The Parador de Mojacar Almeria Hotel is located on the beaches of Mojacar.
The hotel is quite modern and not quite the "old castle" that you may expect of a parador. However, the rooms are quite spacious and comfortable as you'd expect for a place charging as much as it does for a room. Local cuisine in the restaurant includes a lot of local fish.
Mojacar is two towns the 'pueblo' up in the hill and the 'playa' the strip on the beach. (Long strip about 4 miles/6kms). It has got plenty of tacky restaurants that are designed to attract the tourists who are 70% English (except on Spanish holidays when there is a big weekend influx of Spaniards). Almost at the end of the playa the Restaurant OMEGA is located under a big neon omega symbol. It is one of the few local restaurants serving local food. Dad cooks and Mum serves with the kids helping out on busy periods when they are not at school. Food is simple Pork, Steak, Fish of the day. If you want a paella or a braised leg of lamb (which is fabulous) call in the day before or at lunchtime and order. Dont be put off if the restaurant is empty as the locals dont really arrive before 9pm. This is local, simple not haute cusine. With drink before and bottle of wine tough to spend more than €55 for two (2006). There is a teeny tapas bar at the back with TV if you like spanish football.
There are also a great Argentinian Steak house about 4 doors down. It has a name but everyone calls it 'The Argentinian'. V good value - only does steaks - no fish. Braised leg of lamb (ternera - I think). they must cook it for hours in a v low oven as you almost dont need a knife. Meat falls off the bone. Remember - best to order day before as it runs out v quickly.
The Beach Front at Mojacar Playa
The beach stretches for miles without hardly a soul on it. it is lined with little beach bars, some have live music, and food and drink.
"Mojacar Playa ( beach front)"
Mojacar Playa consists of over 5 km of bars, hotels, restaurants, shops and cafes. 50% of the population is non-spanish and over 50 years old. The beach now boasts several English supermarkets and businesses. A new paseo (walkway) runs a third of the length of the beach. The atmosphere, once considered bohemian, is now more cosmopolitan with many people bringing their culture and talents to work and live in area.During the summer months the beach is crowded, but much less so than most other coastal resorts in Spain. For those seeking quieter and more natural surroundings,
"Mojacar Pueblo town"
Mojacar Pueblo With its priveliged location, Mojacar is visible from many miles away; distinctive whitewashed sugar cube houses stacked one upon another separated by twisting cobbled streets, winding steps and old arches. Due to its staggered The views available from most buildings are The ancient village has been restored carefully over the past few decades. Features of historical interest remain in its architecture : the fountain, the old city walls and its "puertas" (gates). Restaurants, bars and craftshops lay waiting to be discovered along with the hospitality of the friendly locals.
In the summer the Mojácar area attracts visitors from all over the globe and is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan place in the whole region. Its bars stay open until the early hours every night. In the winter the village is quieter, although the country life and the village bars and restaurants sustain a pleasant and charming atmosphere.
As you can see the town is only a short stones throw from the beach. with plenty of open space around to explore. (more to follow)
WALT DISNEY WAS BORN HERE
We have just come back from Mojacar Southern Spain. We went for two weeks and the day we arrived we wasn't very keen. As the holiday progressed it got better and we ended up buying an apartment out there.
Mojacar is meant to be where the famous Walt Disney was born. He had a spanish name and family and changed it when he went to the USA.
There is no proof, but the locals say it's true.
Mojacar is an all year year warm weather place to visit where in the hot seasons it can get to 36/40 degrees. The desert area known as Tabernas is where Mini Hollywood is and that's where they filmed Fist ful of Dollars and other Westerns. Also an Indiana Jones film was filmed in Mojacar.
Mojacar is split into two, the Pueblo the old town is high up on a hill where the Spanish live, the Mojacar Playa which is a really long stretch of coastal line, stretches on for 3 kilometres I think. The beaches are quite empty, there are bars and restaurants galore, even though they are quite spread out.
Overall It's a place worth visiting.
aerial view of Mojacar Playa