Villaricos is a small, unspoilt fishing village 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 it main source of income as the superb climate makes it a popular destination, with mild winters and the summer highs refreshed by the soft breezes from the Mediterranean Sea. There are two beaches; a pebbled expanse the boarders the village and an unspoilt golden sandy beach. The latter is in a sheltered bay which, although populard with the locals, is never overcrowded.