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Aguilas is a charming port and seaside town sitting on a long stretch of sandy beaches and attractive rocky coves in the Valencia and Murcia region.
With its long sandy beaches, its great average temperatures and its attractive port, Aguilas is one of the top destinations of the Murcia region.
This has been an important sea port since Roman times. In the 18th century the port was developed for transporting crops and in the 19th century it grew again to cope with the important iron, lead and silver mines in the area. The Hornillo jetty dates back to this period. This is an iron pier built by the British South Eastern Railway Company.
Dominating the beach from a position at the top of the old town is the San Juan de Aquilas castle. This was built in the 17th century and sits above the port and lighthouse. Be sure to climb up to the castle to enjoy the great views. A lift has been put in for easier access as the walk up to the castle is pretty steep.
In the centre of town be sure to visit the lovely gardens in the Plaza de Espana. The gardens are well known for their displays of rubber plants. Also visit the 19th century city hall and the San José church.
In the town there are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants providing everything you need for your holiday.
Aguilas is particularly noted for its carnival which usually takes place 40 days before easter. The carnival has been celebrated here for over 200 years and has been placed on Spain's official tourist calendar (events of National Tourist Interest) since 1997.
Some of the main resorts include Calabardina, Cape Cope and San Juan de los Terreros. Cape Cope is particularly good for scuba divers.
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You can find more local travel ideas in the Valencia and Murcia guide.