Holidays in Costa de Almeria
Picture miles of powdery white sand floating into the warm, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, fringed by rippling palm trees just a stone’s throw from your bedroom. Sound ideal? Costa de Almeria is a classic beach break destination, with plenty of family attractions and beautiful Spanish towns filled with shops, tapas bars and top hotels. A backdrop of lush, green scenery completes the picture.
Spring or autumn for the best beach weather.
Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes from the coast.
If you’re ready to hit that beach, book your Thomas Cook holiday to Costa de Almeria now and experience the best of Spain’s sunniest coast.
Roquetas de Mar, Costa de Almeria
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For the biggest beach-lovers, El Toyo is a popular resort east of the city of Almeria. The resort grew beside its pride and joy: the glowing stretches of sand and turquoise coast. For even the most committed sunbathers, there’s no better place to pull up a lounger and relax. If you’re keen to soak up a little Spanish culture, wandering around the winding streets of neighbouring Mojacar is the best way to acclimatise, shop for souvenirs and hunt down hidden restaurant gems. For holidays to Costa de Almeria with kids, Roquetas de Mar is surrounded with family-friendly attractions, including an aquarium and a much-loved theme park.
Make the most of the sparkling ocean and try your hand at fishing, hire a jet ski or take a leisurely cruise along the coast. Back on dry land, pull up a lounger and dry off in the sun, or rally the troops for a game of beach volleyball. Later on, take a stroll through the terracotta town to see the historic architecture and churches, and stop in on a waterfront bar for some tapas and sangria. Make sure you plan a day trip and head out on those coastal roads to see the local national park, full of beautiful walking trails and fascinating wildlife.
A winding ribbon of sand hugging Spain’s south eastern coast, the beaches are the best of Costa de Almeria’s attractions. Beach-focused resorts make the most of steady year-round sunshine, and with many of them beginning life as fishing villages, they’re great for fresh seafood and marinas. Most beaches at the resort have been awarded the prestigious Blue Flag as a mark of quality. The clean, golden sand is covered in sun loungers and brightly-coloured parasols, and there are plenty to go around. Pleasantly buzzing waterfronts are packed with beach bars, cafes and stalls so you can wander over for an ice cream or cold drink without losing your prime sunbathing spot.
There are plenty of things for kids to do in Costa de Almeria, with many resorts on the coast proving to be a hit for family holidays. Once they’ve had their fill of the beach, head to the popular Roquetas de Mar Aquarium, just 20 minutes’ drive from the coast. Here the whole family can watch divers swim in the shark tanks, feed the fish and pet stingrays. In nearby Tabernas is Almeria’s famous Mini Hollywood Theme Park, which caters to the whole family with rides, shows, a swimming pool and a zoo.
Of course, there’s nothing to stop you relaxing on the beach all day, but if you’re up for a little adventure then it’s time to explore the other attractions in Costa de Almeria. The coast isn’t all about the sand – it’s also the ideal spot for water sports, with the warm Mediterranean Sea inviting wind surfing, jet skiing or even fishing. The Biosphere Reserve nature park located next to El Toyo is a must for would-be explorers, spanning volcanic craters, cliffs and hidden coves. The park is alive with fascinating wildlife and a real paradise for bird watchers.
Beach lovers: The sun-drenched coast is made up of beautiful beaches, scattered with comfortable sun loungers, parasols and lined with bars and cafes.
Families: Lots of options for day trips in the area, including the rides and rollercoasters of the Mini Hollywood Theme Park.
Couples: Think gleaming white villas, sunset walks on the beach and dining in tiny waterfront restaurants.
Language: The language spoken in Costa de Almeria is Spanish
Currency: The currency used in Costa de Almeria is the Euro (€)
Local time: Costa de Almeria is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Almeria Airport, around 40 minutes from the coast
Flight time from UK: Approximately 2.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Costa de Almeria tourist information can be found at www.almeriatourism.com
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Costa de Almeria.
Temperature: Mid 20s to 30°C in summer.
Best time to go: Spring or autumn for the best beach weather.
Situated right on the Mediterranean Sea, Costa de Almeria enjoys one of Spain’s mildest climates. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, the temperature reaches the 20s (°C) by April and keeps climbing. Reaching sizzling highs in July and August, the slightly cooler average temperature in October is ideal for a little autumn sun.
By bus: Costa de Almeria operates a regular and affordable bus service running 365 days a year, which will take you to the local attractions, beaches and neighbouring resorts.
By car: If you’re keen to travel further and hunt down the lesser known beaches on the coast, there are plenty of car hire companies that will get you ready to explore those sunny sea roads.
By taxi: A convenient way to get back to your hotel or to the airport, taxis will be cheaper when booked in advance. If you need to hop in for a one-off journey, it’s a good idea to check the price first.
Summer fair: At the height of summer, the city of Almeria throws its annual ten day fair, in celebration of its patron saint Virgen del Mar. If you’re on holiday in Costa de Almeria in August, expect daily concerts, theatre, cuisine and plenty of live music.
Celebrate Spanish-style: Another Spanish favourite is the Noche de San Juan, a festival that coincides with Midsummer’s Night in late June. Welcoming summer in true Spanish style, the festival is an all-nighter of dancing, fireworks and dinner on the beach.