Towns in Almeria.
Adra is a historic coastal town in the western area of the province of Almeria, known as “El Poniente”, 50 km away from the provincial capital, and it is the fourth most important town in the province with over 24,500 inhabitants. Adra a a rich history being founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century and through the Roman period when it was utilised as a trading port.
There are 13kms of blue flag beaches.
The village of Agua Amarga is a coastal village set in the beautiful Cabo de Gata, it is a traditional Andalucian white washed fishing village. It has a fantastic 800m long sandy beach with gorgeous blue waters. Architecturally, Agua Amarga has a strong Moorish influence.The village is an all year round popular resort with the Spanish and is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday. There is plenty to do here, from walking, cycling and climbing in the Cabo de Gata natural park, to a myriad of water sports including diving, water skiing, fishing, jet ski’s etc.
Agua Amarga has some really nice restaurants and bars for some great dining, all in all it is great place to visit for a day trip or for a longer holiday.
Aguadulce is one of the most important touristic hubs of Almería province, located some 8km from Almería city. In 1964 it was declared first in the competition for Centre of National Touristic Interest in Spain. In 1950 it only had 27 houses and 300 inhabitants, however now the population is over 15,000 people and during the summer months, it goes up to 45,000.
They say that the name of the area comes from the fact that among the rocky hills that tower over the beach there are many water springs of crystal water, filtered and sweet, coming from the currents of Sierra de Dador. In the same sand, and even in the sea, the sweet water (agua dulce) rises and bubbles among the salty waves.
A thriving market town with a rising population of approx 13,000, inclusive of a large English community.
Albox is located in the heart of the Almanzora Valley and boasts all the amenities of a large town. The Market is held every Tuesday morning and lines the road in the town next to the rambla, the rambla is used as the car park - rather dangerous as in 1973, the rambla flooded knocking one the main bridges down killing many people. The rambla does flood every now and again, but nothing to the extent recorded on that fateful day.
The town has several supermarkets and plenty of small supermarkets selling English products. There are plenty of restaurants and bars to keep you busy and lots of little boutiques and smaller shops.
Of course there are plenty of estate agents selling their wares, and is quite notorious at the moment for having a problem with its illegally built properties - lets hope the local and regional Governments sort their act out soon. So buyer be warned - do your homework before buying!!!
The area itself is very picturesque and has a rugged charm, surrounded by almond and olive groves which when in flower are absolutely stunning.
This is a small village a few kilometres outside of Albox, a very nice little village with a few amenities - namely a bar, estate agents and a small shop.
Very much the same situation as Albox, located in the Almanzora Valley surrounded by Almond, Olive and Orange Groves.
The name Almeria comes from Al Meraya which is Arabic for the watchtower. This is because of the Acazaba Castle, which stands on the hills overlooking the city. The Castle is one of the largest in Andalucia and only second to the Alhambra in Granada, making this attraction very popular for tourists. The Castle is some 95m above Almeria and dates back to 955. This vantage point offers the most spectacular views.
The City has a wide range of shopping and encompasses all the more famous brands, there are fantastic Tapas bars serving a myriad of food along the Rambla and main shopping street.
The Beaches here are good, but busy in Summer - for more info click here. There are long promenades to meander along and enjoy the evening air.
This Marina port town has one of the largest marinas in Spain, reported to have over a 1000 moorings, also offering a very large dry dock. The town has the usual shops - Mercadona Supermarket, Cafes, Bars and Restaurants etc, the main shopping centre is at the exit from the motorway and there is a wide selection of shops here. There is a very good 18 hole golf course (for more info click here. The town appears to be carved from the rocky cliffs that are to it's rear, there is a bird sanctuary to the east and a sea of greenhouses supplying food to Europe, to the west.
The town has a very clean and tourist friendly feel and the beaches are very nice (for More Info click here.
All around Antas there are numerous large orange and lemon groves, and other fruits and vegetables are grown on this highly cultivated area. The local market is known in the area for the quality of its produce.
Arboleas is located near to the market town of Albox, with in the Almanzora Valley and beautifully backs onto the eastern slopes of the Filabres Moutains. The area has been inhabited since prehistoric days and today the town is surrounded by enclaves of newly built villas. The older part of the town still has cobbled narrow streets and a church which was built in 1492. The town survives on its agricultural roots growing almonds, citrus fruits, olives etc. The Town Hall is and impressive building in the centre of the village and the plaza to the front is where the local fiestas are staged. All in all it is quaint little town with quite a few restaurants, bars and cafes, banks and shops.
The town is situated approx 400m above sea level and because of it's location it has beautiful views to the sea. There are many older style buildings - Arab in design in and around the town, this and the fantastic location have made this a popular destination for Painters / Artists.
The town has it's roots firmly set from the Arab era, this is evident in it's street design and layout. The old Mosque is still in the town, but is now privately owned. The town was a well renowned mining town and the ruins can still be found. Iron, Copper, Zinc and Lead were extracted and transported to the port of Garrucha for exportation around the world.
The town of Cantoria as it stands now, was rebuilt in the 16th Century. The old town is still visible, but only the ramparts and the old water cisterns survive.The church – Virgen del Carmen was replaced with a neo–classical church in the early 19th Century. Like most villages that line the Almanzora Valley the town survives on its agricultural background.
The town is located next to the sea and has a very large beach. Beach side the promenade parades past restaurants, cafes and bars. The town has a lovely town centre, dominated by the Castle of Roldán which is surrounded by well tended gardens. The town celebrates many fiestas and in June the streets are taken back to the conflict between the Moors and Christians. Which is a battle for control of the castle. Probably the best fiesta is the Virgen del Carmen, this is a marine vessel procession, the fisherman decorate the boats.
Cuevas del Almanzora:
An inland town that has numerous shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. There is also a large leisure centre with an outdoor swimming pool. The town has a large 16th century castle at it's centre, called the Castillo de Marques de los Velez, this monument was a stronghold for Lords and Ladies, then it was a prison and now it houses the most important contemporary art collections in Andalucia. There is a cave Museum located at the end of the Calvario.
The Church of Sebastian, is a small building, but is very attractive. It has many Arabic features and has many baroque decorations throughout.
The town also has Motorcycling scrambling circuit on the opposite side of the rambla and hosts many attractions.
The street market is located around the Castle (For Market days click here).
The village is set in the hills north of Huércal Overa, not a lot goes on here, apart from the fiestas. The scenery is gorgeous, this has been emphasised by the fact the council have constructed a vista point up above the village.
The village has a mixture of old traditional and new properties, a village primary school and small chapel. The locals make their living from the land, growing almonds and olives, and farming Goats and Pigs.
A very tranquil setting, but a car is a must.
This is a small village on the outskirts of Huercal Overa. It is a rural village with a small expat community.
Garrucha is a typical Spanish fishing port which also retains much of it's original charm and character. The port area is used for commercial and leisure pursuits. The promenade is flanked by numerous restaurants most of which will be serving the most delicious and fresh fish dishes around.
Garrucha is famous for the large red prawns which are caught in the local waters, you can sit dock side at approx 5pm and watch the fishermen bring in their catches, to be sold in the dock side auction building. You can enjoy this at a distance from the harbour beaches (for more info click here). The street market is held two streets back from the promenade (for market days click here)
The Town is the result of the union of two smaller settlements: Huércal and Overa. It is the chief town of a thriving agricultural district. The town is taken over every Monday by it's large street market (for more info click here). It has a good variety of shopping, with 5 supermarkets, numerous bars, cafes and restaurants and lots of little streets to find those niche little shops.
The town now boasts one of the best and newest hospitals in Spain, offering huge employment prospects to the locals. There is a Municipal outdoor swimming pool and leisure centre and in the near future the construction of the indoor swimming pool will soon finish.
There are many things to do and see in Huércal Overa and the Church at the heart of the town is well worth a visit to start your day.
The name of the town of La Alfoquia is from Arabic times and means the `higher one´. The town has a varied history with meek beginnings, being just a small hamlet of farmhouses dotted far and wide. Then in 1894 the railway brought prosperity and a growth in the population, made up of many different nationalities, similar to what it is today. The town now comes under the municipality of Zurgena and today has a population of around 1000 people. La Alfoquia is located on the left bank of the Almanzora river and is surrounded by Orange and Lemon groves. The town has a few shops, bars and restaurants, a municipal swimming pool and all in all is quite self sufficient.
At the end of the 19th century when mining was at its peak, Los Gallardos grew to accommodate the many miners and their families. Although there are a few references to a hamlet close to the town called Cadima, this small hamlet was inhabited by Romans. There is an archeological site being excavated prior to the installation of the new AVE train. The contents of the site are not specific, but it is suggested that there is a villa, associated outbuildings and a small cemetery.
Los Gallardos is located close to the E15/A7 motorway and is bordered by the Los Filabres and the Cabrera mountains and the Aguas river. The town is also close to Bedar, where many of the aforementioned mines were located. Los Gallardos has a few bars, restaurants, shops and a few other businesses. Being located next the motorway offers the ability to get to Almeria Airport in just under 35 minutes and to the coast in less than 15 minutes.
The village of Lubrin is set high in the Los Fillabres mountains and has very steep streets throughout. Built in the 19th century, the village church La Virgen del Rosario has unusual and interesting architecture giving it an odd eclectic feel and is worth a visit. As you meander through the streets you will come across a few little shops, bars and restaurants. One such bar, `Los Molinos´ was once voted the best Tapas bar in the whole of Almeria and is well worth a visit. The villagers here in this beautiful place make their living from agriculture and livestock, which they rear and grow in the surrounding mountains.
This is one of the most diverse parts of the Almeria coastline, in that there are 17km of shoreline along the Mojacar Playa Front and you can choose to bathe in relative quiet or you can choose to be in the thick of the hustle and bustle on the more popular beaches - for more info click here. The Mojacar Playa shore line is and has undergone a facelift to improve beach access and offer more facilities to tourists. There are many children's play areas and a beautiful palm tree lined promenade along many parts of the shoreline.
In summer Mojacar Playa is so busy it can take almost an hour to travel by car from one end to the other, so if you are thinking of going for a day out - go early.
There are many great restaurants and a section of beach chiringuitos serving fantastic catch of the day food.
This typical white Andalucian village is set on top of a hill and can be seen from miles around. The Views from the villages viewing terrace at the Mirador de la Plaza Nueva are absolutely breathtaking. Mojacar was once a haven for artists and when you see the views you will understand why, absolutely inspirational. The village has a varied passed and has been populated since 2000BC. The streets here are narrow, twisting and are not for those who are unfit or need assistance walking.
The Fuente Mora (Natural Water Spring) is renowned for it's quality drinking water and it is free to take your drinking bottle along and fill up.
This town is renowned for it's Natural Park - The Cabo de Gata, which was created in 1987 and is the jewel of Almeria's crown - for more info click here.
The town has a mixture of furniture shops, traditional pottery and local craft shops along it's main street, these are unusually open on Sundays offering a nice day out on a day that traditionally everywhere except restaurants is closed.
The town is overlooked by the watch tower, which is a reminder that the Barbery Pirates used to regularly raid Almeria's coastline.
In the Plaza Mayor the 16th century church stands on the original place of the Moorish Mosque, this church is very well looked after and well worth a visit.
Olula del Rio:
Palomares is located 850m from the beach and is bordered by Villaricos and Vera Playa. The town was made famous on 17th January 1966, when an American B52 Bomber collided with a refueling tanker and subsequently dropped 4 H-bombs, 3 of which landed around the village of Palomares and the fourth landed in the sea. This fourth bomb was discovered in the nets of the local fishermen some 80 days after the incident. The USAF removed all the contaminated soil and compensated the people and government for the pollution.
Today the village relies heavily on its agricultural background to survive, although there has been a lot of building in the area and influx of foreign nationals, which in turn brings prosperity. The town has all the amenities you would expect, including bars, restaurants, pharmacy, a supermarket, hairdresser etc. Palomares does have a nice beach area and the fishing here is excellent.
Pozo del Esparto:
This quaint town / village is set in some the most fantastic scenery, located on the A334 Baza to Albox road. Due to its importance as a defensive stronghold during the reign of the Moors, Purchena is actually classified as a city. The Moors built a fantastic castle on the hill and the ruins are there for all to see. The castle can be accessed from a car park at the bottom of the hill and then ascending a quite steep and long staircase, recently there has been a lot of work carried out at the ruins and there are now information boards all around in both Spanish and English languages.
Purchena has a really nice square at its centre which is surrounded by Banks, Cafes and bar-restaurants. The best Tapas can be found in the cafe `El Carmen´. The town church is a short walking distance from the main square.
All in all a nice town and the castle is worth a visit, if not just for the Moorish castle, then for the stunning views.
Roquetas del Mar:
San Juan de los Terreros:
San Miguel de Cabo de Gata:
Santa Maria de Nieva:
A small village approx 11km north of Huércal Overa, the village has all the amenities necessary for day to day living. A village shop, cafe/bar, pharmacy, Doctors surgery once a week, meson restaurant and builders merchants.
The town has a nice church at it's centre (although never seen inside), the modern primary school is located next to the floodlit football ground where the local fiestas are held.
All in all a nice little village, although very rural.
The village is built on solid bedrock and most of the houses are clinging to the rock at approx 40m above the tributary of the Rio de Aguas.
The village is renowned as being one of the longest in Spain. The village has some nice shops, bars and restaurants. The main attraction in the area are the Sorbas Caves (for more info click here).
The area has been protected since 1989 for reasons of geological and biological interest. The surrounding countryside is purely agricultural and there are many orange, lemon, almond and olive plantations.
Terque is a small, pretty, tranquil village with charm and a personality all of its own, nestled in the foothills of the eastern Alpujarras in the Valle de Andarax.
Local amenities including small shops where you can buy essential supplies, a bakery, a chemist, a bank and two bars, both of which serve a mouth-watering selection of 'tapas'.
It is located about 30 minutes from the city of Almeria in the Andalucia region in southern Spain & 40 minutes drive from the larger tourist resorts of Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar.
The Sierra Nevada National Park separates Terque from the historic city of Granada and the Solneive Ski resort just over an hour away by car.
Many thanks to Jeni from Terque, for supplying the info and photo's
A small rural village under the municipality of Huércal Overa. The village is a typical agricultural village, one main street with small Supermarket, two bars serving snacks, the village school, Motorcycle mechanic and the doctors surgery.
The village has been extensively developed with lots of new build villas popping up like daisies in a field. Of course with the new villas come the ex-pats, and with them prosperity.
The Seaside resort of Vera Playa covers the beach area between Puerto Rey and Villaricos. It is possible to walk along the shoreline all the way from Vera Playa to the attractive small harbour of Villaricos to the north, or the larger fishing harbour and town of Garrucha to the south.
This area is undergoing development and now boasts several hotels, beach bars and beach side complexes. The resort has earned the prestigious 'Blue Flag', which is awarded for high quality and cleanliness, for it's 8km's of white sandy beaches.
Along with restaurants, bars and shops, Vera Playa also offers the only Water Park in the area, Parque Acuatico, which has many flumes and swimming pools, together with a children's section with a play area and water slides.
Nearby is the Puerto Rey development that has a smart shopping centre and supermarket.
Villaricos is a fishing village located at the foot of the Sierra Almagrera. Villaricos means `rich village´, this is derived from the silver mines which are dotted around in the mountains behind the village. These mines have a rich and deep history supplying the funding of the mercenaries that besieged Rome for Hannabal. Today these silver mines are exhausted and no longer in use, although you can still see the many transportation routes, mine entrances and associated building dotted along the coastline and through the surrounding mountains.
The village now relies on its fishing and tourist trade to bolster it’s economy. The village has two harbours, one each end of the village, these are linked by a promenade of which you can see the locals meandering along in the evenings. The village has plenty of bars and restaurants, also a selection of shops and minimarkets. All in all the town is lovely place to visit.
Zurgena is located on the opposite bank of the Almanzora river to La Alfoquia. The town offers a tranquil life in a tranquil setting. Zurgena has all the amenities you would expect of a small village, there two small supermarkets, two banks, a few bars and restaurants and an English speaking Pharmacy. The town comes alive every Friday with its weekly market selling fruits and vegetables and all the usual wares that you would expect of any market in the area. For one week, every August the local fiesta begins, the fair comes to town and there are many entertainers to watch and enjoy your evening.