Holidays to Costa de Almeria in 2016

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Costa de Almeria at a glance

This stunning stretch of the Spanish coast boasts a diversity as varied as tapas – and just as enticing!

Whether you want to spend your days lounging by the pool, strolling along the beach or putting on the greens, Costa de Almeria has everything that a Spanish getaway should have.

However, it’s not only about the sun, sea and sand! The buzz of the region’s popular resorts contrasts with breath taking natural landscapes and cultural gems often overlooked by the crowds, meaning holidays to Costa de Almeria truly have something for everyone.

Pure Beach Bliss

West of Almeria you will find the bustling resorts of Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar, where some of the best beaches in the region are to be found. Book yourself into one of the ocean front hotels for great views and to enjoy easy access to the sandy shore. Or, if you feel like practising your swing, head a little further down the coast to stay in one of the golf resort hotels and take in a round in the sun.

East of Almeria is the beautiful natural reserve of Cabo de Gata where you’ll find a fantastic range of accommodation. From luxury hotels to family friendly resorts, there’s something to suit every budget. Its coastal wetlands teem with wildlife, while its deserts and rugged mountain ranges give way to pristine beaches and hidden caves tucked-away from view – perfect for exploring!

The charming town of San Jose and the fishing village of Adra provide a break from the beach and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local atmosphere on your Costa de Almeria holidays. If you're looking for that perfect, picture postcard Andalusia scene, look no further than the gleaming white village of Mojocar, situated on the northern stretch of the coast.

Andalusia adventures

Sun-seekers will love holidays to Costa de Almeria, and with glorious beaches basking in over 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s not difficult to see why. One of the most popular beaches on the coast, La Romanilla, is to be found in Roquetas de Mar, just a stone’s throw from a host of restaurants on the promenade, while for a more natural setting head to Los Genoveses, a beautiful stretch of sand in the Cabo de Gata reserve, a section of which also caters for nudists.

But the coast has much more to offer than expanses of gleaming sand to please the sunbathers. The natural parks in the area give keen walkers the opportunity to venture into wetlands and desert landscapes alike, with the Lagoons of Adra in the west providing a great opportunity to go searching for rare bird species in their natural habitat.

Architecture enthusiasts will love the impressive castles and churches dotted along the coast – although Roquetas de Mar may be famous for its popular beaches, the castle and 17th century church in its historic centre show that it still remains in touch with its past.

For those who want to taste the real flavour of Andalusia, there is nothing better than an evening spent enjoying the local cuisine with the sound of a traditional Spanish guitar playing in the background. The largest concentration of restaurants is in Almeria itself, with plenty of top-notch eateries to choose from – those who enjoy the taste of the sea as much as a swim in it will love the irresistible fresh seafood to be found there.

Get active and cultural

On a Costa de Almeria holiday, don’t miss visiting the Alcazaba – this Moorish fortress, which has starred in James Bond and Indiana Jones films, will take you back a thousand years to discover the region’s rich history. To delve even further into the past, head to the Museum of Almeria where the ancient artefacts on display will bring it back to life, or to the archaeological sites near Adra where remains dating from the 8th century were discovered.

Although there is plenty of culture on offer, the Costa de Almeria is all about having fun. Its playful side comes out when you visit the Oasys theme park – kids will love this little bit of the Wild West in the Mediterranean.

To cool down after lots of activities, head for the sea. If you’re feeling energetic, check out the water sports on offer in Adra, go scuba diving in the calm, clear waters off the Cabo de Gata coast or take a boat trip for fantastic views of its shoreline that you can only get from the waves. For slightly more grown-up games, the golf course at Almerimar is perfect for playing a few holes while the tide laps the shore in the background.

Costa De Almeria Beach Holidays

Top Beaches

The beauty of the beaches speaks for itself, with many of them having featured in highly prolific films; Monsul beach is famed for its filming of Indiana Jones and is an impressive sight with its deep blue waters, black sands and harsh backdrop. Meanwhile Los Genoveses Beach was used for Lawrence of Arabia in the 1960s.

Attractions

This coastline is somewhere different for a chance from the usual crowded white sandy beaches, so be sure to explore. Take a boat trip to explore the hidden coves, such as Cala San Pedro and Cala Raja, and chance a sighting of some of the sea life that nestles in their waters.

Activities

The rugged cliffs and headlands bring winds to the waters that are excellent for water sports such as windsurfing and sailing. The waters also delve deep into a fascinating world below, making Costa de Almeria a popular spot for divers and scuba divers of all ages and abilities.

Hotels

Whatever your budget, lowcostholidays.com has a range of hotels by the beach, from the most luxurious and exclusive to cheap and cheerful accommodation that won’t cost the earth. Try the Mirador De Adra Hotel in Almeria, which is right by the beach and has free Wi-fi, a sauna and Jacuzzi. Alternatively, the Hotel Indalico Almeria is right by La Rambla in the stylish city centre.

Costa De Almeria Couples Holidays

Attractions

This is a romantic setting for a holiday with a difference, with attractions such as the black sands and rocky outlets of the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata offering an unforgettable place to create happy memories of a holiday with a loved one.

Activities

As the location where many action film scenes have been shot in the past, explore this impressive region of deserts, mountains and quaint towns on horseback for a real movie-like experience. For something more down to earth, check out the shops, cafes and architecture of the towns for a taste of Spanish culture.

Nightlife

There are several clubs and lots of bars to fill an evening with dance and music, although all of the resorts have some excellent beach bars as well as some delicious places to try Spanish foods such as tapas, paella and fresh fish from the sea. The restaurants buzz well into the evening and welcome couples wanting to while away the hours with good food, drink and conversation.

Hotels

Whether you are looking for a more central location or an idyllic retreat on the headlands, lowcostholidays.com has both affordable and luxury hotels available with some great prices throughout the year. Save money on hotels with us so you can make the most of your holiday when you get there.

Costa de Almeria Explore

Attractions

The beaches and wildlife of Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park are perhaps the most popular attraction in the area, but there are also some great historic sites that reveal the past. Almeria has an ancient fortress and a fortified Alcazaba, as well as ruins scattered across the landscape for explorers to find on their adventures.

Activities

Embrace the lumps and bumps of the surroundings with activities such as potholing, trekking, off road experiences and horse riding. A holiday here offers more than just the beaches, so be sure to take the time to appreciate its assets and try something different

Festivals

The summer is a season of fiestas, ranging from the religious festivities in Mojacar in May to the Spanish festival of Roquetas de Mar that enriches the vibrancy of that town in September before the summer months draw to a close.

Architecture

There are plenty of signs of the region’s Moorish past, with Arabic architecture in the towns and beyond that bring this Spanish coastline a distinct appearance. There are also some impressive military remnants in the centres, such as the impressive fortress in Roquetas de Mar and Alcazaba in Almeria.

Costa de Almeria Family Holidays

Attractions

Wherever you stay, there are lots of attractions for families; Oasys theme park Tabernas is fun for all ages whilst the impressive aquarium at Roquetas de Mar is worth a visit. For a good water park on a hot day, head to Parque Acuatico Vera in Vera Costa, or make the most of the brilliant beaches along the coast.

Activities

The beaches and rugged surrounding landscape offer loads of activities for all ages; go hiking or biking in the routes and nature reserves that lead off from the coast, teach the kids how to play golf in the unique terrain of Desert Springs or go fishing for a fun and relaxing afternoon.

Nightlife

The resorts of Almeria city, Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar host family friendly entertainment from karaoke bars to late night restaurants serving tapas, the atmosphere buzzing with a traditional Spanish liveliness that never fails to delight.

Hotels

Here at lowcostholidays.com we offer an excellent selection of hotels with child facilities, all inclusive options and convenient locations that are ideal for families, as well as group savings and flexible travel dates. Book with us to ensure that you can whisk yourselves away on your own terms, hassle free.

Useful information

Language
Spanish (English widely spoken)
Currency
Euro
Local time
GMT/BST +1 hour