Although this area has been a favourite destination for many years for Spanish holidaymakers, Almería really is Spain's best kept secret, but it is getting more popular so it's time to discover it before too many people find it!
The main coastal resort is Mojacar, with its 17 kms of pretty beaches, many 'chiringuitos' (beach bars) and lots of bars offering live music especially in the summer. The pretty white washed village of Mojácar Pueblo sits high on a hill above the beach and offers spectacular views down the coast as well as a selection of bars, restaurants, shops and galleries
Just up the coast is the very Spanish port town of Garrucha with a fishing port and a marina with several bars and restaurants. Garrucha has a Go Kart track.
Vera Playa is the next resort up, with miles of beach including a Naturist one and a popular water park
To the south is the Natural Park area of the Cabo de Gata with its imposing mountainous landscape and its wealth of underwater life which makes it one of the most important marine habitats in the Mediterranean. Our favourite beach is Agua Amarga which is now perhaps best known for the fact that King Felipe and his family occasionally holiday there. It has four great bars right on the beach but amazingly out of season it is exceptionally quiet
In the Cabo de Gata you will also find the old gold mining town of Rodalquilar and salt flats where flamingoes can often be seen
San José is the largest town on the coast in the Cabo de Gata, with a marina and a good selection of eateries.
But the most famous beach is the Playa de los Muertos - supposedly one of the best in Spain. Worth the walk but take your own shade and drinks as there is nothing on the beach.