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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.
 

Autumn/winter 2020/2021

Travel restrictions mean that we cannot accept any new bookings from UK residents for the 2020/2021 season at the moment. We remain hopeful that restrictions will be eased and that we will be able to resume the holiday before the end of the season. If you have a holiday booking with us, we will contact you nearer the time.
 
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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.
 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September 2020 - 24 December 2020 & 02 January 2021 - 31 May 2021

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

    Starting Price Single room
    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
    2 Jan - 19 Mar 2021 £545 £275
    20 Mar - 8 Apr 2021 £635 £430
    9 Apr - 24 May 2021 £565 £285
    3rd & 4th person discount -£25
    Single traveller supplement £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 2020 £12
    'Small' suite: 02 Jan - 31 May 2021 £12
    Hotel Doña Pakyta, San José
    Sea view with shared balcony: 01 Sep - 24 Dec 2020 £16
    Sea view with shared balcony: 02 Jan - 31 May 2021 £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 2020 £58 £116
    01 Oct - 24 Dec 2020 £45 £90
    02 Jan - 25 Mar 2021 £42 £84
    26 Mar - 03 Apr 2021 £55 £110
    04 Apr - 31 May 2021 £42 £84
  • 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 in 2020; £32 in 2021 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria airport (0h35) £30 in 2020; £28 in 2021 flexible

    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) £60 in 2020; £55 in 2021 1700
    hire car Málaga airport to hotel (3h30) £86 in 2020; £88 in 2021 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria (1h), coach Almeria to Málaga (2h30 - 4h45) £50 1500
    taxi hotel to Las Negras (0h30), hire car Las Negras to Málaga 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 to hotel (0h40) £60 1700
    hire car Granada airport to hotel (3h) £86 in 2020; £88 in 2021 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to Almeria (1h), rail Almeria to Granada (2h20) £54 in 2020; £55 in 2021 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 in 2020; £88 in 2021 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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