Costa Almeria, Mojacar:
This is mainland Europe's warmest and sunniest region, with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year!
Mojacar is an ancient in origin and Arabic in appearance, mojacar spills down the side of a hill in the foothills of the sierra cabrera.
This beautiful Moorish town looks from a distance as if it might have been created from a snowfall of sugar lumps. It has a distinctly fairytale quality with its clusters of ancient whitewashed buildings clinging to the sides of the hilltop. 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 southeastern corner of Spain.
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 Mudejar architecture which makes the foreign visitor feel he's arrived on the African continent. Under a law passed in 1987, the Arab architecture here will be preserved for posterity (and the delight of international visitors).
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.
The old town is cobbled streets with magnificent views to the mountains and sea.
Just two kilometres away, down at the seafront, you're in another world of modern day tourism with bustling beaches flanked by pizza joints, burger bars and international bars and restaurants.
Hotels line the beachfront but careful controls have prevented the high rise concrete development which now characterises so many of the Spanish Costas.
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.
are restricted to two storeys and hotels can't be built higher
than four floors. The result is a lively resort which offers plenty
of activities for the foreign holidaymaker whilst retaining its
traditional Spanish charm and character.
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