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The province of Almeria 

 

The region of Almería is famous for the intense fruit and vegetable cultivation in green houses. It is often referred to as the European fruit basket. It was the place preferred by the Muslims. Its small villages hidden in the bays of the coastal part call "Levante"(the east), its crystalline and clean waters are ideal for diving and its quiet areas in the the interior are very versatile. 3000 hours of sunlight a year make this a good option for visitors all year round. The vast coastline has lovely beaches and secluded coves which are favourites for those who enjoy a more natural type of tourism. The landscapes range from the green mountains of “Las Alpujarras” and the diversity of the Cabo de Gata Nature reserve to the Tabernas Desert where many “ Westerns” have been filmed and very recently an ad for Pepsi with stars from Real Madrid and Manchester United.

The Escullos 

Fishing village, with a watchtower from the XVIII century. The beach is very wide  with interesting rocky formations.

The Isleta  del Moro 

Small fishing village, with a small intimate beach and wonderful views.

Rodalquilar

Abandoned village, with the remains of San Ramon castle and an ancient mine. Close to “El Playazo” which has volcanic reefs.

Las Negras 

Quiet fishing village. Located around black volcanic rock formations, close to the bay “Cala de San Pedro”.

Los Millares 

Archaeological deposit of the Copper Age (2.700 a.c.) the most important in Europe. Remains of a necropolis.


 

 

 

Almería ( 168.000 pop.)

The capital of the province with the same name. Places of interest are the  Alcazaba” (Arab fortress) which was started in the year 995 and is considered one of the greatest fortresses in Andalucia, occupying 43,000 square meters. Also very important is the Cathedral-fortress unique in Andalusia and needed due to the great threat of pirates in the area, along with the churches of San Sebastian, San Pedro and Santiago as well as the “Basilica de Nuestra Señora del Mar” and the Monastery of Santa Clara. We must not forget that this area is famous for the great variety and quantity of tapas included when you order a glass of wine or a beer in any bar. 

Description

To the east of Almería is the Cabo de Gata – Níjar Nature Reserve, with its secluded and quiet wild beaches this  part of the Almeria coast is called Levante which ends  in Mojácar. The interior of Almería surprises the visitor because of the mixture between mountain ranges and the desert. When going towards Granada, you can choose between crossing the Alpujarras or following the route north of Sierra Nevada. Another option is the route that travels to the north of the province to the “Nature Reserve of Sierra de Maria Los Velez”.
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Mojacar

The town of Mojacar is one of the most picturesque in the province, it is white and situated two kilometres from the beach on a hill with narrow winding streets and long staircases that disappear behind arches, Here you can enjoy fantastic views of the entire area while walking along the pretty streets. Places of interest are “El Torreón”, “El arco de Luciana”, the ruins of the Castle of Mojacar, “La ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Dolores” and the “Church of Santa Maria”. Mojacar Playa is the prolongation which is situated on the coast, the beach is around 20 kilometres long practically reaching the next town called Garrucha . All along the beach you will find all types of restaurants ,bars hotels and shops. The restaurants offer a great variety of food from different countries and Mojacar Playa enjoys a very international environment.

Landscapes and natural reserves

The landscape that surrounds Almería is mastered by the spectacular Cabo de Gata – Níjar Nature Reserve and the mountainous areas of the Mountains ranges of Gádor, Alhamilla and Filabres. Enclosed between the last two, you will find the Tabernas desert,  unique in Spain. On the way to Sorbas, the desert adjoins with the  natural landscape  of Karst in Yesos.

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Town of Níjar ( 15.400 pop.)

White village situated just outside of 
the Natural park, it is famous for its
local crafts (ceramics, rugs ). 
Places of interest are the neighbourhoods
 of “El Portillo” and “La Atayala” (which 
remain in their original layout) and the
 Mudejar Church.

Tabernas ( 3.200 pop.)

In the desert of the same name this
 sleepy town of white cube like houses
 with a Moorish air, is presided over by the ruins of what was once an impregnable Moorish Alcazabar. This ancient fortress played a decisive role as a defensive stronghold of the Kingdom of 
Granada until it was finally forced to 
surrender to the Catholic Monarchs in 1489
. Places of interest are the parish church
 and the Sanctuary of “Nuestra Señora de
 las Angustias”.
Due to the resemblance of this desert to 
the landscape of the “wild west” this area
 was converted into a film location and is
 now immortalised into screen set towns,
 such as “Mini Hollywood” and  “Western 
Hollywood” popular stops for children of 
all ages!  


Sorbas

This town is situated on a gully from which hang its white houses making it very attractive.It is known for the quality of its ceramics and for its caves of  "Karst en Yesos"Which have made it into a popular destination for geologists from all over the world.

Carboneras
Former fishing village with 16 kilometres of beaches. Places of interest “The  Castle of
 San Andrés”, the “Torre Vigía del Rayo”,
 the “Torre de Mesa Roldan”, the “Casa
 Fuente” and the “Casa del Laberinto” 
Nearby you can find secluded beaches
 which are worth visiting ,like the “Playa de
 los Muertos” situated on the way to Agua Amarga. The coastal road from Carboneras
 to Mojacar is of particular beauty. On this
 trip you can see  a great quantity of wild
 and solitary beaches and spectacular views.

Agua Amarga

This small fishing village is very pretty
 thanks to its quiet and scenic beach 
which is decorated with interesting rock formations.

The Alpujarra Region

This area is very popular due to its beauty. It starts in Granada and finishes in Almeria,
 it is between the Sierra Nevada and the
 Sierra of Gador and it follows the course of the River Andarax. It basically consists of
 small white towns which hang in this mountain range, this is where the moors hid after the
 fall of Granada. In Laujar de Andarax, the capital of the Alpujarra Almeriense is buried
 the Moor King Boabdil who lost Granada in
 the year 1492. According to legend the
 first inhabitant of the area was Tubal
  (Noahs grandson) who came from Armenia.

 

Cabo de Gata – Níjar Nature Reserve

It is the only  natural park of Andalusia that combines coastal and interior areas. Of volcanic origin, this enclosure consists of 33.663 hectares with quiet bays, with reef formations, saline regions and even swamps. The interior of the park is of dry nature and with little vegetation.