Mojacar – the white village
The old village of Mojacar (Mojácar Pueblo) is a white cluster on a hilltop overlooking the modern beach area and the Mediterranean. It is 90km north of the provincial capital of Almeria, on the southeastern coast of Andalucia, Spain.
Previously populated by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks and Moors, it still attracts people of many cultures. During Moorish rule, Mojacar Castle (el Castillo) was built and the town walls were fortified.
Local legend claims that the cartoonist Walt Disney was born here and emigrated to the United States with his mother when he was a baby, where he was adopted by the Disney family. Much research has been done to verify the story, but nothing definitive has yet been found.
Mojacar village remains true to its Moorish past, with white-washed houses and narrow streets. In places the Moorish influence can still be seen. To see the Pueblo at its best, it should be explored on foot. There is free parking behind the village. From there you can walk up through the village or take the elevator from the car park to the level of the main square.
El Mirador del Castillo is on the crest of the village, with breath-taking views all around. It is a quiet spot, free of traffic yet only a few paces from the busy Plaza Nueva just below. Make your way up to the Café Bar for a late breakfast, a cold beer before lunch or a sundowner. It is a visit to remember.
The Indalo has been adopted as the symbol of Mojacar. It is an ancient symbol, found in late Neolithic cave paintings in the town of Velez-Blanco, not far from Mojacar. It is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
Some say that the Indalo represents a man holding a rainbow over his head. Others say that it is a man holding a scythe – a symbol of fertility. The symbol also resembles that of the Phoenician goddess Tanit.
Whichever legend you prefer, the Indalo is still used today to protect homes and businesses throughout the area. Indalo jewellery and other souvenirs can be bought in Mojacar, bringing luck to the receiver of the gift.