The Costa de Almeria (part of Andalucia province) in between the Costa Tropical and to the south Costa del Sol. Famous for its arid climate and sometimes desert like scenery, this coast is still fairly undeveloped, with few exceptions like Mojacar Playa, Roquetas de Mar and Aguadulce. The Costa Almeria is the location of the fantastic Cabo de Gata national park, and the areas dramatic vistas have often been used as a back drop for many spaghetti westerns and other movies.
In the sixties movie producers caught on to the barren landscape around Tabernas, just over 25 km from Almeria City, which mirrored the appearance of the American West. A good number of often memorable movies were then shot there, such as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ and ‘Once Upon a Time in The West’. A few of the surviving film sets have now been opened as visitor attractions, like the Mini Hollywood park, that also houses a small animal park.
The natural park of Cabo de Gata, located south of Almeria town, is the most arid area in all Europe with a mean rainfall of less than 4 inches each year. In spite of this, Cabo de Gata has a good variety of fauna and mammals, plus a large migratory colony of flamingos that settle on the large salt lagoons each autumn & spring. Check out the beautiful sandy coves, like Playa de los Genoveses that can be found at various places along this peninsula coast. In the north part of the park Cabo de Gata is the relaxed fishing town of Agua Amarga that also has a good beach.
The old Almerian town of Mojacar, located north of Agua Amarga, is divided into Mojacar Playa and the Mojacar Pueblo areas. Consisting of traditional box shaped homes, Mojacar Pueblo is certainly one of the most visited of Costa Almerias villages. In complete contrast Mojacar Playa is a new holiday resort with a great selection of facilities.
Near by is the holiday resort town of Garrucha, famed for its quite excellent seafood restaurants, while the beautiful coast near Vera Playa, a few miles to the north, has a choice of nudist beaches. A few kilometres further inland from the town of Vera Playa is the attractive town of Cuevas de Almanzora, well known for the old caves which have been converted into residential homes.
The Costa Almeria has just the one airport with international flights, which is located about 10 minutes drive from of Almeria city itself.
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