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Vera

Vera, Spain

If you're considering holidays to Costa Almeria, an unspoilt coastal region of Spain, then a trip to Vera comes highly recommended. This beautiful resort is just a short drive from a stunning sandy beach, and it's also a great spot for sightseeing. On Vera holidays, you'll get an insight into traditional Andalusian culture as you browse local markets, try the delicious regional cuisine and visit inspiring, age-old monuments.

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Traditional Andalusian town or a beach resort

There are two Veras – a historic town located a couple of miles inland, and Vera Playa, a beach resort a couple of miles away. In historic Vera, you'll find sun-soaked squares fringed with outdoor cafés and medieval buildings, and characterful lanes lined with fragrant orange trees. From museums and tapas bars to boutiques and fascinating architecture, there's so much to see and explore.

Meanwhile, Vera Playa is a five-mile stretch of sand, comprised of three relaxing beaches, lined with hotels, bars and restaurants. It also has another claim to fame: one area of the beach is popular with naturists, and it boasts Spain's first naturist hotel, Vera Playa Club.

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Historic sights

You'll enjoy spending holidays in Vera strolling around the picturesque medieval core of the town, which is enclosed by fortified walls. One of the most attractive buildings in the town is The Church of the Incarnation – a baroque church concealed behind a huge wooden door and four majestic towers. It was built as a refuge to protect people from pirate attacks.

Plaza Mayor is an important square in Vera. It's fringed by the ornate Town Hall and an interesting Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum. There are also several outdoor cafés and restaurants here, where you can enjoy your coffee al fresco, and watch the world go by.

Saturday street market

Vera is also renowned for its traditional street market, which takes place every Saturday. This colourful open-air market offers a wide range of goods, including local produce, such as baked treats and cheeses, and other interesting souvenirs, which you will love to take home to keep as a memento of your trip. The market is the ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture and produce.

Vera is renowned for its arts and crafts, including pottery and basket-weaving, and you find many examples of beautiful handicrafts on display at the market. For local residents, visiting the market is a regular part of town life.

Beautiful beaches

Vera holidays are all about the beaches. Hop in a taxi from the Plaza Mayor and, less than 15 minutes later, you'll arrive at Vera's beautiful trio of beaches. The first beach, Playazo, is where the nudist area is located. The other two beaches are Las Marinas and Puerto Rey. There's plenty of space along this five-mile stretch for you enjoy some peace and quiet. However, there are also amenities, including shower blocks, sunloungers and bars.

Your holidays to Vera can be active, too. Several local companies offer water sports, including sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and banana-boating. Vera Playa is also fringed by a picturesque promenade. Walk the length of it, which takes around an hour, and you'll end up in Garrucha, a pretty fishing town.

Wining and dining

Between Vera and Vera Playa, there are a lot of restaurants to choose from. You'll find Indian, Japanese and Italian restaurants, but there are lots of Mediterranean and Spanish restaurants, too. Tuck into fresh seafood dishes, such as steamed clams or crispy fried calamari, then enjoy a tasty Andalusian dessert, such as fresh blueberry tarts.

Tapas restaurants are also popular. Sip beer as you savour a range of sharing plates, including breaded croquetas stuffed with ham and cheese, meatballs in tomato sauce, and delicious garlic prawns.

There's plenty of nightlife on offer, too. Whether you're looking for a quiet post-dinner drink or something more upbeat, you'll find various outdoor bars and restaurants. Meanwhile, head down to Vera Playa and you'll find several beachfront clubs and restaurants, where you can drink cocktails and dance until the early hours of the morning.

Holidays in Vera, Spain's beloved resort, are all about taking it easy. Whether you're enjoying a lazy day on the beach at Vera Playa, or a leisurely tapas meal at Plaza Mayor, you'll begin to relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings. Culture-lovers will be impressed by the historic buildings, while more active groups will love the water sports and outdoor activities on offer. Vera offers holidays that everyone will enjoy.