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This lovely area basks in hours of sunshine and features some of the most striking natural scenery of Spain's entire Mediterranean coastline...
Costa Almeria, or Costa de Almeria to give the coast its full name, enjoys some of the longest sunshine hours in all of Spain - and the lowest annual rainfall. These statistics alone attract holidaymakers, though the arid desert-like landscape of the interior, the cultural city of Almeria and the raw beauty of the region also play their part.
Parts of Costa Almeria, which is in Andalucia, feel like the Spain you might have experienced before mass tourism arrived 50 years ago. But despite being speckled with pretty villages, fishing harbours and isolated sandy coves, the region is also home to plenty of thoughtfully laid out holiday resorts where you can find everything you need for a great break under the Spanish sun.
Roquetas de Mar, for example, is the most popular resort for Costa Almeria holidays. It has hotels, restaurants, shops and bars, and attracts many holidaying Spaniards as well as Brits - although you should not see the overcrowded beaches that can mar holidays in resorts on some of the other, more popular Spanish Costas.
Mojacar Playa, meanwhile, is the second of the two main resorts on the Costa Almeria and lies in close proximity to the beautiful Moorish mountain village of Mojacar. But wherever you stay on the Costa Almeria, consider hiring a car to get out and about and see this gorgeous strip of Spain.
Costa Almeria is easy to get to, with flights arriving at Almeria Airport (LEI) and nearby airports such as Malaga. And once you get there, there is a great selection of hotels and self-catering accommodation, as well as myriad restaurants where you can try local dishes and sample some of the region's excellent wines.
Can't wait to gorge on the tastes of the Costa Almeria? Use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to find your ideal break in the sun, whether you are looking for Mojacar holidays, Roquetas de Mar holidays, holidays to Retamar or a break anywhere else on this sunny coast.
Temperatures are scorching at the height of summer, while spring and autumn aren't bad either!
Holidaymakers visit here in spring, summer and autumn to take advantage of long sunny days and low rainfall. Expect daytime highs up to 30C in July and August, and 22C in May and October. Winter temperatures rarely dip into single figures during the day and it's a quiet time to visit - especially if you want to take advantage of cheap holidays to Costa Almeria.
Plenty of festivals and celebrations happen almost weekly in the sunniest part of mainland Spain...
Noche de San Juan; June: This popular nationwide festival, held on the shortest night of the year, brings crowds together to jump bonfires and party all night on the beach. It is a joyous and friendly occasion and Roquetas de Mar is a great place to experience it.
Virgen del Carmen; July: The patron saint of fishermen is honoured in the fishing village and resort of Roquetas de Mar with a lively procession. The sea's harvest is shared among locals and seafood-loving tourists.
Dreambeach Villaricos; August: A huge electro-music event hits the beach of Villaricos in summer, with dozens of acts to get the crowds moving.
Whether you like to chill out or always be on the go, you'll find something to suit your holiday plans in the Costa Almeria...
Grown-up families: The giant Alcazaba of Almeria, a 10th-century fortified complex surrounded by mountains, will get young imaginations running wild. Plant the seed of a story and watch it grow.
Relaxing: The sandy beaches of Roquetas de Mar are ideal for flopping under a parasol and dozing all afternoon.
Active types: There is enough beachside water sport action to keep adventurous spirits happy in Costa Almeria. Hit the waves and feel the adrenaline flow.