Costa de Almería 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.
Costa Almeria is best for…
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.
Costa Almeria Fast Facts
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 www.almeriatourism.com before your Costa de Almería holidays.
Visa and health: For visa and health advice and recommendations, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain ahead of your holidays.
Costa Almeria Weather & climate
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.
Getting around the 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.
Costa Almeria Events
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.
Where 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.
The year-round sun takes centre stage at this hugely popular destination. Roquetas de Mar holidays are perfect for both families and couples alike, with the beautiful golden sands stretching for what seems like miles. Take a gentle stroll along the beach with your loved one or top up your tan and relax under the Spanish sun. With water parks and aquariums just a bus ride away, holidays to Roquetas De Mar offer something for everyone
El Toyo is a beautiful holiday resort, surrounded by golden, sandy beaches. Here, you can discover towering palm trees and lush green gardens. Head to the Plaza del Mar in the evening to dine in style and sip cocktails at terrace bars.
Aguadulche holds the record for the most sunshine hours on the European Mediterranean coast, so you’ll never be short of sun on your holiday. Spend your days exploring the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park and soaking up all the amazing sights.
A pretty hilltop village located in the South of Spain with beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea in the distance, holidays to Mojacar offer an authentic Spanish feel. With steep cobbled streets, you will find bars and restaurants where you can enjoy a drink in the Spanish sun and get a taste for the local cuisine. Mojacar Holidays are all about relaxing, so put your feet up and enjoy everything that this beautiful resort has to offer.
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.
Relax on the Beach
Costa de Almería holidays will take you to a winding ribbon of sand on Spain’s south eastern coast. The beach-focused resorts are a big draw for couples and families, and many boast Blue Flag status as a mark of quality.
That means you can count on clean water, good facilities, and a safe spot for the little ones to paddle. Lots of resorts have grown out of tiny fishing villages, including Roquetas de Mar, which now has everything from swanky shopping malls and stylish seafront restaurants. You’ll find plenty of secluded spots dotted along the coastline, like a deserted sandy stretch in the Puna Entinas-Sabinar Natural Park.
There’s no shortage of things for kids to do here, making this a great spot for families. Once you’ve had your fill of the beach, you can head for 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 and feed the fish. Nearby Tabernas (close to the port city of Almería) is home to the famous Mini Hollywood Theme Park, complete with fun-filled rides, shows, a swimming pool, and a zoo.
There’s nothing stopping you relaxing on the beach all day, but if you’re feeling up for a little bit of adventure, holidays here cover all the bases. Head beyond the sand and you can take on water sports adventures on the warm Mediterranean Sea. How about windsurfing, water-skiing or even fishing?
If you want to get out and about in nature, you won’t want to miss the spectacular Biosphere Reserve nature park. You’ll find it next to El Toyo, and here you can see everything from volcanic craters, to towering cliffs and hidden coves. And there’s lots of wildlife to see here, too.