EL Mojan- A guide to region
Spain Guide EL Mojon Travelling to Spain and to the Murcia Valencia border region in particular could not be easier. By air is the simplest and quickest way of reaching Spain and these days from the UK there is a choice of airports offering good value flights. Namely, Gatwick, Bournemouth, Luton, Stanstead, Manchester and Edinburgh to name just a few. Travelling from Bournemouth as a family or a couple on holiday to Murcia or perhaps even as a trip to secure the purchase of a holiday home, it is necessary to fly to Alicante as the San Javier airport in Murcia is not serviced by flights from Bournemouth.
For those who live on the South Coast of England, Bournemouth is particularly attractive and a sensible option as lower cost airline Thomsonfly operate to Spain from there. If flights are booked far enough in advance the prices can be very reasonable. Of course in the Winter months prices are generally lower anyway and particularly if travelling out of school holidays. However the weather in Murcia cannot be guaranteed during the Winter months, but it is often much more pleasant than in the UK. Bournemouth airport is a small but international airport and at first sight the traveller might be mistaken for thinking they are not in the right place, however inside there is a restaurant and small duty free retail shop. Flights to the Murcia Valencia border region in Spain can be taken to either San Javier airport in Murcia or to Alicante in Valencia.
San Javier airport is a military airport and so flight times are more restricted than at Alicante. Easyjet and Flybe operate to San Javier and Thomsonfly and other airlines operate to Alicante. Twenty minutes from San Javier airport and an hour from Alicante airport is the area known as El Mojon. This area is a protected area with protected beaches and salt flats. It is an ideal destination for families and couples alike and in particular those looking for a relaxing holiday or indeed looking to purchase a holiday home or move permanently to Spain. The new airport due to open in 2009 in Murcia is around 30 minutes from the El Mojon region. Being an international airport and not military, the flight times will be more extensive than the current San Javier airport.
The impact on tourism to the El Mojon, Torre areas will be a positive one and will no doubt increase the number of British people purchasing holiday homes along the el Mojon beach. The area known as El Mojon is between Torre and San Pedro and is a destination for many British holidaymakers and second home owners. Many British and Spanish people have bought in this area due to the fact that the beach is blue flag status and is protected in many ways. Firstly, the salt lakes make the area attractive to wild life and the air has a unique quality making it some say, effective for treating ailments such as rheumatism. Secondly, the beaches are protected and buildings are not allowed to exceed a certain height.
El Mojon has been developed over the last 5 years or so and is still growing, however at least there are restrictions being placed on the height of buildings and many green areas and children’s play areas have to be built in to designs by developers. The beaches at El Mojon are clean and have a blue flag rating. As the sea is approached, to the left is a stretch of beach that is clean and free from dogs, with easy access for the disabled by way of a wooden pathway over the sand. This is approached by an attractive boardwalk that runs parallel to the El Mojon beach. Children’s climbing frames are situated every 400 metres or so and a guard is on duty in busier months ensuring that visitors adhere to the rules of the beach (no dogs, no vehicles etc). Rubbish bins are conveniently placed on El Mojon beach which means it is kept clean and tidy, there is also a toilet that is clean. To the right past the promenade at El Mojon and nearer to the restaurant Diamantes, is another Beach part of a protected area in the Murcia Valencia region of Spain. The beach is less manicured but it is nonetheless enjoyed by visitors and walkers in particular as further afield from this beach the salt flats of Murcia can be reached and walked along by way of wooden boardwalks. The boardwalks and pier takes the walker along through the salt flats and down to the yachting club and restaurant near to San Pedro.
In the holiday times in Spain such as Easter, the cafes on the beach and in the play areas behind El Mojon beach open serving hot and cold drinks, including alcohol, ice creams and snacks. Coffee with milk or “Café con leche” is the thing to ask for if you prefer your coffee as you drink it in the UK, otherwise if you simply ask for a coffee, you will not be served it with milk. When the weather is hot and sunny, the place to go is El Mojon beach, ensure that plenty of sunscreen is used especially on children. However, when the weather is not so good there are bars and restaurants in Torre, a small town along from El Mojon. Torre de la Horadada has a small square where the eateries face into, and so although the weather may not be sunny, if it is not raining, it is still pleasant to sit outside Lilly’s restaurant and enjoy the meal of the day for a set Euro price. Lilly’s restaurant in Torre is an English speaking restaurant, serving international cuisine, such as spaghetti and steaks. However if a more oriental taste is to the visitors liking, further in land, the Wok Buffet next to the Caprabo supermarket, serves freshly cooked chinese food that the diner selects himself and takes to be cooked by the chef. Children love coming to the Wok Buffet as they can really participate in the whole dining experience, from selecting their food and then watching it being cooked in front of their eyes. The buffet is varied and has a selection of different meats and fish and vegetables that are raw that are cooked by the chef, and in addition, crispy duck, satay sticks, pancakes, rice and noodles are pre cooked and kept hot for the diner to tuck straight into whilst waiting for their main dish to be cooked. The buffet at Wok Buffet just outside Torre in Valencia is very good value at Euro 9.50 and it is enjoyed by holidaymakers and ex-patriots alike.
Holidaymakers and those owning holiday homes, might come back to the Murcia Valencia region year after year, and still not see all that the area has to offer. Hiring a car is an ideal way to explore further afield and take in the architecture that Cartagena has to offer. Cartagena is South along the coast from El Mojon.
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