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Why Holiday in Costa de Almeria

Why holiday in Costa de Almeria in the south-east of Spain in the Andalucian region, lies a beautiful unspoilt part of this fabulous country, called Costa de Almeria. With a contrast of arid land, lush golf courses and the beautiful Mediterranean sea and a climate unrivalled by other parts of the world, this enchanting coast has retained much of its historical beginnings in both its landscape and its architectural beauty.

Costa de Almeria boasts white washed villages, with narrow streets, large towns with an array of facilities, and beach towns perfect for watersports enthusiasts. Whether you are looking for a family getaway, a romantic stay or an activity holiday, Almeria has something for everyone, to see, do and experience.

Getting there is easy and affordable and there are multiple options for getting around the area, best of all, with Akilar you can tailor your holiday to suit your exact needs and budget.

History of Costa de Almeria

Discover the History of Costa de Almeria
The Interesting Costa de Almeria Fortress

The history of is reflected in the architecture and even cave paintings in the region, which is evidence of the civilisations who have lived there throughout centuries. The Phoenicans, Greeks and Carthaginians used the mining industry of El Argar and Millares as a trading tool along the coast of Spain, while the Romans turned into ‘Porto’Magnus in the 3rd Century, B.C. and remained in the area for many centuries after.

The Romans created the fish curing industry in the area which was incredibly prosperous, the most popular dish was called 'Garum' which was a local delicacy at the time and was prepared with a mixture of herbs and fish sauce. In the 10th century the Arabs arrived and took control of the area, they stayed for nearly eight hundred years, leaving many significant monuments, such as castles and fortresses, still standing today. The Arabs changed the face of farming and landscape in the region, bringing their own farming methods to and in 955, the famous Alcazaba fortress was built under the orders of Abderraman III, to protect the region against Tunisia. It was at this time that commercial ties were bound between the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, establishing as an important port for industry.

In the 11th century, silk exports made Costa de Almeria more prosperous and continued to be the most productive industry through the succession of rulers to follow with the Christians conquering the area in 1147 and Muslims later taking it back. The country entered an economic slunp in the 11th century which lasted several centuries until the mining and the grape industry began to flourish in the 19th century. With the introduction of rail roads emigration soared, with huge amounts of the population moving to the U.S. and Algeria. The civil and world wars didn’t pass by, especially when the Nazis bombed the city. However, it recovered and today tourism has become a large part of its economy, with its history being an attraction to visitors from far and wide.

Costa de Almeria Holiday Rentals Information

Holiday Rentals close to Beaches
Excellent Beaches of Costa de Almeria

Deciding where to stay in Costa de Almeria couldn’t be easier with Akilar offering a huge choice of accommodation, including apartments, town houses and villas with private or communal pools, terraces and balconies. Whether you want a quiet holiday or would like to be in the thick of the action so that you do not miss anything we have accommodation to suit your every need and budget.

Apartments and villas are available close to the attractions and beaches and there are always facilities such as shops and restaurants near to each property so that your holiday can be as relaxing as possible. All of our rentals have fully equipped kitchens, towels and linens and some have satellite tv and/or barbeques.

Such requirements as cots or high chairs can be met easily and stress free when booking your holiday rental and we aim to give our customers as much information as possible about facilities local to your holiday rental. All of our accommodation is privately owned and payment is made directly to the owner. The price of the rental includes the cleaning of the property before and after arrival unless specified.

It's important to book early if you're choosing to holiday in the high season. Most Costa de Almeria rentals of choice will be located in the beach area so don't be disappointed and book early to make sure you get the accommodation perfect for you

Special Information for Booking Holiday Rentals in Costa de Almeria

Check the adverts for special discount rates. Most Costa de Almeria rental accommodation will offer a discount based on either early booking or even a last minute booking. Some also offer long term rental prices if this is your requirement. Check the winter rates as this is considered the low season.

Must See Sights and Attractions in Costa de Almeria

Costa de Almeria Fun holiday Activities
Adventures on Holiday in Costa de Almeria

Mini Hollywood Tabernas has three theme parks in Costa de Almeria, the most established being Mini Hollywood which provides a range of attractions, including a very realistic re-enactment of a Wild West gunfight, based on a bank hold up by bandits. There is also a zoo with many different animals including white rhinos, tigers, giraffes, otters and African gazelles together with birds, insects and reptiles. Not far from Mini Hollywood, is Texas Hollywood, this is where movies are made and tourists can observe the movie sets which consist of an Indian Village, Mexican village and a very authentic Wild West Town.

The third attraction in this group is Western Leone, which is 30 mins from Almeria city, set in the desert lands of Almeria with spectacular views. The park is named after film director Sergio Leone, the Italian who transformed the arid landscape of Almeria into a popular film location with such movies as ‘The Good the Bad and the Ugly’, ‘Treasure Island’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’.

Castillo de Santa Ana The fort known as Castillo de Santa Ana is located in Roquetas de Mar, in the port area. Built in 1501, to protect the people of the town from attacks by pirates, it was later destroyed in 1804, by an earthquake. However, between 1997 and 2003 the fort was rebuilt and became the location of the City Hall together with a cultural centre exhibiting art works. The original cannons stand outside the fort and from the roof of the building there are spectacular views of the surrounding area, including stunning sea views. Entrance is free and for tourists visiting the fort, the Roman Auditorium is located beside it.

FOn the outskirts of Vera town, close to Vera Playa is Vera Water Park, otherwise known as Mariopark. With pools, slides and flumes, designed to suit all the family, this seasonal attraction is very popular and offers a fun day out for a family on holiday in Costa de Almeria. So wherever you are staying you will be sure to find something of interest to you. Spend a few minutes looking through all of the things to do

Villages around Costa de Almeria

Costa de Almeria Holidays in Villages
Bedar - A Lovely Costa de Almeria Village

An hour’s drive from Almeria City, accessible by public transport is Mojacar, a beautiful Spanish resort set in the Andalucian region of Almeria. Divided into two separate areas, Mojacar Pueblo is a small village set in the rocky hills overlooking the vast expanse of the Mediterranean sea while Mojacar Playa is the coastal part of this popular location. The cobbled streets and white washed houses of the village, together with archways built by Arab settlers in the area many centuries ago, combine the history of the region with the beautiful waters of the Mediterranean.

Exploring the village by foot is the only option as vehicles can only reach a certain point. Views of the surrounding landscape and coast are stunning, and the narrow streets, with winding steps and beautiful church in the centre house many residents, with small souvenir shops, boutiques and craft shops etc to browse through, together with cafe bars and restaurants, to enjoy a drink or meal while sitting in the wonderful sunshine taking in the spectacular views and the wonderful historic surroundings.

Flanking the beautiful Mediterranean coastline you will find Mojacar Playa, with its recently extended promenade travelling the length of the beaches, many people choose this area for their holidays each year. The area has a variety of bars and restaurants overlooking the beach and with a commercial centre offering a selection of shops and cafes, numerous golf courses are within easy reach, including those in Mojacar Playa itself and there is nightlife for the young at heart along with wonderful Andalucian gastronomy, there is plenty to entice tourists to take a holiday in this area.

Just a 10 min drive from Mojacar Playa in Almeria is the picturesque village of BEDAR, which is typical of the Moorish presence in Almeria from the style of the houses to the narrow, winding streets of the village. The village is built on a hill, overlooking a beautiful valley, in the midst of the mountains of Sierra de Bedar and Cabrera, where small farms and cortijos are scattered across the fertile landscape, the tranquillity and beauty of the area has drawn artists to reproduce the scene on canvas.

Vera Playa is over 6 kilometres of white sandy coastline, very well maintained, with beautiful clear waters of the Mediterranean, set against the backdrop of the mountains in the region. A further kilometre of beach is designated as a naturist beach with a naturist resort built especially beside this stretch of beach. The facilities of VERA PLAYA include bars and restaurants, supermarkets, golf courses, water park and public transport to and from the area.

Other nearby villages and towns are easily accessible by bus or car, some, such as Villaricos or Garrucha, within walking distance.

Great Golfing in Costa de Almeria

Golf on Costa de Almeria Holidays
Excellent Golf Course in Costa de Almeria

Almeria has a large selection of golf courses, right across the province, offering facilities to both amateur and professional golfers, all the year round, with a variety of charges for green fees.

Close to Almeria city, Championship Alboran Golf is an 18 hole golf course on the El Toyo tourist resort, which is on the beachfront, in front of the Cabo de Gata natural park, set in a very unusual desert like area. Designed by Ramon Espinosa it has hosted the Mediterranean Games and as it’s only 5 minutes from Almeria airport so it is very accessible. A very well maintained course, with due regard to its natural environment, Alboran Golf is a a par 72 course which is suitable for both amateur and professional players.

In the charming town of Almerimar, lies the 18 hole golf course, designed by Gary Player, aptly named Almerimar Golf. The club was opened in 1975 and with wide fairways, beautiful palm trees, lush surroundings and numerous water features, this 72 par course is both challenging and pleasing to the eye. Facilities include a golf academy, pitch and putt green, driving range, training area and a 9 hole par 36 course, which can be combined with the 18 holes, to make a 27 hole golf course for visitors to play, pro shop, club and trolley hire and club house with bar and restaurant.

In the magnificent setting of a valley at the base of the Sierra Cabrera mountains, with fairways flanked by orchards of citrus, olive and fig trees, the El Cortijo is a beautiful golf course. Located close to Turre, Mojacar Pueblo, Mojacar Playa and Garrucha, this golf course was designed by Paul Jak Polansky and though it is only a nine hole course, which can be played twice to make an 18 hole round, as there are 18 tees provided the course is being redesigned to add another 9 holes. Because of its natural surroundings, El Cortijo Grande, offers players a relaxing game of golf in a hidden paradise. The facilities of the course, include a beautiful restaurant and club, buggy and trolley hire.

Inland from the town of Vera, amid spectacular countryside, with views of volcanic rock, in a desert like area is Valle De Este Golf Course. This 18 hole, par 71, was designed by Jose Canale Galvez to blend into its surroundings, giving it an alternative look to other golf courses in Spain. The wide fairways are raised above the volcanic rock, though veering off the fairway, when taking a tee shot, could land the ball in the rocks, sand or scrub. The course is well designed and maintained, with a variety of flag positions, water hazards and of course bunkers, making this a challenging course for players of all abilities.

These are just a few of the courses available to you while you are on holiday in Costa de Almeria, there are many more in the region. You can view most of the area golf courses and their details here.

Costa de Almeria Fiesta's

Costa de Almeria Fiestas
Fiesta de las Moragas in Costa de Almeria

In true Spanish style Andalucia and in particular Costa Almeria, enjoy any excuse to party and do so in no small way, with plenty of colour, noise and fun. The traditional fiestas of Easter, Christmas and New Year are held each year, throughout Spain, Easter being the most important.

However, in Costa Almeria, there are also regional and local festivals, celebrated usually in memory of the patron saint of the town, so the chances of a festival, when choosing a to take your holiday in Costa Almeria are very high, as these festivals are spread through the year.

Roquetas de Mar celebrates every year from 23rd August to 1st of September, the fiesta of Our Lady of the Sea. Celebrations are outdoors because of the guaranteed weather, with dancing, theatrical performances, sports events and a festival of Flamenco dancing. This is also the city of Almeria’s main festival, celebrated in the city for 10 days during the last two weeks of August. Most of the city turns out for this festival, enjoying, food, drink, dancing, equestrian events, bullfights and general partying, with lots of events scheduled throughout the festival to amuse the adults and children, day and night.

The Moors and Christians Festival ‘Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos’ is an exciting festival to attend, where actors reproduce the historic battle of the Moorish and Christian communities in different towns across Andalucia with incredible costumes, at different times of the year.

In Roquetas de mar, on 29th September, each year, the festival of ‘Las Moragas’ is celebrated where fish and meat are grilled at the beach area and eaten by participants. Midsummer Night (also known as Noche San Juan) marks the summer solstice and is held in Almeria on 23rd June. This is also the feast of San Juan and the fiesta is spectacular, with paper mache figures displayed around the city for days before and then set alight at midnight, with bonfires lit along the beaches, fireworks, music and dancing.

Bonfires are also lit on the beach on 2nd January when Almeria celebrates its patron saint, La Virgen del Mar, with the Procession of the Virgin of the Sea, where the statue of Our Lady is taken to Torregarcia beach, where it was found in 1402. Local people get together around the bonfires for the celebrations with food brought along to enhance the proceedings.

Many people choose to rent accommodation in Costa de Almeria so that they can enjoy one of the many fiesta's the Spanish are famous for. A list of fiesta's is available so you can plan your holiday to enjoy at least one.

Dining and Nightlife in Costa de Almeria

Dine Out on a Costa de Almeria Holiday
Costa de Almeria's Excellent Cuisine

Nightlife is varied throughout Costa de Almeria from the buzz of the capital city to the more leisurely evenings of some of the towns and villages. Almeria City offers similar nightlife to other cities throughout Spain including late night bars, pubs and nightclubs, such as La Classica.

The La Chanca quarter which is near the Alcazaba is a favoured area for nightlife in the city. Live music is performed at different locations in the city all year round and the centre of the town is the nucleus of the late night scene. The most popular clubs are Discoteca Lord Nelson which is in Calle Canonigo Molina Alfonso and Doscoal SL, in Calle de las Tiendas.

Throughout Costa Almeria there is a cross section of nightlife from fiestas encompassing the true Spanish traditions of bringing together fire, colour, music, food and drink to English bars offering quizzes and bingo etc.

Gastronomy in the city of Almeria varies, from cheap tapas bars to excellent restaurants offering traditional menus, especially fish cuisine. Recommended restaurants are Marisqueria el Alcazar which is located on Paseo de Almeria, serving excellent seafood dishes at a reasonable price and the upmarket Restaurante Balzac, in the town centre, with live music performed while customers are dining. Avenida de Frederico Garcia is the area for modern restaurants serving good food that won’t break the bank.

In the Tenor Iribarne area, nightowls can sample delicious tapas, very cheaply, or sometimes, free, while having drinks in local tapas bars. Such places as Bodega Montenegro near the cathedral, or Casa Puga in Calle Jovellanos offer delicious traditional tapas to tantalise tourists’ tastebuds.

The summer months in Mojacar Playa are more tourist resort style with nightclubs open till the early hours and local karaoke bars, bingo, pub quizzes and even cabaret shows on offer for tourists who want the authentic Spanish tourist resort experience. Mojacar Playa is also great for a range of cuisine including traditional British gastronomy, Indian cuisine, Chinese and of course Spanish food for those who want to experience the local tastes.

Most coastal resorts tend to have a more varied menu of nightlife in the summer months, but the winter and Spring can be a good time to experience local cuisine as more attention can be given to customers when restaurants aren’t as busy.

Shopping in Costa de Almeria

Enjoy Shopping on your Holiday in Costa de Almeria
Costa de Almeria Markets and Shops

Almeria is full of towns and villages with shops offering souvenirs, both local and national, beach wear and sun and beach essentials. Local markets selling everything from fashion to fruit and veg, including ceramics, leather goods and even toys are found all over the region, with market day each day of the week, in one town or other.

In Roquetas de Mar, a large shopping centre called Gran Plaza offers a range of retailers, including UK fashion outlets, while in in Puerto Ray, near Vera Playa the La Esquina Puerto Rey has a supermarket, shops and even a bar. Mojacar has the beautiful Parque Commercial Mojacar Playa, which has a supermarket, range of fashion boutiques, cafes, bars, shops, banks and more.

Art lovers can shop at the Art Gallery in the Hotel Tikar, located in Garrucha, and on the first Sunday of each month they show their most recent works. Also in Garrucha antiques can be found in El Mago, who also buy and restore antiques. In Mojacar Pueblo there is Mojacar Art which does reproductions of work of famous painters.

Almeria City has a range of designer shops, together with a selection of souvenir and gift shops and the popular market which takes place in Plaza Vieja offering an array of goods to entice tourists to spend their euros. Woollen production, embroidery, basketry, and wicker are all popular industries in the region, and the products are all sold in Almeria city.

The Mediterraneo shopping centre in the city has underground parking, a food court, fashion boutiques, sports shops, shoe retailers, supermarket, cafes and more, all together, in the one place.

The shopping experience in the city is made more interesting by the little cafes and bars where one can stop for a coffee or a beer while perusing the stores and markets, together with the places of historic interest, which can offer a pleasant diversion for those less enthralled by the shopping experience than their companions.

Pottery workshops in the village of Nijar, which is close to Almeria City, and the production of rugs and bedspreads, from rags, offer an alternative retail experience to visitors to Andalucia. Pottery is also a huge industry in Macael where marble items are handmade whereas in Mojacar, red coral is used to make jewellery such as necklaces and earrings.

Best Times to Visit Costa de Almeria

Choosing a time to visit Almeria depends on what is required from a holiday as it is always a good time to visit.

For golfers, September to June is a good time for suitable weather and cheaper green fees. For sightseers, these are also the better months as it is cooler for walking around. Cyclists, nature lovers, walkers and rock-climbers would find October to May more suitable, for the temperatures, while water sports enthusiasts can visit at any time of the year.

Sun worshippers will love the summer months but will find that sunbathing is possible, even in the winter, in more sheltered spots. The nightlife is best in the resorts in the summer months and the festivals are on throughout the year.

Rates are higher in the summer months, as are the cost of flights, while in the winter months, those looking at escaping the cold winters of other parts of Europe can avail of the long term rental prices when booking a property for at least 1 month.

Climate for Costa de Almeria

Costa de Almeria has a typical Mediterranean climate, with temperatures seldom falling below 18C. The summers are hot, with temperatures over 30C with July and August, being the hottest, sometimes hitting 40C. Towards the end of September, figures in the late 20s are normal. The mild winters, with little rain, are very pleasant ,but the evenings can be cold.

Inland from the coast, the temperatures are always colder during the winter months, with snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains, giving excellent skiing conditions.

Outdoor life on Costa de Almeria is possible throughout the entire year because of the wonderful climate and therefore tourists are attracted to the area for all sorts of activities, including golf, walking, water sports, horseriding or enjoying the history of the region and stopping for an al fresco dining experience.

With Almeria being the region considered to have the most daylight hours annually, and the sea being warmer than the atmosphere during the winter months, swimmers can enjoy the warm Mediterranean under bright skies, whatever time of the year they choose to book their holiday.

Getting To and Around Costa de Almeria

With five international airports within easy reach of Costa de Almeria, all destinations for cheap flight airlines, this enchanting part of south east Spain is both very accessible and easily affordable.

Almeria airport is well located in that it is no more than an hour’s drive from most of the towns in the region. Murcia airport, is north of Almeria, approx 2 hours drive from the region, while Malaga is south, with a journey of two and half hours.

Other airports are Granada, within easy reach and Alicante which, while a slightly longer distance is a comfortable journey away on fantastic motorways. All of these are international airports and have facilities of public transport, taxis, car hire and in Malaga airport, a metro system to carry tourists from the airport to the relevant towns in the region. The bus service operates from the airports, bringing passengers to a central bus station within the city where they can continue their journey on to their town of choice for their holiday.

There is an information desk at each airport where staff speak English and will advise passengers where to catch the airport shuttle bus to the city to connect with transport to their destination.

Within the towns of Costa de Almeria there are the options of public transport, taxis, private car hire, bicycle or moped hire or in high season there is usually a low cost mini tourist train that travels through the roads of the resort bringing people from place to place using a fun mode of transport. Bus stops are easily identifiable and the local town hall (Ayuntamiento) or tourist office will have bus schedules for tourists to avail of.

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Things to Do on the Costa de AlmeriaThe largest protected coastal area in Spain is the Cabo de Gata Nijar National Park which covers 469 square kilometres including 120 square kilometres of marine reserve. This area of outstanding natural beauty is characterised by steep cliffs, coves and beaches and has remained untouched by modern development for retention of its environment..
Things to Do on the Costa de AlmeriaThe cave houses in Almeria - better known as “casas cuevas” - are situated in the city's famed cave quarter, Barrio de la Chanca.
Things to Do on the Costa de AlmeriaThe Alcazaba is a garden fortress built by Adb al-Rahman III in 955 on top of an even older fortress ruin. The Alcazaba is a Moorish palace made up of three different parts. The first part consists of the living quarters and baths which are now occupied by gardens
Things to Do on the Costa de AlmeriaFilm sets in Spain reached the highest point of their popularity in the sixties with the undisputed capital being Almeria. Some of the earlier films that used this area as a location were “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Cleopatra”, and “Doctor Zhivago”. The main draw of this area is the desert around Tabernas which is the only true desert in Europe and became a magnet for film producers.
Almeria Costa de Almeria Andalucia

Just north of Almeria is the Sierra Alhamilla which is a dry rugged landscaped area and was the location of both Lawrence of Arabia and the Sergio Leone Westerns we all know. Some of the old film sets are still in tact and in fact in "Mini Hollywood" you can still watch re-enactments of life in the old west.

Towns & Resorts i Andalucia The Costa de Almeria is unlike any other Spanish coast line, you will find it varies to a great extent from one end to the other. Because of its structure it doesn't attract a lot of tourist as a result it is mainly unspoilt. As you travel east along the coast line you know when you approach Cabo Gata-Nijar natural park, it looks like you are in the middle of a desert as it reaches down to a rugged arid coast line. The average rainfall for an entire year is some 200 mm.
Villages of AndaluciaThis beautiful Moorish town looks from a distance as if it might have been created from sugar lumps. It has a distinctive fairytale quality with its clusters of ancient whitewashed buildings clinging to the sides of the hilltop. Sandwiched between the mountains of the Sierra Cabrera and the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, Mojacar is the largest and most popular tourist centre of this south eastern corner of Spain.
shopping in Costa de Almeria Costa Almeria has the usual array of gift and souvenir shops on the sea front sufficient for most needs. Markets are popular and sell amongst others the traditional baskets, pottery, ceramics and rugs. For more serious shopping Almeria town is only a short distance away.
Golf in Costa De Almeria Almerimar Golf is situated in the middle of a rapidly growing seaside tourist resort, which offers plenty of facilities for the active tourist.

Almerimar Golf is a course with wide fairways, large fast greens and plenty of water hazards. The green of the challenging par three 12th is settled in the middle of a lake, acquiring a tee shot that must carry at least a 100 metres of water.

Golf in Costa de Almeria Almerimar Golf is situated in the middle of a rapidly growing seaside tourist resort, which offers plenty of facilities for the active tourist.

Almerimar Golf is a course with wide fairways, large fast greens and plenty of water hazards. The green of the challenging par three 12th is settled in the middle of a lake, acquiring a tee shot that must carry at least a 100 metres of water.

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