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The Coast of Almería

Where Andalucia’s desert meets the sea
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Extend your stay
Why not extend your holiday with two nights in Granada so that you can visit the exquisite Alhambra? (Transfers and the scenic railway journey to the city are included, or extra days' car hire.)
Alternatively, why not add on two nights in the coastal resort of Málaga? There's far more to this historic city than you might imagine...
4-night version
If you are looking for a shorter break, we also offer Dramatic Landscapes of Almería.
  About Almería >Almería is the driest place in Europe, with 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, and as a result the sparse vegetation consists mainly of clumps of sisal, esparto grass, dwarf fan palms, expanses of thyme and lavender, and the cactus-like Agave Americana, making the small oases appear all the more striking. The Cabo de Gata Natural Park, much of which is only accessible on foot, shelters the endangered genet and many birds, among them Bonelli's eagles, which feed on lizards; crested hoopoes; puffins, razorbills and other seabirds; and waders such as storks, avocets and egrets. The most impressive is the flamingo, a common sight at Las Salinas salt flats. The Park also extends out to sea to protect the many fish species which thrive in the warm, crystal-clear waters. Life has not always been so easy for human settlers, as evidenced by the numerous forts and watchtowers built to defend against pirate attacks and by the norias – interconnecting wheels which raised water from underground.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • driest, sunniest corner of Europe
  • year-round bathing in the sea on deserted beaches
  • leisurely but varied walking

One of the Mediterranean's final unspoiled regions, the Cabo de Gata Natural Park in the Andalucian province of Almería basks in the hot sun, its landscapes reminiscent more of North Africa than of Europe. Here, bare, reddish hills descend to a spectacular coastline of cliffs, sand dunes, salt flats, wild bays, virgin beaches and white fishing villages that sparkle in the sunlight.

The Cabo de Gata is tranquil, wild, exotic, blazingly colourful and quite unlike any other region I’ve yet walked through in February.
     
Nicholas Roe, The Times

This is the driest place in Europe, with 3,000 hours of sunshine each year, and is a region that is best ‘out of season’, when a wonderfully clear light bathes the deserted beaches, flamingos fly overhead, and cacti flower in the plentiful warm sunshine. Our leisurely walks ascend and descend over cliffs, sandy coves and bare hills, introducing you to some of Spain's most striking landscapes. But this holiday is just as much about exploring the authentic fishing villages and making the most of the empty beaches and clear blue waters, the warmest of mainland Spain.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
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The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

As Europe's sunniest, driest corner, Almería enjoys around 300 days of sunshine a year. It also boasts the warmest sea temperatures of mainland Spain.