The marina is also a big attraction, with a range of watersports and sailing opportunities on offer throughout the year.
The History of Águilas is one of population fluctuations. Águilas has been inhabited for more than 5000 years, used as a port by the Phoenicians and Romans, with Roman thermal baths and salt fish manufacturing units evidence of the industrial activity which took place here 2000 years ago.
During the Middle Ages and Moorish occupations it was largely unoccupied, used only as a transit port by the City of Lorca, its location as a border town between the Kingdoms of Granada and Murcia leaving it vulnerable to raids and attacks,both by Berber Pirates from the sea and from Granada by land.
Its key development came during the 18th century, thanks to the intervention of the 10th Count of Aranda, who is responsible for the urban development which enabled Águilas to develop into the modern town it is today.
As a town, it has a good mixture of museums and places to visit, including the Castillo de San Juan de las Águilas, la Torre de las Palomas, the Torre de Cope, the Embarcadero del Hornillo, the Casino de Águilas, the Museo Arqueológico and the Museo del Ferrocarril, although its main attraction is the beaches.
Whilst Águilas is essentially busier in the summer, the Spring Águilas Carnival attracts large numbers of visitors, the biggest and most flamboyant Carnival in the Region of Murcia.
The other major economic activity in Águilas is agriculture, farming both on and off shore with fish farms and fishing fleet contributing to the economic activity as well as on-shore tomato farms and livestock exploitations.
Residential tourism has attracted a good ex-pat population, and the associated service sector also offer extensive employment in the municipality.
Where is Águilas?
Águilas is 103 kilometres from Murcia capital, on the border with Almería, belonging to the Comarca of the alto Guadalentín. To the North and East it borders with Lorca, to the South with the Mediterranean and to the West with the Almerían municipality of Pulpi. It has around 35,000 inhabitants.
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