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Costa Almeria

Costa Almeria Holidays

Nestled in Spain's south eastern corner between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea is the small coastal region of Costa Almeria. This quiet area has been virtually untouched so you can expect relaxing beach days and leisurely walks exploring this beautiful corner of Spain.

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Seaside town

Costa Almeria was once a quaint fishing village but it has since expanded and now you can find shopping outlets, seafront restaurants, Spanish cuisine and British style pubs. Because of the changes Costa de Almeria is slowly beginning to bring more and more visitors who have come to experience the stunning landscapes, deserted beaches, and peaceful resort atmosphere.

Costa de Almeria has a few laid-back resorts and classic villages including its largest resort of Roquetas de Mar, a seaside town with stretches of golden untouched sand. Costa de Almeria may be small but it still has some interesting sights and history to explore.

Where to stay in Costa Almeria

Mojacar
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This Spanish town is split between a charming old town set in the Spanish mountains that overlooks a popular coastal area with dreamy beaches. Families can enjoy fun quiet holidays to Mojacar while couples can find the relaxation they've been looking for.

The town area offers a good selection of shops and restaurants but the architecture and design keeps the surroundings chic and unique. Classic Spanish traditions are evident but Arabic influences can be spotted, especially at Fuente Publica de Mojacar area.

There are fun water sports offered off the beach and there is an exciting waterpark found 20 minutes north of Mojacar.

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Roquetas De Mar
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A small, peaceful resort that surprises tourists with its extensive offering of beaches. The fishing town offers a massive 13km of beach space to choose from with different atmospheres enjoyed in different sections.

While the coast is relaxing there are exciting attractions to see across the town with a nearby waterpark, aquarium and Wild West theme park too. Other attractions include the miles of national parks, and the coastal lighthouse and castle.

There are plenty of places to dine here with over 150 different eateries serving a wide range of treats. The restaurants, bars and lounges are also great places to spend sociable evenings.

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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.

Natural beauty

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.

Festival festivities

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.