Costa de Almeria at a glance
This stunning stretch of the Spanish coast boasts a diversity as varied as tapas – and just as enticing! Whether you want to spend your days lounging by the pool, strolling along the beach or putting on the greens, Costa de Almeria has everything that a Spanish getaway should have.
However, it’s not only about the sun, sea and sand! The buzz of the region’s popular all inclusive resorts contrasts with breath taking natural landscapes and cultural gems often overlooked by the crowds, meaning holidays to Costa de Almeria truly have something for everyone.
Pure Beach Bliss
West of Almeria you will find the bustling resorts of Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar, where some of the best beaches in the region are to be found. Book yourself into one of the ocean front hotels for great views and to enjoy easy access to the sandy shore. Or, if you feel like practising your swing, head a little further down the coast to stay in one of the golf resort hotels and take in a round in the sun.
East of Almeria is the beautiful natural reserve of Cabo de Gata where you’ll find a fantastic range of accommodation. From luxury hotels to family friendly resorts, there’s something to suit every budget. Its coastal wetlands teem with wildlife, while its deserts and rugged mountain ranges give way to pristine beaches and hidden caves tucked-away from view – perfect for exploring!
The charming town of San Jose and the fishing village of Adra provide a break from the beach and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere on your Costa de Almeria holidays. If you're looking for that perfect, picture postcard Andalusia scene, look no further than the gleaming white village of Mojocar, situated on the northern stretch of the coast.
Sun-seekers will love holidays to Costa de Almeria, and with glorious beaches basking in over 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s not difficult to see why. One of the most popular beaches on the coast, La Romanilla, is to be found in Roquetas de Mar, just a stone’s throw from a host of restaurants on the promenade, while for a more natural setting head to Los Genoveses, a beautiful stretch of sand in the Cabo de Gata reserve, a section of which also caters for nudists.
But the coast has much more to offer than expanses of gleaming sand to please the sunbathers. The natural parks in the area give keen walkers the opportunity to venture into wetlands and desert landscapes alike, with the Lagoons of Adra in the west providing a great opportunity to go searching for rare bird species in their natural habitat.
Architecture enthusiasts will love the impressive castles and churches dotted along the coast – although Roquetas de Mar may be famous for its popular beaches, the castle and 17th century church in its historic centre show that it still remains in touch with its past.
For those who want to taste the real flavour of Andalusia, there is nothing better than an evening spent enjoying the local cuisine with the sound of a traditional Spanish guitar playing in the background. The largest concentration of restaurants is in Almeria itself, with plenty of top-notch eateries to choose from – those who enjoy the taste of the sea as much as a swim in it will love the irresistible fresh seafood to be found there.
Get active and cultural
On a Costa de Almeria holiday, don’t miss visiting the Alcazaba – this Moorish fortress, which has starred in James Bond and Indiana Jones films, will take you back a thousand years to discover the region’s rich history. To delve even further into the past, head to the Museum of Almeria where the ancient artefacts on display will bring it back to life, or to the archaeological sites near Adra where remains dating from the 8th century were discovered.
Although there is plenty of culture on offer, the Costa de Almeria is all about having fun. Its playful side comes out when you visit the Oasys theme park – kids will love this little bit of the Wild West in the Mediterranean.
To cool down after lots of activities, head for the sea. If you’re feeling energetic, check out the water sports on offer in Adra, go scuba diving in the calm, clear waters off the Cabo de Gata coast or take a boat trip for fantastic views of its shoreline that you can only get from the waves. For slightly more grown-up games, the golf course at Almerimar is perfect for playing a few holes while the tide laps the shore in the background.