Luxury Villa near Mojacar

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Local Facilities:

There are numerous Spanish 'tapas' bars and restaurants offering traditional Spanish and international cuisine which are located at the many nearby villages. The small coastal and inland towns of Turre, Mojacar, Bedar & Garrucha are all within a 5 to 15 minute drive of the villa and offer an abundance of spanish bars and restaurants serving anything from traditional spanish cuisine right through to mushy peas and chips! Value for money and Spanish hospitality can certainly be guaranteed and, although the service may be 'laid back', the Sangria is very good for building up one's appetite! The nearby villages of Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera offer beaches and many other facilities.

There are numerous supermarkets (spanish and english), banks, hospitals, doctors and dentists. On the leisure side, there are hotels, a marina, plus an array of international restaurants and varied night life plus all the things you would expect in traditional Spain.

There are numerous outdoor village/town markets held all around the area, one of the largest being held in Garrucha (fishing village) on Fridays and in the large town of Vera on Saturdays.

Medical services can be found in numerous local villages and we have
found that the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), (application for which can be found at www.dh.gov.uk/travellers or from Post Offices in UK), although not acceptable in some places, is very useful in this area. Further information can be found in the booklet "Health Advice for Travellers" available from any UK post office and on line at above web site. It is strongly recommended that you take the booklet with you when you travel as it also tells you what to do if treatment does become necessary during your trip. The EHIC entitles you to reduced cost (or sometimes free) treatment during a temporary visit to Spain and is valid for treatment offered under the state healthcare scheme; it gives you access to treatment under the same terms as people that live in Spain. However, the EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance since it may not cover all health costs and never covers repatriation costs, so you are advised to take out a travel insurance policy in addition to the EHIC.

Sporting facilities in the area include, golf, horse riding, pony trekking, tennis, squash, green bowling and go-karting. On the 17 kilometers of beaches, which have been granted 3 blue European flags for their cleanliness, one will find wind surfing, water ski-ing, sea caneoing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, scuba diving, jet skis and, of course, the obligatory banana and sausage rides! There is also an Aqua Park situated on the Villaricos Road, toward Vera - well worth a trip for those with children.


Villa location

The villa is located in a small village which is approx. a 10 minute drive from the delightful coastal resort of Mojacar and the fishing town of Garrucha. The village is not shown on the map detailed on this web site but is located near the town of Los Gallardos. The location is an ideal base for those wishing to relax and unwind as it has good access, not only to the more popular coastal resorts, but is also close to the more traditional inland Spanish towns, such as Bedar and Turre.

The villa is a 2-3 minute stroll to the centre of the village, where one will find the local bar/restaurant offering a full, 'a la carte' menu and daily snacks.


Mojacar:

Mojacar is appx. 10 minutes drive from the villa and is sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Cabrera and the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean. Mojacar is the largest and most popular tourist centre of this south eastern corner of Spain. The present day town ('pueblo') has developed from one of the most ancient communities in the whole of Spain with a history which stretches back more than 4,000 years. The area has been dominated in turn by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. The Moorish sultans were ousted 500 years ago but theirs has been the strongest influence of all - to this day the old town of Mojacar resembles a Moroccan village more than an international tourist resort.

A visit to Mojacar is well worthwhile, with its twisting labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets, old arches and domed houses, stacked one above the other. Mojacar pueblo (old town) has magnificent panoramic views overlooking the mountains, valleys and sea and is filled with superb restaurants, small privately owned boutiques, charming squares and intimate bars. Only 2Km away from the pueblo, down at the seafront, you are in another world of international restaurants and bars offering a wide variety of Spanish and International cuisine. Here all residential buildings are restricted to 2 storeys and hotels to 3 - you can see why the village is aptly named and famous throughout Spain as 'El Rincon del Embrujo, "The Corner of Enchantment". The result is a lively resort which offers plenty of activities for the foreign holidaymaker whilst retaining its traditional Spanish charm and character.

One of Mojacar's greatest claims to fame is the hotly disputed assertion that Walt Disney was born here. The story goes that he was the illegitimate son of a beautiful local washerwoman who fled to America to escape the disgrace and to seek her fortune. Unable to provide for him, she gave him up for adoption to Flora and Elias Disney of Chicago. The tale can neither be proved nor disproved as his birth registration record has never been found - either in Chicago or in Mojacar (where all records were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War). The Arabs named this place "Munsaqar" and defended it against the Christian armies for hundreds of years until King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella reclaimed it in the late 15th century. But the legacy of the Arab invaders remains in the old Moorish fortress and the architecture which makes the foreign visitor feel he or she has arrived on the African continent. Each summer the locals honour their Arab ancestors with a spectacular 'Moors and Christians' fiesta, complete with extravagant costumes, Arab sabres and mock street battles (throughout which the Spanish male protagonists puff somewhat incongruously on huge cigars!)


Surrounding Areas:

The countryside around Mojacar is what some people would call 'Real Spain' and comes under the province of Almeria. The towns and villages are Spanish in character and you are likely to see donkeys bringing sugar cane in from the fields and herdsmen walking their goats over the mountains. Local wildlife includes wild boar, genet, fox and weasel.

There are daily local markets which cater for both locals and tourists.

The Mojacar area is Spain as it used to be; small villages in the hills (some with a small bar for drinks and tapas), orange, lemon, almond/olive groves and goatherds. This is a slow way of life that is disappearing.

The area is also famed for its troglodyte villages where cave dwellers have fashioned their extraordinary homes out of the soft rock. As well as the modern-day 'troglodyte' villages, there are also prehistoric caves at the nearby town of Sorbas, as well as Roman and Moorish remains.

Tourist centres have built up on the eastern coast of the province at Mojacar and on the southern coast, west of the city, at Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar. In these areas you'll find good beaches, marinas, international restaurants, hotels and sports centres. At the eastern corner of the province (at the south east tip of the Spanish mainland) lies the Cabo del Gato-Nijar nature reserve with its desert landscape and rugged coastline peppered with small coves, only accessible on foot.

Approximately 45 minutes inland near the village of Tabernes you can visit the "badlands of Almeria" - Europe's only desert region. Visit "Mini Hollywood", where numerous Italian and American films were shot including "A Fistful of Dollars" (Clint Eastwood) and part of the Peter O'Toole epic movie "Lawrence of Arabia". Wild West shows (including a bank robbery, hanging and shoot-outs) are put on daily (in high season).

There are opportunities for sightseeing both in the immediate area and further afield. There are spectacular views (and driving) on the roads from Mojacar to Carboneras and beyond to the mountain coastline of Cabo de Gata, offering secluded beaches and coves. In the other direction, towards Villaricos and beyond, there are numerous small coves and inlets with small beaches.

For those of you who don't mind travelling for apx 2 hours and want a complete full day out or overnight stay, there is the magnificent Alhambra, situated in Granada. The Alhambra was a Palace, citadel, fortress and home of the Nasrid sultans, high government officials, servants of the court and elite soldiers from the 13th to 15th century. For further information take a look at the web site http://www.alhambra-patronato.es Entrance tickets should be pre-booked and can be arranged by you either by internet on www.alhambratickets.com or by telephoning 00 34 91 537 91 78 (from abroad) or 902 22 44 60 (whilst in Spain).

If visiting the Alhambra, you can also purchase a 'Granada Tourist Coupon' from the 'Alhambra and Generalife' ticket office which will give you a discount on entry to the most important Monuments and Museums in the city!

This area of Spain is the ideal destination for those of you who are seeking a peaceful holiday, with a mix of traditinal Spanish villages whilst having easy and quick access to the coastal area of Mojacar Playa which boasts a nightlife that would satisfy most.


Almeria Province:

Turre & Mojacar come under the Almeria Province. This province has escaped mass tourism and the high rise buildings which are now evident on the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol. The Province is located in the South East corner of Spain, bordering the provinces of Granada and Murcia. Unlike other popular holiday resorts it is still relatively uncommercialised and it is only in the last few years that touristic development has taken place. Almeria Province is one of the last refuges of unspoiled coastline and has retained the old-world charm and atmosphere of traditional Spain!

The city of Almeria is located on the Costa Almeria (coast) at the eastern edge of Andalucia. This is probably the least known of all the Spanish costas although tourism is a growing industry here with holiday resorts developing to the east and west of the city. The coastline has a good variety of beaches but the hinterland has a barren, almost lunar landscape which put the province of Almeria on the world stage in the 1960s when Italian movie-makers decided it was the ideal location for hundreds of "spaghetti westerns".

The Almeria province has been colonised by all the great Mediterranean peoples from the Phoenicians, the Carthagineans and the Romans to the Moors, who were in occupation for some 800 years, creating a wealth of culture and knowledge and leaving relics and ruins which are among the wonders of the world. The word 'Almeria' comes from a moorish word, meaning 'mirror of the sea', and was an important settlement a hundred years before the building of the Alhambra in Granada and the capitol of the Moorish Kingdom.

The coast is the driest and warmest in Spain (most probably the best in mainland Europe), with an average rainfall of 11" and an average annual sunshine of 320 days. The sea temperature is warmer in winter than its air temperature, making swimming an all-year-round, enjoyable, activity. The overall annual average temperature exceeds 18C, with the winter temperature rarely falling below 13C.

Some consider the Costa Almeria as the cradle of Spain, due to the number of prehistoric finds - evidence of the occupation by various civilizations, such as the Romans, Greeks and Arabs.

The Almerian interior offers many geographical variations for exploration - coastal coves and inland desert areas. There are also picturesque national parks including the Santa Maria park in the north and the Sierra Nevada mountains natural park in the west of the province that it shares with neighbouring Granada.


How to get to the villa from UK:

Airports:

Almeria - Approximately 45 minutes drive on a quiet motorway to the villa.

Alicante, Murcia & Granada - Approximately 1.5-2 hours drive (quiet motorway) to the villa.


Flight arrangements, car hire and holiday insurance will be the responsibility of the visitors travelling.


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