Unique Beaches in The South of Spain
04 Dec 2016
When you hear the word 'Spain' you can't help but think about parties, sunny weather and beaches! Usually the names of big cities such as Barcelona, Ibiza or Malaga are the ones that come to mind, forgetting that Spain is way much bigger and has many other places to visit.
Spain is surely known for its beautiful beaches; I have discovered that personally during my stay in this beautiful country and I would like to share with you some information about beaches in Almeria, Andalusia. Almeria is situated at the Southeast of Spain; all the beaches consist of mostly untouched coastlines of the Mediterranean some of them only reachable by foot. It's a wonderful experience to visit this province, due to the uniqueness of its natural landscapes, food, friendly inhabitants and beaches!!
I discovered Almeria thanks to a local friend I met during my first month living in Spain. I always tend to bond with people from the place I visit, because they are the best guides to show me places which normally I wouldn’t find on my own and because I get the real local experience. Thanks to his guidance I got hooked since the first time I visited Almeria, it’s a place I keep coming back to, especially during summer, it’s is the best time to visit. I tend to visit during summer holidays, but either way any time of the year is suitable to visit, they weather is not very cold during winter. For more info about Almeria:
The first place I visited was Agua Dulce, a place I recommend to anyone, especially if you’re looking for beaches surrounded by restaurants, bars and great nightlife. It is a town situated east of Almeria City (for me it’s a small city), it's a place where you can find nice lively beaches surrounded by many bars and shops. You can do different kind of water sports, have a drink at one of the many bars around and last but not least have a crazy party at any of their nightclubs. Personally the most beautiful parts are: The Leisure Port of Agua Dulce and the Paseo Maritimo which includes the Agua Dulce beach. I personally like this village because its people are really friendly, the variety of sports activities it offers and because the lively atmosphere during summer nights when all the people go out for tapas, for a drink or simply to party and have a good time. By the way! a handy piece of information: Tapas are FREE all over Almeria!!
For a beach that has fewer crowds, but still don’t want to get too far from Almeria City, I recommend the beach at the Camping La Garrofa. A beach that’s located between two mountains which makes it less visible, therefore not popular amongst typical tourists. It’s definitely a must if you go to Almeria; I call it a Hidden Treasure. There is also a camping area where you can set up your tent or simply park your van or caravan. An advice when visiting this beach if you’re not camping is to bring food, you can buy drinks at a small shop near the entrance of the camping, but it can be difficult to find food out of lunch or dinner hours. The water is quite clean and clear, it is a great spot for snorkeling, so don’t forget your snorkeling mask!
For more exotic beaches with nice views to the sea cliffs I recommend going to Cabo de Gata, it’s the Natural Park of Almeria that contains many unique beaches, out of civilization and surrounded by nature and debris from old Arabic tales of pirates and Spanish wars.
The first beach is called El Playazo, there is a beautiful scenery of sea cliffs in all around it. The beaches can be crowded during summer times, but it will be less crowded if you visit after summer, the weather makes it quite bearable to still go to the beach in autumn or spring. In El Playazo you can find an old caste, the Castle of San Ramon, a castle used as stronghold and which still contains four canons used in wars. And absolutely a must is the wonderful view to the cliff sea side, where you can contemplate the horizon above the sea, make sure to take advantage of experiencing a sunset with this wonderful view!
Then comes my favorite spot of Cabo de Gata, the virgin beach of San Pedro, I want to address that I put focus on the word ‘virgin’ for a reason. This beach is only reachable by foot or by sea, you can go to the village situated nearby a fishermen’s village called Las Negras, there you can ask for a boat if you want to reach it by boat. When I visited we did around one and a half hour hiking trip before arriving, we stayed overnight and contemplated the stars.
The beach of San Pedro has only one small café, that sells only the basic necessities, but thankfully they did have coffee! Make sure to bring enough water and food if you’re planning on visiting this amazing spot, far from civilization. It's also advisable to bring bags to throw your trash, since it’s such a desolated place, garbage can’t be lying around, and this will disturb its natural environment. When hiking on the way down to the virgin beach you will encounter the debris of an old castle used to protect the beach from pirates of the Mediterranean. The Castle of San Pedro is a castle built by the Muslims during their reign in Andalusia, the many earthquakes around the area affected the castle severely and because its location is difficult to get it restored.
Almeria is a sweet spot to spend summer holidays, but let’s also remember that in Spain almost every year is summer. The weather in Andalusia makes it easy to visit these amazing spots in Spain during any time of the year. Almeria is one of those hidden places that have lots to offer. I like to venture into these places that are not commonly found in tourist guides and hope to inspire you to try it out. Almeria is one of those favorite places that I visit very often and will still visit, because I haven’t discovered everything yet…and perhaps I never even will!
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Please Enjoy! And I hope I can inspire you to keep exploring and to open your wings!
Photos By Fernando Smolders
Written by Fernando Smolders
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