Aguilas is a seaport town in south east Spain in the province of Murcia. It is situated at the southern end of the coastline of the Mediterranean. The city is fairly large, approximately 250 square kilometres with at least 28 kilometres of coastline. It is situated just 105 kilometres from the capital of the province, Murcia. The population of Aguilas is approximately 35,000. Aguilas during the Roman times was known as Aquilae but didn?t remain populated by the Romans for long before being inhabited by the community of Bastetania. Most recently, during the 19th century, a large contingency of British settlers arrived in the town which explains the large British population still living in the city.
The economy of the city relies primarily on the summer tourism industry, usually by middle-class visitors as well as the farming industry which consists primarily of greenhouse vegetables. The government of the city is aiming at attracting more foreigners and higher class tourists by creating plans to build luxury residential and hotel complexes.
Tourists flock to the city to enjoy the tranquil setting and enjoy unwinding in the natural surroundings. The more popular attractions include the Casino which is an old building, built during 1895 and contains wall paintings by Jose Sanchez. It was frequented by the people employed to build the Lrca Baza Aguilas Railway which now forms part of the South Eastern Railway Company. Just a short walk away from the Casino is the Plaza de Espana, is a tranquil outdoor garden where you can sit in the shade and enjoy a cup of coffee. Arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the area is the Castillo da San Juan that dates back to 1756. This majestic castle was erected and dedicated to San Juan (or St John) and comprises three different structures ? the cannon battery, ammunition depot and the central courtyard. Although there are exhibits scattered over the area the main reason people visit is for the breathtaking views from the castle.