Things to see?
Tourists can visit the Castle of Los Vélez, the Town Hall built in Modernist style, reflecting the town's mining wealth, the Church of San Antonio de Padua (18th century), the Church of San Andrés with its Mudejar coffered ceilings (16th century), the Convent of La Purísima (18th century), the remains of the Roman Road and the Defence Tower of El Molinete (15th century). Five kilometres away, on the coast, we find El Puerto de Mazarrón, with its Harbour Lookout Tower, also known as the Tower of Santa Isabel, a fishing harbour and fish market and the Archaeological Museum located opposite the remains of a Roman salted-fish factory. Visitors might also enjoy a pleasant stroll along the promenade. Between Mazarrón and Águilas we come across Bolnuevo, where we can visit the Tower of Los Caballos (16th century), the remains of the fortified Neolithic settlement of El Cabezo de Plomo and, alongside the extensive beach, one of the most unusual landscapes in the entire region, where the wind and the sea have carved a number of whimsical shapes out of the rock in order to form what are known as the "Bolnuevo Erosions". Then we can move on to the Regional Park of Puntas de Calnegre, one of the least-visited areas along the coast, featuring clean sands and clear waters, where we can also try a number of delicious rice dishes.
What To Do?
The entire Mazarrón and Águilas coastline offers the visitor an endless range of alternatives, such as long walks, bathing, water-sports, trekking or scuba diving down to the rocky beds that run along the coast. This setting, made up of steep cliffs, long beaches of fine sands and clear waters and unspoiled coves, offers visitors the chance to enjoy the delights of nude bathing, especially in view of the ideal climate in this area, featuring an average annual temperature of 26 degrees. Another interesting option is to visit the fish auctions at the markets which are located in both towns.
Tourists can take diving and underwater pot-holing courses designed for all levels, featuring the renting of materials and planned outings in both summer and winter into the marvellous and fascinating rocky depths of the underwater communities that thrive along the coast. Furthermore, the Bay of Mazarrón is a veritable sailing paradise, where visitors can enjoy regattas, coastal navigation in sailing boats, rowing, sea paragliding, water-skiing and motor-boating. They can also enjoy walking, bicycle and horse-riding routes, as well as visits to old mines. From El Mirador, we can discover the ancient art of tunny net fishing, which takes place between March and July, when these migratory species arrive. Why not enjoy some nude sunbathing at one of the countless, unspoiled coves that are duly sign-posted along the coast?.
Things to Buy and Eat?
Exquisite tomatoes, salted fish products: Hueva (roe), mojama (salted tuna) tunnyfish and bonito. The local cuisine combines the two essential ingredients available in this area: fish and tomato. Mazarrón-style angler fish or grouper, ajotomate (tomato with garlic) hake fishballs and open-air sardine fry-ups.