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Almeria - Spain’s sun-baked secret

Steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern, Almeria holds a great deal of charm and begs to be explored. This sun-baked province possesses a semi-arid desert-like landscape, meaning Almeria benefits from the most hours of sunshine and lowest rainfall in Europe. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, crowned by the magnificent Alcazaba Arab fortress, this warm region is renowned for its medieval history, beautiful coastline and whitewashed fishing villages, which enjoy traditional markets and pretty winding streets. Renowned for its local produce, Almeria’s cuisine has a clear Arabic influence and is not to be missed.

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Desert Springs

Serenely located on a stunning plateau above the dry Almanzora River valley, this unique desert resort enjoys some 320 days of annual sunshine, offering an outstanding holiday or golfing experience at any time of the year. The resort’s rustic red and warm ochre tones, surrounded by palms and cacti, sit beautifully within a rugged wild west landscape reminiscent of Arizona or New Mexico, with a range of accommodation to suit all needs. You’ll find colourful markets nearby at the traditional Spanish fishing village of Villaricos and at the precariously perched hilltop town of Mojacar, while a variety of beaches stretching 20 kilometres along the coast offer everything from buzzing beach bars to peaceful seclusion. Besides the strikingly beautiful golf course, there’s a fantastic array of family-friendly facilities here with activities to cater for all tastes and age groups.

  • 1hr fromAlmeria


Spilling down the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera on the South East coast of Spain, is the beautiful resort of Mojacar. Split into two distinct areas approximately two kilometres apart, the traditional hilltop village of 'Mojacar Pueblo' and, in complete contrast, the modern coastal strip of 'Mojacar Playa'. The combination of both makes Mojacar undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan area in the region. The Pueblo is a very attractive village, with its steep, narrow streets of cube-shaped, whitewashed houses and profusion of flowers, completes this picture postcard scene. In the heart of Mojacar Pueblo is the square of Plaza Nueva, from which there are stunning views of the coast and the mountains of the Sierra Cabrera. About a mile from Mojacar Pueblo is the coastal resort of Mojacar Playa, which contains all the ingredients needed for an enjoyable beach holiday. There are a variety of restaurants offering a range of cuisine or f you want to dance the night away there is no shortage of discos and music bars open late during the summer months. Mojacar Playa also has a commercial centre with shops, restaurants, banks, supermarkets and a medical centre. From Mojacar playa, take a trip just a little further along to the fishing harbour at Garrucha. The fishing boats set off just before dawn and return in the afternoon with their catch, where you can buy fresh fish at the fish market by the quayside.

  • 55mins fromAlmeria


An authentic Spanish village, in existence since the time of the Moors and nestling into the lower slopes of the Filabres mountains. As you drive towards this picturesque mountain village, Bedar becomes a focal point sitting astride a pretty hillside setting in a quiet and calm atmosphere and still retaining many of the original cottages which line the narrow streets and little alleyways. All of your every day needs are catered for including a post office, chemist, and a supermarket, plus four good restaurants/bars offering a variety of cuisine. Bedar is approximately 15 kms inland from the coastal resorts of Mojacar Playa and Garrucha and only a 20 minute drive away from the Aqua park in Vera as well as some great golf courses in the vicinity.

  • 55mins fromAlmeria

San Juan de los Terreros

San Juan de los Terreros is a traditional Spanish coastal village south of the Murcia region and larger town of Aguilas. This idyllic area nestles between the hills and sandy beaches fringing the Mediterranean. With a handful of restaurants, bars and shops, San Juan has been a favourite destination for Spanish people seeking a peaceful and tranquil beach location. This picturesque village has become a paradise for many divers because of its excellent waters and location along a beautiful bay. Found in one of the coastlines in the Spanish peninsula, San Juan de Los Terreros has beautiful sea landscapes that are truly breathtaking. The small coves are surrounded by traditional fishermen's cottages in the natural coastline where some of the best beaches of the Almeria coast can be found. Dotted along the promenade are childrens play areas and Chiringuoitos which tempt you in with delicious seafood dishes, tapas or a glass or two of wine, whilst overlooking the blue waters of the mediterranean. There is even a Castle that was constructed in 1764 in the style of a coastal fort on a headland 150 metres high, and has been declared to be of Cultural Interest. From here views out to sea lie two islands; Isla Negra and Isla de Terreros, both of which have been declared as natural parkland and therefore protected. You can also take a scenic coastal drive down to the pretty fishing village of Vilaricos which hosts regular markets.

  • 1hr 20mins fromAlmeria


Surrounded by the mountains of the Filabres, Antas lies in a flat plain where there are numerous large orange and lemon groves and other fruits and vegetables are grown on this highly cultivated area. The local market is known in the area for the quality of its produce. The historic town has a few restaurants bars and shops which can be found in the centre, while the larger town of Vera is close by for more amenities, plus the wonderful beaches of this coastline, Vera playa, Palomares, Garrucha and Mojacar can be reached within a 20 minute drive.

  • 50mins fromAlmeria

Cortijo Grande

Set in a valley bordered by the striking Sierra Cabrera mountains, Cortijo Grande is an attractive golf course with villas dotted around the surrounding hillside, most with superb views of the lush green course. A peaceful resort; Cortijo Grande is ideal for keen golfers, as well as walkers, bird watchers and those who simply want to relax and admire the views. Furthermore, it has a great location within a short drive of the busier village of Turre where there are a handful of shops, bars and restaurants, and just a twenty minute drive from the popular resort of Mojacar, with its charming hilltop pueblo, long ribbon of sandy beach, and a much wider selection of bars and restaurants.

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Los Gallardos

Los Gallardos is a small, friendly, village not far away from the other coastal resorts, located in between Bedar and Mojacar. The village has all the usual amenities you would expect to find in a larger town but retains a village feel, due to its sense of community and friendly locals. In the center you will find a few local bars and restaurants and a pretty town hall along the typical narrow streets. The larger, popular resort of Mojacar is only a ten minute drive away, as well as the lovely beaches and golf courses this region has to offer.

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Hints of history in Almeria

Almeria has a rich Arab history, and its Al-Andalus legacy can be seen everywhere in the buildings, culture and cuisine of the region. Most notably is the ‘La Alcazaba’, the Arabic fortress which dominates the town from its hilltop location. Here you can soak in the city’s rich past whilst enjoying magnificent views of the harbour. Connected to the fortress is the spectacular 11th century Wall of Jairan which was built by the first ruler of the Almeria taifa and descends the valley on the north side of the Alcazaba, whilst climbing the hillside of San Cristobal on the far. In the 15th century the city was taken over by the Catholic monarchs and its Muslim populace expelled soon thereafter. Almeria's cathedral is at the heart of the old part of the city and its beautiful interior comprises of Gothic ribbed ceilings and makes use of jasper and local marble in some of its baroque and neo-classical trimmings. Almeria is a historians delight, with palaces, castles, churches, gardens, tombs, stately homes, and museums showcasing what this fantastic region has to offer.

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Outdoor pursuits in Almeria

Outdoor pursuits are in abundance in Almeria, in thanks to it being the lightest province in Spain with 3,127 hours of daylight a year. Visit the Cabo de Gata natural park, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's most original geological features. This natural wonderland encompasses some quaint fishing hamlets, historic ruins and magnificent stretches of beach. Some of our villas to rent in Almeria are situated in the perfect location to explore Almeria’s cave houses; these curious dwellings are dug out of the soft sand-coloured cliffs and provide excellent insulation in the dry desert-like heat. They can be found all over the region and some of the natives still live in them to this day. For a traditional sightseeing experience, there are some fantastic towns in this region to sample. Alternatively, if you’re looking to pick up a bargain, the various markets in the local towns, including the Antique market at Mojacar are well worth a visit. For a taste of traditional Spain, the Vera bull ring is a historical bull fighting ring that has been reconstructed in keeping with the traditional style, complete with a fascinating museum detailing its history.

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Hit the Beach in Almeria

Explore the most diverse range of beaches of all the Costa’s from our stunning villas in Almeria. The region has everything from popular resorts to rocky coves, including some of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the whole of Spain. It has a total of 200 kilometers of coast with long, uncrowded stretches of sand, pretty sheltered coves and the rugged wilderness of Spain's south eastern Cape. To the east of the city is the wild and totally unspoilt area of Cabo de Gata. This area, which stretches for 45 kilometers north from the south eastern tip of Spain, has been declared a national reserve and is a magnet for hikers, nature lovers, bird spotters and scuba divers. For those who prefer a bustling beach life, the beaches in Mojacar are ideal. Whether it’s sailing, fishing, water sports or simply relaxing on an uncrowned beach soaking up the sun, you will find it all and much more in and around the lively Mojacar. Alternatively, take a trip to Palomares with its long stretch of sandy beach and tree covered picnic area or Garrucha, which is located between the beaches of the historic Mojacar and the neighboring town of Vera. The beaches in Garrucha offer many kilometers of wide unspoilt access, passing Vera beach up to the quiet traditional village harbour of Villaricos in the North and to the beach of Mojacar in the South.

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Fun packed days in Almeria

From a visit to the desert town of Tabernas where you can have a day out at the wild west theme parks of Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood to enjoying some "high noon" style shoot-outs, can-can shows and various cowboy antics amid the remnants of the movie sets, there is plenty of fun to be had in Almeria. As you wander around, you will find reproductions of western shops, a carriage museum and a cinema museum. You can even dress up western style for a photograph or meet the cowboys and take a ride in the stagecoach. A Fistful of Dollars, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and part of Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here in these so-called "tierras malas" (badlands) of Almeria. For more fun for all the family, visit one of two Aqua parks in the area; Park Aquatico in Vera, enjoys plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more.

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Not to be missed...

  • Take a trip to the desert town of Tabernas where you can visit the Wild West theme parks of Mini Hollywood, Texas Hollywood and Western Leone. All offer a fun day out in Europe's only desert region, with stagecoach rides, live shows, a zoo and the opportunity to quench your thirst in the saloon
  • Experience the attractive and busy resort of Mojacar, a distinctive hilltop town with clusters of whitewashed buildings and a maze of winding narrow streets
  • Head to the Sierra Nevada mountains for a spot of skiing
  • For more fun, visit the Park Aquatico in Vera, with plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more
  • Visit the city of Almeria to experience the phenomenal historical culture, including the Arabic fortress, the Wall of Jairan and the Cathedral
  • Head to the Cabo de Gata natural park, which shelters an extraordinary wealth of wildlife and go snorkeling
  • Visit one of the various markets in local towns - the Antique market at Mojacar is not to be missed
  • Spend a day at Villaricos; this traditional fishing village has a beautiful beach and some delightful fish restaurants
  • Explore the cave houses amongst the region. These curious dwellings are dug out of the soft sand-coloured cliffs and are a cool shelter from the dry desert-like heat
  • Take a trip to the Vera bull ring, a historical bull fighting ring that has been reconstructed in keeping with the traditional style

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