Villaricos is a small, unspoilt fishing village, both charming and tranquil, which maintains a typical Spanish feel. The village is located at the foot of the Sierra Almagrera Mountains. Villaricos (rich village) derives its name from ancient silver mines, which have their place in history, as it is from here that Hannibal paid his mercenaries when he besieged Rome.
Along with fishing, tourism is its main source of income. Its superb climate makes it a popular destination, with its mild winters and the summer highs refreshed by the soft breezes from the Mediterranean Sea. There are two beaches; a pebbled expanse that borders the village and next-door an unspoilt golden sandy beach. The later is in a sheltered bay which, although popular with the locals, is never crowded. There is an excellent chiringuito (beach bar) where those catching the rays can get refreshed. Villaricos has two harbours that sit at each end of the village linked by a broad promenade with numerous places to sit and contemplate. It is a favoured place for many an evening stroll by both the Spanish and visitors alike.
Villaricos is known for it's crystal clear warm waters and it's fabulous diving and for those with their water wings there is a local diving school. Just beyond Villaricos is a rugged undeveloped coastline where you can relax in peace and solitude amongst the rock pools and sand.
There are a good selection of restaurants and bars with food at very reasonable prices and cuisine ranging from native Spanish to British pub food. There is small market every Sunday morning in the square.