Introducing holidays to Carboneras
Hidden within the mountains of the ever-popular Spanish region of Andalucia, lies the picturesque town of Carboneras. From afar, Carboneras appears the typical sleepy Spanish town, with whitewashed buildings dotted across dry, sun trapped mountains. Amongst its many offerings to visitors, the town boasts a stunning coastline with 17 km of beautiful beaches, the bustling Plaza del Castillo and a delightful local marketplace. Lying on the fringes of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, Carboneras offers plenty of opportunity for nature spotting, as well as unparalleled scenery and typical Spanish architecture; the town truly has something for everyone.
For hungry holidaymakers, Carboneras town is home to a wealth of seafood restaurants offering delectable freshly caught fish from the local coastline, satisfying the appetites of both locals and visitors with the catch of the day. If fish doesn’t take your fancy, the main street Avenue Almeria, hosts many bars and cafes, and traditional tapas to suit all tastes.
Life’s a beach
The town’s quiet and unspoilt beaches are ideal for a day by the shore; the area’s natural valley location makes it ideal for sun seekers and sea lovers alike. Take a post-siesta stroll along the palm tree lined promenade to truly soak in the historic coast and breathtaking rock formations; but don’t be surprised to see a few bare bottoms, as the peaceful nature and hidden destination of the beaches makes it the ideal spot for nudists!
For those seeking a well-deserved ice cream or glass of sangria in the midday sun, the beach has cafes and kiosks to keep even the fussiest of beach bums happy. Los Barquicos beach is the most popular with visitors as it offers many amenities, as well as being the go-to spot for scuba divers wanting to take advantage of the coasts aquatic diversity. On a clear day, you may even be able to spot the tiny Isla De San Andrés; the 7 hectare volcanic island is just a stone’s throw from the Carboneras shore.
Stunning beaches aren’t Carboneras’ only attraction - wander further inland and you’ll discover the historical architecture the town has to offer. The jewel of the town is most definitely the 16th Century Castle of San André, which has inspired the surrounding buildings and remains the focal point of this quiet yet vibrant destination. The town hall, intriguingly named the Casa del Laberinto (Labyrinth House) offers a prime example of 1960s architecture and is situated on the Las Martinicas beach. Definitely worth a stop on a leisurely afternoon rendezvous!
If a spot of retail therapy is what you’re after, Caraboneras offers a delightful local market, where you can pick up local crafts, souvenirs and produce at a steal. Dining with family and friends is effortless, as the winding streets are home to a wealth of eateries for all tastes and budgets. Although the nightlife in peaceful Carboneras is modest, the Fiestas de San Antonio in June should not be missed for those who like to enjoy a night on the town. The festival plays host to plenty of dancing and entertainment, topped off with a spectacular firework display; sure to be a memorable occasion for new and veteran revellers alike!