Costa Almeria

Guide to the Costa Almeria region of Spain.

Spanish Regions - Costa Almeria

The Costa Almeria is a region of relatively unspoilt coastline located in the Almeria province of the region of Andalucia in south-eastern Spain. The Costa Almeria stretches for about 214 kilometres from Villaricos in the north to Adra in the south, the coast to the north of the Costa Almeria is called the Costa Calida (within the region of Murcia) and the coastline to the south is known as the Costa Tropical, further south is the Costa del Sol.

The main town of the Costa Almeria (Costa de Ameria) is Almeria itself, with a population of around 180,000, Almeria is a major ferry port for transport to Northern Africa across the Mediterranean Sea.

The Costa America region boasts many miles of peaceful, unspoilt beaches, a marvellous Natural park at Cabo de Gata, and areas of amazing ‘Spagetti Western’ type landscapes, which have resulted in a number of famous films being made there.

The Costa Almeria is a relatively unknown section of coastline to foreign visitors and so is a great place to visit if you wish to avoid the packed beaches of areas such as the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol.

Some of the better known towns within the Costa Almeria include the aforementioned Almeria, Mojacar, Garrucha, Nijar, Adra and Aguadulce.

Garrucha is a charming old fishing town which is famous for its locally caught seafood particularly its red prawns. Visitors can watch the fishing boats land in the harbour and see the catches being auctioned.

Villaricos is another tranquil fishing village situated at the foot of the Sierra Almagrera mountains and the villages’ name (‘rich village’) was given due to the important silver mines located in the area. It is said that the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal paid for his mercenaries with local silver from here.

The best known seaside resort on the Costa Almeria is Mojácar and here there are 17 kilometres of beautiful beaches, many earning ‘Blue Flag’ status for cleanliness and safety. Much of the nearby coastline is also a nature reserve. Although Mojácar is a popular tourist resort it has not been blighted by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks and a height restriction on buildings is in force to prevent this happening.

The Costa Almeria’s most southerly (and westerly) coastal town is Adra with its rich history it is the oldest municipality in the province of Almeria and was in fact founded by the Phoenicians in around the 8th century BC.

Costa Almeria Links: Costa Almeria Map - Costa Almeria Weather - Bricklaying

Costa Almeria Hotels: Mojacar Indalo - Oasis Mojacar - Mojacar Hotels

Costa Almeria Golf: Almanzora Golf Resort

Costa Almeria Places: Almeria - Carboneras - Garrucha - Mojacar - Roquetas de Mar - Sorbas - Vera Playa

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