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Mojácar Tourist Attractions Things to Do

Mojácar's old town, its coastline and rugged, mountainous interior provide a huge range of different leisure activities for foreign visitors. The resort has a wide choice of local and international restaurants, numerous sporting activities are available and there are plenty of interesting excursions along the coast and inland.

Start by getting to know the old town with its Moorish fortress, El Torreon, and its labyrinth of charming cobbled back streets. Wander through the maze of boutiques, bars and street cafes and savour the rich history and warm Spanish hospitality of this ancient town. On Wednesday mornings you'll be able to enjoy the colourful chaos of the weekly street market where Spanish housewives flock to stock up with their week's supply of fresh fruit and veg.

For a more international scene, head down to the seafront with its promenade lined with beach shops, British bars and pizzerias.

This is a paradise for sports enthusiasts. Besides enjoying a full range of watersports and the aquapark at nearby Vera, you can hire a micro light (complete with pilot if you're unqualified) at the resort's Indalo Wings Microlight Centre, or spend a day hiking, rock climbing, biking or horse riding.

There are two nearby horse riding centres Cortijo Kupanda as Los Gallardos to the north of the town on the road to Garrucha and Rancho Cabrera in the Sierra Cabrera mountains which provide the backdrop to the resort.

Golfers have a wealth of choice with numerous 18 hole courses within easy reach. Marina Golf Mojácar combines flat fairways by the sea with spectacular mountainside terrain to test the skills of the most proficient golf enthusiasts.

Almeria's stunning Desert Springs course, designed by Walker Cup Captain Peter McEvoy, was the first desert course to be built in Europe. With lush fairways, water features and harsh desert terrain, the course rivals the famous desert courses of Arizona and California.

The new Valle de Este course, a short distance to the north of Mojacar, uses the natural desert landscape to its best effect providing a challenging game in a beautiful setting. It has large greens and various water features.

It was Almeria's harsh, arid hinterland that brought Italian and Hollywood moviemakers here to film hundreds of spaghetti westerns and some blockbusters such as Fistful of Dollars, the Good the Bad and the Ugly and Lawrence of Arabia. Journey about 60 kilometres south west of the resort and you'll be able to visit the remnants of the studio sets at Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood near the town of Tabernas.

This is a fun, family day out in the "badlands" of Almeria where you can enjoy wild west shoot outs, can can shows and a refreshing drink (you'll need it here in Europe's only desert!) in a double door salon.

An interesting excursion is a visit to the famous troglodyte villages where modern day cave dwellers have burrowed their extraordinary homes out of the soft rock. You can see the doors, windows and chimneys from the outside but for the most part these "casas cuevas" are buried within the hillsides, protecting their occupants from the blistering summer heat. You'll find cave houses in several villages in Almeria including Alhabia, Gador, Benahadux, Fondon and Laujar de Andarax.

The historic city of Granada, with its fabulous Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens, is only an hour and a half's drive west of Mojacar. Make sure you book tickets for the palace in advance if you go in high season because this is one of Spain's top tourist attractions and visitor numbers are restricted.

Travel south of Granada and explore the magnificent Sierra Nevada mountain range, the home of Europe's most southerly ski resort. On its southern slopes you'll find the spectacular Alpujarras region truly one of the most beautiful and awe inspiring places in the whole of Spain.

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