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If you are looking for a relaxing Spanish beach vacation, the Costa de Almeria Region is perhaps one of your best options as it is maybe the last section of Spain’s Mediterranean coast where you can relax and enjoy a beach all to yourself. And, since this region happens to be one of Spain sunniest regions, even as early in the season as March, it can be warm enough to enjoy the beach in your bathing suit and soak in the warm Spanish sun.
Costa de Almeria, or the Coast of Almeria, consists of a few coastal municipalities and extends about 220 km and includes 13 municipalities.
These municipalities were united under the banner of Costa de Almeria for the purpose of promoting tourism back in February of 1928 when tourism promoter Rodolfo Lussnigg started promoting the area under the name Costa del Sol. The name originally only referred to the city of Almeria, but has since been attached to the entire coast of the province of Malaga.
The coast is home to the Sierra Maria-Los Velez Nature Reserves and their castles, caves and their rich fauna. The Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Reserve is best known for its deserted beaches, sprawling cliffs and clear sea beds, that all join forces to bring the landscape alive and offers tourists the magic of snow, beautiful Mediterranean woodlands and deserted seas all in the same breath.
Whether you are looking for an exciting family getaway, a romantic vacation or just a solo trek to the wonderful Spanish beaches, Costa de Almeria is the perfect getaway for your needs.
One of the top historic sights you should be sure to check out when visiting the coastal region is the Gold Mines in Rodalquila. These gold mines were at their peak in the mid-20th century, but now serve as a fascinating portion of miners wreckage in an empty red-rock surrounding. If you want to get the full experience of the gold mines, you should first make a stop at La Casa de los Volcanes located near the peak of the villiage, where you will be able to take in a museum with an excellent display of the geology and mining history of Cabo de Gata. Behind the museum you can take a stroll amongst the long discarded crushing towers and minding tanks that remain from the 1950s.
There is also the Sendero Cerro del Cinto hiking trail that is an 11km circuit through the dramatic and often breath-taking post-mining landscape. After the gold mines, and plenty of beach time, you may also want to hop over to Mojacar to take in the Fuente Publica. Located near the base of Mohacar Pueblo, the fountain is a renowned landmark of the region and locals and tourists alike head to this area to fill up water containers from the 13 spouts that flow into marble troughs trickling down onto the colourful plants below.
The fountain represents where the Catholic Monarchs’ envoy met Mojacar’s last Moorish mayor to negotiate the villages surrender in 1488.
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