Living in Spain and bringing up a Spanglish family during the current 'crisis' and trying various ways to make some 'dinero'. Enjoying life in the sun, crafting and blogging as much as possible.

22 Apr 2012

Romantic Break in Mojacar



For a little suprise for our wedding anniversary my Mum booked for us to go away to Mojacar (one of my favourite places on the coast). It was just for one night and our first night without the little monster.....bliss.



When we arrived at Mojacar we checked into the Hotel El Puntazo that Mum had chosen for us and then we had to have a walk on the beach and a search for seaglass and other goodies that have been surf tumbled. (this is one of my favourite activities!!!).




I really miss the sea and really want to move back to the coast. As much as I love Mojacar it is a bit too much 'Britville' for me and Ramon can't stand the fact he can't order anything in Spanish in most places because they don't understand him. I think it would be a great place for my arts and crafts (although a lot of brilliant competition) but personally I would like to live away from the place!  We love 'San Juan de los Terreros and it isnt too far away from Mojacar. I think there would be more work potential for both of us in Mojacar as I am sure there are businesses in Mojacar that need an English girl who speaks Spanish or a Spanish man that speak English!.......one day we will be there and I can walk along the beach EVERY day!






We pre-booked our meal at an Argentian steak house that we had been told about. We needed to prebook because it was 'Flamenco Friday' and tends to get busy.  It was a fabulous meal - one of the best steaks that both of us have had. The steak was cooked perfectly (rare of course! just how I like it).  We had a free bottle of champagne too  and then after the meal we were given a large glass of limoncello each! We booked to be in the Flamenco room however it was a little too loud so we moved inside but still were able to see the Flamenco. 



It was a so nice to have 24 hours away (it felt like ages). The little monster had been good at Nana's for the night and the Abuelas for the day.....infact when we got back to pick him up he was fast asleep (from playing and playing and playing!......with his Spanish cousins all day).

MOJACAR (from Wikipedia)


Mojácar is a municipality situated in the south east of the Province of Almería (Andalucia) in southern Spain, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is 90 km from the capital of the province, Almería. It is an elevated mountain village displaying the traditional white colour from its earlier days. There is also a tourist resort to the south of the town on the coast called Mojacar Playa.

History

Mojácar has been inhabited by many and varied peoples since antiquity. Populated since the Bronze Age around 2000 BC, traders such as Phoenicians and Carthaginians arrived to serve the growing communities. Under Greek dominion, the settlement was called Murgis-Akra, whence came the Latinized Moxacar, the Moorish Muxacra and finally the current name of Mojácar. The North African Islamic Moors established themselves in Spain in the early 8th century and the province of Almería came under the authority of the Caliphate of Damascus and was later ruled by the Umayyads of Córdoba.
Under this second enlightened rule, Mojácar quickly grew in size and importance. With the coronation of Muhammad I of Córdoba in Granada, Mojácar and its lands became incorporated into the Nasrid sultanate, and the town found itself on the frontier with the Christian forces to the east. Watchtowers and fortresses were built or reinforced during the 14th century, which nevertheless did little to discourage Christian incursions and fierce battles like the bloody event of 1435 where much of the population of Mojácar was put to the sword.
On June 10, 1488, the leaders of the region agreed to submit to the Christian forces, although Mojácar's alcaide refused to attend, considering his town to be already Spanish. At that time occurred the meeting at Mojácar's Moorish fountain, where a pact of free association between the local Moors, Jews and Christians was agreed to. Mojácar once again began to expand until the early 18th century, when the census of the time recorded 10,000 people. Around the middle of the 19th century, Mojácar began another period of decline.
Several severe droughts brought about this drop in the town's fortunes, with a consequent emigration to northern Spain, Europe and South America. The depopulation of Mojácar was reaching worrying proportions by the 1960s when tourism began to reverse the trend.

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Climate

Mojácar has more than 3000 hours of sun per year. The medium yearly temperature is around 20 °C. Winter is normally mild, although in the past few years there has been more some freezing temperatures especially when the sun had gone down, with the marine temperature higher than the air temperature.

Culture

The Indalo, or Mojácar man, is a magical totem is said to bring protection and good luck, and from times past was always painted onto the fronts of houses once the whitewash was dry: keeping away the evil eye and protecting those within from storms. The figure might be interpreted to be a man holding a rainbow between his outstretched arms. The original totem is thought to be around 4,500 years old, and the earliest known one appears among other prehistoric paintings in a cave in Vélez-Blanco. The name, Indalo was coined by a group of artists and intellectuals who settled in Mojácar in the early 1960s, attracted by the magic and bewitchment of the town, and who commercialised the totem which today signifies the whole province of Almería. Indalo Man has, probably due to the increase in tourism, spread in popularity and has been seen on houses as far apart in Europe as Brittany in France and Cornwall in England for the benefit of its protection from storms and the evil eye.

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