I have been visiting this beautiful Pueblo in Mojacar ever since my mam moved there over 14 years ago.
On my first visit way, back in the early noughties when I was a stroppy 20 something, I was told how amazing and uplifting this small village was, with its eclectic mix of artists, hippies and Spanish tradition. It was even suggested that I would want to stay all the time. But back then I couldn't see any of that, probably due to me arriving on one of the rare rainy weeks in the year but more to the point my mates weren’t there to party with and at that stage in life that's what I looked for!
My most recent visit was last week, and I felt like I was looking at everything with fresh eyes and a better attitude. The cobbled streets around the Pueblo are all in perfect condition with gleaming white cottages, that have brightly coloured doors, and beautiful flowers growing round them. It’s a delight for the eyes and the soul.
And it isn't just me that has a new outlook, the village itself has also refreshed it's look. As you drive into it, there is a newly restored viewing platform to look out at the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. I can't overstate how wonderful these views are.
Eating & drinking
There are also many cafes up by the platform which each have their own special hum and buzz, but a popular place for a morning tostada or evening tipple is at the El Cafetin De La Candela. You will find a great mix of tourists, and many locals as they sit there and watch the world go by. The owners also run a delightful restaurant and tapas bar called La Candela just upstairs from the Square. The food is of a great standard with lovely decor to make you feel relaxed.
For the romantics out there La Muralla restaurant, is perched on a cliff top with lovely helpful staff and views to boot!
If you want to hit the Playa (beach) there is a local bus to take you down, or if you're like me and find yourself wanting to walk it’s a pleasant 20-30 minutes downhill. Going back up is less pleasant!
Chiringuitos (beach bars)
On Sundays from 6.30 pm in the summer months, everyone heads to the El Patio 2000 for live music and drinks. The atmosphere is great, and you’ll find everyone is up for a chat and sing along.
With development on the rise, these local bars known as Chiringuitos are fighting to keep their place on the beach front. El Cid, Aku Aku and Kontiki all do food and also some have live music, with the added bonus of stepping straight onto the sand, so go along and show your support. You’ll have a great time.
Finally! there are far too many wonderful places to mention that you can go to on the Playa, so I'll end with this recommendation, the Dolce Vita Sky Bar is one of my favourite spots for an afternoon relaxation drink, they also have a pianist at the weekends to add to the atmosphere. It’s so calming and has a great location to watch the waves lapping below you.
14 years on both Mojacar and I have regenerated ourselves whilst keeping our core charm (okay Mojacar has kept its core charm!) but I can conclude that I completely agree with all those people that said you will love it here, and you probably won’t just come here once as the village has a way of pulling you back.