The other day, we had to venture out. Something we try not to do too often! However, our destination was Mojacar: which consists of a typical Andalucian sugar cube mountain village and Mojacar Playa, which is the beach front resort at the bottom of the mountain, so we were quite looking forward to it. Mojacar has long been a favourite place of mine. It was the first place I ever visited in Spain back in 1991. Like anywhere, it’s changed quite a bit since then in that it has been built up a lot. There are not so many ‘wild’ areas as there used to be. And while there used to be an open stretch between Mojacar and Garrucha, a fishing village to the north, now there are buildings all the way along. But, there are no skyscrapers. It doesn’t look like the skyline of Benidorm, for example. Generally, buildings along Mojacar Playa are in keeping with the village itself on top of the mountain.
When we visit we don’t like to stay too long. We’re always happy to get back to our mountain. But, Mojacar, in my opinion, is a lovely place for a holiday. You can find out more here.
The road to Mojacar…
First glimpse of Mojacar village…
Left to the playa, right to the village – we went left.
Can you see the sea yet?
One thing you’ll see a lot of in Mojacar is the Indalo Man. The Indalo Man is the lucky symbol of Mojacar, and now more widely of Almeria. You’ll mostly see him on the outside of houses to keep away evil spirits, and he comes in all forms and colours in the souvenir shops! He looks like a man standing with his feet apart and his arms stretched out holding an arc above his head.
Something like this…
Yes, we have one in our house!
When we have a trip to the seaside, we like to indulge and have fish and chips or something else typically English. This time we went to a place called Mojo’s Cafe Bar. It’s on the top floor of the commercial centre on Mojacar Playa, so has great views! Having a commercial centre on a beach front sounds awful, doesn’t it? But, as with most of the other local buildings, it’s done tastefully – rather like a whitewashed Moorish fort. And it’s a great place to spend a few hours wandering through the many arts and crafts gift shops and fashion shops, or to sit and have coffee or beer and a tapa.
The view from Mojo’s
I recommend the beer-battered cod goujons!
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