Near to the border of Andalucia with Murcia lies San Juan de los Terreros. The beach is famous in the area because it shelves gently making it safer for families than many of the other beaches along this coast. Just to the north there are some delightful coves and inlets, which also feature sandy beaches and shallow waters.
San Juan de los Terreros has been developed over the last few years and now there is plenty of accommodation for holidaymakers, whether they require hotels or apartments to rent. There are all the facilities that you would expect, including a new esplanade which has been attractively laid out with clumps of palm trees near the centre of the village. Nice looking wooden beach bars have been erected and there are some good restaurants and bars.
The Castle was constructed in the 1764 in the style of a coastal fort on a headland 150 metres high that stretches out into the sea, and has been declared to be of Cultural Interest. The Castle is accessible via a steep narrow road, but is worth the walk, as from here on a clear day you have splendid views up the coast as far as Cabo Cope and down the coast to the Castle of Roldán in Carboneras. Just out to sea lie two islands; Isla Negra and Isla de Terreros, both of which have been declared as natural parkland and therefore protected.
San Juan de los Terreros, is only 8 kilometres from the busy fishing port of Aguilas and just 12 kilometres from Pulpi, the capital of the municipality to which San Juan de los Terreros belongs.
Although much quieter in the winter months, many people from northern Europe own property here and it is not unusual to see them enjoying the lovely beach and the warm shallow waters right into November.
The sharp, jagged peaks of the mountains behind the resort frame the skyline as the sun goes down and if you are tempted to climb them, you are rewarded with lovely views over the plain sweeping towards Huercal Overa and miles of lovely coastline. In Pilar de Jaravía, at the base of the Sierra del Aguilón and just a few kilometres inland there is a palm tree grove which gives the place an air of an oasis.
Further into the mountains there are old iron and silver mines, and a stiff uphill walk is worthwhile in order to see the old workings and ruined villages where the miners lived.