Spain Guide


Mojácar Beaches

Mojácar is in one of the driest and hottest areas of mainland Spain. The sun shines here for an average of 322 days a year so it's no surprise to find this stretch of coastline awash with water sports all year round.

Winter doesn't really exist in Mojacar where the temperature averages around 18C. No matter what the season, you can sail, fish, windsurf, scuba dive.or take a bird's eye view of the seascape from a micro light.

The beaches are one of the major attractions of the area and there are almost 17 kilometres of them to explore. You'll find long, uncrowded sandy beaches and delightful little coves only accessible via steep tracks.

The resort is part of the Costa Calida (literally "warm coast") which stretches a total of 250 kilometres from San Javier at the southern tip of the Costa Blanca down to the south eastern corner of Spain.

The beaches in the immediate vicinity consistently earn the European Blue Flag for cleanliness and offer an excellent range of activities jet ski ing, paragliding, canoeing, water ski ing, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving.

Down at the main beachfront you can hire comfortable sun loungers and shades and take your pick from a huge range of bars and restaurants which sit cheek by jowl all the way along the Paseo Maritimo promenade. Besides all the usual water sports you'll be able to try your hand at flying a kite, wake boarding and banana riding (great for kids.and dads who never quite grew up!)

If you want to impress your friends with some unusual holiday snaps, pop along to the Indalo Wings Microlight Centre for a spin above the beach (in the safe hands of a qualified pilot).

You'll find another interesting photo opportunity at Vera Playa, a short drive north along the coast, not for the prudish because this is one of Europe's top naturist resorts. About one and a half kilometres of beach is officially naturist; the area is at the centre of an ongoing battle between naturists who are fighting to protect it from development and the local council which is keen to shorten it (presumably with a view to generating more income from the traditional "clothes inclined" tourist!)

Near the town of Vera, on the coast road to Palomares, is the local aquapark where long flumes, pools and kids' play areas provide a fun family day out. The park is open from the beginning of June until mid September; children under four get free admission.

Take the coastal road south from Mojacar towards Carboneras and after about four kilometres you'll come across a rough track which turns off towards the sea. Follow the track to discover the charming, isolated coves which pepper this stretch of the coastline.

At the south eastern tip of the mainland you can explore the wild Cabo de Gata nature reserve with its rich variety of wildlife and marine life. The waters here are a haven for divers and snorkellers. There's a diving school in Mojacar which caters for beginners and experienced divers and arranges excursions to some wonderful sites at Cabo de Gata.

There's a hollow mountain, known locally as The Cathedral, with numerous small openings which attract masses of sea creatures. Another site is that of a volcanic crater reached through a huge archway of natural rock. You can see barracuda, moray eels, monkfish, octopus and much more.

"El Pecio" is a 25 35 metre dive to explore a sunken fishing boat, perfectly in tact and home to a fascinating collection of plants and sea creatures.