Costa Almeria travel offers natural spaces uspoilt beaches
The Costa Almeria is located on the south east of the Iberian peninsular on the Mediterranean sea and is a land of many contrasts and over 322 kilometers of Coastline.
Rugged and desolate in parts, it also boasts some of the finest beaches in Spain with the cleanest waters you will find along the whole of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline.
The Costa Almeria may not be the choice of mass tourism as the land is quite desolate, however it wins when it comes to tranquil coastlines, quiet pristine beaches, and picturesque fishing ports.
10 Top Things To Do In Almeria
- Spend a day hiking around the stunning Cabo de Gata national park.
- Chill out on the tranquil beaches of Mojacar and Vera.
- Visit the Alcazaba Arab Palace in Almeria city.
- Be a cowboy or cowgilr for a day in one of Almerias Western themed parks.
- Explore Europe's only dessert at Tabernas.
- Snorkel in the pristine waters close to Cabo de Gata.
- Enjoy authentic tapas in the old town of Almeria.
- Play golf on the dessert course at Dessert Springs Golf Club.
- Visit the charming whitewashed hillside village of Mojacar.
- Grab a sun tan on the quiet beache at Los Genoveses.
Busy tourist towns on the Almeria coastline include Roquetas del Mar, El Ejido and the city of Almeria.
It is the more tranquil coastal towns such as the picturesque mountain village of Mojacar, the beaches of Vera, Garrucha, Bedar and Turre that have become firm favourites with the traveller looking for a more laid back holiday.
5 Interesting Facts
- Almeria is the driest place of Europe with just 150mm of rain each year.
- Almeria is home to the only dessert in Europe - Tabernas.
- Tabernas dessert has been the location to hundreds of films including the Game of Thrones.
- During Spain's civil war Almeria was heavily bombarded by the German navy.
- Almeria is home to many pristine beaches as much of the coastline is protected.
Cabo de Gata National Park
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 looking for unspoilt coves and beaches, many of which can only be reached by foot.
The actual town of Cabo de Gata is quite unimpressive so best to head north along the coast road to enter the main nature park area where you will find small coastal hamlets including San Jose, Los Escullos and La Isleta.
The Indalo is the symbol of Almeria
The Indalo man is the symbol representing Almeria and you will see it everywhere. It is an ancient symbol found in the province over a century ago although it dates back to Neolithic times.
It is thought the symbol depicts a man holding a rainbow over his head.
Home to a semi-arid desert
Tabernas desert is located about 30 kilomteres north of the regions capital city of Almeria. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in Spain as the landscapes are surreal, unique and quite breathtaking.
The desert will make you think you have arrived in the old wild west of America because of it's dry river beds, dusty trails, barren slopes and arid wide expanses.
Film makers where attracted to the desert and many spaghetti westerns where filmed here as well as more modern movies such as Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. You can even act like cowboy or cowgirl for the day in one of the desert's Western theme parks.
A great place to explore on foot, horseback or on a safari excursion, make sure you take your camera as Tabernas is perfect for those unique holiday snaps.
Almeria's coastal resorts
The Almeria coastline is full of hidden coves, sandy beaches and warm clear waters.
The pretty whitewashed town of Mojacar is envied for its unrivaled position set high in the Sierra Cabrera mountains, it is one of the most popular tourist places to visit on the Costa Almeria.
Due to its sheer unique beauty Mojacar is a visitor magnet drawing in all kinds of travellers from artists, painters, poets and photographers. 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.
Vera is a town located slightly to the north of Mojacar and Garrucha and due to it's long tranquil sandy beaches the area has become home to a number of naturist areas.
The big drawer of Vera are the amazing beaches which are long and wide with high quality sand.
Naturism in Almeria has grown considerably in popularity over the last 10 years with new modern complexes being built exclusively to accommodate naturists.
A tiny hamlet situated by the sea the Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a real treat if you are looking for a peaceful day out. 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 and stunning beaches.
Top activities along this part of the coast 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
The coastal town of Roquetas del Mar is the main tourist destination on the Costa Almeria, an important fishing village located just 5 minutes drive south from the capital Almeria.
The smaller town of Aguadulce ( Sweet water ), found just a 15 minute drive from Roquestas del Mar, became popular back in the 60s and has now been classified as a Centre of National Touristic Interest.
Top Costa Almeria Cities, Towns & Resorts
- Roquetas de Mar
- San Juan de los Terreros
- Vera Playa
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Recommended hotels and places to stay in Cordoba
For luxury accommodation with golfing options try the impressive Hotel Envia Almeria Wellness & Golf located in the small town of Vicar just a short drive away from the busy resorts of Roquetas del Mar and Aguadulce. This first class hotel has 127 rooms and includes an 18 hole golf course, valet parking, free wifi, honeymoon suites and a superb breakfast buffet. You can also enjoy dining after your round of golf or busy day at the beach at the St Andrews in-house restaurant. Reviewer Rating: 8.2
The 3 star Hotel Tio Kiko is a popular place to stay right by the beach in the small coastal town of of Agua Amarga. Modern clean rooms, most with stunning views over the beach and hillside cove. Guests here enjoy free wifi, Jacuzzi, nice outdoor pool and laundry service. The hotel is a perfect option for visitors looking to immerse themselves in nature, with Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park just a few steps away. Reviewer Rating: 9.1
The Hostal El Olivar is located in Mojacar is an excellent choice when it comes to budget accommodation. This highly rated hostel offers 8 modern clean rooms and the essentials for a comfy stay. Great location in the heart of Mojacar close to numerous eateries and bars. Reviewer Rating: 10.0