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Garrucha is a holiday resort and fishing town on the Costa de Almeria that was originally founded in the 16th century when local fishermen constructed a defensive fort overlooking the Sea, although in 1518 it was flattened by an earthquake. Garrucha has still managed to keep much of its old charm and it has become a popular visitor destination in the last decade. Notable buildings in Garrucha include the Hermitage de la Virgen del Carmen, the San Joaquin church and overlooking the Mediterranean is the Castle of Jesus Nazareno, constructed by Carlos III.

The busy fishing port is the focal point of Garrucha where each afternoon you can see the catches of fresh fish being unloaded and then sold on the quay. A large part of the local income is from the fine red prawns for which Garrucha has become renowned throughout Spain. Following alongside the beach front is a mile long esplanade lined with palms and the occasional childs playground, which is very popular with the local inhabitants who gather there for a quiet stroll. Along the promenade are many excellent restaurants serving fresh local sea food, often served within hours of being caught.

Garrucha beaches are about 5 miles in total length and are perfect for activities such as football and beach volleyball, plus water sports like snorkelling and sub aqua.

Another popular event in Garrucha is the weekly (Friday) market where there is usually a good selection of items on offer, especially leather, clothes, rugs plus fruit and local grown vegetables.

Garrucha golf courses are excellent like the Valle del Este golf club, (known for its amazing views) which is located roughly four miles from the town, or couple of minutes further near to Cuevas de Almanzora, is the famous Desert Springs Club which was built about 8 years ago and claims to have been the first desert type golf course to be opened in all of Europe.

Cuevas del Almanzora is worth an afternoon as the local cliff has hundreds of caves, lots of which are still inhabited and tours are available. Also within a short drive from Garrucha is the Parque Acuatico Vera aqua park for some family fun.

Garrucha fiestas are plentiful withe main one in August with four days of fun, dancing, music, feasting and drinking along the esplanade and finishes with a huge firework display. Another important festival is the wonderful procession of the Virgen del Carmen in July where a statue of the Virgin is taken through Garrucha by the fishermen, before being loaded on a fishing boat, blessed and then taken out onto the Med.

Garrucha is located just over 30 miles east from Almeria, and just 3 miles or so from Mojacar to which there are coach services.
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