The Costa de Almeria is one of the lesser known coasts of Spain, yet one of the most sun-drenched, with a beautiful sub-tropical climate. Comprised of the coastal districts of Almeria Province in the south-east corner of Andalucia, it is nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean, boasting a 217km-long unspoiled strip, stretching from Almeria city to Granada Province in the west. Discover a diverse natural landscape, where the rugged mountain terrain calls for adventure, and the sweeping sands and numerous coves make for the perfect destination for those looking for a Mediterranean escape. From its spectacular beaches to its charming whitewashed villages, life by the coast here is perfect for those who want to get away from the main tourist crowds. Choose from traditional rustic Andalucian farmhouses to luxury, family-friendly homes just metres from the sea.
The Costa de Almeria boasts an abundance of unspoiled beaches, nature reserves and hidden spots to while away the hours. Couples and families looking to relax in peace and quiet can find their own slice of paradise on Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, with its tranquil cliff views and sheltered, secluded bays only reachable by foot. Discover the powdery white sands and warm turquoise waters of resorts like Roquetas de Mar, Aguadulce, Vera, Almerimar and Mójacar, with a picture-perfect background of lush green scenery. Let your hair down on one of the many Blue Flag beaches that offer an array of water sports from sailing to windsurfing, scuba diving and wakeboarding.
If you can bear to break away from the coast, learn about the region’s ancient history with a visit to Alcazaba of Almeria, a 10th century fortress in Almeria city, or take in sweeping views across the Mediterranean from 16th century Santa Ana Castle in Roquetas de Mar. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore Punta Entinas-Sabinar Natural Park, a 15km stretch of protected coastline, southwest of Roquetas del Mar. Its landscape provides the perfect backdrop for horse riding, bird watching and long evening walks, while Cuevas del Almanzora’s mountainous desert-like terrain is perfect for scenic bike rides and hiking. Practice your swing at Desert Springs Golf Club before making a splash at Aqua Vera Water Park in Garrucha; a favourite with families and just a 10-minute car drive along the coast.