New cities and fortresses
Visit the port city of Almeria where you can explore quaint museums explaining Costa de Almeria’s heritage as well as walk down cobblestone sleepy squares and poke into local art galleries and stylish boutiques. Almeria hosts several medieval buildings and its city is separated down the middle with a tree lined boulevard.
The main attraction of Almeria is the Arab fortress like castle that overlooks its occupants. Named the Alcazaba, this fortress sits on top a hill and gives visitors breath-taking and panoramic views of the city. Built in the 10th century, the Alcazaba is constructed of several watch towers, a castle and a mosque, ideal for any history buffs abroad.
Spend some time taking in the natural beauty of Costa de Almeria and its surrounding areas. Drive through the Cabo de Gata natural park and admire its hilly coasts with expanses of captivating cliff fences and gorgeous beaches. This large park has been kept unspoilt by buildings and is truly a remarkable experience for any nature lovers wanting to take in the scenic expanse.
Make a day of it and take part in any of the walking trails or cycling paths available. If you want to experience some wildlife take a trip to Punta Entinas – Sabinar where you can spot over 150 different species of birds along the sand dunes, coastlines, wetlands, and lakes. Make sure to watch out for the pink flamingos that inhabit the salt marshes.
Sand and sunshine
Costa de Almeria is home to rocky coastlines, secret coves, and long expanses of golden sand. The beaches here are the least developed and most private beaches on the South Eastern coast. Roquetas de Mar’s beach, La Bajadilla, is the most well-known, holds a Blue Flag and covers three kilometres of beach.
This area is less populated than other resort cities and you are bound to find your own little piece of heaven and stretch of sand, without anyone in your personal space. Roquetas de Mar is also known for its beachside cafes and watersports available at the coast. Spend the day in the sea, jet and water skiing, fishing and sailing.
Sealife and splash zones
If you are looking for something the kids will enjoy this holiday visit Roquetas de Mar’s aquarium, the largest in Andalucia. This aquarium is full of weird and interesting sea creatures from different types of tropical fish to piranhas. Children will love the interactive tank where, under the supervision of professional divers, you can stroke star fish and stingrays and go in the tank for a swim with the sharks. The aquarium is only a five-minute drive from the town centre and is easily accessible.
When it’s boiling outside and reaching the high 30 temperatures that Spain often has, go cool down with the family at Mario Park. This smaller waterpark in Roquetas de Mar offers six large slides a wave pool, and children’s pool, ideal for spending the afternoon in the water and out of the sun.
Every 16th of July villages up and down the Andalucian Coast celebrate the patron saint of fishermen. Parades begin at the cities church and then follow down to the sea front where there are fireworks, live music, and dancing. Another popular festivity is the Our Lady of the Sea Festival. This takes place in Almeria on the Plaza Vieja during the last two weeks of August. This festival gives the whole town a carnival style party with music, dancing, parades and sports competitions. Come any time during the two weeks and enjoy watching the traditional flamenco dancing held in the town square.