Mojácar is wonderfully preserved village where the houses are juggled together around the top of a hill as if it were a Cubist wedding cake. So many of the old houses have been preserved with their wooden beamed ceilings and flat roofs commanding fabulous views down to the sea and even as far up the coast as Aguilas.
The strategic situation and the abundance of water, Mojácar has been inhabited by numerous and varied peoples since the bronze age, Phoenician and Carthaginian traders came to serve the growing communities, which under Greek dominion was known as Murgis-Akra, then Moxacar in Latin and then Muxacra with the Moors.
Under the Moors Mojácar grew and prospered quickly and soon had its lands joined to Granada and Cordoba and were ruled from Damascus. With the coronation of Muhammad I it became part of the Nazari sultanate ruled from Cordoba. Despite the building and strengthening of watch towers it became the point of conflict between Christians and Moors culminating in a fierce, bloody encounter in 1435, on the June 10, 1488, the leaders of the region agreed to submit to the Christian forces. There was an agreement known as the Mojácar Arab Muslims, Jews and Christians could live freely together. Mojácar once again began to expand reaching a population of 10,000 people in the early eighteenth century, but by the mid-nineteenth century, Mojácar began another period of decline which continued until the arrival of the tourists in the 1960s.
Today more people live in the area known as Mojácar Playa than in Mojácar Pueblo. Other hamlets of Mojácar include: Agua del Medio with its pretty church, El Sopalmo, La Alcantarilla, Las Alparatas, La Parata and Las Cuartillas.
The beaches of Mojácar have become famous and more especially for its "chiringuitos" beach bars, which heave at times, but are usually relaxed and chilled and so rustic that they really belong somewhere in the Caribbean.
Mojácar boasts an enormous selection of shops, boutiques and souvenir shops, restaurants of all kinds offering cuisine from all over the world and bars to meet the taste of everyone.
Important local festivals include the pilgrimage on the Sunday which is closest to the 15th of May where there is lots of traditional food and an open air mass before returning to the village of Mojácar.
Moors and Christians celebration have grown and grown. Celebrated at the weekend closest to the 12 of June (which was when the town surrendered), the squares are divided between packed followers of either party at night. On the Friday night there are speeches remembering the agreements of coexistence that where reached and then there the great landings by boats on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. On or around the 28th of August there is the Fiesta de San Augustin, where there are many Medieval events organized on the beach the most famous of which is the where horseback riders collect the ribbons left by young maidens.
The celebrations for the patron saint, Nuestra Señora del Rosario, are held on the 7th of October.
According to an urban legend, Walt Disney would not have been born in Chicago, but in Mojácar (Almeria), the illegitimate son of a doctor and a laundress. The alleged mother had emigrated to the United States, where he gave his son up for adoption to the pairing of Elias and Flora Disney. Accordingly, the real name of Walter Disney would have been José Guirao Zamora. Supposedly, in the 40s, Disney envoys visited Mojácar doing checks in the parish archives of the area.