San Juan de los Terreros is a traditional Spanish coastal village south of the Murcia region and larger town of Aguilas. This idyllic area nestles between the hills and sandy beaches fringing the Mediterranean. With a handful of restaurants, bars and shops, San Juan has been a favourite destination for Spanish people seeking a peaceful and tranquil beach location. This picturesque village has become a paradise for many divers because of its excellent waters and location along a beautiful bay. Found in one of the coastlines in the Spanish peninsula, San Juan de Los Terreros has beautiful sea landscapes that are truly breathtaking. The small coves are surrounded by traditional fishermen's cottages in the natural coastline where some of the best beaches of the Almeria coast can be found. Dotted along the promenade are childrens play areas and Chiringuoitos which tempt you in with delicious seafood dishes, tapas or a glass or two of wine, whilst overlooking the blue waters of the mediterranean. There is even a Castle that was constructed in 1764 in the style of a coastal fort on a headland 150 metres high, and has been declared to be of Cultural Interest. From here views out to sea lie two islands; Isla Negra and Isla de Terreros, both of which have been declared as natural parkland and therefore protected. You can also take a scenic coastal drive down to the pretty fishing village of Vilaricos which hosts regular markets.
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When in Almeria be sure to try the traditional Spanish tapas bars and restaurants, some popular choices are patatas bravas, spicy meatballs, iberico ham, manchego cheese, Spanish omelette and much more tasteful delights. Paella is also a famously known dish to the region varying in flavors, some with fish, meats, vegetables these are a great sharing dish. Wash it down with some locally produced wines or fruity sangria.
San Juan de Terreros is a typical laid-back Spanish seaside town. There is a nightclub which opens in the summer months, but nightlife is really centered around long leisurely dinner and relaxed bars.
Located just over an hour’s drive south of San Juan de los Terreros, Cabo de Gata natural park covers approximately five hundred square kilometres and includes one hundred and twenty square kilometres of the sea as a marine reserve. The park is home to a wealth of marine and terrestrial wildlife, and also offers many rare plants native to the region. Ideal for walking, cycling, and horse riding, the scenery is spectacular and there are numerous places of interest and traditional villages to be explored. Keen bird watchers will be in their element here, and snorkelers will enjoy superb coral reefs and colourful marine life. The beaches of Cabo de Gata natural park natural park are some of the most stunning in Spain, they offer a mix of easily accessible family beaches to quiet idyllic hideaways.
Why not visit 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. 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 family fun, visit Park Aquatico in Vera where you can enjoy plenty of flumes, children's slides and pools, a wave machine, kamikaze ride and much more.
Cuevas de Sorbas (Caves of Sorbas)
Located about 30 minutes from Bedar, this is an amalgamation of caves and underground channels covering an area of around fifty kilometres. Known as one of the geological jewels of Andalucia, this is an excellent place to visit as a day trip. Guided tours offer access to the caves, and you can choose between a basic tour suitable for all, and an exhilarating climbing tour!
Vera Bull Ring
Why not take a drive 30 minutes north to Vera, to experience the bull ring! Originally built in 1879 and restored in 1993 in keeping with the old style, bull fights are still performed in the ring today, and there is also a great museum to enjoy.
An historical city with a very modern feel, Almeria City offers something for everyone and is ideal for a day trip if you are staying in Bedar. The main attractions, and must do places to visit, are the old quarter of the city, the ancient Alcazaba fortress and the City Cathedral. In the centre of the city is La Rambla, Avenide de Frederico Garcia Lorca, a long tree lined avenue that leads down to the port and beaches, it has a vibrant and modern feel with bustling street cafes, tempting shops and play areas for children. Nearby you will find Paseo de Almeria, which is a fantastic shopping street, and Avenida del Mediterraneo which is home to the Mediterraneo shopping complex. Many tourist attractions can be found throughout the city, and a tourist train runs most weekend through the old quarter and port area, offering a relaxing way to see the city sights.
The popular resort of Mojacar is close by and well worth a visit. Split into two sections, the beautiful hillside ‘Pueblo’ with winding cobbled streets, provides a wonderful place for afternoon strolls, souvenir shopping and leisurely meals. Typically Spanish, this town is full of charm and offers some superb views from the top! Just minutes from the Pueblo, the long stretch of beach known as the ‘Playa’ is lined with shops, bars and restaurants. This part of Mojacar is much more international and lively, and the beaches are arguably the best in the area.
Located in Almeria city, ‘La Alcazaba’, is an Arabic fortress which dominates the area 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 is a historians delight, with palaces, castles, churches, gardens, tombs, stately homes, and museums showcasing what this fantastic region has to offer.
Why not 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.
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