Plaza upgrade praised

A long-awaited remodelling project is to give Mojacar’s Plaza Nueva a much-needed shot in the arm, as the oft-photographed square is prepped and primed for a substantial overhaul. 

The approved documents for the work have now officially been presented to Mojacar mayor Rosa Maria Cano on behalf of the president of the Almeria Provincial Council, Gabriel Amat.

The square is noted for its vistas which allow locals and tourists alike to feast their eyes on a stunning Andalucian panorama that includes everything from the homespun charm of nearby Garrucha to the rolling plains of Turre and the crashing waves of the Almerian coastline.

Plaza Nueva is already a well-known tourist attraction which lures in thousands of visitors each year, as well as the site of some of Mojacar’s most vibrant fiestas.

Council members are hoping the extensive remodelling work will further strengthen the square’s reputation as a reference point and popular meeting spot within the community. 

The viewpoint rests atop a building which until now has housed a hospitality school, the post office, the municipal library and the Local Police headquarters. Both the lookout and the building, which date back to the 1970s, are seen by many as long overdue for a facelift.   

As an added bonus, the work is expected to create 55 jobs over the course of the project which is expected to kick off in October and wrap up in March of next year, just in time for the busy Easter holidays. 

For maximum effect, a special kind of white granite will be used which will complement the existing white buildings for which Mojacar is famed. Additionally, new lighting will be installed.

The second phase of the work will include the installation of stairs, ramps, and a lift, while the existing building underneath the lookout will become the new site of the town hall and the new Local Police station. 

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