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Costa de Almeria holidays

The Costa de Almeria is one of Spain’s best-kept secrets, with its sugar-cube villages, rugged desert landscapes and oodles of unspoiled beach. Castles, natural parks, mini versions of movie sets – this dramatic coastline packs it all in. Save some time for market stall-browsing and neon nights out in the city.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+1hr

Cost of a beer

around €3

3 course meal

around €45

Flight times

3hrs

A hidden gem

Less bustling than its fellow Costas and with even more sunshine, the Costa de Almeria delivers idyllic beach breaks without the crowds. It escaped the tourist boom of the 1960s and, as a result, has clung onto its many traditional and alluring charms.

Beach heaven

The coastline is a patchwork of golden beaches and rocky coves. Some of the best spots are backed by relaxed resort towns, but stray from the beaten track and you can easily find yourself a tucked-away stretch of sand.

Preserving the past

Even the resorts have a sense of history, with their cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings in gorgeous Spanish style. The Moors have left a strong mark on the region too, including an imposing fortress to check out in the city of Almeria.

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Antas

This quiet town captures the authentic essence of Spain. It’s a place of narrow cobbled streets and low-rise whitewashed houses.

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Cortijo Grande

Situated around a currently closed golf course of the same name, Cortijo Grande is in a truly stunning location.

Aguadulce

It’s no surprise this go-slow spot is such a hit with locals. A gorgeous marina and a tasty tapas scene keep the sunshine days ticking over gently.

Beaches

Costa de Almeria boasts some of the best beaches around. The coastline is sprinkled with golden sandy beaches that stretch along the crystal clear waters. If you’re in search of unspoilt spots, Mojacar might be for you, while the tourist crowds flock to Roquetes de Mar.

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Aguadulce Beach

Aguadulce Beach

Aguadulce, Costa de Almeria

The long, sandy Aguadulce beach is popular with holidaymakers and locals. It's unspoilt and never feels crowded. With fine golden sand and calm waters it’s a perfect spot for enjoying the sun and the sea....
El Toyo Beach

El Toyo Beach

El Toyo, Costa de Almeria

At the unspoilt and uncrowded El Toyo Beach you can get your fill of sun and sea without frills. You won’t find sun loungers and parasols, but there is shaded seating at each end with superb views. The 1.3...

Sights

A history-lover’s heaven, you’ll find loads of landmarks that’ll give you an insight to the area’s past. The beaches here are breathtaking, as is the surrounding backdrop, so scenic strolls provide hundreds of photo opportunities. Explore the traditional towns by day and relax in a cosy bar by night – bliss.

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Ayuntamiento

Ayuntamiento

Vera Costa, Costa de Almeria

Ayuntamiento literally means ‘town hall’, and this is a fine example of a 16th-century public building. Its last major renovation was over 200 years ago, so all of what you see is steeped in history. On the...
Castillo Santa Ana

Castillo Santa Ana

Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria

The castle has superb views from the ramparts at the top. There are often small events held here in the evening. You’ll find art and maritime exhibitions on display inside and although the castle is a modern...

Activities

If you like to stay active, then Costa de Almeria will be right up your street. Offering the perfect chance to try out a new sport, or hone in your current skills, the area is amazing for golf, cycling, horse riding, bird watching and hiking, to name just a few!

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Alboran Golf

Alboran Golf

El Toyo, Costa de Almeria

Alboran Golf is an 18-hole par 72 championship course inspiring and enjoyable for players of all levels. Each hole comes with a new challenge with 66 bunkers, lakes and streams to test your skills and golfing...
Almeria and its Alcazaba

Almeria and its Alcazaba

Mojacar, Costa de Almeria

This imposing 10th century Moorish fortress is perched on a hilltop overlooking Almeria. It’s made up of three compounds: a residential area that is now a beautiful garden with fine views; the ruins of a Muslim...

Eating and drinking

Seafood fans will be in heaven. You can feast on everything from battered flounder to lobster. Try the bocas de la isla, a local dish made with crabmeat. Almeria also does a strong line in cured sausages and ham. Wash them down with a glass of local red wine or anise liqueur.

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Bacus

Bacus

Aguadulce, Costa de Almeria

Bacus is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the area. It is tucked away in the backstreets of Aguadulce but worth the effort. Run by a famous regional chef, the modern restaurant combines...
Loads of local restaurants

Loads of local restaurants

Mojacar, Costa de Almeria

There are at least 70 restaurants in Mojacar serving a wide range of cuisines. On the menu you’ll find a nice choice of international dishes, including British, as well as plenty of Spanish. The family-run...

Shopping

Bustling outdoor markets spring up in the towns and villages along the coast every week. Dive in and scour the stalls for bargains on clothes, handbags and shoes. You can also sample food products fresh from the farm – the local green and red tomatoes are some of the juiciest you will ever taste.

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Grand Plaza Park

Grand Plaza Park

Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria

This modern plaza is home to a wide range of outlets selling everything from fashion to jewellery to sports. Stop in on the way to the beach to pick up some essentials or treat yourself to designer sunglasses...
Handmade gifts

Handmade gifts

Mojacar, Costa de Almeria

Small shops and boutiques are scattered around the cobbled streets of Mojacar. You'll find handmade gifts, designer fashions and children's clothes. To find everything under one roof, head to Mojacar Business...

Nightlife

For a big night out, head to Almeria city, with its late-night music bars and beachside discos. Resorts like Roquetas de Mar and Mojacar have a laid-back but lively after-dark scene, with plenty of seafront bars and pretty squares with outdoor tables.

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A low-key evening affair

A low-key evening affair

Mojacar, Costa de Almeria

In Mojacar the nightlife is pretty low-key – it's not the place for international DJs and laser shows. The liveliest nightlife is along the promenade where a few clubs and bars stay open till the early hours....
Bars around the port

Bars around the port

Aguadulce, Costa de Almeria

After dark, laid-back Aguadulce livens up and is the centre of the town’s nightlife. Around the port there are a number of bars to choose from, whether you fancy sipping cocktails or want a place to get a cold...
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