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ÁGUILAS

It is at the southernmost point of the region, bordering Andalusia. Águilas will captivate you with its beaches, history and Mediterranean charm. You don't need to go far if you wish to wander.
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AN IMPRESSIVE
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WILD AREA
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THE BARRIO DE LOS PESCADORES
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A DELIGHTFUL
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THE MOST
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ARE YOU
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AN IMPRESSIVE CASTLE
The majestic form of San Juan de las Águilas Castle over the Mediterranean has become a symbol of the town. We recommend you visit the fortress and complete the soiree by having dinner or a drink at Zoco del Mar, while enjoying a beautiful panoramic view of the town and its surrounding areas.
CARNIVAL FLAIR
If you feel like spending some wonderful days and letting yourself go at one of Spain's most stunning carnivals, this is your chance to enjoy. This celebration, declared to be of International Tourist Interest, invades the town's streets for two weeks, filling them with fantasy, music, dancing and fancy dress costumes. Its most outstanding events are the famous Don Carnal and Doña Cuaresma Battle, the cuerva contest, the paper dress contest and the evening and day parades.
WILD AREA
There are few things comparable to a sunrise in Cabo Cope. We suggest you visit in the early morning the watchtower which was once built as a defence tower against attacks from Berber pirates, and wander through one of the last Mediterranean wild paradises. You won't be able to resist the temptation of having a swim in these lonely beaches' crystal clear waters.
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Again a wonderful view, this time from the Hornillo viewpoint. You will enjoy a unique panoramic view of the 19thC Mineral Pier and, in front of it, the Fraile Island: this island is well-known for the extraordinary seabeds of its Parque de Ecobuceo and for housing the remains of a Roman salting factory where the old Roman garum sauce used to be made. Next to the beach, you will find the Rincón del Casuco, one of the town's most charming places. It has an impressive staircase with thousands of artisanal tiles in the style of Gaudí; if you follow the coloured bricks, you will get to a terrace where you will have an unforgettable time.
THE BARRIO DE LOS PESCADORES
If you want to get into one of the most emblematic areas of Águilas, consider to join the Ruta por el Barrio de los Pescadores -Route through the Fishermen's Neighbourhood- The route starts in the Plaza del Doctor Fortún and goes around the Molino de Sagrera, a mill for cereals of the 18th century which has been restored and from which you'll be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful views of the Levant bay. You'll also find other viewpoints, such as La Calica, where you'll contemplate absolutely everything. Don't forget to visit the Centro Multimedia de Interpretación y Difusión Turística -Multimedia Centre of Interpreting and Tourist Dissemination- of Águilas and to go to one of the restaurants of the area, where the seaworthy environment of past times is preserved.
A DELIGHTFUL BEACH
Just a few minutes away from Águilas town centre is the Playa de las Delicias beach, an urban beach which has become a reference for both tourists and locals. It has the Blue Flag since 1992 and, in addition, it has the 'Q for Quality' Flag for several years now. In this bay, dominated by the Pico de la Aguilica, are the fishing port, a marina yacht club and the Infanta Doña Elena Auditorium and Conference Hall.
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL COVE
La Carolina cove, within the Cuatro Calas protected landscape and bordering Andalucía, is for many people one of the most beautiful coves in Costa Cálida. Due to the fact that it has several facilities such as a restaurant, a chiringuito and a car park, it is usually busy during the summer. If you are looking for tranquillity, we strongly recommend you go against the flow and visit it during the low season. For beaches can also be enjoyed during the winter in our region.
JUST FOR ENERGETIC PERSONS
Águilas is the perfect place to enjoy the Mediterranean to the full. You can either dive and admire its seabeds or play with the wind and get off on windsurfing, sailing or catamaran sailing. Several active tourism companies and sailing schools make things easy for you. If you don't feel like getting wet, we suggest you follow the track going from Águilas to Calarreona, which coincides with GR-92 and goes along the sea. You will find some surprises on your way, such as three bunkers and a pillbox, that will remind you of less civilised periods and are appealing, striking elements for tourists. Some esparto grass processing stations are signposted on the way too. It coincides in this area with Costa Cálida's Ruta de los Carabineros route.
CULTURE ENTHUSIASTS
Must-see places in Águilas are the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Baths, the Football Museum, the Casino and San José Church. The Auditorium and Conference Hall has become a tourist reference because of its original, beautiful design and its quality exhibitions and cultural activities -mostly related to theatre and music-. The Plaza de España square, also known as La Glorieta, is the town's hub of activity, where eight streets converge since the urban planning by King Charles III. Enjoy its gardens with sculptures and hundred-year rubber plants, its art nouveau buildings, and the Town Hall's Neomudejar facade. At the centre of the square is a fountain called La Pava de la Balsa. Another way of getting to know the most interesting spots of Águilas is getting in a train coach in order to enjoy the Ruta del Ferrocarril -Railway Route- which is held on the third Sunday of each month. The route includes the Paseo Marítimo -Seafront-, the Sendero del Hornillo -Path of the Hornillo-, and the Museo del Ferrocarril -Railway Museum-.
ARE YOU A FOODIE?
Águilas, with a varied, purely Mediterranean cuisine based on sea and huerta products, is like a lighthouse for palates adrift. The big contrast of flavours of its specialities, seasoned according to the influence of Arab cuisine, is widely appreciated by visitors. Fundamental products are red mullets, prawns, tomatoes, capers, and typical cold cuts such as onion black pudding, sausage and longaniza. The most typical dishes of this coastal area are Fish Broth, Pickle, Ajo Colorao, Octopus Salad, Arroz a Banda, and Ensaladica Cocida. Options for every taste.
This town stands on a coastal area of 35 km, under the surveillance of its beautiful castle of San Juan de las Águilas and on the southern-most tip of the region. This municipality has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic age, and many other cultures, including the Argaric, Phoenician, Roman and Moslem people, have left traces here. Of particular interest are the Roman remains, especially the baths, which date from the 1st to 4th century.

As a modern town, Águilas was born of the enlightened thought of Charles III and his ministers Aranda and Floridablanca, who sought a port for the export of the agricultural products of the river plain of Lorca, and Águilas was the natural departure point for the entire region. The new town, with its rectilinear layout, became a commercial center on the up, reaching its zenith in the 19th century with exploitations of silver, lead and iron and the construction of the railway line and the pier of El Hornillo by British companies. Nowadays, Aguilas conserves its seafaring tradition and its deep-rooted vocation as a tourist resort.
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Of the town's monuments, the Town Hall is of particular interest; it is a neo-Mudejar building from the 19th century, located in the Plaza de España, with age-old gardens and an old fountain dominated by a swan, popularly known as "the turkey on the pond". The square is surrounded by a few Modernist buildings, the 19th-century church of San José, which contains the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, who is the patron saint of the town. The historical quarter still has the environment of the seafaring quarters, dedicated to fishing, and is crowned by the castle-fortress of San Juan de Águilas. This tower-fortress was built around 1579 for defence purposes and was later rebuilt in the 18th century. In the Paseo de Parra, there is a monument to the railway, proof of the importance this means of transport once had for the population.

Besides its wealth of monuments and archaeology, Águilas has a coastline with many points of interest. Thirty-five coves, rocky promontories that stretch into the sea and beaches of fine sand. The coves of Playa de Calarreona, Playa la Calabardina, Playa de Calacerrada , Playa del Arroz, Playa del Hornillo, are places where the protagonist is the countryside, still untouched in places. Indeed, the town has two protected natural areas: the Regional Park of Cabo Cope and the Protected Countryside of Las Cuatro Calas. The very centre of the town has beaches, such as that of Las Delicias. And nearby, opposite the breakwater of El Hornillo, lies the Isle of El Fraile, a small island covered with rocky slope sea bottoms and seaweed colonies for the special enjoyment of divers. These are joined by the interesting sea bottoms at the foot of the Crag of Cabo Cope. East of Águilas, in the municipality of Lorca, is a coastal area of enormous interest, where we find Puntas de Calnegre - literally Blacklime Points, so-called after the dark colour of the rocks. Together with Cabo Cope, Puntas de Calnegre has been a Regional Park since 1992. This is one of the least frequented areas of the coast, with clean, sandy beaches and crystalline waters. The Points end at the sea in high cliffs, between which lie the beautiful coves of Baño de las Mujeres, Siscal and Cala Honda.

The Mediterranean climate of Águilas, with almost no rainfall, 3,200 annual hours of sunlight and average temperatures of 25.2ºC make this place ideal for nautical and sub-aqua tourism. Everything the denomination of Águilas offers (Villa Náutica (sailing village)), has been designed for visitors to get the most out of their stay. Sailing cubs, diving clubs with light sailing boat courses, cruises, diving courses, hire of material, monitors and qualified teachers, tourist accommodation, apartments, hotels and camp sites, etc., all at the disposal of those who decide to pay us a visit.

The coastal town Águilas has even more to offer, given its wide range of choice and alternatives for the enjoyment of rural tourism, with 3 well-signposted walking routes for the more energetic types or long walks simply to take in the views of the spectacular scenery in the area.
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