The Spanish province of Almeria in the autonomous region of Andalucia is one of the Mediterranean’s hidden gems, with more than 100 km of coastline offering breath-taking scenery.
The uniqueness of the landscape and the superb climate combine to provide ideal locations for the film industry with many major productions, both film and TV series, having been filmed on location in the area.
With its sandy beaches and unspoilt natural beauty, the eastern coastline of Almeria offers a quality destination for the most demanding traveller.
The protected coastline of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park boasts extensive fine sandy beaches and secluded coves bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean.
Almeria province is to be found in the southeast region of the Iberian Peninsular descending from the Sierra de Gador in the north to the Mediterranean shores in the south, with coastline extending from Pulpi in the east to Adra in the west.
Almeria, with its strategic location and open access from the Mediterranean, has hosted many different civilisations during the course of its history, evidence of which can be found in archaeological remains found throughout the province.
There is evidence of prehistoric cultures in Los Millares and El Argar.
Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks exploited the vast mineral deposits and traded on the shores of Almeria.
The Romans, established from the 3rd century BC, developed the area into the ‘Porto Magnus’ of the Mediterranean and dominated the area until the arrival of the Visigoths in the 7th century.
In the 10th century Arabs developed the current capital, Almeria city, from where one of the most important Kingdoms of Muslim Spain would rule for almost eight centuries and leave an indelible impression on the region.
The many castles and fortresses found throughout the region provide historical testimony to the regions longstanding vulnerability to border conflicts and invasion by sea as depicted in the annual Moors and Christians Festival celebrated in the environs of Mojacar.
In one of the most fertile and productive agricultural regions of Spain, the sea and desert co-exist and its diversity is outstanding. Visitors can enjoy the warm and dry subtropical climate of the coastal reaches, drylands, where survival presents a permanent challenge, and salty lagoons offering safe haven for species of flora and fauna, many of which are unique on our planet.
The Natural Parks of Sierra Maria-Los Velez, with its castle, cave houses, and rich fauna, and Cabo de Gato-Nijar, with deserted beaches, rugged cliffs and crystal clear sea, offer travellers the diversity of snow, Mediterranean forest, desert and sea.
The excellent gastronomy which can be experienced in Almeria Province is truly Mediterranean, utilising quality traditional produce from both land and sea.
Given its traditional isolation, the region has developed a kitchen full of flavour and personality preserving past influences. The pepper, and its derivative, paprika, is the mainstay of a cuisine which has survived to the present day and which is enjoyed on a daily basis in its households and restaurants.
Beaches of Almería
Mojacar beaches: the best beaches in Mojacar, Almeria
Mojacar offers us 17 kilometers of coastline where its Arab past, its special physiognomy and its character take us to a paradise plagued with a multitude of beaches. We will be able to choose between great extensions of beaches with all the services and accesses, until hidden coves practically wild.
The beach of Marina de la Torre: It has 2 kilometers of fine white sand, close to the urban center, quite quiet although in summer it usually has quite an influx of public.
The beach of the Rumina: 1200 meters of extension, quiet beach very close to the urbanizations and of easy access.
The beach of El Palmeral: one of the most famous beaches of Mojacar and thanks to its great services, water quality and environment has Blue Flag. It’s an urban beach
The beach of El Descargador: 900 meters of fine white sand, in its surroundings is one of the most famous drinking areas of Mojacar. Also in this beach takes place every year the scenery of a Medieval Tournament where Moors and Christians knights try to get the largest number of handkerchiefs put by the Christian Ladies and Moorish.
Other urban beaches: the beach of Piedra Villazar, the beach of Los Angeles, the beach of the Cantal, the beach of the Lance, the one of the Cueva del Lobo this is the last beach of the urban zone of Mojacar.
But one of the biggest attractions of the beaches of Mojacar are its Calas Vírgenes: The beach of Macenas, is a beach of rocks of great extension and very little occupation where we find the Castle of Macenas, to emphasize the Rock of the Rock, the Cove of the Sombrerico, the Bardonares Creek and the Cove Granatilla.
Cabo de Gata Beaches: natural areas in Almeria
The Cabo de Gata has 60 kilometers of coastline plagued with beaches and coves where you can relax, some have good access and others can only be reached by boat, but are certainly one of the biggest attractions in the area.
There are many places to visit, these are our recommendations:
Los Genoveses beach: virgin beach of dunes of fine golden sand located in Campillo del Genovés, a valley that preserves the beauty in its most natural state. It has a kilometer long, surrounded by small dunes. Perfect to enjoy the family bathroom. If we enter a little in the sea we will find an immense Prairie of Posidonia.
Los Muertos Beach: with more than a kilometer in length is the one that possesses the most crystalline and blue water of all the Beaches of Cabo de Gata. The sand is composed of small stones that are thinning as we approach the shore. Access to this beach is not easy. On the right side of the beach there are a couple of peñones that constitute the characteristic photo of this beach.
El Playazo Beach: located very close to Rodalquilar and with 400 meters in length, the sand is fine and golden and the water calm, in summer is a little overcrowded. Flanked by mountains at one end and in the other by the Castillo de San Ramón, which is built on a fossilized dune that has excellent panoramic views of the cliffs of La Molata.
El Barronal Beach: located between the beach of the Genoveses and Monsul in the municipality of San José, frequented by naturists who enjoy a totally unspoilt environment. Of fine sand and without stones, with less influx of public in summer turn it into one of the paradisiac beaches of Cabo de Gata.
Agua Amarga Beach: located in the village of Agua Amarga is a beach of fine golden sand with a lot of charm, the occupation in the months of July and August is usually high and has all kinds of services. In one of the sides of the beach we find small caves that in other times were inhabited, at the other end an abandoned mineral loading port.
Las Negras Beach: slocated in the village of Las Negras, composed of small stones of dark color and about 850 meters in length, just as the beach of Agua Amarga also has many services and high occupancy during the summer months, however its bohemian atmosphere and its diving club make it worth visiting.
Isleta del Moro Beach: located just at the entrance of the village, is 400 meters long and consists of fine sand. Being very close to the village offers all kinds of services.
San Miguel de Cabo de Gata Beach: occupies the entire length of the seafront of the San Miguel de Cabo de Gata neighborhood, 2 and a half kilometers, and with blue flag thanks to the large number of services available. It is the largest beach of the Cabo and although its level of occupation in summer is high can be very comfortable thanks to its wide extension.
San José Beach: located in the village of San José, is a large beach, 850 meters of fine sand with a high occupancy level. We will find all kinds of services.
En Medio Cove and El Plomo Cove: La Cala de Enmedio (En Medio Cove) is a small beach with fine golden sand. It offers breathtaking views of the town of Agua Amarga and the Mesa Roldán hill with and lighthouse and castle. On both sides of the beach there are fossilized dunes. Very close we find the Cove of the lead bigger than the previous one and also with fine sands.
San Pedro Cove: you can only reach it by foot or by sea from Las Negras. In this beach there is a community of people who live in it all year, the hippies of the park, live from crafts, objects made with leather, shells, etc. This cove is named after the ruins of the Castillo de San Pedro.
Rajá Cove: is a small beach with 120 meters long, located between cliffs, its sand is very fine and pleasant. Access to this beach is not easy. Ideal for snorkeling or snorkeling.
Raven’s Cove: very close to the town of Las Negras, with 140 meters in length and fine sand. The views from this beach are spectacular as we can see the village of Las Negras, the black hill and behind it La Cala San Pedro. Perfect for the practice of snorkeling, the cove is closed by a wall on its right side where we can find a great variety of marine fauna.
Sand Cove: small beach with only 55 meters in length and very fine sand, very close to the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata is one of the beaches of Cabo de Gata totally virgin and solitary.
Playas de Almería: las mejores playas de Almería y provincia
Our beaches are the most outstanding features of Almeria, most of them awarded blue flag status. Visitors to the eastern coast of Almeria can choose between urban and virgin beaches. The former, with all the necessary services, are found next to the tourist centres of Vera, Mojacar and Garrucha. The temperature of the Mediterranean Sea and its clean waters attracts bathers and sports lovers during most of the year.
On the other hand, there are several examples of virgin beaches in Almeria, and specifically in this area, which escaped urban development, and which are considered some of the most beautiful beaches along the Mediterranean Sea. Many of them have even been the scene of films and television programmes.
“Playa de los Muertos” (Beach of the Dead), in Carboneras (within the Natural Park Cabo de Gata-Níjar worth a visit for its unique scenery) is an isolated, virgin, wild beach with no human construction nearby, and can only be reached via a pedestrian path. It is named after the goods from wrecked boats which the streams brought to shore.
The emblematic beaches of Los Genoveses, Las Negras, Cala Chica, Los Escullos or Mónsul are others that no lover of coastal retreats should miss in this part of Andalusia. Some of them are nudist beaches.
To enjoy a paradise full of beaches, you have to know the beaches of Almeria.
Garrucha beaches: the best beaches in Garrucha, Almeria
In Garrucha we find La Playa de Las Escobetas, it is the only beach in the municipality with 1100 meters of length and has Blue Flag.
Beach with family atmosphere and quite busy. Artificial beach and newly created.
The promenade that surrounds it offers a great variety of restaurants, bars and chiringuitos.
Vera beaches: the best beaches in Vera, Almeria
Vera is known for being one of the most privileged areas of the Costa Almeria. In Vera you can find vast beaches of fine golden sand among which are:
The Playazo: is more than 2 kilometers long and a width of 50 meters, this beach is 1400 meters from the northern end and reserved for those practitioners of naturism. Vera is one of the places in the entire Spanish coastline with a big naturist tradition. It is ideal for surfing and sailing.
Puerto Rey: where the mouth of the Antas river forms a small lagoon which a large number and variety of birds use as a resting place on their migrations between Africa and Europe. It covers an area of over 2300 meters by 130 meters wide. It is an urban beach composed of darker sand and has lots of local amenities and services.
Las Marinas-Bolaga: Certified with the Q for quality since 2006. More than 1775 meters in length and of high quality, extending from the port of Garrucha to Laguna de Puerto Rey. Along this beach stretches the promenade of Vera.