Spilling down the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera on the South East coast of Spain, is the beautiful resort of Mojacar. Split into two distinct areas approximately two kilometres apart, the traditional hilltop village of 'Mojacar Pueblo' and, in complete contrast, the modern coastal strip of 'Mojacar Playa'. The combination of both makes Mojacar undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan area in the region. The Pueblo is a very attractive village, with its steep, narrow streets of cube-shaped, whitewashed houses and profusion of flowers, completes this picture postcard scene. In the heart of Mojacar Pueblo is the square of Plaza Nueva, from which there are stunning views of the coast and the mountains of the Sierra Cabrera. About a mile from Mojacar Pueblo is the coastal resort of Mojacar Playa, which contains all the ingredients needed for an enjoyable beach holiday. There are a variety of restaurants offering a range of cuisine or f you want to dance the night away there is no shortage of discos and music bars open late during the summer months. Mojacar Playa also has a commercial centre with shops, restaurants, banks, supermarkets and a medical centre. From Mojacar playa, take a trip just a little further along to the fishing harbour at Garrucha. The fishing boats set off just before dawn and return in the afternoon with their catch, where you can buy fresh fish at the fish market by the quayside.
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When in Almeria be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
Mojacar is split into two sections, the beautiful hillside ‘Pueblo’ with winding cobbled streets, and the long stretch of beach known as the ‘Playa’ lined with shops, bars and restaurants. Both areas offer an assortment of bars, with a quieter Spanish atmosphere in the Pueblo, and more lively bars and a few nightclubs along the Playa. Mojacar is really considered to be a family friendly resort, so whilst you will find a handful of lively late night establishments, it still maintains a refined ambience.
Located about an hour’s drive south of Mojacar, Cabo de Gata natural park covers approximately five hundred square kilometres and includes one hundred and twenty square kilometres of the sea as a marine reserve. The park is home to a wealth of marine and terrestrial wildlife, and also offers many rare plants native to the region. Ideal for walking, cycling, and horse riding, the scenery is spectacular and there are numerous places of interest and traditional villages to be explored. Keen bird watchers will be in their element here, and snorkelers will enjoy superb coral reefs and colourful marine life. The beaches of Cabo de Gata natural park natural park are some of the most stunning in Spain, they offer a mix of easily accessible family beaches to quiet idyllic hideaways.
Why not visit the desert town of Tabernas where you can have a day out at the wild west theme parks of Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood to enjoying some "high noon" style shoot-outs, can-can shows and various cowboy antics amid the remnants of the movie sets, there is plenty of fun to be had. As you wander around, you will find reproductions of western shops, a carriage museum and a cinema museum. You can even dress up western style for a photograph or meet the cowboys and take a ride in the stagecoach. A Fistful of Dollars, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and part of Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here in these so-called "tierras malas" (badlands) of Almeria.
For family fun, visit Park Aquatico in Vera where you can enjoy plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more.
Cuevas de Sorbas (Caves of Sorbas)
Located about 30 minutes from Bedar, this is an amalgamation of caves and underground channels covering an area of around fifty kilometres. Known as one of the geological jewels of Andalucia, this is an excellent place to visit as a day trip. Guided tours offer access to the caves, and you can choose between a basic tour suitable for all, and an exhilarating climbing tour!
Vera Bull Ring
Why not take a drive 30 minutes north to Vera, to experience the bull ring! Originally built in 1879 and restored in 1993 in keeping with the old style, bull fights are still performed in the ring today, and there is also a great museum to enjoy.
An historical city with a very modern feel, Almeria City offers something for everyone and is ideal for a day trip if you are staying in Bedar. The main attractions, and must do places to visit, are the old quarter of the city, the ancient Alcazaba fortress and the City Cathedral. In the centre of the city is La Rambla, Avenide de Frederico Garcia Lorca, a long tree lined avenue that leads down to the port and beaches, it has a vibrant and modern feel with bustling street cafes, tempting shops and play areas for children. Nearby you will find Paseo de Almeria, which is a fantastic shopping street, and Avenida del Mediterraneo which is home to the Mediterraneo shopping complex. Many tourist attractions can be found throughout the city, and a tourist train runs most weekend through the old quarter and port area, offering a relaxing way to see the city sights.
The popular resort of Mojacar is close by and well worth a visit. Split into two sections, the beautiful hillside ‘Pueblo’ with winding cobbled streets, provides a wonderful place for afternoon strolls, souvenir shopping and leisurely meals. Typically Spanish, this town is full of charm and offers some superb views from the top! Just minutes from the Pueblo, the long stretch of beach known as the ‘Playa’ is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. This part of Mojacar is much more international and lively, and the beaches are arguably the best in the area.
Located in Almeria city, ‘La Alcazaba’, is an Arabic fortress which dominates the area from its hilltop location. Here you can soak in the city’s rich past whilst enjoying magnificent views of the harbour. Connected to the fortress is the spectacular 11th century Wall of Jairan which was built by the first ruler of the Almeria taifa and descends the valley on the north side of the Alcazaba, whilst climbing the hillside of San Cristobal on the far. In the 15th century the city was taken over by the Catholic monarchs and its Muslim populace expelled soon thereafter. Almeria is a historians delight, with palaces, castles, churches, gardens, tombs, stately homes, and museums showcasing what this fantastic region has to offer.
Why not explore Almeria’s cave houses; these curious dwellings are dug out of the soft sand-coloured cliffs and provide excellent insulation in the dry desert-like heat. They can be found all over the region and some of the natives still live in them to this day.
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