If you can bear to peel yourself from the sun-kissed beach, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Mojacar. The Old Town is an ideal way to spend a day soaking up the spectacular Moorish architecture, grabbing a refreshing drink in one of the busy squares, or getting your haggling head on at the weekly market. To get into the swing of things, get your five-iron out at one of the resort’s fantastic golf courses, which offer challenges for players of all abilities. Alternatively, unleash your inner Indiana Jones and explore the subterranean spectacle of the local caves.
Explore the Old Town
While the modern amenities of Mojacar Playa offer excellent bars and restaurants, the jewel in this resort’s crown is the Old Town, Mojacar Pueblo. Wandering around this charming area will introduce you to some superb examples of Moorish architecture tucked away among the whitewashed, sugar-cube houses that make up the village. Mojacar’s Moorish fountain, La Fuente Moro, offers a refreshing and cool spot away from the midday sun, while the weekly market is the place to find unique handmade goods. As you soak up the scenery, keep an eye out for the Indalo Man: the good-luck emblem of a stick figure beneath an arch. You’ll find him everywhere, from designs on jewellery to carvings above doorways.
If you can’t bear the thought of missing your favourite game for a week or two, you’ll find golf is one of the most popular things to do in Mojacar, so pack your clubs. The Desert Springs Golf Club offers a variety of challenges, with one of its courses designed with rocky outcrops, parched river-beds and bone-dry gulleys. Be careful not to hit your ball into the cacti that form part of the course, as hacking your way out can be painful!
The Marina Mojacar Golf Course offers 18 varied holes set against one of Spain’s most scenic fairways. Expect palm trees, mini mountain ranges and three lakes, all designed to test your skills.
The course at the Valle de Este Golf Club offers lush greenery and a different design at every hole. If you want to warm up, there’s a driving range and a putting green where you can prepare yourself for the highs and lows of one of Spain’s most demanding courses.
Caving in Mojacar
If you’re looking for adventurous things to do in Mojacar, unleash your inner Lara Croft or Indiana Jones and head for the town of Sorbas, which is about an hour’s drive from the resort. The caves are located in the Gypsum Karst National Park of Sorbas, which is a protected area.
These caves are unusual because of the gypsum that grows there. Gypsum is a white tubular crystal that requires specific conditions to flourish, which is where the Karst comes in. The Karst is a particular set of overground and underground strata that protects the gypsum crystals from water erosion. The result is a subterranean spectacle of glittering crystals that line the chambers and passages in the spectacular network of caves. Guided tours are available, and don’t forget your camera, as this is one of the most spectacular things to do in Mojacar and unlike anything else you’ll ever see.