This area is known for its desert landscapes contrasted with beautiful national parks. Almeria is a well developed tourist region and has varied activities on offer.
The province of Almeria is situated in the south east of the Spanish peninsula and borders with the provinces of Granada and Murcia. The province covers 8,774 square kilometres and has a population of 425,000 inhabitants, of which 145,000 live in the capital city, also named Almeria.
The climate of the Costa Almeria is subtropical and the average annual temperature is 18-20°C. The 220 kim coastline is accounts for one quarter of the Andalucian coastline. The area has many golf courses and areas of interest to visit, which makes it a very desirable area in which to live.
This province is the hottest in Andalucia with an average of over 3,100 hours of sunshine per year. The hot weather starts from well before Easter and lasts into November.
The area used to lack water and good roads so was not traditionally popular as a tourist destination. However, more recently much investment has gone into improving the infrastructure which has led to increasing numbers of tourists discovering the area today.
The Sierra de Gador range forms a natural protective barrier to the coast, which results in the province being one of the most productive agricultural areas in Europe. More than 10,000 hectares of land is dedicated to flowers and fresh produce, much of which is cultivated under plastic. The resulting 250 million kilos of fresh produce is predominantly exported.
Costa Almeria consists of several regions:
Almeria , the capital of Costa Almeria is situated at the foot of the mountain range and is crowned by the splendid Alcazaba which is an Arab fortress built by the Caliph of Cordoba. In times of war it could hold an army of more than 20,000.
Today Almeria is a modern city with a thriving tourist industry. It is home to the international airport for the area.
Sierra Nevada East
Most of the Sierra Nevada mountain range is in Almeria province. This area is a nature lover’s paradise and is popular for all kinds of sports including horse trekking, mountain climbing, walking, hang gliding and many more. The Alpujarra makes up a large part of this region and is quite different from that on the Grenada side.
Mojacar lies at the foot of the Sierra Cabrera Range and is a very quiet and typically Spanish area. Mojacar is mostly an inland location, but there is about 4km of sandy beach where it meets the coast. The coastal district is under development and now has new complexes, hotels and a variety of bars, shops and restaurants. The inland region consists of whitewashed houses, many with stunning views as it is a steep hilly area.
This area is to the west of the region is the most popular coastal area. The towns of Roquetas de Mar, Almerimar and Aguadulce are extremely popular as both holiday areas and residential areas. They have all the facilities of any modern resort with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife. There are many excellent golf courses in the area and the mild climate makes golfing a year round option.
Cabo de Gata
To the east of the area is the Mojacar region which is backed by the Sierra del Cabo de Gata which is home to the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. Again there are many fabulous beaches along the coastline of this region.
This is mainly a desert area with a very tiny population due to high temperatures and lack of water. Most of the former inhabitants have moved to more densely populated areas in search of employment and an easier life with modern amenities.
This is the chief citrus growing area of the region, but is also renowned for its marble and minerals. The area is steeped in history and there are many remains of prehistoric settlements to be visited.
The Sierra Maria and Los Velez Natural Park are in this region, making it a popular location for walking, horse trekking, climbing and wildlife and bird watching.
Here there is an almost lunar landscape of desert, sandstone and dried up river beds. It was very popular for the filming of American style spaghetti westerns and famous films including Lawrence of Arabia, were filmed here. Mini Hollywood or Yucca City just outside the Tabernas Desert are open to the public. Some of the original film sets are still in place but they are in a dilapidated state. Some have been rebuilt and fun Wild West shows are performed on a daily basis for tourists to watch.
The area used to lack water and good roads so was not make it popular with tourists but as that is changing tourists are beginning to “discover” the area.
West of Almeria is the highly developed tourist resorts of Roquetas de Mar and Aqua Dulce. These have all the facilities of any modern resort with plenty of bars, restaurants, shops and nightlife.
Almeria , the capital of Costa Almeria is situated at the foot of the mountain range and is crowned by the splendid Alcazaba which is an Arab fortress built by the Calph of Cordoba. In times of war it could hold an army of more than 20,000.
The Tabernas desert – considered the only true desert in Europe - lies to the north of the town between the Los Filabres and Alhamilla mountains and covers some 11,635 hectares with an average temperature of over 17 degrees.
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