Guide to Garrucha, a town in the Costa Almeria region of Spain.

Costa Almeria Resorts - Garrucha

Garrucha Spain - The traditional fishing town of Garrucha is located in the province of Almeria in the Andalucia region of south-eastern Spain. These days growing in popularity as a tourist destination, Garrucha has been for many centuries one of the main seaports for the Costa Almeria region (Almeria itself is the biggest).

Settled in pre-history by Iberians, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors, the town was first mentioned during the 14th century, when it was called Almorac Nazarí. After the Christian reconquest, Garrucha became a significant port and by the 16th century, was one of the most important in the Mediterranean Sea.

Further growth occurred during the 19th century, when the discovery of mineral deposits in the area, saw the development of mines and mining industries, and led to the export of silver, copper, iron and lead from the port. Rich mine owners and landowners built summer mansions in the town, when it became known as “Little San Sebastian” (La Pequeña San Sebastián).

During the latter part of the 20th century, an emerging tourism industry took hold in the area, attracting both Spanish and International holidaymakers. The additional industry of property development grew with the ever increasing demand for holiday homes in the sun.

Garrucha today is a busy little town with a population of 7,037 (2005), it has some fine sandy beaches backed by a 2 kilometre promenade, lined with bars and restaurants. Garrucha is especially renowned for its seafood restaurants, supplied with fresh fish from its still thriving fishing fleet. Fishermen still land their catches in the harbour each day, and you may very likely enjoy fish caught just a few hours before your meal.

Places to visit in Garrucha include the Castillo de Jesus Nazareno, built during the 18th century, to protect the town from pirate attacks, the parish church of San Joaquin, built in the 19th century and located near to the Town Hall, and the fishing harbour, where you can watch the local fishermen leave and return with their daily catch, you can also see the fish being auctioned in the auction house within the port.

Garrucha Beaches: There are a number of fine Garrucha beaches to choose from including the main town beach known as Playa de las Escobet, Cal Cristal, La Bolaga, Villaricos, Palomares and Cala Verde to name but a few.

Garrucha Hotels: Garrucha has a limited choice of hotels, you can pick from the Hotel Tikar, the Delfin Hotel, the Cervantes Hotel and the Villa de Garrucha Hotel.

Garrucha Fiestas: Various Garrucha fiestas are held throughout the year, including San Juan in June, the Garrucha Festival in August and the Fishermens Festival (Virgen del Carmen) in July.

Garrucha Markets: The street market in Garrucha is held on Fridays, Vera has a market on Saturdays and Mojacar Pueblo on Wenesdays.

Garrucha Golf: Golfing enthusiasts will find plenty of facilities around the Garrucha area including the Marina de la Torre Golf (2 kilometres drive), Valle de Este Golf Resort (6 km) and the Desert Springs Golf Resort (10 km).

Garrucha Camping: There are some camping facilities in the Garrucha area, try out the Camping Cuevas Mar site Garrucha-Villaricos road, 04618, Palomares - Cuevas del Almanzora, Almería (Andalusia) Spain. Tel: (0034) 950 467 382.

Garrucha is located on the ALP-118 north of Mojacar on the Costa Almeria, Andalucia, Spain. The nearest airport is at Almeria, about 75 kilometres away.

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