The Costa de Almeria, situated on the south eastern tip of Spain, runs approximately 200 kilometres from the town of Adra in the province of Granada through to Pulpi on the border with the province of Murcia.
Access to the area is via the airport at Almeria with domestic and international flights, the port of Almeria with ferry and cruise connections to Melilla, Algeria and Morocco, and the Mediterranean coastal A-7 motorway running from Cadiz to Barcelona and inland to Granada and Madrid.
Almeria is one of the most rugged and natural provinces within Spain, known for its arid desert regions, nature reserves such as the Cabo de Gata-Nija Natural Park – of volcanic origin, and sparsely populated coastline, probably one of Spain’s only stretch of Mediterranean coast where you can have a beach to yourself.
The area is famous since the fifties, with it’s unique, beautiful and enigmatic landscapes, as a top movie location for a host of films such as Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole, El Cid with Charlton Heston, Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, James Bond’s Never Say Never Again and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, both featuring Sean Connery, and the spaghetti western saga of films starring Clint Eastwood. You can still visit the set of these films, converted into three separate “Mini-Hollywood” Wild West tourist attractions in Tabernas (Oasys Theme Park, Fort Bravo and Western Leone), the only desert in Europe, where you can take the whole family and stage your own shoot out at dawn. Or did you know that John Lennon whilst on a film shoot and staying in a cottage in Tabernas in the sixties, was inspired to compose “Strawberry Fields for Ever”?
Almeria’s natural habitat lends itself to matching locations found in many other parts of the world but which are far less accessible. Apart from being one big film set, the Almeria desert is also a popular destination for rally drivers who wish to practice for the likes of the Dakar Rally.
However, Almeria is not all desert, although the climate is indeed warm and dry, with low rainfall. The coastline boasts a number of tourist resorts including Almeria itself with its magnificent Alcazaba Arab fortress dating back to the 10th century, the towns of Roquetas del Mar, Carboneras, Vera, Almerimar, Mojácar and Garrucha, where you will find top hotels, holiday apartment complexes, yacht marinas, water parks, camp sites and golf courses.
Due to its dry and sunny climate, Almeria also lends itself to agricultural products and in the town of El Ejido, under acres of plastic greenhouses, produces some of Spain’s largest fruit and vegetable exports to all over Europe.
The province and the coastline of Almeria offers a different Spain, a place to get away from the crowds, synonymous with Spain’s more populated coastlines, and somewhere to enjoy the wilder aspects of nature.
Municipal Tourist Office – AlmeriaPlaza de la Constitución, 9, 04001 Almería. Tel. (+34) 950 21 05 38. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Official Web.
Almeria Town HallPlaza de la Constitución s/n. 04003, Almería (Spain). Tel. (+34) 950 21 00 00.
Property Sales in Almeria
See a selection of property in the province of Almeria:
- Property for sale in Almeria
- Property for sale in Aguadulce
- Property for sale in Cuevas del Almanzora
- Property for sale in Mojacar
- Property for sale in Vera
- Property for sale in Roquetas de Mar
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