Costa de Almeria
Stay in the Costa de Almeria
In the southeast of Spain, the Costa de Almería, which includes the 200 km of coastline of this province, extends from San Juan de los Terreros in the northeast to Adra in the west of Almería.
Several marinas dot this coast. In the shelter of the Gulf of Almeria are the small port towns of Adra, Almerimar, Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce and of course Almería east of Cabo Gata San José and Garrucha. These marinas offer many nautical activities, scuba diving, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking…
Cabo de Gata is a beautiful seafront, very attractive with its natural park Cabo de Gata. Declared a natural park in 1987, it is the first Spanish park both on land and at sea.
It is made of a wild coast, alternating impressive cliffs with beaches and coves. Protected, these coasts have become the refuge of many aquatic species including dolphins.
Stages on the Costa de Almería
San Juan de los Terreros
San Juan de los Terreros is the northernmost coastal town in Andalusia, a seaside resort in the village of Pulpí renowned for its beautiful beaches. Surrounded by El Cañón and El Pichirichi peaks, the San Juan coastline consists of three sheltered coves with urban beaches.
Off San Juan the volcanic islets of San Juan de los Terreros and Isla Negra form the natural monument of Isla de Terreros-Isla Negra.
Pozo del Esparto
The urban centre of Pozo del Esparto is lined with a promenade and offers 1200 metres of a beach made of sand and gravel with local traffic.
El Calón is a vast urban cove 500 meters long with a stony beach. The rocky bottoms of the waters of El Calón are covered with a sea meadow of Mediterranean posidonia.
Villaricos is a small coastal town of barely 700 inhabitants, dependent on the municipality of Cuevas del Almanzora located a dozen kilometres away, and is mainly dedicated to seaside tourism.
Villaricos beach begins at the mouth of the Almanzora river on the municipal coastline, which includes several small coves. Moreover the village has two ports: Puerto de Villaricos and Puerto Deportivo de Villaricos La Esperanza which houses a sailing club.
In August, Villaricos hosts a popular local electronic music festival: the DreamBeach Villaricos.
Located 70 km north of Almería, Vera is composed of three coastal urban centres: Playas de Vera, Puerto Rey and Las Marinas, all bordered by the same 4 km long beach.
Vera also shelters a naturist village, Vera-Natura which is opened on the beach, as well as a water park, Aqua Vera, installed behind the district of Playas de Vera.
An important fishing village, on the eastern Costa de Almería, between Vera and Mojácar in the centre of the Levantine coast, Garrucha offers a vast beach stretching a few hundred metres south of its port.
Dominated by the old Mojácar with its narrow streets lined with white houses, the fifteen kilometres of its coastline offers a wide range of tourist, hotel and nautical activities and infrastructures.
Among the beaches of Mojácar, which is also part of the “Most Beautiful Villages in Spain” network: Macenas, Ventanicas el Cantal, Vista de los Angeles, are the most popular.
Others are wilder, some naturist and accessible by old tracks starting from the old forts located in the south of the locality.
On the way to Carboneras
Following this part of the Costa de Almería, the picturesque AL-5107 road passes through coastal towns bordered by beaches: La Parata, Ventanicas-el Cantal, Castillo de Macenas…
Before Carboneras, at the mouth of the river Alias, we discover some wild beaches. Among this, the Playa El Algarrobico, is about 3000 meters long.
A village founded when San Andres Castle was built to defend the Levantine coast, Carboneras is part of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and is surrounded by varied landscapes.
The main beach, partly surrounded by a promenade, extends around the town centre and the castle for 2000 metres north of the marina. Other beaches stretch south of the second industrial port of Carboneras.
Located in the northern part of Cabo de Gata Park, the still authentic village of Agua Amarga is a small seaside resort. The beach is very popular with the inhabitants of Almería, about sixty kilometres away.
About fifteen kilometres from the municipality of Nijar on which it depends, the former fishing village of Las Negras is populated by only 300 inhabitants all year round, including a large German community.
The village shelters several stony beaches. The largest along the center of Las Negras is home to fishing boats, restaurants and seafront bars.
1 hour walk from the village, Cala San Pedro is home to a hippie community living in an abandoned beachside village.
La Isleta del Moro
A fishing village in the natural park of Cabo de Gata with white houses and colourful boats on the beach, restaurants offering fresh fish, small pensions and rural lodgings, La Isleta del Moro has managed to preserve a typical Mediterranean atmosphere.
A little north of the village, the fine sandy beach of Peñón Blanco is surrounded by jagged cliffs with a wide range of colours. More wild, the beach del Arco is to be discovered south on the road to San José.
The main town in Cabo de Gata Park, San José is home to the main hotels and restaurants. Very lively from April to September, the seaside resort of San José offers beautiful beaches like those of Los Genovese and Monsul, both accessible by an equipped track.
To get there, paid shuttles are available from the centre of San José.
Cabo de Gata Natural Park
Classified as a Biosphere Reserve and created in 1987, the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in the southeast of the Gulf of Almería covers 29,000 hectares. It is the first marine and land park in Spain.
The park offers very varied landscapes: saltworks in San Miguel, craters and rocky peaks, coastline composed of wild beaches and coves, high cliffs and sometimes impressive reefs (punta de los Muertos, Mesa Roldán).
As a whole, the park shelters an endemic flora of maquis and herbaceous, and many animal and aquatic species find refuge there, in particular dolphins, pink flamingos…
San Miguel de Cabo de Gata
Located 30 km southeast of Almería, San Miguel has a beach labeled Blue Flag, 2500 m long, and equipped with all services and infrastructure.
Almería, the most easterly of the Andalusian capitals, is the most important city of this part of the Mediterranean coast and is an old port steeped in history founded by the Carthaginians.
If the narrow streets of its old town invite you to discover, it is from the Nicolás Salmerón Park that we will find the most beautiful views of the marina and the commercial port as well as the Gulf of Almería and its vast beaches.
Various shipping companies operate ferry services to the Maghreb from the port of Almería.
Aguadulce is a coastal town located about fifteen minutes from Almería (11 km). It is a very popular destination for the “almerienses” and sees its population multiply in summer.
From the marina, el Puerto Deportivo Aguadulce, a vast beach stretches several kilometres south to Roquetas de Mar.
Roquetas de Mar
Roquetas de Mar is one of the main seaside destinations in the province and the Costa d’Almeria and has made summer tourism its main economic activity.
The municipality of Roquetas covers the south-western part of the Costa de Almería and includes the towns of Aguadulce, El Parador, Las Marinas and Las Salinas.
The long beaches of Roquetas de Mar stretch for several kilometres on either side of the marina dominated by the Castillo de Santa Ana.
It is a natural site made up of an area of marshes housing one of the best preserved dune systems in Spain.
Declared a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA), it offers several kilometres of fine sandy beaches and two half-sanded lagoons, the Charcones de Punta Entinas, which are separated from the sea by a dune ridge. There are saltworks south of the village of San Augustín, La Salina de Cerrillos and the Salinas Viejas.
San Miguel Cove
It houses the towns of Guardias Viejas and Almerimar. The latter houses a marina and an amusement and leisure park, el Parque de Ocio Infantil. A wide beach borders the cove from San Miguel to Los Baños de Guardias Viejas.
Los Baños de Guardias Viejas
The village’s toponymy originates from the establishment of the military company of the Ancient Guards of Castile, who settled there in the 15th century to protect the coasts against pirates. The castle of Los Baños, built on an ancient Arab ford tower, dates from this period.
A beach with a sea promenade spreads pleasantly over a few hundred metres around the Punta de Baños.
A second beach extends northwest for several kilometres to the nearby town of Balerma.
Balanegra has a vast sandy and gravel beach that follows the contour of a small cove. Surrounded by holiday cottages, the beach is equipped with volleyball nets.
Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, Adra is a seaside resort located at the extreme southwest of the Costa de Almería, about sixty kilometers from Almería.
The 20 km long coastline of the old city is home to several beaches and to the east, the Albufera de Adra nature reserve is home to many seabirds.
There are two beaches bordering the city centre to the east of the fishing and leisure port: Playa de San Nicolás and Playa del Censo.
DESERT OF TABERNAS AND SIERRA NEVADA
CABO DE GATA AND MOJACAR
GRANADA AND ALHAMBRA AT THE START FROM ROQUETAS DE MAR