Thoese wanting to explore the surrounding area will find plenty to see in this part of Spain. There are many towns in the area worth a visit (see the local map on the Travelling section), especially during Fiesta time. Our two closest towns are Garrucha and, travelling slightly further down the coast, Mojacar
Garrucha is a working fishing port and is renowned throughout Spain for its gambas (prawns). There are lots of restaurants in Garrucha mainly specialising in fish and sea food. The local specialities are rice based fish dishes such as 'Paella' and 'Arroz Negro' (meaning 'Black rice', as it is coloured and flavoured with squid ink), and are well worth a try.
There are also many tapas bars where you can get a drink and something to eat at any time of the day.
The white-painted village of Mojacar (pronounced mo-ha-ka), perched on top of its hill, about 2 miles from the sea, was originally a Moorish stronghold. Long neglected it was 'found' in the 1960's by artists and craftspeople, and gradually renovated into the tourist destination it is now. Steep narrow streets and stepped alleyways wander off in all directions, and it is very easy to get lost. There are craft shops on almost every street, and plenty of bars and cafes. The view is incredible, with Vera Playa clearly visible about 8 miles away and on a clear day even longer views up towards Cartagena. In the summer there is a large Sunday market which is very popular.
On the coast below the village is Mojacar Playa, a linear holiday resort several miles long, but only one street deep for most of its length. Here are most of the facilities many people take for granted on a Mediterranean holiday, gift shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, hotels, car hire companies, estate agents etc. English is spoken in most places, and fish and chips, curries, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Argentinean and Mexican foods are available. The beach is excellent, and there are many chiringuitos (beach bars) selling drinks and snacks.