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Little-visited, underrated, and underdeveloped, the Costa Almeria is a beguiling alternative to Spain’s busier costas.
Sitting on a rugged stretch of Spain’s southern coast with otherworldly landscapes, absolutely stunning beaches and a vast nature park, Costa Almeria holidays promise outdoor adventures and great coastal fun wherever you base yourself.
The province’s main attraction is the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Nijar, an enormous protected coastal area with ancient geological formations and unspoilt beaches without the crowds. A handful of quaint fishing villages and larger towns dot the coastline, where you’ll find excellent accommodation, restaurants serving wonderful tapas and craft shops selling wares by local artists and creators.
Beaches are another huge draw here. Within Cabo de Gata-Nijar and beyond, Costa Almeria has ample sand for sunbathing and strikingly clear waters for swimming. Mojacar has some glorious soft sandy stretches with parasols and sun-loungers for hire, and a string of little secluded coves spreading from east to west from San Juan De Los Terreros, the easternmost village in Andalusia.
Walking and hiking in Costa Almeria are excellent ways to see the region’s unique landscapes. Trails crisscross the Cabo de Gata-Nijar natural park, as well as the Sierra Alhamilla mountain range and Tabernas Desert inland. The region’s topography is so unusual it has provided the backdrop for a number of blockbuster movies, including Lawrence of Arabia, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, and Cleopatra.
Costa Almeria holidays can range from long weekend trips to two-week adventures – it really depends on what you want to do. If you fly in for a long weekend, consider staying near to the airport to maximise your beach time. For a two-week trip, choose two or three places to visit to get the best experience.
Almeria is a city in the south of Spain sitting on a coastline called Costa Almeria, which is within the Andalusia region, next to Grenada.
Almeria is a city within Costa Almeria, a lesser-visited province that sits next to the famous Costa del Sol in southern Spain. It’s part of the Andalusia region.
The average flight time from the UK to Almeria is approximately two hours and 35 minutes.
Bus networks are good across Costa Almeria, but the best way to get around is by hire car. Renting a car will allow you to reach hidden coves and beaches easily and offer plenty of freedom to explore the region.
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