Costa Almeria Holidays and Travel Guide
Uspoilt beaches are tops for holidays to the Costa Almeria
The Costa Almeria is located on the south east of the Iberian peninsular on the Mediterranean sea and is a land of contrasts offering over 322 km of Coastline, rugged and desolate in parts, it also jealously guards some of the finest beaches and cleanest waters you will find along the whole of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline.
The Costa Almeria is the coastline of the province with the same name and is a unique land of desolate barren wastelands and contrasting idyllic coastlines, quiet pristine beaches, picturesque fishing ports, busy tourist towns and an historic capital ( Almeria ). It is also a nature lovers paradise with pure unspoilt areas of great natural beauty.
The Costa Almeria offers everything to the traveller with busy tourist towns which lure the holiday makes year which include Roquetas del Mar, El Ejido and Almeria . However it is the more tranquil coastal towns such as the picturesque mountain village of Mojacar, Vera, Garrucha, Bedar and Turre that are becoming firm favourites with the international traveller and holiday maker alike.
To the east of the capital Almeria lies the Cabo de Gata Natural park which encumbers a dessert like landscape with a long rugged coastline. The park is sparsely populated with a few small fishing villages and has become a magnet for nature lovers which enjoy unspoilt coves and beaches , some of which can only be reached by foot. The actual town itself of Cabo de Gata is a quiet unimpressive town so you have to head north along the coast road to enter the main natural park where the towns of as San Jose, Los Escullos and La Isleta are located. From there on you can explore the coast and enjoy one of the many hidden coves with sandy beaches and warm clear waters.
Mojacar is envied for its unrivalled position and natural beauty and is one of the most popular tourist places to visit on the Costa Almeria. Mojacar is a spectacular village set in the Sierra Cabrera mountains. Due to its sheer unique beauty Mojacar is a visitor magnet drawing in all kinds of travellers from artists, painters , poets and photographers to many a curious holidaymaker.
This ancient town has an Arabic appearance which was a fortress settlement for the Moors. Mojacar old town centre is a myriad of narrow streets with hidden corners, picturesque local bars and small local tourist shops. Walt Disney was said to have been sired here before immigrating with his parents to the United States of America.
The town of Vera is located slightly to the north of Mojacar and Garrucha and due to it having long sandy quiet beaches has become home to a number of naturist areas, growing considerably over the last 10 years with new modern complexes being built to accommodate the naturist lovers.
Located within the Natural Park is the small fishing village of San Jose and although it has become more popular with holiday makers the village has retained its charm with only low rise buildings, small population and stunning beaches. There are several shops and a good smattering of bars and restaurants . Top attractions also include bike rides, horse riding, 4 x 4 tours and windsurfing. The two most popular beaches in the area include the Playa de los Genoveses and the unique Playa Monsul which has large lumps of volcanic rock scattered and fine grey sand.
Roquetas del Mar is the main tourist destination on the Costa Almeria. It is an important fishing village located some 15 minutes drive south from the capital Almeria. The tourist area of the municipality, Aguadulce ( Sweet water ) became popular back in the 60s and is now been classified as a Centre of National Touristic Interest. Natural parks either border or are included in the area, Roquetas is also well known for its local gastronomy and the annual fiestas. Lobster an pasta dishes are local favorites along with a selection of fresh fried fish ( pescado frito ).