Vera is an expanding Andalucian resort town on the eastern side of Almeria Province, in the Costa de Almeria, an hour’s drive from Almeria Airport, which has direct flights from the UK. Known for its popular beaches and beautiful year-round subtropical climate, this ancient resort is nestled between the Almagrera and Cabrera mountain ranges, with a cliffy landscape dotted with cacti, pine trees and wild flowers. The surrounding region is divided into the historic old quarter 10km inland from the coast and a newly developed tourist resort known as Playas de Vera.
Playas de Vera is a 7km stretch of unspoiled beaches and coves, where you’ll find the fine golden sands and calm waters of Blue Flag beach Puerto Rey and Las Marinas with its landscaped gardens. Many beaches are family-friendly, however there are some naturist spots. North of Playas de Vera in Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is El Playazo, one of the world’s best naturist beaches, boasting sand dunes and a sheltered mountain landscape. 18th century San Ramon's Castle on the hill was used to defend the coast from pirates, during the reign of Charles III.
History buffs will find lots to explore in this historic Renaissance town with its fascinating architecture, sand coloured buildings and atmospheric streets. The Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation in the main Square, Plaza Mayor, was once used as a fort against the Moors. Learn about the history of Vera and the culture of Almería Province in the town hall’s Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum. Mingle with locals and sample the region's fresh produce such as cured meats, fish, fruit and vegetables at Saturday's market. Take a day trip to Almería city and explore its historical gems, from the 10th century Alcazaba of Almería fortress to the ancient walls of Jayrán.
The region of Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park boasts some fantastic hiking trails, but if a gentle scenic stroll is more your thing then a one-hour walk along the coast to the fishing village of Garrucha will be worth it for the delicious seafood and rich local stews, with plenty of harbourside restaurants overlooking the Cabrera mountains and hillside village of Mojacar. Head inland to neighbouring Sorbas (known as Cuenca la Chica) for a subterranean adventure exploring its protected network of caves. Kids will love Aqua Vera Water Park in Garrucha, which is a 14 minute drive to the coast from Vera, with water slides, play pools and a lively selection of bars and restaurants.