Costa de Almeria is a 135-mile long stretch of coastline reaching from Pulpi to Adra along the southern coast of Spain. The appeal of Costa de Almeria is in its variety, from vibrant, energetic resorts to tranquil coves and peaceful nature walks.
Costa de Almeria has avoided the tourist developments seen around the rest of the country, meaning it’s still filled with a rich and colourful culture. And with temperatures reaching well over 30oC in the summer, this resort is a great place for a Spanish getaway.
With so much to do in Costa de Almeria, you’ll be spoilt for choice. If you’re looking to lazily while away the evenings with great food under the Spanish sunset, Costa de Almeria boasts a range of incredible restaurants and bars, all featuring locally-sourced meat and vegetables as a demonstration of some of the best cuisine in Spain. Families and couples particularly love Costa de Almeria, as it offers an escape from the busier areas of the country, with all the sun and sea that you need in your Spanish holiday.
The city of Almeria is the most developed location in Costa de Almeria but still remains a charming and beautiful location. A heavy African influence can be felt throughout the city in its architecture and culture, described by some as a sister to Morocco. The best way to experience Almeria is to take your time exploring the winding streets of the city, taking you past wonderful hidden restaurants and fascinating museums. It’s easy to see why John Lennon was so enchanted by the city, which served as the inspiration for his song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’.
In the heart of Almeria lies the Cathedral de la Encarnacion, a 16th-century basilica-come-fortress built to protect the citizens of Almeria from pirate attacks. The ancient Arab fortress of Alcazaba dominates the mountain range overlooking the city, a magnificent piece of history that is a real must-see on your trip to Costa de Almeria.
Roquetas de Mar
Once a quiet fishing village, Roquetas de Mar has recently grown into one of Costa de Almeria’s biggest tourist hotspots. Located just 15 minutes from Almeria, Roquetas de Mar has everything, whether you prefer to relax with a cold drink in a laid-back bar or explore the town’s history.
The resort’s ancestry as a fishing settlement is still celebrated today through its cuisine. Fresh fish and lobster top the menus, and if you’re enjoying a seafood dish in Roquetas there’s a good chance it was caught that very same day.
The highlight of the Roquetas de Mar calendar is the Virgen del Carmen fiesta, where locals pay homage to the patron saint of fishermen by illuminating the night with candles and fireworks to the sound of brass bands. For a taste of history, the Torrequebrada archaeological site just nearby showcases ancient ruins dating back to the Roman occupation of Spain.
Founded over a millennium ago, the resort of Adra is now a tourist favourite. With great beaches and a range of activities on offer, from dining at one of many restaurants to jet-skiing. Adra attracts history fanatics from all over the world with its extensive cultural heritage. In particular, the churches of the town are all of outstanding beauty, featuring centuries-old artwork and statues. Just outside of Adra is the La Albufera Nature Reserve which offers excellent hiking routes that allow you to soak in the natural beauty of Costa de Almeria.
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Explore Sierra Nevada National Park
Between Almeria and Granada is the Sierra Nevada National Park - a hiker’s utopia. With the best walking routes in the entire country, a trek through Sierra Nevada will take you through lush pine forests, past stunning waterfalls, and up craggy mountainsides. The park has many different species of rare and exotic flora and fauna, making for a unique experience that you will be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Spain. In the winter months, the park even transforms into a bustling ski resort!
Taste fame at Tabernas Desert film studios
Europe’s only desert, the Tabernas, is situated just outside of Almeria. The desert was a popular filming location for classic spaghetti Western movies, and the studios used by film legends from Clint Eastwood to Steven Spielberg remain standing today as tourist attractions. If you’ve ever wanted to be a cowboy or cowgirl, the Tabernas is the perfect place to hop on a horse and take a ride through the Wild West itself!
Relax on one of the many beaches
Costa de Almeria has literally hundreds of beaches, from the golden sands of Mojacar to the exotic flora and fauna of the Cabo de Gata beaches. In addition, Vera Playa in Costa de Almeria is considered one of the best naturist beaches in the world. Many of the beaches are developed to suit tourists and families. Sunbeds and parasols are available for hire all year round, and there are lifeguards on duty around the clock.
Costa de Almeria cuisine
Costa de Almeria specialises in traditional Spanish food with an African influence in many recipes. In particular, locally-sourced seafood and vegetables are a staple of Costa de Almeria’s cuisine. Many restaurants serve food from other Mediterranean countries too, so from tapas to tortellini, you’re sure to find plenty of delicious dishes to enjoy with a glass of cava or sangria.
Costa de Almeria restaurants
Close to the Cathedral in Almeria is Casa Puga, supposedly the oldest bar in the city, decorated with hams and artwork, and serving incredible tapas and other Spanish dishes from a menu so good that it hasn’t changed in 30 years! Elsewhere, every coastal town in Costa de Almeria has restaurants and bars lining the shore, so whatever culinary delight you wish to indulge in you’re sure to find satisfaction.
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