Next trip was to Mojacar.  This is a hill village with white houses.  They are very striking against the surrounding mountains.  The village is a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain.

White houses of Mojacar

The North African Moors established themselves in Spain in the early 8th century and Mojacar became part of their heritage.  On June 10th 1488, the leaders of the region drew up a pact of free trade between the Moors, Jews and Christians.   It expanded until the early 18th century and then went into a period of decline until the tourist industry began to reverse the trend.

Today the village is a colourful and attractive destination and we enjoyed the narrow streets, various shops and eateries.  There are numerous small squares in which to relax and soak up the local atmosphere.

Typical shopping street
Oranges growing freely on the street
Inside the Iglesia Santa Maria
The garden outside the church

We had a light lunch overlooking the valley below and enjoying the view.  Considering the location, the food was extremely reasonably priced.  We could not help comparing it with similar tourist destinations in the UK!

View from the terrace
View from the road overlooking the valley

I treated myself to a necklace featuring the El Indalo.  The townswomen, when finishing their houses white wall washing, would draw this symbol over the doors to keep their homes safe from bad spells or storms.  This magic symbol gives luck and protection when given as a gift.   As a gift to myself, I am hoping the magic works.

We spent a few hours wandering around the village enjoying views out across the hills.

View out towards the sea
Simple mountain view

After we had our fill of this delightful village, we headed down to Mojacar Playa.  We managed to find a spot to park for the night overlooking the sea and close to a handy supermarket.  Another free night which was very welcome.

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