This is my little story about coming to terms with growing old gracefully!
Last November, a dear friend asked me if I would like to join her in the Spanish resort of Mojacar where she had recently purchased a holiday home.
Now, I had a big (I mean, huge) birthday looming in February and despite plans of parties, silent discos, champagne and celebrating with friends and family, secretly, I just wanted to run away and hide from another milestone so how could I decline the invite? I have visited Spain many times however I had not been to Costa Almeria so after a little research on the area I decided I would drop the party planning and book my ticket!
There were 5 of us that spent ten days in Mojacar although 2 of us decided to stay for 3 nights at the wonderful 4* Parador de Mojacar which is located right opposite the sea in the midst of Mojacar Playa. If you are looking for peace, tranquillity and great service, I recommend this property as a good starting point to explore the area. The gardens and pool areas are well kept and bougainvillea, oleander and hibiscus plants are in abundance.
Spain has a rich cultural history and Paradores can be found all over the land. These historic converted buildings range from castles, monasteries, palaces, convents and fortresses and many of them have been converted to luxury hotels, located in beautiful scenic areas giving guests the opportunity to experience the history pertaining to each individual property.
Mojacar itself is split into two distinct areas - Mojacar Playa and Mojacar Pueblo. Both are built in the traditional white washed Moorish Spanish style with the Pueblo being built on hills, just ten minutes from the Playa. These traditional Andalucian buildings are stunning to see as they glimmer in the sunshine.
The Pueblo dates back to the 1400's when the Moors ruled this part of Southern Spain and for those visitors that love history, it is a "must see". The winding streets are mostly cobbled so it is important to wear suitable shoes when exploring the village area. Every Wednesday, there is a local market held in at the foot of the village with locals selling their wares including fruit, vegetables, fresh produce, traditional crafts and clothes. Bargains galore!
Hidden amongst the historic buildings, the centre piece is the Church of Santa Maria which dates back to the 16th century. It is surrounded by terraces, restaurants, artisan shops and a few homes. We spent quite a few lunch times in the plaza, sipping on sangria and tapas whilst admiring the views!
Back down at the contrasting Mojacar Playa there are many shops, restaurants, bars and all the other facilities needed in a working tourist town. In the summer months, the beach itself is opened up to the many "chiringuitos" - pop up bars and restaurants selling tapas and other traditional Spanish food. A foodie's heaven! What more could a birthday girl want other than a sandy beach, orange sunrises, good food and a few glasses of bubbles.
I certainly will be going back and have already booked for next February. The temperature was just perfect if like me you love blue skies and sunny days, a pleasant 22 degrees is hard to find in Europe in February but find it we did, in fact on one of the days the thermometer reached 31C.
So if like me, you are dreading the thought of a big birthday looming, I can highly recommend this delightful town for a short break which is far away from the madding crowds. I have recommended the area to like minded customers and already booked 3 separate family bookings to Mojacar so if you want to know more, just get in touch any time to book here or any other destination in Spain.