Parque aquatico (water park), Vera
New aqua park situated close to Vera beach (approx 5 miles from Garrucha). You can easily get to it by car or local bus service (ask at a local tourist info for bus times).
Nice park with about 8 slides and 3 pools. Be aware though, that if your kids are less than 1m10cm in height (or not confident swimmers) they can only use 2 of the slides (the tobogans). Therefore, you don't really get full use of the facilities until your kids are around 6-7 years old I would say. Also, there is a large supermarket next door to it so you can always pop in there first to stock up on food for a pic-nic instead of paying the elevated restaurant / snack bar prices when inside the park. Note that you are not allowed to bring any glass containers into the park.
Adults: 17,00 €
Children from 4 to 12 years: 12,00 €
Children up to 3 years: FREE
If you fancy trying it out first I think they do reduced price entry tickets (40% off?) if you get there after 4pm (check on their website to confirm). I think you also get reductions if you buy "multi day" tickets as well.
- Family Travel
Mojacar old towm
Mojacar old town is only 8 or 9 miles from Garrucha / Pueblo Laguna. It can be easily reached by car and there is a regular bus service that can also get you there for around 2Euros. Typical white walled spanish hill top town about 1 mile inland from the coast. Very steep hills so please beware if you are going there with elderly or young children in pushchairs. Large selection of cafe's and restaurants with nice views over the coastline. Nice place to visit for a couple of hours.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Historical Travel
Around the Harbour with an artist.
We went to the Harbour not knowing it was a Local Holday - Andalucia Day, 28 February.
That explained why everyone looked so smart including these children who clustered around the Artist . They were almost breathless with excitement as they saw the ship - which must have ben a very familiar sight to them- appear on her painting pad.
Behind them their parents , all in Sunday best, kept a watchful eye well out of sight of the camera.
At the Fish Market
We have only been there in low season - February - March so the restrictions on members of the public inside the fishmarket were overlooked.
It was one of the busiest, cleanest ( move quickly - or you'd be hosed down!) and the most fascinating of fish markets that we had seen around the world .
We spotted a great many boxes with familiar fish - and some that looked like coiled stainless steel tubes - what could they be ?
See picture number 2.
See the fishing fleet come in.
There is an air of great excitement around the harbour as the first of the fishing boats come home.
From the villa in which we were staying down the coast, we were awakened most mornings by the chugging of the engines as the fleet set out across the bay - and usually went out onto the terrace with a very early morning cup of tea to watch their lights reflected on the water.
But the return of the fleet is full of anticipation as buyers, auctioneers and general public await the unloading of the first shop to come home.
The large, red prawns of Garrucha are famous throughout the region - as well as many other fish less well known to many of the visitors who throng the quay.