Mojacar is in the south east of the Province of Almería (Andalucia) in southern Spain, close to Costa Calida.
There are two parts to Mojacar – Mojacar Pueblo (town) and Mojacar Playa (beach), which are about 2 km apart.
Mojacar the town is a village on the side of a mountain, which you need a good pair of shoes for and not frightened of walking. Parking is free at the bottom of the hill, and your legs do the rest. At every turn you will encounter incredible views. The streets making up Mojacar are narrow, and visitors get the impression this is a part of Spain which has not changed much throughout the centuries, and it retains much of its Moorish past. This is a village made for exploring.
Square in Mojacar village
One interesting thing we discovered here was that Walt Disney was reputed to have been born here at the pension El Torreon. Around 1900 it belonged to the local doctor who is supposed to have had an affair with his assistant. He allowed her to stay in one of the rooms until she had the baby, but the scandal was affecting his business and family so he paid for her to emigrate to America with the baby, who was Walt Disney. A picture of the pension is shown and 5 rooms are rented out at a very reasonable price. For approximately 25 euros you get bed and breakfast. We stayed in the room next door to Walt’s room, and although basic it was very clean and tidy.
This is the old Spain, and although coach loads of visitors do come here it is off the normal tourist beaten track. If you stay in Mojacar it is not far from the coast where the more energetic will find sailing, fishing, and other watersports.
It is amazing to think that during the 1960′s Mojacar got to the stage of having only about 1,000 residents living there. The area is very dry, and at the time a lot of locals drifted away to other parts of Spain to find work. In fact things got so bad that it was decided to give land away in order attract people from other regions to the town. And it worked! An artists’ colony sprang up. Tourism increased. And many British people went, saw, and fell in love with it. It reached the stage that there are now more expats living in Mojacar than there are Spaniards. And most of those expats are Brits. For anyone wanting to go and live in an already well established expat community, buying property in Mojacar could be an attractive proposition. For holiday makers there are some wonderful Mojacar villas for rental.