One of the prettiest villages in Spain is located on the coast of Almería: Mojacar. It’s famous mixture of white houses next to the Sierra de Cabrera, besides a maze of narrow streets, cause us the feeling of having travelled back in time. The blue flag signals access to its 17 miles of beach, offering yet another hallmark of quality and comfort of this Andalucian town.
The church was built at the end of the 16th Century (1560) over the remains of an earlier mosque, the works initiated by the stonemason Sebastian Segura. Converted to Christian use following the Reconquest, the building served both as a religious centre and as a defensive fortress. Standing out is the simplicity of its interior, which houses a beautiful and significant 1960s fresco, a work by an itinerant artist. The church’s altarpiece was lost during events in the Civil War. Its small collection of religious images includes those of San Agustín and Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the village’s two patron saints.
Here we find a giant, old tree, Ficus Benjamin, brought by an inmigrant from America. On the floor there is an Indalo mosaic and on the wall of the building the Mojácarshield (A two- headed Austrian household eagle, a prize awarded to the village for its loyalty in the battle of the Alpujarra) with the leyend: “To the very noble and loyal city of Mojácar, key and protector of the Kingdom of Granada“.
This is the original access to Mojácar. The gate we can see today was rebuilt in the 16th century on the site of the original Arab gate. It opened out onto the hill that led to the fountain and Plaza del Caño. It boasts the city Ðs coat of arms and the two-headed eagle of the house of Austria. The coast of arms includes a tower, a key and a scimitar with the legend “To the very noble and loyal city of Mojácar, key and protector of the Kingdom of Granada”.
Mojácar tourist office is located in the middle of the old city, Mojácar’s Municipal Tourism Office has recently renewed its prized SICTED seal of quality, which it has held since 2015. The distinction was awarded to Mojácar in recognition of; working practices and services, efforts to meet all targets and, for their commitment to quality improvement and customer satisfaction. Mojácar’s Tourist Office has fulfilled all the requirements set out by the Spanish Federation and the Association of Municipalities and on this year’s renewal, their website www.mojacar.es, one of the province’s most visited, has been particularly commended. As well as the website, Facebook pages include; Turismo de Mojácar (with more than 40,000 followers), Mojácar Informa and Mojácar Ofertas, which is accessible to all local establishments to offer promotions for anyone seeking information. These, along with Twitter and Instagram keep Mojácar at everyone’s fingertips, giving easy access to the town’s information whoever or wherever you are.