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Almeria Beaches

Almeria has one of the least known and most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the whole of Spain. It has a total of 200 kilometres of coast with long, uncrowded stretches of sand, pretty sheltered coves and the rugged wilderness of Spain's south eastern cape.

The city of Almeria has a marina where you can enjoy various watersports including sailing, rowing, fishing and wind surfing. There's also a ferry terminal where you can take a trip over to North Africa.

To the east of the city is the wild and totally unspoilt area of Cabo de Gata. This area, which stretches for 45 kilometres north from the south eastern tip of Spain, has been declared a national reserve and is a magnet for hikers, nature lovers, bird spotters and scuba divers. The crystal clear waters hide a wealth of marine life and the national park is home to exotic birds, huge lizards and brightly coloured butterflies.

The area has escaped the trappings of modern day tourism and only has one small Spanish resort, San Jose, where the beaches are sandy and gently shelving. An unmade road leads from the village to the cliff top Cabo de Gata lighthouse passing several wonderful beaches and coves where you can swim and sunbathe undisturbed. No skyscraper hotels or beachcombers with ghetto blasters here!

Head 13 kilometres west along the coast from the city of Almeria and you'll come to the tourist resort of Aguadulce which provides a good range of facilities for holidaymakers including international bars, restaurants and a yacht harbour with plenty of watersports.

Roquetas de Mar (literally "little rocks of the seas") is a little further west a popular international resort which is now attracting a large number of foreign visitors, whilst still managing to retain its Spanish charm. This traditional fishing village is set against a beautiful mountain backdrop and enjoys many kilometres of uncrowded, sandy beaches. There's a bustling fishing harbour, a windsurfing school and plenty of watersports, bars and beachfront restaurants.

 

The next resort is Almerimar, a purpose built tourist complex centred around the working fishing harbour and the modern yacht marina which has moorings for more than 1,000 boats. You'll see luxury yachts and power boats from all over Europe berthed here. The resort is flanked by two natural parks and long, unspoilt beaches.

At the western end of Almeria province is the town of Adra, a former Roman colony which now boasts a modern sports marina and yacht club. The coastal lagoons here are a haven for many bird species including flamingoes.

On the east coast of the province is the Moorish town of Mojácar which was the first to be discovered and exploited by the tour operators. This is now a thriving centre of international tourism with a lively beach and night scene in the summer months.

For a bit of fun and a trip back to the western films of the '70s, visit the Wild West town sets of Almeria's mini hollywood that have been left behind and are now open to the public. A great place to take the whole family.

The seafront is awash with bars, restaurants and entertainment in high season. The Spanish tapas bars are outnumbered by the burger bars, pizza joints and international restaurants catering for the seasonal influx of foreign visitors.

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