August 8th, 2012
We´re still on our tour of Almería, in fact half way through with our third short piece on unusual and slightly different locations from this sunny, dry and stunning province. There´s more to Almería than Mojacar, although that´s also very nice in it´s own way, sometimes it´s good to go out and discover the smaller places too! So at the mid way mark, for part 3 of this series of sunshine filled shorts, let´s take a look at San Juan de los Terreros…
Time for a break?
This is border country…! Where the Costa Almería meets with the Costa Calida – the warm coast – see, I´ve got you reaching for the cheap flights site already!
After a Summer wash out in the UK and Ireland, surely you´re´ready for a little bit of sunshine?
Think warm waters lapping at your toes, soft sand and those rays of sunshine warming your back…
It might be almost Autumn in the UK, and the Winter collections of clothes are depressingly all out in the shops, but here in Spain, and especially in this warm and dry corner of Andalucía- the sun still has it´s hat on and has no plans for a wardrobe change anytime soon!
Where are we?
We´re off to the last frontier…
For our third jaunt to Almería we´re taking a look at San Juan de los Terreros, which is part of the municipal region of the delightfully named Pulpí, and boasts the very last beach in Andalucía, before we turn to Murcia. Opposite the coastline lie two tiny islets, the volcanic Terreros and Negra which together form the National Monument of Islands of Terreros and Negra. This ensures that the Islands have protected status, and make great nesting sites for sea birds.
San Juan de los Terreros provides the traveller historic builds, geographical Interest, nature, walking opportunities and an all round good family resort, so ask yourself just what more could you want?
The beaches - Blue Flag of course – here are particularly good for families with young children. These days, my kids are happy to throw themselves off precipitous cliffs into the water – I don´t want to look – but I remember when they were young toddlers, and we would make a trip to a beach only to find a steep drop after the waters edge and the day would be ruined…
Here the warm shallow waters shelve slowly and safely out, and your little ones can paddle away without worry on your part.
Just north are more beaches along with little coves and great rock pools in the shallow water, a perfect spot to while away an afternoon with a bucket and net…just show me a child who doesn´t like to find the creepiest crab or throw the slimiest seaweed!
There are a number of little wooden beach bars in the Summer time too, handy for those much needed ice creams…
The castle and the mountains
Look upwards for the castle built fort – like into the coastal path 150m high, and was constructed during the mid 18th century, in 1764. It makes a good if nicely tiring hike to the top along the twisting road but is absolutely worth it for the views from the summit – just don´t leave your camera at the bottom!
In fact there are plenty of walking opportunities in the mountains that form the backdrop to the resort, – the Sierra del Aguilón – perfect for the cooler Spring and Autumn days, if by chance you happen to get bored of the beach.
You ´ll be rewarded with a healthy heart,and views over Huercal Overa, the surrounding countryside, and miles and miles of sweeping coastline…
Just be aware when you are up in the mountains, that you are also in old mining country, so do keep to the marked footpaths and use a recent and reliable map.
Out and about
Just a short 8 kms hop down the road takes you to Aguilas, a traditional and busy fishing port. This is actually over the border in Murcia, so essentially the Costa Calida. Get there early enough down on the dockside and browse the catch of the day, take a kilo or two of fresh fish back to the BBQ of your holiday rental home.
Now you know that you can´t do that in a hotel! Well, I suppose that you could, but you might be thrown out!
And a selection of holiday homes in and around San Juan de los Terreros? Well of course, just ask Spain Holiday, that handy holiday home genie….simply click here to find an array of apartments villas and townhouses in which to choose that perfect spot for a good plate of fish!