Águilas is a land full of contrasts. When we slip our view for their coast we can see arise the sea. If we go inland we can find semidesert mediterranean landscape in whose exempt ground earth of vegetation, marine fossils and volcanic minerals are inserted.
All these characteristics offer a wide range of possibilities, as much for the lovers of the nature as for the sportsmen or the visitors that just yearn to forget the schedules and the obligations.
Options are varied, such as mountain climbing or trekking in places of unusual beauty in natural places where fauna can be observed.
The variety in the practice of aquatic or terrestrial sports is very rich, having facilities for all of them. And about the cultural offer, artistic exhibitions are altarned with didactic conferences handicrafts exhibitions, theatre, music...
In the four big bays called "Cope", "El Hornillo", "Levante", "Poniente", whose beauty impacts from the first moment that are discovered we find from the north to the south more than thirty small creeks that invite you lie down in theirs soft sands.
Each one can choose, according to his preferences, beaches to their likes. From the wildest and isolates ones, where everything is sea, sand and sky to those bustling of feverish activity and all type of services, where we can satisty hunger, thirst or longing for amusement.
The quality of this climate maintains its waters with a pleasant temperature that allows to enjoy the same ones the whole year. While the sea breeze makes possible the practice of sailing, windsurfing and other sports.
Águilas and the mediterranean is illuminated with the colors of its Carnival. In the carnival of Águilas millions of spangles of colors jump and shine in the streets.
Let us open the eyes well for the astonishment and the throats for the "Cuerva"(tipical drink), confettis jump, spangles and the Mediterranean with the happiness of Águilas.
Our Carnival is a party of national tourist interest.
MONUMENTS AND PLACES OF INTEREST IN ÁGUILAS
CASTLE OF SAN JUAN DE LAS AGUILAS whose ruins date of the s. XVIII. Through the history it crossed for diverse vicissitudes, corsairs and pirates attacked it. It supported the bombing of the English ships, it tolerated earthquakes and it always maintained crowning the hill.
TOWER OF COPE
Recently restored, this tower has completed the masthead mission and defense with regard to the frequent attacks of pirates and Turkish corsairs. It was restored in 1583 and it is one of the oldest defense buildings in the coast of Murcia.
PIER OF "EL HORNILLO"
Its an old mineral pier, built by the British Company of Railroads of the Southeast at the end of the s.XIX and inaugurated in 1903. It is located in the bay of "El Hornillo" ant its access is easy.
"PLAZA DE ESPAÑA" SQUARE
It is a beautiful garden whit a great variety of trees and plants. It was built in 1874. In its centre is a located source with a well-known sculpture called "La Pava de la Balsa". At this square eight streets of the main ones of the city converge.
ISLA DEL FRAILE
Small next island to th inhabited coast from Roman times where we can find remains and ruins of the early century.
Plates and two-handled jars of the IV century have been found here. It was a producer of the "Garum", liquor very appreciated in the antiquity.
MONUMENT OF THE RAILROAD
It is located at "Isaac Peral" Square. It consists on locomotive built in 1889 in Glasgow (Scotland). It began to lend service officially in April 1st 1890 and It worked up till 15th November 1977.
The white town of Mojácar , with a extension of some 15,500 acres, falls in the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera, located in the south east corner of Spain. It stands on a hill at an altitude of 175 metres above sea level, from where one can appreciate the seventeen kilometres of coastline within the extent of the municipality, of which five kilometres are urbanized, leaving the rest in a natural state.
Almeria city is at 90 Kms away and is connected by a dual carriageway (the A-92) in just 50 minutes driving time. The Almeria airport (45 minutes) and Alicante airport (2 hours and 30 minutes) both have national and international connections.
Mojácar is only at 15 Kms from the A-92, with direct communication with, Sevilla, Malaga and Granada to the west, and Murcia , Alicante , Valencia and Barcelona to the east. Madrid is just 4 hours away by road.
Mojacar enjoys its micro-climate
The fact that Mojácar enjoys some 3000 hours of sun per year means that the average temperature is about 20 º. Winter is practically non-existent. Mojácar special climate makes the winters appear very mild in comparison with the rest of the South. The long luminous days of sunshine lend themselves perfectly to a beautiful winter break. As for the summer, evenings here in Mojacar are just made for a relaxing moonlight stroll along the beach or through the magical labyrinth of its village streets.
The unmistakable white outline against the sky which hides a maze of winding streets and alleys make this cosmopolitan hilltop village a fascinating place to come and visit. The views from the Plaza Nueva, and the old Castle-viewpoint are simply spectacular and the ‘Puerta de la Ciudad' (ancient arched gateway), the fortified church and the Moorish fountain (communal drinking fountains) with 12 spouts are sites of historical significance. The "Macenas" Castle and the "Perulico" tower, situated below on an untouched beach, are also well worth a look.
Many different civilisations from the long of history of the Iberian Peninsula have left their mark here and we can see this reflected today in the numerous archaeological sites, the buildings of Arabic design, the regional cuisine and craftwork, and the local traditions - all of which of which serve to compliment the beautiful villages and the spectacular scenery.
The warm and dry climate (temperatures annually average between 20 – 22 C) makes for a terrain full of contrasts where, virgin beaches meet protected areas of natural beauty and desert landscapes give way to impressive mountain ranges.
The Levante region of Almeria is a unique location to come and relax, offering many possibilities. Some of the places you might want to discover for yourself are:
PARQUE NATURAL CABO DE GATA
The only coastal nature park on the Spanish Mediterranean. Here you can find fishing villages such as San Jose, La Isleta del Moro, Las Negras, and places of natural beauty and interest such as the beaches of Monsul and Genoveses, Las Salinas, El Mirador (viewing platform) de las sirenas, the bird sanctuary, the Cabo de Gata lighthouse and the ancient gold mines at Rodalquilar.
Retaining the charm of a typical Mediterranean fishing village, Carboneras has a lot to offer. You can visit the Castle of San Andres , The Mesa Roldan lighthouse, The Andre Bloc ‘maze house' or the beaches at los Algarrobicos and los Muertos.
The first things you notice at Sorbas are the houses perched precariously on the edge of a ravine. Beyond that there are many things of particular interest – the Santa Maria church, the Villaespesa theatre, the houses of the Dukes of Valoig and Alba and of the marques del Carpio, the district of la Alfattia and the spectacular Karst (vaults below the town) made in yeso.
The greenery of the surrounding citrus and olive groves and the profile of the mountains looming behind mark out the Turre landscape. Here you can visit the Ermita (hermitage) San Francisco de Asis, The local Church ‘Iglesia Parroquial de la Purisima Concepcion ', the surrounding Moorish villages such as Teresa and Cabrera, or nearby archaeological sites such as the cave at Palmera and los Murcielagos.
Far from the bustle of the beaches we find this ideal spot for relaxing and enjoying the authentic rural setting. Places of particular interest are the remains of a Roman villa ‘Cadima', the San Jose Church, the windmill (Molino de la Higuera y el de la Cueva) and the oldest wood burning oven in the region (historically there were no ovens inside houses, every village had command, outdoor, wood burning ovens).
Bedar has maintained all the charm of its mining past and remains a fine example of rural architecture. The Arabic fountain (public drinking fountains) and laundry, the parish church, the ruins of the Moorish castle and Cerro de la Señora (highest point in the village, decorated with a commemorative statue) are some of the point's particular of interest.
This pretty fishing port is a centre for tourism which combines the authentic flavour of a typical working town with an excellent beach. You might like to visit the Town Hall, the Parish Church of San Joaquin, the Ermita (hermitage) del Carmen, the fish auction and market, the Plaza del Ancla, the Castillo de Jesus el Nazareno or simply stroll along the lovely seaside promenade.
Commercial and administrative centre of the region - where you can admire the parish Church ‘de la Encarnacion', the convent ‘de los Padres Minimos', the bull ring, the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, the public fuente (drinking fountains), the cerro del Espiritu Santo (the highest point within the town, decorated with a shrine or statue), and the Ermita (hermitage) de la Virgen de las Huertas.
CUEVAS DEL ALMANZORA
Cuevas is surrounded by an arid and mysterious landscape, dotted with the fertile farmland and citrus groves, and presided over by the majestic Castle-Fortress of Los Fajardos (Marqueses de los Velez). There are many interesting places to visit in town and around the locality such as, the Church ‘de la Encarnacion', the casa (house) de la Tercia, la Torre (tower) de las Mateas, the ancient cave dwellings, the castle of Villaricos, the Museum of Archeology and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Set amongst fertile farmland and looking out to sea this village is notable for the parish church, the Castle of San Juan de Terreros and the old inn around the Fuente where the legendary ‘Reyes Catolicos' (Spanish monarchs of the 15 th century) once stayed.
The great prehistoric wealth of Antas is evident from the important archaeological remains to be found there. This typical farming village, set amongst the traditional crops of citrus and olive, offers various sites of particular interest: el charco (village pond) de las palomas, the aqueduct at El Real, and the parroquia (parish church) de la Virgen de la Cabeza.
At the intersection between Andalucia and el levante and surrounded by cultivated farmland we find Huercal Overa, famous for the Easter week parades which have been recognised with a national tourist award. Some of the most outstanding places to visit here are: the local church ‘La Iglesia Parroquial de la Encarnacion', the Posito Municipal, the Castillo, the Ermita (hermitage) y Calvario, the house of the four towers, and the remains of the castle of ‘ Santa Barbara '.