This website has been written for our friends and family who may be interested in using our apartment in La Mata, which is a quiet street to the north of the seaside town of Mojácar (approx. location shown by the red arrow). To get your bearings as to where Mojácar is in relation to the rest of Spain see the page where-is-mojacar. As a friend or family member you probably know that my (Suzanne’s) parents live in Spain – and have done for the past 12 years. They live in a small town called Turre (pronounced “Tur-ay”), which is about 20 minutes inland from Mojácar (prounounced Mo-ha-ka).
Our daughter was born in July 2014. For health reasons my dad is not able to fly. The drive back to the UK is a bit too far for him, with too many unknowns about how far he’ll need to walk at each stop. However, we would like to ensure that our daughter gets to spend time with both sets of grandparents. Thus we decided it would be great to have a base near to my parent’s in Spain. So the search for a property began in earnest….
I have been visiting the region for 12 years, and Angus has been visiting for the past 5 years. We’ve seen the area in different seasons, in different economic times. We’ve also seen the infrastructure of the area improve over time. We’ve been looking for “a base” for a while, and have seen properties around the whole area. There are lots of other pretty towns and villages around and about which we could have chosen. And there are many great bargains to be had for properties just a bit further inland.
Early in our property search I thought we would end up in Garrucha, a port further up the coast. It has a bit more of a “Spanish” feel, but the apartments don’t have large terrace areas – which is something we wanted.
Our requirements were simple. When it came to the crunch – I really wanted to be within walking distance of the sea, with a terrace, and a few shops within walking distance. When our daughter wakes up, one of us can sit with her, with coffee or a freshly squeezed juice as she plays on the terrace in the cool of the morning. Or perhaps we could take an early morning walk to the beach giving one of a lie in. We decided upon Mojácar.
Mojácar is a coastal resort, about 40 minutes (by car) away from Almeria airport. Mojácar was highlighted in a Telegraph article as one of the top 20 places in the world to live. It has a a number of things going for it, including Good climate, Mojacar’s blue flag beaches and a great outdoors life: cycling; walking; golfing and diving. What a great environment for our daughter (and for others looking to chill out too …)
What we’ve found is a a location which is close to my parents, but also really feels like a HOLIDAY for us when we come out to visit. So yes, Mojácar is a bit more touristy than some areas, however it’s far less developed than some of the other Costas in Spain. With a young daughter, I really wanted to be within walking distance of the beach, to gather shells, build sand castles and of course to have a paddle. In my ideal world I wanted a coffee shop on the corner – and amenities within walking distance (I didn’t think having to jumping in a sweltering hot car to buy an “impromptu” ice cream sounded like fun). Our apartment in La Mata has all of these things, a coffee shop on the corner, cafes and restaurants within walking distance – plus a swimming pool within the complex. It’s somewhere for use to use when we visit my parents more regularly – but over the longer term our goal is that it will also provide a rental income. One of the reasons for setting up this website is as a place to capture some of the “stuff to do around Mojácar” so that when I come to rent the property in the future – there’s a good “manual” of information.
We have been out to Spain 3 times with our daughter in her first 5 months. We’re thrilled with the apartment. I have a few tips around travelling with a baby based on my experiences so far – but feel free to ask me questions.