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Aguadulce

Aguadulce, Spain

Spain's Costa Almeria can be found to the south-east of the country and has been less affected by mass tourism than other coastal areas. This means that holidays to the Costa Almeria offer a particularly traditional Spanish experience. Lapping the many beaches along the coast is the warm Mediterranean Sea, providing plenty of opportunities to enjoy swimming and various water sports.

The resort town of Aguadulce is one of the sunniest and driest places along the Costa Almeria – so you have perfect weather for exploring and making the most of the beaches, mountains and other towns in the area.

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Enjoy long, lazy days

The main attraction of Aguadulce holidays is the chance to spend long, lazy days on the beach. It's backed by mountains, creating natural shelter that helps to keep the sea calm and perfect for swimming. There's a mixture of sand and pebble, so you might want to bring some shoes if you're planning on strolling along the beach.

You can hire sun loungers for relaxing on the sand, or simply lay down a towel and lie back as you listen to the lull of the waves. There are several small play areas for the children dotted along the beach too.

The beach is a hidden gem and rarely gets crowded, giving you plenty of peace and space to enjoy. You'll also find a good choice of restaurants, bars and shops along the seafront.

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Tuck into traditional tapas

There are numerous restaurants in Aguadulce, with cuisines ranging from traditional and regional to international and diverse. You'll find the majority of Aguadulce's eateries towards the beach, but there are some to be found in the town also. Fish and seafood naturally feature heavily on traditional tapas menus, with calamari and chipirones being particularly popular.

Many of the restaurants in town offer tapas with a modern twist. These give you the chance to try dishes made from cod, mussels, beef and many other delicious ingredients. Also be sure to try a bowl of salmorejo, a chilled tomato soup that's an Andalucian favourite. Wash down your food with some local wine or beer.

Take a walk on the wild side

Don't just relax on the beach during your holiday in Aguadulce – be sure to also take a walk on the wild side! Many areas of natural beauty are within easy reach of the town, including Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, which is around an hour's drive away. Here, you can go hiking through the coastal landscapes in the only region within mainland Europe to have a desert climate.

Nestled within volcanic hills and the beaches along the coast are several towns and villages. Visit the town of Rodalquilar, with its ancient gold mines and deserted mining villages close by. The park is home to thousands of species of flora and fauna, and has salt flats where you'll spot flamingos, storks and many other beautiful birds.

Visit Almeria's historical sites

Holidays to Aguadulce act as a gateway to other interesting places along the coast, as well as those further inland. The city of Almeria is less than a 15-minute drive away from Aguadulce, so it's ideal for an interesting day out. Almeria is full of historical sites to discover – it's a culture lover's dream.

One of the must-sees here is the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress that overlooks the city. Also be sure to visit the cathedral that dates back to the 16th century, and the Museum of Almeria to learn more about the city's past.

There's more than just sightseeing to do in Almeria though. The city has plenty of modern restaurants and there's the sophisticated palm tree-lined avenue of La Rambla for enjoying a coffee and some people-watching.

Nearest airport to Aguadulce

Almeria Airport – 19 kilometres

Aguadulce can be reached from Almeria Airport within 25 minutes.

An Aguadulce holiday doesn't just let you enjoy one resort town, as it also opens up the lesser-known Costa Almeria. You have many opportunities to relax and sightsee, as well as to soak up traditional Spanish culture. There's also a huge amount of nature to explore too, with a wonderful natural park on Aguadulce's doorstep. Then there's the fascinating city of Almeria, which offers a good mix of historical sites and a lively, modern scene. Welcome to a whole new world!