Did you know that Walt Disney was from Mojácar? Rumors say that his mom was a Spanish woman from Mojácar who emigrated to the United States.
The latter is a myth, but it has spread through the ages! Supposedly, Walt Disney revealed in an interview that people confused him with a fellow artist, whose first name was Zamora, and his parents were from Spain.
But now that I have your attention, I will introduce the village of Mojácar to you.
In this article, I will detail everything you need to know about his white town in southern Spain, why it is famous, and what to do when you visit.
What is Mojácar in Spain?
Mojácar is a coastal town in the province of Almeria in Andalusia located in the eastern south of Spain (closer to Murcia).
It is famous because of its movie-like location at the top of a hill. If you look at the village from afar, you will notice white coverage over the mountain, all the white houses covering one of the hilltops at Sierra Cabrera.
Mojácar is a white coastal town with approximately 7,257 inhabitants (according to the 2022 census), of which half are expats! This town in Almeria is a holiday destination by excellence, and expats have chosen it as one of their top residences in southern Spain.
A curious fact is that over two thousand of its inhabitants are British. So, of the 50 percent of expats, 58% come from the United Kingdom, and the other 52% come from 27 different nationalities, including Europe, LatinAmerica, and Africa.
Additionally, the municipality of Mojácar enjoys a blue flag on most of its beaches, which means they have excellent water quality, are safe, and provide public environmental education.
Best Things to Do in Mojácar
1. Explore the enchanting Old Town (Casco Antiguo) of Mojacar
Mojácar is a small town, but that is the charm of this place, after all! Stroll through the very narrow and sloped streets of the town of Mojácar to discover the ancient history of the place. What was once a Moorish town and then retaken by the Spanish, Mojácar has stunning cobblestone streets and a white house town resembling Greece.
In Mojácar, enjoy the simple beauties of life, such as the color of flowers in the plain white canvas of a house or a stunning view of the ocean.
2. Visit the Moorish Fountain or Fuente Mora
C. la Fuente, 04638
The fountain of Mojácar is an interesting and loved landmark in the town.
The fountain has 12 pipes from where abundant water flows. It is said that it used to be the social place of the town, as everyone needed to go to the fountain to get potable water.
A lot of stories and history come from this impressive site. For example, history says that the Moorish Fountain was where the last Moorish mayor encountered the representative of the Catholic Kings to give in the town.
Laundresses would go to the fountain to wash clothes; engaged couples would go drink water on the night previous to their wedding to avoid evil wishes from others; it is even said that Walt Disney’s mom used to be a laundress from the town that got pregnant from a higher class boy and fled to USA, but we already demystify that rumor!
3. Visit the Iglesia de Santa Maria
Plaza Iglesia, 2D, 04638
Right in front of the “Mojaquera” statue (laundress from Mojácar) is the Church of Santa Maria. This 16th-century religious building represents the turning point between Moorish and Catholic Mojácar as it was built over the remnants of an old mosque.
4. Stroll throguh Plaza del Parterre
C. Enmedio, 13, 04638
As human rests have been found, the Plaza del Parterre is believed to have been an Arab necropolis facing Mecca. Additionally, the plaza is close to the old wall surrounding the citadel’s upper part.
5. Check out the city’s Gate
C. Lance, 04638
Mojácar’s Gate is the original entrance to the city, which the Arabs selected to go straight to the fountain. The Arab Gate was replaced in the 16th century, a few years after the reconquest of the town.
The gate legend reads: “To the noble and loyal city of Mojácar, key and protector of the Kingdom of Granada.”
6. Visit the famous hermitages
Plaza Nueva, 7, 04638 & Barrio Agua Medio, 21M, 04638
The first address belongs to the Dolores Hermitage in Mojacar, and the second is San Pascual Baylon Hermitage.
The former is a 16th-century building that used to be a Moorish mosque and now functions as a private gift shop. In contrast, the latter is a 20th-century structure commissioned by Pascual Artero, who emigrated to the Guam island and became viceroy.
7. Pay your taxes at the Torreon Tower
Calle Jazmin, 4, 04638
The Torreón is an 18th-century building where the government would collect the taxes in the 1700’s. Today is a small pension decorated with beautiful bougainvillea flowers.
8. Climb the Macena and Perulico Towers
Diseminado Macenas, 8M, 04638
The Macena or Blockhouse Castle is 16 minutes away from the Perulico Tower. The former is located in the Playa del Castillo, an 18th-century watchtower over the ocean.
On the other hand, the Perulico Tower is a Moorish defensive building from the 13th or 15th century that belongs to the Nasrid Dynasty in Andalusia.
9. Take a look at the Arrabal Quarter
The Arrabal Quarter was the Jewish sector of Mojácar; it is located in the outer skits of the hilltop, a bit further away from the other neighborhoods.
The Arrabal Quarter was built during the 1600s, and you must visit it for a full view of the town.
10. Enjoy an ocean view!
Plaza del Castillo, 7, 04638
For an ocean view, hike or drive to the Castle Viewpoint! It is located in a previous fortress, and you can get the best look at Mojácar’s skyline.
Some extra activities you can look forward to are:
- Exploring the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park
- Enjoying water sports
- Experience the Moors and Christians Festival
How to Get to Mojácar
You can get to Mojácar in Almeria in multiple ways, but the most time and money-efficient is by airplane and bus.
I will list the best ways to get from multiple places in Spain to Mojacar.
- Almería: In Almeria, you can rent a car at the airport or get a very cost-effective bus that lasts 2 hours.
- Málaga: From Malaga, you can rent a car at the airport and get a scenic cross-coast ride or buy bus tickets. The bus will take around 11 hours, with a stop in Granada.
- Alicante: Rent a car from the airport or get bus tickets! The latter option will take around 7 hours.
- Granada: In Granada, once again, you can rent a car or get a bus, which will take 8 hours with a stop in Murcia.
You can fly from Madrid to Almería for a 100 euros round trip, which takes 1h15. And then, you can take a bus from Almeria to Mojácar, which costs 21 euros for the round trip and it’s only an hour’s ride.
So, if you take this option, your total traveling time would be almost three hours and between 100 and 150 euros in tickets.
If you are under 30 years old, Iberia grants you a 10% discount in all your tickets. You can find this option by creating a free account and clicking the Iberia Joven option, there you will find the portal to get the discount.
Best Time to Visit Mojácar
I know Andalusia sounds perfect and incredibly idyllic in the months of summer. But the heat in those days is an undesirable pain.
The best time to travel to Mojacar is Spring, the beginning of Summer, and Autumn. Also, if you avoid the summer months, you will get better prices for tickets and accommodation.
I traveled to Almería in July of 2022; I got 100 euros more expensive than low-season tickets! Luckily, I was staying with a friend, so I didn’t have to pay for accommodation; nevertheless, a friend of ours also visited during those days, and he had to pay almost 90 the night for an average hotel room.
My favorite and perfect season to visit Mojácar would be the middle of September when prices have stabilized, the heat is not unbearable, and the beaches are less crowded.
In the chart below you will see the average temperatures per season and the average sun light that the towns receives:
|Season||Avg. Temp (°C)||Avg. Sunlight (hrs)|
|Summer||28 - 32||10 - 12|
|Autumn||19 - 23||7 - 9|
|Winter||12 - 16||5 - 7|
|Spring||17 - 21||8 - 10|
Where to Eat in Mojacar
Brunch & Coffee
For coffee and some nice toast, go to Cafe Meraki at Av. If you stay closer to the beach, Paris, 5 in the old town of Mojacar, or to Dolce Vita Cafe in P.º del Mediterráneo, 62.
In both cafes, you will find toast, coffee, and juice, but Dolce Vita has more options, such as Benedictine eggs.
Lunch & Dinner
You should go to the restaurant Cabo Norte for lunch or dinner. This restaurant is located next to the beach, so if you are staying in the historic center of Mojácar, it will take 35 minutes to get there on foot, 17 minutes by bus, or 10 minutes by car.
Because the building of Cabo Norte is a house, the restaurant has a very homie vibe and a beautiful backyard to have a romantic dinner during the sunset.
If you are traveling to Mojácar between June and September, you must try the season’s pizzeria Il Viaggio in the Camping El Quinto. The owners offer incredibly nice pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven!
Drinks & tapas
If you want to have some drinks and tapas during the afternoon or at night, one of the best options in Mojácar is Bocaina Beach Club in the southern part of the municipality.
Once again, if you are staying in the historic center inland, it will take you 52 minutes to get to the beach club by foot and fourteen minutes by car.
Bocaina offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner; I think you should contemplate it as a cocktail night-out option!
Where to Stay in Mojácar
Botaniq Hotel Boutique is a luxury accommodation on the northern side of Mojácar with a beachfront view to die for! This hotel’s average price per night is around 160 euros, with breakfast included.
The hotel has a rating of 8.8 in Booking and excellent reviews by previous guests!
The Hospedium Hotel Continental is another beachfront hotel in Mojácar worth staying the night.
The hotel offers a cafe, terrace, and restaurants to cover all your meals, and if you are traveling by car, it offers free parking.
With a qualification of 8.7 in Booking, it will for sure cover all your needs!
With an average price of 60 euros for a double room, I believe the Hotel El Olivar is the best option in Mojácar. For a fair price, you get beautiful and comfortable accommodation in the historic center of Mojácar.
Your room will include breakfast, and the hotel provides a cafe, a lounge, and a Finnish sauna! Additionally, you will have a stunning view of the Sierra Cabrera Mountains!
How Much Does It Cost to Visit Mojácar?
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