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Although its origins reach far back into prehistoric times, Mojacar — like most of Andalusia's hilltop villages — reached its zenith under the enlightened rule of the Moors, especially in the period of the Umayyads of Córdoba. Unfortunately, its position at the frontier between Moorish Spain and the armies of the reconquest by Christian kings made it a target, and even its fortifying stone walls couldn’t save its population from near annihilation in 1435. After centuries of decline, Mojacar was rejuvenated and repopulated in the 1960s, when it became a favorite of artists, writers and expats and its beautiful old buildings were stabilized ...

Although its origins reach far back into prehistoric times, Mojacar — like most of Andalusia's hilltop villages — reached its zenith under the enlightened rule of the Moors, especially in the period of the Umayyads of Córdoba. Unfortunately, its position at the frontier between Moorish Spain and the armies of the reconquest by Christian kings made it a target, and even its fortifying stone walls couldn’t save its population from near annihilation in 1435. After centuries of decline, Mojacar was rejuvenated and repopulated in the 1960s, when it became a favorite of artists, writers and expats and its beautiful old buildings were stabilized and restored. Today the best way to enjoy the town is to get lost in its steep, winding streets, enjoying the views that open up suddenly from terraces as you descend from the highest point at Mirador Castillo, to the cool shade of La Fuenta Mora at its base. Here a handy bus can save the climb back up, although the return trip is sure to reveal more sights, including the 18th-century Ermita de los Dolores and the stone Church Santa Maria, which dates from 1560 and was originally a fortress. Perhaps most atmospheric of all is the maze of tiny passageways that form the old Jewish quarter. Far below, the coast is lined with beaches whose development has largely avoided the high-rise excesses of the Costa del Sol.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Mojácar is in southeastern Andalucia in southern Spain, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is an mountain village with traditional white structures. There is also a tourist resort to the south of the town on the coast called Mojacar Playa.
  • Language: Spanish
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Almeria province

Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    June, July and August can be hot, but the town's elevation and sea breezes keep it pleasant even in summer. To see the town go wild, visit during the Moors and Christians festival on the weekend closest to June 10. Elaborately costumed revelers, marching bands, noisy battles and parties fill the streets. Winter temperatures are mild, making this a good year-round choice.