Scene of the coexistence agreement between Muslims and Christians
In Sierra Cabrera, in the easternmost region of Almería, we find Mojácar, which boasts an extensive cultural legacy in which there is a strong Muslim influence. It is divided into three different towns: the village, the town center on the hilltop, and the beach, located in the Mediterranean sea.
Things to do in Mojácar normally involve walking through this town’s beautiful and rich artistic heritage: Santa María church-fortress, Almedina Door or Castle of Macenas Beach are some of the main attractions. If you decide to walk around, your visit will probably take you between one morning and an entire day, depending on your pace. The surrounding areas are also worth visiting; we would like to highlight the famous locality of Tabernas, the Almanzora Cave northwards, or Níjar and Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park to enjoy the active tourism granted by that amazing natural space.
Getting to know Mojácar implies going around its narrow and staggered streets surrounded by whitewashed houses on foot. The Muslim trace of the village is reflected in the historical town center: the Santa María church-fortress, built in 1560 upon an old Muslim mosque. The temple has blocks of stone in a Gothic and Reinassance style as a refuge against all the pirate and Berber attacks. In front of the church, the Mojaquera statue from 1989 pays homage to all the women of this village: a female figure, with her face covered by the typical Arab veil, carrying a jug to pick up water from the public fountain.
Going down via Correos street, you will find the City Door, also known as the Almedina Door, which is one of the lastest remains of the Arab wall. It was built in 1574 as the main entrance to Mojácar, and it is made up of a round arch in which the town’s emblem is placed. Nearby you will find the Tower House, the collection of taxes old headquarters, which functions as a hotel nowadays. If you go a bit further, you will see the Flowers Plaza, which used to be the entrance to the Jewish Quarter (steep streets in a sort of a laberynth outside the town walls).
Another town’s symbol is The Moorish Fountain, where the inhabitants of the town used to go to drink and to wash their clothes. This was the place where the negotiations in the town took place, leading to hand in Mojácar to the Catholic Kings.
The Moorish Fountain
From the New Plaza lookout, you can have the best views of the Pyramids Valley, the Mediterranean sea and the Cabrera, Almagrera and Bédar Mountain Ranges. In this plaza, you can also visit the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Chapel, a building from the 18th century which is used nowadays as a store. On top of the location, the remains of a Castle from the 13th century can be seen, although it is now used as an auditorium.
The town is located two short kilometers away from the beach. Mojácar has 17 km of coast, 12 of which are completely virgin and employed for natural purposes. There are numerous beaches ranging from small solitary bays to crowded areas. Castle of Macenas Beach is famous because of a fortress that was built there in the 18th century. Nowadays, only the tower remains from the original building.
However, the most symbolic main sight in Mojácar is the Indalo: a figure with an arch joining its hands. It was found for the first time in a rupestrian painting in the Lebreros of Vélez-Blanco cave, and since then it has become a lucky charm. The tradition in Mojácar involved women drawing one indalo at the entrance door of their houses, so keep an eye out for them one the white walls of the village.