Evening light in Villaricos. © Michelle Chaplow
Evening light in Villaricos.


The charming small town of Villarícos is located approximately ten kilometres north of La Garrucha, a lively fishing harbour in the process of development with villas, hostels and hotels, as well as some fine seafront fish restaurants.



Villarícos is situated in a unique position on the mouth of the Rio Almanzora and the coast. There is a strong fishing community here, as well as several unspoilt beaches. The surrounding countryside is stunning with the entire stretch of coastline sheltered by the dramatic Sierra Almagrera mountain. There are some spectacular caves due east of here - Cuevas Almanzora and continuing off the beaten track leads you to Vélez Rubio where the large Iglesia de la Encarnación is the most lavish baroque building in the province.