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Facts

Inhabitants 11000
Level above sea 420 meters
Nearest airport Alicante
Distance to airport 171 km
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 12 C


Albox

A short drive inland through the mountain ranges of the Cierra de las Estancias and the Sierra de los Filabres brings you to numerous charming villages and towns, enveloped in stunning countryside of olive groves, citrus orchards and dramatic hills and valleys. One such town is Albox, situated in the heart of the Almanzora Valley, situated 420m above sea level and approximately 130km from the provincial capital of Almeria.


History

The name derives from the Arabic word for forest and sounds similar to the Spanish term for forest ‘el bosque’. The origens of Albox date back to Medieval times when the ancient fort town was located on a hill nearby to its current location. In 1503 it was completely destroyed by an earthquake and most of its historical buildings were lost. The town was reconstructed from scratch in its current location.


Facilities

Albox is a traditional white-washed Spanish market town with a population of around 11,000 inhabitants, of which a small percentage are foreign ex-pat residents. The town has all the facilities and service one would expect from a modern small town: shops, banks, post office, restaurants, bars, schools and a 24 hour medical centre. The nearest major hospital is in Huercal Overa, approximately 21km away.

Albox has a municipal swimming pool, very typical of inland Spanish towns that don’t have access to beaches. You will find most locals frequenting the pool during the weekends and summer holidays. It opens throughout July and August. There is also a sports centre and tennis club, which also has its own swimming pool.

The name derives from the Arabic word for forest and sounds similar to the Spanish term for forest ‘el bosque’.


Market Town

A large market is held every Tuesday morning and a smaller market on Saturday mornings. On market days the neighbouring streets are shut off to traffic and stalls open up selling fresh fruit, vegetables and bread. Jamons (cured ham on the bone) can be found hanging from stalls and shop windows; dozens of varieties of queso (cheese), chorizo (cured sausage) and many more delicacies are on show. The market is extensive, with street upon street, a myriad of noise, colour and smells. In fact you can find just about anything in the Albox market.

Local Festivals

The town offers visitors an insight into the lifestyle of a traditional Spanish town, with its traditional customs and culture.

Every year Albox celebrates All Saints Day (Halloween) with a massive week long fiesta (festival) from 31st October-6th November. In Spain Halloween is known as All Saints Day and is a day of celebration for lost loved ones, rather than the commercial version that is commonly celebrated in the UK and US.

The All Saints festival is the biggest annual celebration in Albox, when thousands of people from surrounding towns and villages descend upon Albox to join in the festivities and celebrations.

The week is filled with performances, theatre, fun and games, and of course lots of typical food and drink; a Spanish festival wouldn’t be the same without the typical serving of the giant paella (see photograph to the right) and lots of local wine.

A huge marquee is erected in the centre of town, which plays host to the main events and the streets are filled with stalls, games and fairground rides. The celebrations last well into the early hours of the morning (some until 8am).

Surrounding Areas

Venture further into the beautiful countryside and you will come across other similar unspoilt villages, several rivers also flow close to the town, including the rivers Almanzara and Albanchez, which contribute to the area’s rich agricultural background. It’s hard to believe that the area is under an hour’s drive from the coastal resort of Mojácar.

Climate

Albox has the perfect all-year round temperate climate, as does the whole of the Costa Almeria with temperatures rarely falling below 18ºC. It can get a bit chilly during the winter evenings, but the days are generally clear and blue. During the summer months the temperature rises to around 30ºC throughout May-June. July and August can get hotter. It drops again around mid-September to a milder, but still warm 23ºC-27ºC degrees.



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Reviews for Albox

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04 September, 2013

City review

Albox has everything you need however this is a very quiet region and does not have a night life so you will need to research this before visiting. About 1 hour from Almeira airport it has a modern road network to get you there so a car is essential. There is a bowling alley, chinese restaurant and a few bars and supermarkets which are fun to visit.If you want a beach this is about a 20-30 minute drive. The temperatures were very high in August and we just wanted to relax by the pool. There are a number of markets offering superb fresh fruit and veg which are a must to visit. This is a place to totally relax and get away from it all and not to party.

Coast review

Very clean and lively at Mojacar beach with plenty of shops and coffee bars
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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26 August, 2013

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was ok, had to travel further afield for what we wanted

Coast review

the coat at Mojacar was well worth a trip
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
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28 July, 2013

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Plenty of amenities and not as sleepy as some towns.

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Good variety
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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06 July, 2013

City review

A fairly new urbanisation with medium amounts of traffic on a dual carriageway with roadworks. Smaller village a good 20 mins walk, not what we are used to when having a villa holiday in Almeria.

Coast review

This coast is very well known to us, but from Albox/Aboleas it is at least a 45 min drive.
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10 June, 2013

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If you want the 'real spain' this is it. Rural views but everything you want in a town - though not a tourist town. You can't buy souvenirs here - but the beaches are approx 30 mins away - Mojacar is lovely, and the mountains are equally as good. It would help to know Spanish, but you can probably get by without. Weekly market is well worth a look. Be aware the temp drops by 5 degrees if you go up to Oria in the hills, and on the whole Albox is slightly warmer than the coast too

Coast review

There are wide expanses of sandy beach, coupled with rocky coves and spectacular views. The season only kicks off in June so there isn't a huge amount of toursity stuff outside the season, but there are many restaurants and cafes along the front. Much more spanish in feel, but I imagine in high season the bars may spill out, but it is very relaxing, and extremely clean in june. Mojacar town is a good walk from the beach resort but any part of the coast is worth the visit
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04 September, 2012

City review

Surprisingly large. Supermarket, petrol station, bars and restaurants. Some good shops, a tabacconist, pharmacy, banks and Internet cafe.

Coast review

Beautiful coastline. One point to note is that the coastal road through Algeria is unfinished and we had to go through a tedious diversion!
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04 July, 2012

City review

Albox is a town for shopping. Arboleas for relaxing.

Coast review

It is the most wonderful coast in that area. The cliffs and the clear water are great.
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21 May, 2012

City review

albox is a beutiful proper spanish town with everything you need and of course lots of spanish people living their lifes around you

Coast review

miles of beaches to yourselves
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11 May, 2012

City review

The facilities for the town are all that we needed.

Coast review

Excellent coastal resorts with some great restaurants and bars.
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07 April, 2012

City review

very freindly town with lots of resturants of differant verities good town market with lots of fresh vegtables and fruits and numeros activeties within easy reach of albox.

Coast review

mojacar and vera are good large beeches
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15 March, 2012

City review

Typically Spanish with all modern facilities

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Stunning, breath-taking, out of this world
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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15 March, 2012

City review

Albox was a pleasant town, fairly small but had all the main requirements we needed. Supermarkets, one of which was English food, Banks, cashpoints and a few nice cafes along with an unusual market. Great internet cafe owned by an English woman which was easy and cheap, parking not great and at times really difficult depending on times. Quite dusty with some major roadworks outside the town. Overall pleasant and convient for amenities.

Coast review

Great views, nice beaches. Downside is they are pretty much packed and everything costs.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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16 October, 2011

City review

Satisfactory city with all the facilities you would expect for shopping and holiday

Coast review

A great area with beautiful beaches and marinas and not too commercial. Very unspoilt
5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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11 August, 2011

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Very quiet and relaxing, not an area for nightlife but plenty of little bars for a drink and tapas on hot evenings.

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