The delightful city of Aguilas is located on the Costa Calida. A traditional seafaring port combined with a wide range of tourist facilities, which makes the most of one of its main attractions, the extensive coastline.

Aguilas is situated approximately 1-hour drive from Murcia (Covera) or Almeria airport and 1 hour 30 minutes drive from Alicante.

History

Aguilas was a Roman fishing port, which was re-established when in 1785 it began to operate as a port of export for the produce of the Murcia regions fertile fields.

In the 19th century, Aguilas became an important mining area. The Hornillo jetty still stands proud, where iron, lead, and silver from the nearby mines were loaded onto ships and is a reminder of those times.

Culture

The city, which has a rich seafaring flavour, is home to the beautiful gardens of the Plaza de Españas, with a myriad of rubber plants on view. The 19th century City Hall and the parish church of San José, where the image of the patron saint is housed, are of architectural interest. A great place to sit and have an insight into the Spanish culture.

Above the old town, standing on the headland is the castle-fortress of San Juan de Aguilas, built-in 1579. Below it sits the local fishing port with its characteristic black-and-white striped lighthouse, which has been in operation since the mid-19th century.

Every year the town hosts its carnival week in February/March this is one of the top ten attractions in the whole of Spain.  The town has a great festival atmosphere and everybody comes out to celebrate.  He floats and costumes are an amazing sight and have been likened to Rio de Janeiro’s famous carnivals 

Market

The town has a fine indoor fresh food fish market and a weekly Saturday market.

Beaches

Aguilas offers the visitor a vast coastline stretching some 34 kilometers, which makes it one of the main tourist destinations in the Murcia region.

There are many solitary coves and beaches with crystal-clear water, such as La Higuerica, La Carolina, Calabardina, and Las Delicias.

Aguilas is one of the best places on the Mediterranean coast for snorkeling and scuba diving, thanks to its rocky seabed. Favourite diving areas are Fraile Island and the area around the rock of Cape Cope which has many submerged wrecks.

Cuisine

The plains of Murcia are incredibly fertile and produce a vast array of fresh fruit and vegetables, which make up the base ingredients of the region’s cuisine. Rice is also a staple here and finds its way into many dishes.

The abundant and varied seafood from the Mar Menor and the Mediterranean, along with game and farmed meat from the mountains complete the picture.

Some typical dishes include: Arroz Marinero (seafood rice) Arroz y Conejo (rice with rabbit), Arroz de Verduras (Rice and Vegetables), Arroz y Costillejas (rice and ribs), and Paella Huertana, a vegetable paella.

Non-rice dishes specialties include Potaje, a rich stew dish; Menestra, a dish of sautéed vegetables; Habas con jamón” (ham and broad beans and Caldo Murciano, a local soup dish. The king prawns fished in the area are also particularly fine, and the Huevas de Mújol, a type of caviar, is also a great delicacy of the region.

There are various traditional tapas bar and restaurants in Aguilas for you to try these local recipes.

Climate

Aguilas enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, with cool sea breezes in summer and protection from the surrounding mountains against the cold North winds in winter. The area averages nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and the average temperature easily exceeds 20 degrees.

In 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the climate of the area as one of the most equitable in the world – neither too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. On average it can boast 325 sunny days each year making it an ideal all-year-round destination.