What Is Mojacar Like In Winter? A Local’s Guide To The Off-Season

As a resident of Mojácar, I often find myself in awe of how our beautiful coastal town transforms with the seasons.

While summer months bring bustling tourists and warm beach days, winter reveals another facet of Mojácar. Allow me to guide you through the off-season magic that Mojácar offers.

Embracing the Mild Mojácar Winter

First, let’s talk about the weather. Unlike many European destinations that experience harsh winters, Mojácar enjoys a Mediterranean climate. This means mild winters with average temperatures hovering around 10°C.

A graph showing the average temperature in Mojácar by month
Image courtesy of Weather Atlas

In fact, most days are bright and sunny in the heart of winter, making it an ideal escape for those seeking a milder winter. Although it does get very cold the minute the sun goes down!

November is typically quite warm, you can wear shorts through the day but need a jacket for the evening, December is similar. January and February are the coldest months by far, you’ll need long trousers and a jacket on your the majority of the time.

For a detailed look at our winter climate, check out Weather Spark.

Is Mojácar Busy In Winter? Welcome To The Peaceful Pace

Sunny winter day at Mojacar Beach with a clear blue sky. The promenade is lined with lush palm trees and blooming pink oleanders, overlooking a sandy beach and the calm Mediterranean Sea. A few people enjoy the tranquil setting, with the white-washed architecture of Mojacar in the distance.

With the departure of the summer crowd, Mojácar embraces a MUCH slower pace in winter. The town breathes a sigh of relief as the busy streets quiet down, and the locals reclaim their space (and parking)

This tranquility is one of my favourite aspects of winter in Mojácar, providing an opportunity to enjoy the town’s beauty in peace.

Most shops, restaurants, and attractions remain open, though operating hours may be slightly reduced. Yet, the overall atmosphere is far from dormant. In fact, the off-season offers a unique opportunity to engage with local life, traditions, and customs without the summer crowds.

Winter Activities in Mojácar

Believe it or not, Mojacar doesn’t hibernate in winter. There are plenty of things to do, especially if you appreciate nature and history. A few of the top of my head are visit the Pulpí Geode, take a painting class with The Pallet Studio, or hire a car for the day and explore the Sierra Cabrera mountains.

Outdoor Adventures

Panoramic view of the Sierra Cabrera Mountains, with lush greenery covering undulating hills under a bright blue sky with wispy clouds.

The mild winter climate is perfect for exploring the natural beauty around Mojácar. The Sierra Cabrera mountains, for example, offer a network of hiking and biking trails that remain accessible throughout the winter.

The smaller crowds mean you can take your time, stop for a picnic, and truly enjoy the stunning views.

Historical Explorations

A rustic stone tower perched on a rugged hill at Macenas, with a staircase leading up to the entrance. The sky is clear and blue, and there's a metal railing along the path for safety.

Winter is also an excellent time for delving into Mojacar’s rich history. The town’s historic sites, such as the Santa María Church and the Castillo de Mojacar, are less crowded, giving you the chance to absorb the town’s history at your own pace.

Winter Festivities

Twilight view of the Mojácar plaza adorned with Ferrero Rocher Christmas decorations, featuring a large, illuminated Christmas bauble and cone-shaped tree made of lights. People are gathered, enjoying the holiday display, with warm golden lighting enhancing the festive atmosphere against a dusky sky.

Mojacar does not shy away from celebrating winter in style. In December, the town lights up for Christmas, with decorations adorning the streets and squares.

Last year (2022), Mojácar won a country wide Ferrero Rocher competition and now every year the lights in Mojácar’s old town will become a huge attraction.

The annual Three Kings Parade in January is a highlight, bringing locals and visitors together in celebration. These local events offer a glimpse into the community spirit and traditions that make Mojacar so special.

Winter Cuisine

Mojacar’s culinary scene thrives in winter, with hearty stews and hot tapas taking center stage.

Local restaurants offer winter specials and Menu del Día’s that will warm your heart and your belly. For me, there’s nothing like a bowl of traditional ‘caldo de pescado’ (fish soup) on a chilly winter day.

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In Conclusion

Winter in Mojácar is a unique experience, blending tranquility, mild weather, cultural richness, and a vibrant community spirit. It’s a chance to see a different side of Mojácar, one that’s calmer yet brimming with warmth and authenticity. As a local, I can’t recommend it enough.


  • Ken Rowell
    May 28, 2024 at 9:21 pm

    Have wintered here for last two years love it don’t let everybody know keep it as it is

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