The Coast of Almería

Where Andalucia’s desert meets the sea
 

Holiday Highlights

Cabo de Gata | A Natural Park with extraordinary and unspoiled volcanic landscapes.
The element of surprise | Our routes reveal gold mines, ghost towns and pirate coves.
A link to Lorca | Visit the Cortijo El Fraile, inspiration for García Lorca’s famous play, Blood Wedding.
Relaxation | The region’s laid-back, ‘end-of-season’ vibe.
The Coast of Almería. 7 nights
The Coast of Almería. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Almería

Explore the driest, sunniest corner of Europe on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Discover landscapes reminiscent of North Africa as you traverse panoramic clifftops, sandy coves and red hills, or relax on deserted beaches promising year-round bathing.
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.

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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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • 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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 15 15 17 19 22 26 29 30 27 23 18 15
    mm 38 29 31 35 27 17 4 4 13 33 32 38
  • Arrival in Las Negras
    Night 1: at Hotel Bitácora, near Las Negras (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Circular walk from Las Negras: 13km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 480m 
    A scenic cliff-top walk takes you to a delightfully secluded cove, once a pirate stronghold, before turning inland to follow the old muleteers' route back to Las Negras. Don't forget to take a towel with you on your walk, as there is always an opportunity for a quick dip!
    Circular walk from Las Negras: 13km
    Pirate Cove on the circular route around Las Negras
  • Las Negras to Rodalquilar: 8km, 3hrs; ascent 160m/descent 175m
    A short, easy half-day walk leads along the coast past palm groves and the ruined castles at Playazo to reach the village of Rodalquilar in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the fascinating ruined gold mines and abandoned miners' settlement – now something of a ghost town – and the nearby botanical gardens and the volcano museum. Alternatively, head to the nearby Playazo beach or simply relax by the pool of your hotel, the Jardín de los Sueños or the Hotel Oro y Luz, where you spend three nights.
    Las Negras to Rodalquilar: 8km
    Explore the old miners settlement and mines
  • Choice of routes around Rodalquilar: 14km to 16.5km

    Rodalquilar stroll
    For a gentle day, head into the village of Rodalquilar where you can visit the delightful botanical gardens, and the now-defunct gold mines which sit above the village. Alternatively, we suggest three walks.

    Circular walk via Cortijo el Fraile: 14km, 5.5hrs; ascent/descent 340m  
    You head through Arizona-like landscapes dotted with cactus-like Agaves Americanas and towering aloe vera plants, taking in Cortijo el Fraile, scene of the tragic real-life events that inspired Lorca's 'Blood Wedding'.

    Circular walk via watchtower: 15km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 460m  
    This walk ascends gently to an 18th-century watchtower – from where you enjoy breathtaking views along the coast in clear weather – before you descend to a secluded pebbly cove whose waters invite you to swim.

    Circular walk via the coast: 16.5km, 6.5hrs; ascent/descent 640m  
    A final option is to head into the hills behind Rodalquilar. Your route then continues south, offering wonderful coastal views, and leads back to your hotel via a verdant, steep-sided valley.
    Cortijo el Fraile on the circular route around Rodalquilar
    Circular walk via Cortijo el Fraile: 14.5km
    Circular walk via the coast: 17km
    Circular walk via watchtower: 14.5km
    On the circular route around Rodaquilar
  • Rodalquilar to San José: 18km, 7hrs; ascent 450m/descent 475m  
    This relatively long route stays close to the coast, passing some fine viewpoints; the picturesque Cala de los Toros cove; and the 18th-century fort of San Felipe. For the last part of the walk you follow a wide track that passes beneath El Fraile (493 metres), the highest peak in the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. You spend your two nights in San José at either the Hotel Doña Pakyta or the Cortijo el Sotillo.
    Rodalquilar to San José: 18km
    On the route from Rodalquilar to San Jose
  • Choice of routes from San José: 14km or 15km

    Circular walk from San José: 14km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 275m
    Trails wind inland through a quiet cultivated valley before turning back towards the coast. You then walk back to San José via the beautiful beaches of Monsul and Los Genoveses. With its strange volcanic rock formations and massive, wind-rippled sand-dunes, the former was the setting of the film 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

    Linear walk from Cabo de Gata lighthouse: 15km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 615m
    Our second option begins with a 45-minute taxi transfer (pay locally) and will be of special interest to bird-watchers, as it affords the opportunity to visit the salt flats before following the coast, taking in a section of dramatically rocky coastline before arriving at the beaches of Monsul and Los Genoveses. You return to San José via the same route as the previous option. 
    Monsul Beach on the circular route around San Jose
    Circular walk from San José: 14km
    Linear walk from Cabo de Gata lighthouse: 15km
 

Accommodation

You stay at three characterful hotels, two of which boast an outdoor pool open for much of the season.

In some places, we work with more than one hotel, as shown below. All are hand-picked by us and, unless there is a price implication (in which case we will contact you to discuss your options), we will tell you which one we have booked for you on your booking confirmation.

Wherever you stay in San José, we recommend adding an extra night – it's a lively fishing village with bars, craft shops and an attractive marina.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 02 January 2024 - 31 May 2024 & 01 September 2024 - 24 December 2024

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    2 Jan - 19 Mar 2024 £630 £260
    20 - 28 Mar 2024 £660 £270
    29 Mar - 12 Apr 2024 £760 £295
    13 Apr - 24 May 2024 £715 £270
    1 - 15 Sep 2024 £865 £315
    16 Sep - 6 Oct 2024 £840 £295
    7 Oct - 17 Dec 2024 £660 £260
    18 - 24 Dec 2024 £720 £270
    3rd & 4th person discount -£40
    Single traveller supplement £40

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Jardín de los Sueños, Rodalquilar
    'Small' suite: 02 Jan - 31 May 2024 £18
    'Small' suite: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2024 £18
    Hotel Doña Pakyta, San José
    Sea view with shared balcony: 02 Jan - 31 May 2024 £23
    Sea view with shared balcony: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2024 £23

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Doña Pakyta, San José (B&B) Double room Single room
    02 Jan - 25 Mar 2024 £59 £118
    26 Mar - 31 May 2024 £73 £146
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2024 £80 £155
    01 Oct - 24 Dec 2024 £59 £118
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Almería, Málaga, Granada or Alicante
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Alicante Ryanair 
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl - Alicante jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Alicante Ryanair 
    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Alicante jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Almeria jet2 
    Birmingham - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Alicante Ryanair 
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Alicante easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Almeria jet2,  TUI 
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Alicante TUI,  Vueling 
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Alicante jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Glasgow - Almeria jet2 
    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Alicante Ryanair 
    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Alicante Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Alicante jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Almeria jet2 
    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Alicante Blue Air,  easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Granada British Airways 
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Alicante British Airways,  easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Almeria British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Almeria (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Gatwick - Granada British Airways,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Granada (via Barcelona) Vueling 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Alicante (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Almeria British Airways 
    Heathrow - Almeria (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Granada (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Alicante easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Alicante easyJet 
    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Alicante jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Almeria Ryanair 
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Almeria jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Almeria (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Newcastle - Almeria jet2 
    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Newquay - Alicante Ryanair 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you for any of the options listed above. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    Unless otherwise stated, connecting travel by rail or bus tends to be from the city centre station, rather than from its airport, and connections between the two should be paid for locally.

    Where a price range is given, the price you pay depends on your date of travel.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Malaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Málaga to Almeria (2h30-4h45), taxi Almeria to hotel (0h40) £84 1700
    hire car Málaga airport to hotel (3h30) £119 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Málaga airport (3h) included in outward price flexible
    taxi hotel to Almeria (1h), coach Almeria to Málaga (2h30 - 4h45) £75 1500

    Connecting travel options - flying via Alicante

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    hire car Alicante airport to hotel (3h) £119 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Alicante airport (2h30) included in outward price flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Granada

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    hire car Granada airport to hotel (3h) £119 flexible
    rail Granada to Almeria (2h20), taxi Almeria station to hotel (0h40) £82 1700
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Granada airport (2h30) included in outward price flexible
    taxi hotel to Almeria station (1h), rail Almeria to Granada (2h20) £73 1330

    Connecting travel options - flying via Almeria

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi Almeria airport to hotel (1h) £43 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to Almeria airport (0h35) £39 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • 2 transfers to local restaurants for dinner
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact us to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can incur a five or six-figure bill.

    Many insurers offer travel insurance (you can find details on our insurance page of a policy that you may like to consider if you are a UK resident), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    When you purchase a policy, be sure to check that it covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (please note, however, that a new travel authorisation system is being introduced). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; Catalan, Basque and Gallego have equal status in Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, respectively. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.

    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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