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
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“.
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.
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”.
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.
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.