Welcome to Costa Almeria
The Spanish province of Almeria boasts about 200 miles (322km)
of varied, scenic coastline that attracts package tourists to its
developed resorts near the main towns, but also offers idyllic
spots for nature-lovers to explore with its many unspoilt fishing
villages, long sandy beaches and small intimate coves popular with
Sunny and mild, Almeria lies southeast of the Iberian Peninsula
on the Mediterranean Sea, still bearing the archaeological evidence
of the many ancient cultures, from the Tartessos and Phoenicians to
the Romans and Visigoths, who were drawn here by the natural beauty
and useful maritime geographic location. The region retains an
African flavour, imbibed from that continent which is a short
distance away across the Mediterranean.
Inland, Almeria is rather barren and arid, and boasts Europe's
only desert region around the village of Tabernas, which has been
used as the location for several western movies. In the east the
lunar-landscaped Cabo de Gata-Nijar nature reserve with its rugged
coastline, attracts hikers, birders and scuba divers. Despite the
dry, inhospitable landscape Almeria has developed a thriving
agricultural industry and plastic-covered tunnel farms packed with
lush fresh produce and flowers are to be seen in abundance.
Most visitors flock to the holiday resorts to the east and west
of the lively capital city of Almeria, which boasts picturesque
squares, some worthy sights to see, cafes, a ferry port and marina.
Lovely beaches, marinas, hotels and sports centres provide plenty
to keep holidaymakers happy in the resort towns of Mojacar to the
east, and Aguadulce, Roquetas de Mar and Almerimar to the west of
Information & Facts
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely
understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and
Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.
Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided
into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and
major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards
and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels,
restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the
cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March
and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary
Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).