Holidays to the Costa de Almeria are like that friend who’s good at everything. Its wildlife reserves, big-and-small sandy beaches and historic towns leave the neighbours green with envy. Wondering what to do to make the most of your time there? We’ve got the answer – a list of the six best things to do in the Costa de Almeria. Read on for a pick ’n’ mix of options…
Take a look at our best deals on holidays to the Costa de Almeria
1. Tick off as many beaches as possible
There’s a beach for every occasion here, veering from popular stretches dotted with a rainbow of coloured parasols to little-known fishing villages. Roquetas de Mar lines up a restaurant-furnished belt of golden sand, and it’s where you’ll find the swankiest of beach resorts. Among the dinkier options is Cerrillos Beach. This rugged slice of sand sits in the Punta Entinas-Sabinar nature reserve, about 15 minutes’ drive from Roquetas de Mar. The whole region’s one of the sunniest in Europe, too, so scorching days are a given. And the best part? The Costa de Almeria is one of the least developed Costas, so even on the busiest stretches you’ll have plenty of space to roll out your towel.
2. Pack in plenty of time for days out
The city of Almeria’s prime daytrip fodder. The don’t-miss list here includes the mighty Alcazaba of Almeria – the second biggest Arabian construction in Andalucia, behind Granada’s Alhambra Palace. A network of tunnels fan out like a web beneath the surface and, at ground level, there’s a statue of John Lennon to mark his stay here in the 1960s. Roquetas de Mar’s forte lies in tapas bars and watersports, making it prime beach break territory. Granada completes the well-known trio, and goes toe-to-toe with Almeria for age-old sites.
3. Take a trip into the desert
When you think desert, Spain’s not the first country that springs to mind. That’s where the Costa de Almeria plucks another rabbit from the hat. The Tabernas Desert has an other-worldly look about it, with dusty canyons and spiky peaks rippling across the landscape. In fact, it’s so convincing in its American Midwest look, that Hollywood directors often plump for this place as a setting for Wild West flicks.
4. Get back to nature
Trace a line east from Almeria, and the intriguing Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park snaps into focus. It’s the biggest protected area on Andalucia’s coastline, and serves up Insta-worthy volcanic peaks and off-shore marine life that will make you wish you had an underwater camera. There are wetlands to explore, too, where candy-pink flamingos pose on one leg. Plus, it’s home to a beach you might’ve spotted on more than a few postcards of the Costa de Almeria, known as Playa de los Muertos. Expect talc-fine sand and gin-clear waters.
5. Celebrate with the locals at the Virgin del Carmen festival
Villages up and down the Andalucian coast – including Roquetas de Mar – celebrate the patron saint of fishermen on the 16th of July every year. There’s usually a parade which leads from the local church down to the seafront, as well as fireworks, live music and dancing which goes on ‘til the early hours.
6. Tee off in El Toyo
Tear yourself away from the coast for a couple of hours and you can let out your inner Rory McIlroy during a game of golf. The town’s doughnut-shaped course has 18 fairways that are speckled with sand bunkers and scenic lakes. You can reach the club house in a five-minute drive from the beach.
Set on visiting the Costa de Almeria?
Take a peek at our holidays to the Costa de Almeria. And if you’re looking for more holiday inspo, check out the best beaches in Spain and get the lowdown on Spain’s best All Inclusive hotels.
Make sure you keep up to date on our latest travel tips on our First Choice Inspire homepage.