The beaches of Almeria, a beautiful coastal area located in Andalusia (Spain) look so natural and attract the tourists who loves to be in the wild.
We know that sometimes the most equipped beaches located in other parts of Spain or Europe are overgrown at the expense of the natural beauty of the landscape. The entire area of Almeria, although offering amenities, chose to preserve nature and the enchanting natural landscape which retains a wild note.
Almeria is located in southern Spain, on the cost of Andalusia region. The city is very modern, with the typical features that tell the story of its Arab origins. The harbor, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, is very busy and buzzing both from a commercial point of view and tourist one.
The coast of Almeria, between the east and west in the direction of Malaga is spread over more than 200 kilometers.
In the east, heading S.José, you will find one of the most beautiful natural sites in the world: we are talking of the unique PARQUE NATURAL DE CABO DE GATA which is part of the municipality of Nijar. This natural reserve is more precisely a biosphere reserve (as decreed by UNESCO in 1997) and it is protected since then. Today there are over 60 km of pristine beaches here. The landscape is stunning: the mountains of Cabo protect the strips of sand and rocks, and you can look the sea line to the promontory without anything standing in your way. After the promontory the coast offers a mostly rocky feature, until you get to the S.José Bay.
4 km far from S.José, you can find one of the most popular beaches for those who love contact with nature: welcome to the amazing Playa de Mónsul. You can get there by a path that already makes us savour the atmosphere of the place. A walk among cacti and fragrant bushes will bring us to the beach. Here you can lay on volcanic dunes, made of dark sand, overlooking the turquoise water. You got a shallow depht, therefore here is totally suitable for non-swimmers and children; however also diving are pleasant activity due to the extraordinary water clarity. From here you can see the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata; the beach is also a beloved location for nudists.
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In Spain nudism is allowed and therefore present on all the beaches. In some of Almeria’s beaches you could find quite a number of reserved nudist areas, but it must be said that everyone is welcoming here and nobody will be disturbed by nudist display. We even know some of the structures and villages where nudism is practiced not only at the beach but also in all the activities during the day including also sport. The only limitation involves generally dining at the restaurant.
In the Almeria’s area there are several resort or hotel of this type. The biggest is undoubtedly the VERA PLAYA. It is a village with a 2 km long beach, hotel and supermarket, and obviously sports fields. In short all day long – and perhaps during your entire holiday- you are allowed to forget clothes, except for the restaurant meals moments. The NATURE COAST is also a nudist resort, with swimming pool and sports fields.
Getting back to talk about the Almeria’s beaches, going on south you will get to Playa de los Genovese, separated from the Monsul thanks to the promontory. from this amazing beach, passing by various beaches and cliffs, you get to the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata.
Passed the lighthouse, you will rech CALA ARENA, located 10 km far from S.José. A delightful small beach of golden sand, this is not a very popular choice but its charm precisely comes from being very wild and far away.
If you want to stay right close the town of Almeria, there is the beach of SAN TELMO which generally is never too crowded; viewed from a distance, it looks like a lunar landscape, or, better, a western movie’s backdrop. It is for this very reason that Almeria area has been often chosen by many directors as a location to shoot western movies (one of them was the famous Sergio Leone who shot here many of the scenes from his “spaghetti western”).
If you head to the west, in the direction of Malaga and exactly 8 km far from Almeria, there is the seaside resort of AGUADULCE.
The campsites are numerous throughout the Almeria coast: there are, for example, The Garrofa, La Caleta, Roquetas, Eco Camping Cabo de Gata, and many others.
Sportsmen can practice their favorite sport both on the beaches and in tourist resorts or even on campsites such as boating, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking or diving. There is plenty of opportunities to give vent to their passion, and this is true not only for water sports, but also for tennis, beach volleyball and soccer.
Then, in the evening, after a full day on the beach in utter relaxation or actively seeking sport activities, you may want to go in the center of Almeria, where restaurants offer many dishes celebrating the best of Spanish cuisine. Then, you can choose according to your taste (perhaps based on your age) between a romantic walk to explore the town or enjoying the nightlife in a proper nightclub!