Bedar & Mojacar
Bedar & Mojacar
Located in the south east of Spain, Andalucía. Bedar is our cycle base, which leads to numerous outstanding cycles. Beautiful coastlines, stunning mountain climbs all on quiet and high quality roads. With over 3000 hours of sunshine a year, mild winters (average 15 -18 degrees) and warm spring and autumn (20 - 25 degree averages). Summer can get very hot with temperatures regularly above 35 degrees. All of which makes for the perfect cycling destination.
We are just 90km (50 mins) north from Almeria Airport, 90 minutes (140km) from Corvera (Murcia International Airport) and 2 hours 220km from Alicante Airport.
Bedar/Mojacar remain for many in the UK a hidden gem and for a cyclist it has everything! Stunning coastal routes and mountain climbs all on quiet and high quality roads. It has been used as a base by UCI Pro Tour teams (such as Movistar) and national Spanish and Belgian teams for their winter training camps and there are many cyclists on the road between January - May and September - December.
In the foothills of the Sierra de los Filabres, the whitewashed pueblo of Bedar rests on the mountainside 400m above sea level with views that reach to the Mediterranean sea.
Combining a stunning rural setting with a convenient location, the main road network and the motorway are just a 10 minute drive down the mountain, the beaches of Mojacar can be reached within 20 minutes and Almeria airport is less than an hour away.
Clear mountain air, breathtaking scenery, peace and tranquillity, and a traditionally Spanish way of life are just some of the attributes that attract both visitors and permanent residents to this picture book village.
There are four bars/restaurants where you can enjoy excellent Spanish food and tapa or indian food. In more recent years it has become a hub for artists including jewellery making classes, pottery and painting artists. There is also a fantastic bakery, bank, doctors, pharmacy, post office, municipal open air pool (open end June - early September) and gym in the village offering various fitness, yoga and pilates classes.
The origins of Bedar date back to the 8th or 9th century when the land was searched and claimed by the Mozarabs, a period in history of Muslim dominance of the Spanish Christians in Spain. In the centuries that followed its was the Muslim Berber empire that populated the area and introduced their ingenious ways of irrigating and cultivating the land, evidence of which can still be appreciated today on the Ruta del Agua walking trail.
The district of Bedar is well recognised for its mining ancestry, historical data leads to a time in the early sixteenth century when Lorenzo Galindez Carvajal was granted the privilege to exploit the iron mines in the vicinity of Serena, a policy that was designed to encourage Christian settlers in the occupied territories, and a plan that came to fruition. It was in fact the Roman Catholics who constructed the parish of Bedar in 1505 and the church in 1550. The Moors of Bedar were expelled in 1568 following the revolution of the Christians in Mojacar and Vera.
It was not until the 19th century when mining exploitation began on a large scale basis, Bedar and Serena were both extracting iron from the mountains and El Pinar was the source of lead extraction. In 1888 an aerial cable was established between Serena and the port of Garrucha, it was the longest in Spain and the second longest in Europe, the railway construction immediately followed, culminating in the arrival of numerous mining companies and small operators exploring the mines for iron. All of the municipality was now able to transport the ore to Garrucha for onward shipping. The Society of the Miners Union in Bedar was formed in 1916.The First World War and the mining crisis of the 1920s put a halt on mining activity. In 1952 the mines reopend and were exploited until the 1970s at which point all mining ceased completely.
From the 1970s the area was discovered by tourism, and with tourist came property sales, certainly not on a grand scale but actually in perfect economic proportion to allow valued improvements in the infrastructure while maintaining the essence that brought people to the village in the first place.
Since the 1960s tourism has become the primary industry in the area with the development of Mojacar and Vera playas. These boast well over 200 bars and restaurants between them. They are split on the coastline by the working port town of Garrucha (home to some outstanding seafood restaurants). Mojacar Pueblo is situated above the playa and is a classic whitewashed Spanish village set high on the hill. You will find in the pueblo (and in Mojacar Playa) many independent cafes, restaurants and shops.
South of Mojacar is the protected nature reserve and stunning coastline of the Cabo De Gata.
Mojacar sits on the Mediterranean Sea and has over 50 miles of high quality smooth coastal roads to explore. It is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera and has easy access to very quiet, high quality mountain roads to challenge you.
The village (pueblo) of Mojacar dates back to over 2000 BC and had many inhabitants such as the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, from the Greek dominium, the settlement was called Murgis-Akra, whence came the Latinized Moxacar, the Moorish Muxacra and finally the current name of Mojácar. The North African Islamic Moors established themselves in Spain in the early 8th century and the province of Almeria came under the authority of the Caliphate of Damascus, and was later ruled by the Umayyads of Cordoba. Mojacar remained under the Moors rule until a bloody battle in 1488 (June 10th) when it came under Christian rule and remained so since.
You can still see the influence in the architecture from the Moors period and the battle gives way now to an annual 3 day Fiesta in Mojacar (normally around first or second week in June) when the famous battle is reenacted.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bedar where you can enjoy truly awesome cycling, food, beaches, mountains and sun.