La Azohia and the Tower of St Elena
La Azohia is a picturesque fishing village east of Mazarron on the road to Cartagena.
The views from this tower make it worth the trip, although if you have a car, it may be better to leave it by the port and walk up by foot. On a hot summer's day you might want to stop at a bar along the way for an ice cream or some tapas.
The tower was built in the late 1500s as a lookout post to spot pirates. When open it's possible to climb to the top. Below the tower is an abandoned searchlight station built after the Spanish Civil War
It's worth the climb but take it easy if you suffer from vertigo. The staircase is narrow and as a child I was scared to come down! still, I've been up many times and always made it out alive.
See my "La Azohia and Mula" travelogue for more pictures!
The beauty of Mazarrón
"Beside the seaside...beside the sea!"
We stopped in Puerto Mazarrón on the way thru to the Sierra Nevada from the Costa Blanca where we live. The town itself is inland slightly but we wanted the sea so headed for the port and found a beach we could wild camp on, Playa Negra at the most northern part of Mazarrón.
Theres a nice little town in the Port... it was buzzing lightly when we arrived early July... a few restaurants open and it had a nice feel about it. The beach stretches for a few km, and is hidden by the houses, but parking seems fairly easy and there is also a nudist beach at the far end.
Mazarron and surrounding area
"Puerto de Mazarron"
This is a very typical Spanish coastal resort, unspoilt by tourism, with no pretence of grandeur. You won´t find shopping centres and McDonalds here. Instead, there are lots of simple tapas bars and a small selection of souvenir shops. In the summer months of July and August, it is beseiged by thousands of Spaniards who have holiday homes here. This area of coastline has many beaches, the best being Bahia, Bolnuevo and Percheles. If you want a glimpse of the real Spain, this is a lovely place to spend a few relaxing days.
La Azohia and Mula
"View from the Tower of St Elena"
See my "off the beaten path" tip on La Azohia and the tower.
"Tower of St Elena"
The staircase leading up to the top of the tower.
La Azohia is well-known for its collection of anchors kept by the quay, used by local fishermen to anchor their huge tuna nets.
Mula is the largest town in the Mula River Valley, 36km from Murcia (its nearest large town) via the main C415 road.
The town has a population of 13000, and its old city centre is well-preserved. There are some nice thermal baths (banos) nearby.
A closer view
"“Marques de los Velez” castle, Mula"
This 15th century castle overlooks the town. The castle is unsupervised so tourists are welcome to visit as they please, although to get inside you need permission from someone with a key.
The views from it are lovely!