Large country house for rent near Mojácar, Almería

What do do near our Andalucian Country House

Although you may find it hard to tear yourself away from the peace of Las Tortugas, it would be a shame to come to this beautiful area of Spain without venturing at least a little into the local towns and villages, and there is plenty to see within a 30 minute drive.

The whitewashed hill town of Mojácar (Mojácar Pueblo) is just 20 minutes away.  It's narrow streets have not changed much in centuries although in recent years many of the houses themselves have been the subject of serious, sympathetic makeovers.  Here you can find a variety of little souvenir shops and several bars and restaurants, although perhaps the main reason for a visit is the spectacular coastal and inland views to be enjoyed from the main square.

Mojacár Playa is 2km down the hill from the Pueblo.  Technically the boundaries go all the way to Garrucha in the north, which makes the Beach 15 kms long, much of it with a coveted Blue Flag.  There are many chiringuitos (beach bars) right on the shore, most of which specialise in wonderful fish and Paellas. 

Garrucha is a traditional fishing port, with many excellent fish restaurants along the Paseo, and beyond the port a few excellent chiringuitos on the beach  There is also a marina and a great Friday market. The fish market happens every evening except Sunday and is for wholesalers only, but you can visit.  It is fascinating even if it may not be easy to follow the action!

Vera, the main administrative centre of the is currently benefiting from a lot of investment in its older buildings and general infrastructure.  It is a thriving Spanish town with the biggest local market which virutally takes over the town on a Saturday morning.  Pay and display car parking has recently been introduced in the centre.

For the energetic

For children of all ages, there is the Vera Water Park, 15 minutes away.
At Garrucha, there are Go Karts. Easy to get to from Las Tortugas without going through the town or via the beach.
At Mojácar, there is horse-riding and water sports.
This is a very popular area for walkers and you there are some truly spectacular mountain walks on our doorstep. There are several walking groups and we can put you in touch with them to find one that suits your level of energy, should you prefer to walk with those who know the area.
There are several golf courses locally. The popular (if quite challenging) Valle del Este is literally two minutes away. Desert Springs, Europe's only desert course, is 20 minutes. You can be at the most difficult, Aguilon at San Juan de los Terreros, in 40 minutes. For those who do not want anything quite as exacting, there is Marina de la Torre at Mojácar or the spectacular mountain scenery of Cortijo Grande in the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera.

For Culture Vultures and Historians

The Alhambra at Granada is worth the two hour drive, especially if you Carthagena in the opposite direction is a city full of history with some very interesting museums (essential to book in advance).

Closer to home is the Alcazaba at Almería, and in the opposite direction the whole historic city of Cartagena.

For Natural Scientists

The waters around the Cabo de Gata are a protected marine habitat - one of the most important in Europe. We are reliably informed that diving there is a real joy - last year we had guests who returned from France for the second time to spend a whole two weeks doing nothing else.

Cabo de Gata itself is a Natural Park area, with a wealth of beautiful, unspoiled beaches (including the famous Playa de los Muertos, supposedly one of the best ten beaches in Europe). Our favourite is Agua Amarga, a quiet little seaside village of not too many houses and nothing much else other than three bar/restaurants right on the beach. It is understandably rather busy in August but in early summer surprisingly quiet.

Inland in the Cabo de Gata is the old gold mining village of Rodalquilar, which was virtually abandoned but is now coming back to life, with a museum and a plant centre aimed at preserving the many rare species found in the area.

All around Las Tortugas and in the area generally you have the opportunity to spot birds you never see at home: a knowledgeable friend once counted as many as 40 different species during a two week visit, just within walking distance of the house.

For Naturists

There is a Naturist beach and hotel/club at Vera Playa.

Day out for the kids

There is Mini-Hollywood at Tabernas, a film studio theme park in the area where the Spaghetti Westerns were made.

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