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The Coast of Almería

Where Andalucia’s desert meets the sea
 
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.
The Coast of Almería. 7 nights
The Coast of Almería. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday in Almería

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, where you spend three nights.
    Las Negras to Rodalquilar: 8km
    Explore the old miners settlement and mines
  • Choice of routes around Rodalquilar: 14.5km to 17km

    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: 14.5km, 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: 14.5km, 6hrs; ascent/descent 475m  
    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: 17km, 7hrs; 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  
    You have a relatively long day to reach the Hotel Doña Pakyta in San José. The 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.
    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.
 

Options to extend or shorten your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2019 - 24 December 2019, 02 January 2020 - 31 May 2020 & 01 September 2020 - 24 December 2020

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 15 Sep 2019 £695 £475
    16 - 25 Sep 2019 £660 £445
    26 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £585 £295
    1 Nov - 17 Dec 2019 £545 £275
    2 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 £545 £275
    20 - 29 Mar 2020 £585 £298
    30 Mar - 15 Apr 2020 £640 £430
    16 Apr - 24 May 2020 £585 £298
    1 - 15 Sep 2020 £720 £495
    16 - 27 Sep 2020 £685 £460
    28 Sep - 30 Nov 2020 £595 £300
    1 - 17 Dec 2020 £565 £290
    3rd & 4th person discount -£20 to -£25
    Single traveller supplement £20 to £25

    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: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2019 £12
    'Small' suite: 02 Jan - 31 May 2020 £12
    'Small' suite: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2020 £12
    Hotel Doña Pakyta, San José
    Sea view with shared balcony: 02 Jan - 31 May 2020 £16
    Sea view with shared balcony: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2020 £16

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

    Hotel Doña Pakyta, San José (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2019 £55 £110
    01 Oct - 24 Dec 2019 £42 £84
    02 Jan - 25 Mar 2020 £42 £84
    26 Mar - 31 May 2020 £55 £110
    01 Sep - 30 Sep 2020 £58 £116
    01 Oct - 24 Dec 2020 £45 £90
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Almería, Málaga, Granada, Alicante

    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 Flybe,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Birmingham - Almeria Flybe,  jet2 
    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Alicante Ryanair 
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Alicante easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Alicante TUI,  Vueling 
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Alicante Flybe,  TUI 
    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
    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 - Almeria jet2 
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Alicante Flybe 
    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    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 - 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,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Gatwick - Almeria British Airways,  easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Almeria (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Gatwick - Granada easyJet 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Alicante (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Almeria British Airways 
    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,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Almeria jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Manchester - Granada easyJet 
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  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 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Alicante Flybe 
    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Alicante Flybe 
    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    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. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Almeria

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    taxi Almeria airport to hotel (1h) £34 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria airport (0h35) £30 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Malaga

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    coach Malaga to Almeria (2h30-4h45), taxi Almeria to hotel (0h40) £62 1700
    hire car Malaga airport to hotel (3h30) £86 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria (1h), coach Almeria to Malaga(2h30 - 4h45) £56 1500
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30) hire car Las Negras to Malaga airport (3h) £0 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Granada

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Granada to Almeria (2h20), taxi Almeria hotel (0h40) £60 1700
    hire car Granada airport to hotel (3h) £86 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria (1h), rail Almeria to Granada (2h20) £54 1330
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Granada airport (2h30) £0 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Alicante

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    hire car Alicante airport to hotel (3h) £86 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Alicante airport (2h30) £0 flexible
What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • 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 hotel to hotel, 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.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. 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. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. 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 Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. 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 and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • 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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