Costa de Almería
Offering endless sunshine, sublime sandy beaches and relaxed resorts without the crowds, it’s no surprise that Costa de Almería has been dubbed Spain’s best-kept secret. Here’s how to make the most of your stay.
Life’s a beach
If you fancy topping up your tan, feeling the sand between your toes and splashing around in a clear blue ocean, then a holiday to Costa de Almería from Glasgow Airport is the perfect choice. The pretty resort towns of Mojácar and Roquetas De Mar are both framed by stunning strips of sand, while the area that stretches from the city of Almería to the natural park of Cabo de Gata has no less than seven Blue Flag beaches to choose from. Costa de Almería also has a famous naturist beach, the Playa de los Muertos, which is frequently voted among the best in the country.
Seafood and sangria
You’ll be spoilt for dining options in this region of gourmets, with everything from cosy little tapas cafés to Michelin-starred restaurants on offer. Celebrate a special occasion at the one-starred Alejandro (Avenida Antonio Machado 32) in Roquetas De Mar, which wows with its inventive seafood dishes, or drive west along the beautiful coast from Almería to discover fine dining at the hotels Cala Grande (Calle Navegante) and Rodalquilar (Paraje de los Albacetes). The nightlife on Costa de Almería is liveliest in Roquetas de Mar – La Goleta (Avenida Playa Serena 28) has a reputation for serving the best cocktails in town.
Back to nature
For the perfect antidote to a big night on the town, make a beeline for the Cabo de Gata natural park. This 500-sq-km nature reserve is the only place in Europe with a true desert climate and plays host to fascinating wildlife species including flamingos, wild boar and ospreys. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy horse riding, cycling and windsurfing here – and there’s a spectacular coral reef for scuba divers to explore as well.