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Costa Almería travel information and video

Holiday information, facts, photos and video about Costa Almería

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Inhabitants 500000
Level above sea 0 meters
Nearest airport Almeria, Granada, Málaga
Distance to beach 0 meters
Max. temperature 40 C
Min. temperature 12 C


Costa de Almeria

The coast of Almeria is relatively unspoilt compared to its neighbouring Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca regions. The area incorporates over 200 kilometres of diverse and predominantly natural coastline; inland much of the landscape is arid and desert-like and is sparsely populated. Supposedly Almeria enjoys the most hours of sunshine and lowest rainfall in Europe.


History
The name Almeria derives from the Arabic occupation, originally Al-Mariyya, meaning The Mirror, as it was compared to The Mirror of the Sea. The capital city of the same name, Almeria was an Arabic stronghold and the principal harbour in its domain. The Moorish castle of Alcazaba is the second largest of the Arabic fortresses in Andalusia, after the Alhambra in Granada.


Attractions
The city itself is a lively, modern commercial city; culturally it is very Spanish, with few foreigners residing in the centre. There is a ferry port – where you can take a trip over to North Africa, a sports marina and a working fishing port. A visit to the city is definitely worthwhile; it has a good selection of galleries, museums and shops, as well as lots of pretty squares along the main central avenue Las Ramblas.


Natural coastline
To the east of the city of Almeria we find the protected natural maritime park of Cabo de Gato – Nijar with its beautiful rugged and natural coastline. Much of the coast has restricted road access, so getting down to beach is usually on foot, but its worth it to experience some of the idyllic secluded bays with crystal clear waters, perfect for bathing and for scuba diving enthusiasts, untouched beaches and sand dunes, tiny fishing villages and sweeping headlands offering fabulous views to the Mediterranean sea and coastline. The area is one of the most natural and ecologically rich coasts along the western Mediterranean and is perfect for hikers, nature lovers and bird watchers.

Surrounding Areas
The little town of Nijar has a cottage industry of clay ceramic ware and is definitely worth a trip to pick up a unique holiday souvenir.

West of the city of Almeria you find the towns of Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce and Almerimar; well developed tourist destinations, which offer all the facilities that you would expect to find in a modern tourist area. Almerimar boasts marinas, golf, hotels and many other resort facilities.

Even further west, you come to the old fishing town of Adra, in the area known as ‘El Poniente’. The city has some extremely interesting archaeological sites dating from the 8th century. An area of interest often missed by the crowds of tourist.

To the north of the city you come to the nudist beaches of Vera, whose surrounds are gradually being developed upon. And a little further south is the popular town of Mojacar, which clings to a rocky hillside and which boasts some fabulous fine sandy beaches.
Film fame

The province is probably most famous for being the location for many of the Spaghetti Western movies. The dry and arid landscapes of the Taberna desert area were perfect set locations for the films of Sergio Leone. David Lean also shot some scenes there in the Oscar winning film Lawrence of Arabia. In the village of Tabernas you can visit the ‘badlands of Almeria”, the film set locations which attract a modest number of tourists each year. It is also the site of the ruins of a Moorish castle and old church.

Ancient living
It’s also an area well known for its ‘troglodyte villages’, with houses fashioned out of caves of soft rock. There are many towns throughout the Almeria and Granada provinces that still have a population that live in cave homes.

Agriculture
Despite the arid climate of Almeria, it is a major agricultural area – where some 250 million kilos of flowers and crops are cultivated each year. You will note the miles upon miles of huge plastic greenhouses and sheet covered fields that protect the crops.

Cuisine
The province of Almeria is rich in fish and seafood dishes, squid red prawns and red mullet are common. It also has a strong Arabic/North African influence rooted from its strong Moorish history. Because of the strong agricultural industry in Almeria, fruit and vegetables are excellent quality; they produce the most amazing tomatoes. Typical dishes from the province include fish chowders and stew, Migas (fried bread with garlic and spicy sausage) and lots of grilled fish.



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Reviews for Costa Almería

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16 August, 2014

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24 June, 2014

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pleasant spanish sea side resort

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the beaches are ok but nothing special
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06 June, 2014

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Thriving but still with a lot of local charm

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Thriving but still with a lot of local charm
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04 June, 2014

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Very lovely, clean and friendly.

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Very lovely area and quiet.
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26 May, 2014

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All the facilities that you would need & more..

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A beautiful part of Spain
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14 May, 2014

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Pleasant,interesting and not too touristy

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taking a trip by car along the coast was a necessity and very unspoilt. I tended to keep away from the larger resorts.
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05 May, 2014

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Nice city

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Nice and quieta good and trustfull site
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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01 May, 2014

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Quiet, clean and lovely views

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Beautiful
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10 April, 2014

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Very quiet . But has basic amenities . Villagers very nice and friendly

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Lots to see
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12 March, 2014

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The actual town (Pueblo) is charming and a short bus ride up the mountain gets you into a really Spanish town with souvenir shops and cafes.

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We love this part of Spain, the beaches are fabulous.
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07 January, 2014

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San Juan de los Terreros is a small village near the big port city of Aguilas. There are many medieval castles in the area and a surprisingly unspoiled coast. There are some signs of the building bubble but not like the coast towards Almería, where huge constructions hurt the eye and many are abandoned. Great place for long walks on the beach, cycling and hiking. And is blessed with a warm, sunny winter, something that most of the coast in Spain cannot promise.

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We liked Cabo de Gata Park.
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04 September, 2013

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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.

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Very clean and lively at Mojacar beach with plenty of shops and coffee bars
6 of 6 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

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the coat at Mojacar was well worth a trip
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16 August, 2013

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A good place to stay, especially the south side which is quieter. Places to visit nearby and local people friendly and helpful.z

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Coast line with great beaches but sea can be quite choppy!
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08 August, 2013

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The city is nice. I recommend the visit of the Arabic castle (named "Alcazaba")

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Many beautiful beaches around
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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
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28 July, 2013

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Clean, safe feeling city. Not too touristy or commercialised.

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Sand and pebbles. Good swimming beach.
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06 July, 2013

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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.

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

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nice Spanish town with good bars and restaurants

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excellent, very clean beaches, interesting places to visit such as Cabo de Gata and even Granada (by car a two hour 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

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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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