: While Mojacar is a quiet village, the beach offers plenty to get up to. The promenade is lined with shops, cafés and restaurants, which run parallel to the stretch of golden sand and turquoise sea. If you want to add a shot of adrenaline on your holiday, you’ll find a good range of water sports on offer including wakeboarding, windsurfing and water-skiing.
Attractions: Mojacar’s history stretches back to around 2000BC and you’ll find plenty of relics left behind by its previous inhabitants, particularly in the Moorish architecture. La Fuente Moro has provided the village with water for centuries. At this Moorish fountain you’ll still see locals using the natural spring water to fill up their water-buckets. The Mojaqueras Statue, carved in white marble, stands as a mark of respect to the women of the town, depicting a woman dressed in traditional costume and carrying a water-pitcher.
Natural Attractions: With crystal-clear waters, the sea around Mojacar provides the perfect conditions for a spot of scuba-diving. You’ll find schools in the area offering courses for divers of all abilities, from complete newcomers, to seasoned aqualung-enthusiasts. If you’d prefer something a little more land-locked, you can trot along the coast on horseback or explore the rolling countryside and mountain ranges from the comfort of a 4×4. However, to get a real sense of the scenery, the best way to take it in is on foot. Look out for the Stone of the Nazarene: a weird and wonderful rock formation that’s a result of Mojacar’s mining past.