One of the most distinctive sights on Spain's Costa de Almeria, Mojacar is an ancient village with plenty to explore - and The Co-operative Travel has the keys to the best ways for you to do it.
Prominently sited on the lower slopes of the Sierra Cabrera mountains and overlooking the bright, shining waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Mojacar is a resort which stands out in more ways than one.
Characterised by row on row of whitewashed houses clinging to the rugged hillsides, it has been inhabited by many cultures through the years, and now welcomes tourists looking for almost guaranteed sunshine, and a feel which is part-Spanish, part-Arabic.
A closely-entwined cluster of six beaches is separated from the town by narrow pathways which wind up the hillside, creating a landscape whose beauty has been captured by several film-makers. The Tabernas Desert, just inland, has doubled for many a desert in spaghetti westerns, for example.
Many artists, too, have found their inspiration here, and this has resulted in the founding of an international colony which sells its wares in a number of local craft shops.
The creative skills of the area's chefs also bring something different to a Mojacar holiday. Local specialities are served along with more mainstream Spanish cuisine, so if you've got adventurous tastebuds, then Mojacar will delight you.
There is a select number of hotels offering Mojacar package holidays and all-inclusive holidays, but the charm of this area is in its informality.
As you might expect from the rugged terrain, it's also an area with great appeal for mountain bikers and hikers. Down at sea-level, the waters are calm and ideal for windsurfing, water-skiing and sailing.
If a Spain largely untouched by commercialism, yet happy to embrace the visitors who choose to discover it sounds like your ideal, then you've just found it, in Mojacar. For the latest deals and dates available, check with The Co-operative Travel.