This is a small island with an interesting and ancient history. The island was inhabited since Roman times, as evidenced by the 4th-century amphoras and dishes found in the area. The highlight is the remains of an old garum factory. Garum was a kind of fish sauce prepared with fermented viscera, and was widespread in Roman gastronomy.
The island has some of the richest seabeds in the Mediterranean due to its Posidonia oceanica population.
The origin of its name is not clear but there are two theories: due to its resemblance to the hood of a friar or the presence (until the 1970s) of monk seals, known in the Mediterranean as friar seals.
What to see in Aguilas