Steeped in history, yet vibrant and modern, Almeria holds a great deal of charm and begs to be explored. This sun-baked province possesses a semi-arid desert-like landscape, meaning Almeria benefits from the most hours of sunshine and lowest rainfall in Europe. Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, crowned by the magnificent Alcazaba Arab fortress, this warm region is renowned for its medieval history, beautiful coastline and whitewashed fishing villages, which enjoy traditional markets and pretty winding streets. Renowned for its local produce, Almeria’s cuisine has a clear Arabic influence and is not to be missed.
Our villas in Almeria might just be one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Very different to the surrounding Costas, its fascinating Moorish heritage, sun-baked desert landscape, unspoilt beaches and impressive Sierra Nevada mountain backdrop seems to whisk you out of Europe in an instant.
Almeria has a rich Arab history, and its Al-Andalus legacy can be seen everywhere in the buildings, culture and cuisine of the region. Most notably is the ‘La Alcazaba’, the Arabic fortress which dominates the town from its hilltop location. Here you can soak in the city’s rich past whilst enjoying magnificent views of the harbour. Connected to the fortress is the spectacular 11th century Wall of Jairan which was built by the first ruler of the Almeria taifa and descends the valley on the north side of the Alcazaba, whilst climbing the hillside of San Cristobal on the far. In the 15th century the city was taken over by the Catholic monarchs and its Muslim populace expelled soon thereafter. Almeria's cathedral is at the heart of the old part of the city and its beautiful interior comprises of Gothic ribbed ceilings and makes use of jasper and local marble in some of its baroque and neo-classical trimmings. Almeria is a historians delight, with palaces, castles, churches, gardens, tombs, stately homes, and museums showcasing what this fantastic region has to offer.
Outdoor pursuits are in abundance in Almeria, in thanks to it being the lightest province in Spain with 3,127 hours of daylight a year. Visit the Cabo de Gata natural park, a wild and isolated landscape with some of Europe's most original geological features. This natural wonderland encompasses some quaint fishing hamlets, historic ruins and magnificent stretches of beach. Some of our villas to rent in Almeria are situated in the perfect location to explore Almeria’s cave houses; these curious dwellings are dug out of the soft sand-coloured cliffs and provide excellent insulation in the dry desert-like heat. They can be found all over the region and some of the natives still live in them to this day. For a traditional sightseeing experience, there are some fantastic towns in this region to sample. Alternatively, if you’re looking to pick up a bargain, the various markets in the local towns, including the Antique market at Mojacar are well worth a visit. For a taste of traditional Spain, the Vera bull ring is a historical bull fighting ring that has been reconstructed in keeping with the traditional style, complete with a fascinating museum detailing its history.
Explore the most diverse range of beaches of all the Costa’s from our stunning villas in Almeria. The region has everything from popular resorts to rocky coves, including some of the most unspoilt stretches of coastline in the whole of Spain. It has a total of 200 kilometers of coast with long, uncrowded stretches of sand, pretty sheltered coves and the rugged wilderness of Spain's south eastern Cape. To the east of the city is the wild and totally unspoilt area of Cabo de Gata. This area, which stretches for 45 kilometers north from the south eastern tip of Spain, has been declared a national reserve and is a magnet for hikers, nature lovers, bird spotters and scuba divers. For those who prefer a bustling beach life, the beaches in Mojacar are ideal. Whether it’s sailing, fishing, water sports or simply relaxing on an uncrowned beach soaking up the sun, you will find it all and much more in and around the lively Mojacar. Alternatively, take a trip to Palomares with its long stretch of sandy beach and tree covered picnic area or Garrucha, which is located between the beaches of the historic Mojacar and the neighboring town of Vera. The beaches in Garrucha offer many kilometers of wide unspoilt access, passing Vera beach up to the quiet traditional village harbour of Villaricos in the North and to the beach of Mojacar in the South.
From a visit to the desert town of Tabernas where you can have a day out at the wild west theme parks of Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood to enjoying some "high noon" style shoot-outs, can-can shows and various cowboy antics amid the remnants of the movie sets, there is plenty of fun to be had in Almeria. As you wander around, you will find reproductions of western shops, a carriage museum and a cinema museum. You can even dress up western style for a photograph or meet the cowboys and take a ride in the stagecoach. A Fistful of Dollars, The Good the Bad and the Ugly and part of Lawrence of Arabia were filmed here in these so-called "tierras malas" (badlands) of Almeria. For more fun for all the family, visit one of two Aqua parks in the area; Park Aquatico in Vera, enjoys plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more.
Almeria Holidays - Points of Interest
Take a trip to the desert town of Tabernas where you can visit the Wild West theme parks of Mini Hollywood, Texas Hollywood and Western Leone. All offer a fun day out in Europe's only desert region, with stagecoach rides, live shows, a zoo and the opportunity to quench your thirst in the saloon
Experience the attractive and busy resort of Mojacar, a distinctive hilltop town with clusters of whitewashed buildings and a maze of winding narrow streets
Head to the Sierra Nevada mountains for a spot of skiing
For more fun, visit the Park Aquatico in Vera, with plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more
Visit the city of Almeria to experience the phenomenal historical culture, including the Arabic fortress, the Wall of Jairan and the Cathedral
Head to the Cabo de Gata natural park, which shelters an extraordinary wealth of wildlife and go snorkeling
Visit one of the various markets in local towns - the Antique market at Mojacar is not to be missed
Spend a day at Villaricos; this traditional fishing village has a beautiful beach and some delightful fish restaurants
Explore the cave houses amongst the region. These curious dwellings are dug out of the soft sand-coloured cliffs and are a cool shelter from the dry desert-like heat
Take a trip to the Vera bull ring, a historical bull fighting ring that has been reconstructed in keeping with the traditional style
Serenely located on a stunning plateau above the dry Almanzora River valley, the unique Desert Springs resort enjoys some 320 days of annual sunshine, offering an outstanding holiday at any time of the year.
Spilling down the foothills of the Sierra Cabrera, is the beautiful resort of Mojacar. Split into two distinct areas, 'Mojacar Pueblo' and, in complete contrast, the modern coastal strip of 'Mojacar Playa'.
The authentic Spanish village of Bedar sits astride a pretty hillside setting in a quiet and calm atmosphere and still retaining many of the original cottages which line the narrow streets and little alleyways.
Set in a valley bordered by the striking Sierra Cabrera mountains, Cortijo Grande is an attractive golf course with villas dotted around the surrounding hillside, most with superb views of the lush green course.
San Juan de los Terreros is a traditional Spanish coastal village south of the Murcia region larger town of Aguilas. This idyllic area nestles between the hills and sandy beaches fringing the Mediterranean.
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Scores 7.8 out of 10based on 30 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
7 out of 10
Bristol Mother and older daughter
Good local restaurants and the beautiful beach were in easy walking distance. Amazing views of the beaches from the villa balconies.
Annoying that there was no access from the downstairs bedrooms directly onto the pool area. Had to go upstairs then out and then back down again to access the pool. Would not be suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Badly fitting front door with massive gap under it allowed cockroaches in which we didn't like as well as the rain.
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019 Published on: 15 September 2019 10 out of 10
Rainham Kent Couple
Lots of small easily accessible beaches,most with a beach bar for drinks and a snack.
Confirmed stay: 12 September 2019 Published on: 15 September 2019 3 out of 10
LDN Family (the eldest child is at school)
Quiet, remote, no Brits around
Culinary wasteland, were we really struggled to find any even half decent restaurants.
Confirmed stay: 05 September 2019 Published on: 06 September 2019 10 out of 10
Warminster Family (the eldest child is at school)
Picturesque setting. Easy to drive around. Small, easy airport.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 24 August 2019 Published on: 29 August 2019 9 out of 10
Bexhill Family (the eldest child is at school)
Plenty of places to eat, lovely beaches, lots of towns nearby to visit.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 24 August 2019 Published on: 25 August 2019 4 out of 10
Horsham Family (the eldest child is at school)
Desert Springs is a great resort and only saving grace of number 12 was it’s outlook from the pool.
See above, if needed I’ve got photographic evidence of all the bad points
Confirmed stay: 17 August 2019 Published on: 18 August 2019 10 out of 10
Excellent local restaurants
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 15 August 2019 Published on: 17 August 2019 8 out of 10
St Albans Family (the eldest child is at school)
Almeria fortress and cathedral Murcia cathedral and shopping Gurracha beach
Not much night life to comment on near the Resort
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019 Published on: 06 August 2019 9 out of 10
Lechlade Family (the eldest child is at school)
Good flights and great location, luxurious accommodation, very quiet and relaxing.
The flies again......
Confirmed stay: 27 July 2019 Published on: 28 July 2019 9 out of 10
Family with children over
Plenty of things to do so no shortage of days out and e.g. Versa waterpark, Jetski in Garrucha
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 20 July 2019 Published on: 25 July 2019
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