Basking in blazing sunshine in the far south and alive with vibrant Andalucían culture, Costa Almeria may well be the last 'undiscovered gem' on Spain's Mediterranean shoreline.
Costa Almeria is sandwiched between the big resorts of the Costa del Sol to the west and the Costa Blanca to the northwest. Along with Costa Calida and Costa de la Luz, it's one of the last places that you can find your own quiet spot on the coast.
Costa Almeria holidays are perfect for those who want a relaxing beach escape, as well as those who want to experience a traditional Spanish region or discover some of the nation's most impressive scenery. And if you're looking to dodge the endless rain in England, you'll be pleased to hear Costa Almeria is the driest place in Europe!
The landscapes of Andalucía are among the most breathtaking in Spain. From the idyllic vineyards - this is very much winegrowing country - to the wild mountainous landscapes of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park, and the unspoiled golden beaches to the desert sands of Tabernas (Europe's only true desert), it is an awe-inspiring natural wonderland. It's no wonder that Costa Almeria has been used as the filming location for many famous movies including Lawrence of Arabia and The Good the Bad and the Ugly.
Perched on a cliff overlooking the glittering turquoise seas, Mojacar is a beautiful and historic Andalucían town. It offers both a taste of 'real' Spain and some of the best beaches in the region. Old Mojacar is an ancient labyrinth of narrow alleys, traditional whitewashed houses, charming plazas, little churches and tapas bars. It is wonderfully relaxing and a very pleasant place to spend a holiday in Costa Almeria. Beneath Old Mojacar lies miles of golden sandy beaches, including the sweeping Blue Flag awarded Mojacar Beach.
Roquetas de Mar is a popular choice for a traditional beach holiday in Costa Almeria. As with the rest of the region it is steeped in history and bathed in blazing sunshine, but it also enjoys all the benefits of a modern beach resort including lots of hotels, restaurants and pubs, water sports and activities. It is based around a pristine 3km-long golden beach; big enough to always find your own quiet sunbathing space.
The city of Almeria itself is a great place to visit. An historic port city, historically linked to North Africa and awash with Moorish influences, Almeria enjoys a slow-paced Mediterranean way of life, great tapas bars and restaurants, plenty of lovely nearby beaches and a wealth of historic attractions. The highlight of which is the formidable Alcazaba. A magnificent thousand year-old Arabic fort that dramatically overlooks the city from its cliff top position.
...take a look at our guide to holidays in Costa de la Luz here.