I’d never heard of Mojácar before Jet2 invited me to go there. I’d lived in Spain for 5 years, although have travelled very little around the country – well, with so many things to do in Barcelona it was hard to tear myself away! However, I know how wonderful Spain is to visit, so was thrilled when I looked up Mojácar. Mojácar has a great mix of beach, sunshine, and more activities than you can shake a stick at, so if you are looking for an active holiday in Spain, then look no further than Mojácar with Jet2holidays.
Where is Mojácar?
Mojácar is on the south coast of Spain, on the Costa de Almeria about an hour’s drive east of Almeria city. Mojácar is the name of both the town of Mojácar, known as Mojácar Pueblo, and the beach area, known as Mojácar Playa.
How to Get to Mojácar
The nearest airport to Mojácar is Almeria, and we flew from Manchester to Almeria with Jet2 who have regular flights to Almeria from airports all over the UK. From the airport it is around an hour’s drive to Mojácar, so you can arrange a transfer or hire a car once you arrive in Almeria.
Mojácar Pueblo is the old town of Mojácar which is built up in the mountains above Mojácar Playa beach resort. The narrow streets are filled with pretty white buildings and gorgeous flowers, and there are lots of little corners to explore.
The town also hosts several festivals during the year, so if you plan your visit around those then you will see a totally different side to this quiet little town. We were there for the “Noche de las Velas” candle light festival, when the town switches off the electricity and thousands of candles light up the streets. The Moors and Christians festival in June is the biggest event of the year, when the locals celebrate the blend of culture and religion in the town, and locals wear beautiful costumes they have spent months making.
The seafront of Mojácar is known as Mojácar Playa and is where you’ll find most of the resort hotels, restaurants, nightlife and activities in Mojácar. This is no Benidorm though, there are not high-rise hotels here. There are strict restrictions on building heights all along Mojácar’s coastline, and most of the hotels and other buildings match the style of the white houses in the Pueblo. This helps to keep Mojácar Playa a relatively small and quiet beach resort, with enough to keep you entertained but without the crowds of other areas of Spain.
An Active Holiday in Spain: Things to do in Mojácar
As I said, there are no shortage of active things to do in Mojácar, which will keep you busy as long as you need. Older kids will also be able to join in a lot of the activities too if you are here on a family holiday. If you fancy chilling out though, don’t feel under pressure to do everything, relaxing on Mojácar beach or by the pool is an important part of your holiday too!
Hiking & Biking
As well as 17km of coastline to explore, Mojácar is also and in the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera mountain range, perfect for hiking and mountain biking. It is best to go early morning before the sun gets too strong, or for coastal trails, wait until the afternoon when the sun is behind the mountains which provide welcome shade on the paths. Take plenty of water with you, and adequate sun protection. We walked a trail from Mojácar Playa to the Castillo or Torre de Macenas which was fairly flat, and with gorgeous views of the sea and volcanic cliffs. There are several towers along the coast which were built in Medieval times to watch for pirates, now they are useful landmarks, and provide lots of photo opportunities!
Sea Kayaking in Mojácar
Which so much beautiful coastline, water activities are a great way to explore Mojácar Playa. After hiking to the Castillo de Macenas, we met Javier from DGSE Turismo Activo to take some sea kayaks along the coast to the next medieval tower, la Torre del Pirulico. The sea was beautifully calm, and as the sun went down behind the mountains we paddled along the coast. I must admit, I am not very good at kayaking, and spent most of the time trying to keep it going in a straight line, or admiring the views! Next to the Torre del Pirulico is a natural archway in the rock, which we paddled up to to take a closer look. We also saw this beautiful natural phenomenon from land the next day when we went quad biking.
Quad Biking in Mojácar
The arid landscape provides an ideal playground for quad biking. Steve at Indalo Quads takes small groups on quad biking treks to explore the area around Mojácar in the beautiful Almeria countryside. We took a trip from the Torre del Pirulico, and drove around the paths along the coast – although I have to say I was a bit too nervous to take the quad too far, but the others in the group had a whale of a time! I have never been on a quad bike before so was glad to have a go but couldn’t seem to manage turning very well so I just stayed in the car park. Well, at least I tried!
Diving in Mojácar
Diving is much more my kind of active holiday activity, having learned to dive last year in Honduras I discovered a love for the underwater world that I didn’t expect. On this trip, some of our group had never tried diving before, so we had a taster session in the pool in Mojácar old town before venturing out to sea the following day. The team at Buceo Mojácar were fabulous, and took the time to guide and help the newbie divers to have their first taste of scuba diving, which also was a great refresher for the rest of us who hadn’t dived for a while. The next day, we drove out down to Carboneras, on the edge of Caba de Gato natural park where the visibility was excellent. We saw plenty of fish, starfish and an octopus which I’d not seen before, so that was fab! I would like to go back to Mojácar and do some more dives with them, diving in Spain is definitely something I want to repeat!
Golf in Mojácar
I have to admit, when I saw that a golf lesson was on our itinerary, I wasn’t particularly looking forward it. I imagined snobby people stalking around a course looking down on everyone and everything around them. How wrong was I!? When we arrived at the Marina Golf course, our instructor Alvaro was waiting for us, and quickly dispelled any assumptions I had. We had a quick look in the golf shop, which had everything you might need from batman club covers to a range of clothes and shoes, then we hopped into golf buggies to take a trip around the course. The golf course is magnificent, with gorgeous views of Mojácar Playa, and as you climb up to the summit, the holes on the other side of the hill have splendid views of the valley below.
If you are a beginner golfer like me, group lessons start from €15 an hour, or €45 for an hour’s private lesson. Our golf pro was Alvaro Sanchez, and he was fab – showing us how to hold the club, thwack the ball with a satisfying noise, and by the end of the session we had all clearly improved! Well, from zero to managing to hit the ball is a definite improvement! He clearly knew his stuff, and when he hit a few balls we realised how it should be done. If you fancy something really different, Marina Golf also offer sailing golf trips, on a catamaran with golf balls which dissolve in the water to feed the fish!
Other Ideas for an Active Holiday in Mojácar Spain
We managed to fit a lot in our few days in Mojácar, but if you are in town for a week or more, you might also want to try horse riding, snorkelling along the beach, paddle boarding, hiring a jet-ski, or trying your hand at windsurfing and other sailing activities. There is no shortage of cool things to do in Mojácar and the Costa de Almeria! Don’t forget that for any trip abroad you should have travel insurance, and especially for an active holiday check that your insurance covers all activities you are likely to do.
Where to Stay in Mojácar
There are some smaller hotels and B&Bs in Mojácar Pueblo away from the beach, but most of the hotels in Mojácar are along the seafront of Mojácar Playa. I was so pleased when I realised that Jet2holidays had booked the Alegría Palacio Mojácar for us, as it is an adults only hotel and was absolute bliss! The outdoor pool was lovely to relax in after a day’s activities, and the buffet breakfast had a wide range of choices. The hotel is at the far end of Mojácar Playa, about 1km away from the centre of the resort and a half hour drive from Mojácar Pueblo, so I would recommend hiring a car if you do stay here. Alternatively, there are buses then run from close by the hotel up to the town, and along the seafront if you prefer to use public transport. We stayed on a bed & breakfast basis, but you can also choose to stay room-only, full board or all-inclusive instead.
If you don’t have kids and you are planning to take your holidays in Mojácar during the high season, then you really do need an adults only hotel. If you are taking an active family holiday, then the larger family resorts with entertainment for the kids may be better for you. Take a look at all the options in Mojácar and the Costa de Almeria with Jet2holidays here.
Have you heard of Mojácar before? Would you like to go on an active holiday in Spain to the Costa del Almeria? I’d love to hear what you think, please comment below.
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This trip was arranged by Jet2 and Jet2Holidays, with the help of Mojácar Tourist Office, and although my trip was complimentary, all opinions are, as always, my own. See all options from London Stansted with Jet2 flights.
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