Visit Almeria Spain

Tucked away on the south east corner of Spain’s Mediterranean coast, Almeria is one of Andalusia’s hidden gems. Visit Almeria Spain, but before you go, continue reading our guide so that you get the most out of visiting this enchanting and often-overlooked city.

Almeria is famous throughout Spain for its beautiful beaches, in which most are completely unspoiled. You won’t want to miss the stretches of sand found in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, where the beaches have a beautiful back drop of terrain studded with cacti, dunes and mountains.

When you visit Almeria Spain, it is interesting to note that the tapas are free. When you order a beer, wine or soft drink, you’ll receive a plate of tapas for free, making it an incredibly cheap and enjoyable city in which to eat out. Some places will offer you a choice before you order, whereas in others a surprise dish will arrive – but either way, it’ll be completely free.

Almeria Weather – When to Visit

There are very few deserts in Europe, however Almeria province is home to one of them, not surprisingly the region enjoys one of the driest and sunniest climates on the continent, with around three hundred and twenty days of sunshine per year and some of the mildest winter temperatures. The busiest month for tourism is May thru July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during this time. Average temperatures during this time can range from the mid 70s to the mid 80s. August is the hottest time of year in Almeria with temperatures in the high 80s.

Best Beaches in Almeria

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Mónsul Beach (San José)

Monsul Beach is within the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, and one of its most famous features is a lava formation right in the middle of its shores, where you can shelter yourself from the hot sun. This beach is the Natural Park’s most famous beach, as there have been plenty of movies that have been shot there, including some scenes of the film series “Indiana Jones“.

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Aguadulce Beach (Roquetas de Mar)

Aguadulce Beach is one of the most visited beaches in the South of Almeria, especially on weekends and in the summer. Because of the dark sand and peaceful waters, this beach is a Blue Flag beach. Facilities here include rescue service, toilets, showers, umbrella and deck chair rental service and disabled access.


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Los Genoveses Beach (San José)

This beach is close to the town of San José, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. It is 1200 meters long with fine, golden sand and the absence of buildings and streets makes it wonderful. This beach is famous or some movies that have been filmed here including “The Wind and the Lion”.

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Las Negras Beach (Las Negras)

Las Negras Beach is in the town Níjar, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. The sand here has tiny pebbles with crystal-clear waters and a natural wind barrier, making it the ideal spot to sunbathe. This beach offers lots of facilities, including showers, rescue service, access for disabled people, a parking area, in addition to a sea ferry that connects the area with the small secluded bay of San Pedro.

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Los Muertos Beach (Carboneras)

This 1600 meter long beach has thin graveled sand and crystal-clear water perfect for scuba diving. It is located in the natural park of Cabo de Gata. There aren’t any services here, except for surveillance service, to prevent unwanted dangers provoked by the easterly wind, that may blow. When this happens, it is not save to dive the waters, since the wind makes it hard to get out.

Almeria Tours & Activities

Kayak and Snorkel Tour of Cabo de Gata in Andalucia

Learn how to kayak with this tour in Cabo de Gata. After a basic lesson in how to handle the canoe, set out on the water to practice your new skills. See cliffs, marine reserves, and beaches as you kayak. The itinerary includes a stop at a cove for snorkeling. This tour is limited to a small group to ensure personal service. Read more about Kayak and Snorkel Tour of Cabo de Gata in Andalucia

Fort Bravo Entrance Ticket

Visit Fort Bravo-Texas Hollywood in Tabernas, Spain to explore film sets that evoke the Wild West. Tabernas became well known in the 1960s when filmmaker Sergio Leone began to shoot Western blockbusters here. See old film sets, and find out about present day movie and advertising shoots. You can also see a Texas-style saloon, restaurant, and a photo studio where you can take souvenir photos. Read more about Fort Bravo Entrance Ticket

Horseback Riding Tour in Andalucia

Save time and combine two experiences—horseback riding and beautiful outdoor sightseeing. You’ll conserve your energy by traveling on horseback, and you’ll cover more ground than if you were on a walking tour. By traveling with a guide, you won’t have to navigate, so you can concentrate on the beautiful sites. Highlights include the natural park areas of Almeria, and riding through sand dunes. Read more about Horseback Riding Tour in Andalucia

Full-day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park

The wild landscapes, rugged sea cliffs, and remote beaches of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park can be hard to explore without your own transport. Instead, join this guided full-day tour from Roquetas de Mar and see the Lighthouse of Cabo de Gata, take in the views from the Sirens Cliffs, and visit La Isleta del Moro. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included. Read more about Full-day trip to Cabo de Gata Natural Park

Mojacar Pueblo / Playa Guided Tour

Discover the secret places and views. Mojacar Pueblo City guided Tour, Mojacar Playa, Castillo Macenas, Torre del Pirulico Private beach resort, hidden beach bars/restaurants, Playa beach restaurant with live music, some of the best nightlife, clubing and dancing. I live here & know the area ,speak native English, German and little Spanish ..if you want to get to the best (secret) places and learn about the great history, experience Spanish life and scenery. Read more about Mojacar Pueblo / Playa Guided Tour

Best Café & Tapa Bars

Bar Casa Puga $11 – 30

Bar Casa Puga thrives on an enticing, buzzy ambiance, with jamones dangling from the ceiling, varnished wood and shelves crammed with bottles and cheeses. Get free tapas with a glass of wine or beer. You’ll want to be there when the doors open at noon, or at 8pm for elbow room. Telephone: 34 950 231 530 Web: Bar Casa Puga

Bar Bahía de Palma Under $10

This is probably the friendliest tapas bar in Almería. Bullfighting memorabilia dominates beside the pictures of flamenco artists. It’s a daytime bar (open 9am-5pm) it serves Spanish breakfasts and weekday lunches. Free tapas are generous, especially on Fridays when migas (fried breadcrumbs with black pudding, chorizo and green pepper) is on the menu. Telephone: 34 661 20 59 59 Web: Bar Bahía de Palma

Restaurante-Tetería Almedina $11 – 30

This tranquil retreat has charm, both at outside tables in a plant-filled alleyway and in the traditional salons inside. Sip fresh mint tea, enjoy a taboulé, tuck into lamb couscous or a chicken, almond and olive tagine. This Moroccan food is prepared and served by a father, son and daughter team from across the Strait of Gibraltar. Telephone: 34 629 27 78 27 Web: Restaurante-Tetería Almedina

Valentín $31 – 60

Here you’ll find a choice between white-linen tablecloths in the slick restaurant, or more relaxed dining on the high stools in the back room and outside. Valentín is renowned for mouth-watering, high-quality seafood: langoustines, red prawns, cuttlefish, squid-ink rice with prawns or a seafood paella. Telephone: 34 950 26 44 75 Web: Valentín

Bodega Las Botas $11 – 30

Bodega Las Botas is a delightfully old-fashioned jamón-land with a great lineup of top Cinco Jotas (ham) legs, a bull’s head, and a smattering of related photos. Service is excellent and the wine selection is good. Telephone: 34 950 23 42 39 Web: Bodega Las Botas

Best Almeria Hotels

Hotel El Trebol

El Trebol is in Carboneras in Cabo de Gata Natural Park, 130 ft from the beach. The modern and elegant rooms feature air conditioning, a plasma TV and Wi-Fi connection.

Hostal Rincon de Diego

The Hostal Rincon de Diego offers a family-friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a desk, and Hostal Rincon de Diego makes getting online easy as free wifi is available.

ALEGRIA Palacio Mojacar

Guest rooms at this charming hotel offer a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and free wifi is available. You can also take advantage of some of the amenities including room service and a concierge, a pool and an on-site restaurant. As an added convenience, there is free parking available to guests.

Barcelo Cabo de Gata

Overlooking Almería Bay, this elegant hotel offers direct access to El Toyo Beach. It includes 4 outdoor swimming pools, one of them heated, a spa and a free Wi-Fi zone. Each spacious room at the Barceló Cabo de Gata has a furnished terrace, satellite TV and a minibar.

Parador de Mojacar

This hotel offers a romantic environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay. Guest rooms offer a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and Parador De Mojacar Hotel makes getting online easy as free wifi is available. You can also take advantage of some of the amenities offered by the hotel, including a concierge and room service. In addition, guests can enjoy a pool and an on-site restaurant during their visit.


  1. Queen

    Thanks for the compilation of these great beaches in Almeria

    it will definitely be great for one to spend some quality time in a place like this. I wonder what the temperature will be like in the winter, but then I wouldn’t think that would be a good time to parade a beach.

    This blueness of Los Muertos Beach makes it look so subtle and a peaceful place to spend some quality time.

    Hopefully, I get the opportunity to spend some free time here.

    Thanks for sharing.. 


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks for visiting Queen.  Yes, to me the winter here would be a bit chilly with average daily temperatures in the low 60s.  It is a great place though with beautiful beaches.  Definitely worth visiting.  Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Claudio

    We have relatives living in Spain, we are with my wife analyzing the possibility of visiting them we are from Argentina. Searching on the internet we find your very interesting site. 

    We loved very much “Almeria and its beautiful beaches” for all tastes. We are also analyzing according to the best times that you point out to make a visit of at least one week.

    In case of traveling we would like to visit the beach of “crystalline waters” The dead we were shocked by its beauty and the tranquility of the place.

    I will keep your portal to be able to contact me and ask you some questions. 

    Greetings! Claudio

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Claudio, have a wonderful visit to Almeria!

  3. Glenn Hodges

    Hello Leahrae,

    Thank you for this review of Almeria, it came just in time for our decision on next years vacation. My wife and I enjoy planning our future vacations just after the current one, that way we can plan accordingly and have something to look forward too.

    I was intrigued by the weather, nothing spoiles a great vacation spot like bad weather and learning that Almeria is generally dry and sunny bodes well for a great week.

    The resort town seems to have everything I would expect from a beach destination, so that looks promising.  

    Thanks again, Glenn  

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Glenn. I am glad you enjoyed your digital visit to Almeria Spain.  Thanks for stopping by.

  4. James

    How interesting! This place seems like a brilliant beach location. I absolutely LOVE hiking, so the mountains are perfect, and combining that with kayaking and scuba diving just seems ideal. Whilst being a place that allows you to appreciate the nature of the area, the small town seems quite interesting, too.

    Thank you for sharing.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome and sounds like a visit to Almeria Spain would be perfect for you!

  5. James

    Woah! This place seems like a brilliant beach destination! I absolutely LOVE hiking, so the mountains are perfect, and combined with kayaking and scuba diving it would be an ideal location. I love the sound and look of Los Muertos beach 🙂

    Thanks for sharing

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are so welcome James! Thanks for visiting my Visit Almeria Spain post 🙂

  6. My Daily Pointers

    Spain has always been one of the top places I have wanted to see.  Thank you for highlighting Almeria as I honestly was not aware of it.  And free tapas?? yes please!

    From what I can tell from your article, it looks like it would be relatively affordable but I suppose it never hurts to wait for a deal and shop around online.

    Los Mueortos Beach sounds like the one for me……those waters and scuba diving!

    Thank you as always for such fabulous posts!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you!  I am glad you enjoyed reading and learning about Almeria Spain.  I agree, free tapas….yeah I will take some!

  7. MissusB

    As I was watching the video featuring Almeria I can’t help but to think peace and tranquility. The beautiful landscape and scenery seems to take you back to the old encapsuled time. I am teaching Mediterranean Literature and would always want to experience a tour in any of its country. Looks like Almeria, Spain would let me picture how the ancient Mediterranean is. 

    Among the beaches, Negras presented as the friendliest for tourists and even accessible to a neighboring bay.  For foreigners, I think it is best to explore Cabo de Gata National park to experience the over all feature of Almeria. Hotels and restaurants are to die for offering pleasant service and the best part is the reasonable price and great accommodation. Going to this place would definitely set your mood – could be romantic, festive or simply nostalgic. Thank you for featuring Almeria and the nice places to go to. 

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed 🙂  Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Feochadan

    This blog just transported me to Spain!  I can almost smell the salt air and taste the tapas!  I must say that I have a special fondness for true Spanish Tapas.  The prices are extremely reasonable, too.  Your pictures are spectacular and the descriptions of the sights to see excellent.  I would just love to go on a horseback riding trip in Spain!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Horse back riding on a beautiful beach is wonderful.  I have done many times and love it!  I know you will too!  Yes, and most tapas are free….can’t be beat!

  9. drinkteahub

    Although I know Madrid and Barcelona pretty well, I’ve never visited Almeira. Your guide certainly makes it look enticing. Thank you for doing such thorough research, including about the local area, beaches and activities, and I like that you link directly to booking dot com at the end of your post. Must add it to my list of places to go, thanks again.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great!  I am glad you enjoyed learning about Almeria.  I hope you can visit Almeria Spain soon!  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

  10. Henderson

    Almeria looks like a very nice place. I like how you have segmented this post dividing the different parts that one can visit in Almeria. One other thing I see is that the place is really full of desert and it is very hot too. I have a few friends who have been to Spain and they tell me that the people hold a very rich culture. The hotels look very topnotch and I have the urge to be at those nice looking beaches. I have to visit Almeria honestly. Thank you for bringing a good review of Almeria to your site. It’s very awesome!

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome, thank you for stopping by!

  11. John

    Oh my, this is very beautiful. I know Spain to be a very beautiful place with all its building and all the colour. I have never visited and now I am convinced that if I ever want to go, it’d definitely be in Almeria. I’m thinking maybe I could make a trip this December so please can you tell me how the weather is in December and how Christmas is generally.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You’ll find the weather in December to be in the mid 60s.  A bit chilly for the beach, but great weather for checking everything else out.  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

  12. Ramos

    Almeria is definitely a home to a lot of great sites and seeing that it actually houses a dessert in Europe? That’s awesome. Also, the fact that it is in Spain and I would be heading for Spain by next month for a shooting session, I might as well take my time to explore Almeria layer after the shooting. Thanks so much for this and it would be a lifelong dream to be fulfilled if I can visit the desert.

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you will have a wonderful time.  Let me know if I can answer any other questions.  Thank you for your visit.

  13. Happier At Home

    Thanks for researching Almeria, Spain!  Again, as many of the places you’re writing about, I now wish to see it in person.  Your descriptions of each beach is a great addition, not to mention the YouTube video you have included!  You have written in such a way that anyone could continue to book a vacation here!  To me, that defines a great and well-researched post!  Bravo!  You have my attention (and wishing I had lots of money)!  Blessings to you!  🙂

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much!  It is a passion of mine for sure.  I hope you can visit Almeria Spain soon!

  14. Rodarrick

    Wow! Almeria is definitely one of few places on earth that I have heard about in Europe that houses a desert and I’m glad to discover that it is actually a truth though. This has been added to my bucket list of must visit places in my life and I will look forward to check this place out next year during my one month off-work. Thanks so much for writing so much great sites to see in Almeria, spain

    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great, enjoy your visit to Almeria!

  15. Jordan Smith

    I do tell my colleagues that Almeria (Spain) is a place to be. I went there for honey moon few years ago, and it was awesome. During our time there, we stayed at it was very easy to find, an amazing location directly across the road from the beach. IT has very clean rooms with very comfortable bed. So lovely and quiet at night. Really lovely breakfast as well. Great Wifi. Easy walk to the other bars restaurant.

    Awesome review.


    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thanks Jordan, sounds like you had an amazing honeymoon there.  And thank you for sharing.


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