Costa Almeria holidays

Hidden in the south-east corner of Spain, you’ll find sunny Costa de Almería between the towering Sierra Nevada mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. It’s a new addition to the usual suspects on the Costas for sun-starved visitors, and it’s much less touristy than some of the country’s other coastlines. So you can enjoy sun-soaked beaches and charming villages without the huge crowds. Costa de Almería holidays will take you to miles and miles of powdery white sand and the warm, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean in resorts like Roquetas de Mar, with a picture-perfect backdrop of lush, green scenery. If you’re a couple or a family looking for a classic beach break but without the crowds, it’s a superb option. 

Things to do

Whichever resort you’re staying in, you can make the most of the sparkling sea during your holiday, whether you want to cool off, try your hand at fishing or hire a boat. You could even take a cruise along the coastline if you want to explore the stunning scenery and discover hidden coves. Back on dry land, simply pull up a sun lounger and soak up the sunshine on the beaches, or rally the troops for a game of beach volley ball. When you’re done relaxing, it’s worth taking a stroll through the pretty terracotta town of Almería; check out the historic architecture before stopping off at a waterfront bar for some tapas and sangria. And if you want to wander a little further afield, you can head out on those coastal roads to see the local national park; it’s full of beautiful walking trails and fascinating wildlife.

Beyond the seaside, there’s plenty to explore as you discover local history, sample traditional food and immerse yourself in nature. From the charming Roquetas de Mar, an old fishing village backing onto rugged mountains, to volcanic craters and birdlife at the Biosphere Reserve nature park, there’s something for everyone to enjoy along this picturesque Spanish coast.

If you’re going with your family or partner, the hillside town of Mojacar is always popular, and it’s not hard to see why. Whether you’re snorkelling in the turquoise sea, reading a book on the sand or wandering through the cobbled streets, the town’s romantic, bohemian vibe is unique and enticing.

If you prefer to stay in a bigger resort with a vibrant party scene, head to El Toyo where you’ll find restaurants and bars alongside the beautiful golden beach. After a morning in the warm Spanish sunshine, go for lunch at a local tapas bar where you can feast on patatas bravas and freshly-caught calamari with a refreshing glass of sangria in hand.

If you like to be active on holiday, get stuck into a friendly game of beach volleyball, or take an adrenaline-fuelled jet ski ride. Or simply wander along the picturesque coastlines, discovering unspoiled coves and fishing villages along the way. Take your kids to the local aquariums, water parks and zoos, with the Hollywood Theme Park a great option.

Spain holidays are famous for its fiestas, and Costa Almeria doesn’t disappoint when it comes to year-round celebrations. From religious fairs to beachside fireworks, the region’s festivals are always a lively combination of performance art, live music and delicious local food, so don’t hesitate to get involved.

Places to stay

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.

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Beach lovers: This sun-kissed coastline is sprinkled with stunning beaches where you can sit back and relax. Grab a sub lounger if you want a little extra comfort.

Families: Take Costa de Almería holidays with your family and you’ll have plenty of daytrip options to keep you busy. How about a day out to see the stars at the Mini Hollywood Theme Park? 

Couples: Gleaming white villas, sunset walks on the beach, and cute waterfront restaurants: it’s just perfect for a romantic getaway.

Fast facts for Costa Almeria

Language: Spanish.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: Costa Almeria is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Almeria Airport. Transfer times to Mojacar and Roquetas de Mar take around 1.5 hours.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Costa Almeria is 2.5 hours.

Tourist information: It’s worth finding out more at https://www.andalucia.org/en/provincia-almeria before your Costa de Almería holidays.

 

Getting around Costa Almeria

By bus: There’s a regular (and affordable) bus service that runs 365 days a year to local attractions, beaches and neighbouring resorts.

By car: Keen to hunt down lesser known bays? A hire car will give you the freedom to drive down the 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’re hailing one down, ask for a price before you jump in.

Events in Costa Almeria

Summer Fair: At the height of summer (August), the city of Almería throws a ten-day fair, in celebration of patron saint Virgen del Mar. You’ll find concerts, theatre, cuisine and plenty of live music.

Noche de San Juan: Another Spanish favourite, this celebration coincides with Midsummer’s Night in late June. You’ll find locals and visitors welcoming in summer in true Spanish style; expect a night of dancing, fireworks and dinner on the beach.

Costa Almeria weather

Temperature: Expect mid-20s to the low-30s (°C) in summer.

Best time to go: Choose in spring or autumn if you like it warm but not too hot. 

Situated right on the Mediterranean Sea, the region enjoys one of Spain’s mildest climates. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, temperatures reach the 20s (°C) by April and it just keeps climbing from then on. Sizzling highs arrive in July and August. And if you like things slightly cooler, October is ideal for a little autumn sunshine.

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