Towns & Villages
A beautiful Moorish village sprinkled over the mountain top
like icing sugar. Not over commercialised, but the cobbled passageways
climbing between white painted houses have enough little shops
and bars to make it interesting. Great for your souvenirs/gifts,
from clothes to pottery. The ‘El Antler Restaurant’
A small fishing town located between the beaches of
Mojacar and Vera. Garrucha boasts a palmtree-lined promenade
with a beautiful marble balustrade running most of the length
of the town. It's clean beaches and port which includes the
yacht marina are the main features of the town.'s local fishing
fleet which supplies all types of seafood to the local market
and restaurants along the seafront. Hit the harbour for around
5pm and you can watch the days catch being unloaded and auctioned
in the large shed-like structure. The town itself basically
consists of one long high street. Here you will find many boutiques
and shoe shops. Great market on market day.
Vera is the capital of the area, yet is still only a small town.
It's main claim to fame these days is to have a very long stretch
of beach which is designated as a Naturist area and is known
world wide for building the first naturist hotel - Hotel Vera
Playa. There are some lovely shops, however beware of some of
the high street prices. .
is a small fishing village at the foot of the SIerra Almagrera
with wonderful views of the Sierra Cabrera Mountains. It's name
is from the ancient silver mines nearby which were mined by
former civilisations. The rugged, unspoilt terrain and spectacular
landscape are breathtaking, making it a welcome change from
the normal coastal resorts in Spain.
Another small town worth a visit, if only for the drive, which
has some stunning sea views. En route, you will also discover
some great protected beaches carved out of volcanic rock, leaving
pebble coves and rocky beaches.
You’d have driven through this small village on your route
in, just before climbing towards Mojacar Village. Not much there.
Very Spanish. A real ‘one-horse town’. It does boast
lots of little bars and restaurants, the most popular being
‘The Orsoca’. It also has an excellent, if rather
a nice drive to an old hill town that has managed to maintain
its peace, tranquility and beauty, overlooking a fertile valley
dotted with cortijos and small farms. For many years these characteristics
have made it a popular location for artistic - painters, actors,
musicians and intellectuals. Its history goes back to the Middle
Ages, when Bédar belonged to the municipality of Vera.
A mosque survives as a reminder of the Muslim past, converted
and for many years used as an olive oil mill, and more recently
into a private residence. Its muslim heritage can be observed
in its narrow, twisting side streets and its fertile plain,
with traditional terraces staggered around water courses - an
irrigation system that uses the water supply to maximum advantage.
We can thoroughly recommend the Miramar restaurant in the village.
Wonderful seafood, and the paella is one of the best in the
area. Their speciality is a leg of lamb (for 2 people), which
is absolutely gorgeous. Nice at anytime but Sunday lunch is
especially enjoyable. Very welcoming and the balcony provides
wonderful views of the valley, down to the coast.
A must visit in our view. A lovely secluded development of Moroccan
style dwellings nestled high on the Cabrera mountain. At the
top you will see some stunning mountain views and can enjoy
a nice meal or drink in one of the two quiet restaurants.
The pleasant and mainly modern port-city of Almería faces
the sea, spreading out beneath the steep grey hill, dominated
by a magnificent Moorish fort, the Alcazaba. The town is divided
into two parts by the Rambla de Belén, which runs down
the Avenida de Federico García Lorca – the old
town to the west, the new to the east. La Rambla itself is a
long avenue with adjoining squares in which to enjoy the shops
and cafes and, for children, the play areas. Puerta de Purchena
to the north, a busy traffic junction, is the centre of the
modern city. It also marks the spot where in 1490 the city’s
last Moorish ruler surrendered to the Catholic monarchs.