Information and photographs from Andalucia , Almeria and Mojacar on the Costa de Almeria, Spain
Axis between Europe and Africa and meeting point of the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, this region has been coveted by many different cultures throughout history and prehistory.
The region of Andalucia has a surface area of 87,268 km² and represents 17.3% of Spain. It is, on its own, larger than countries like Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Austria or Switzerland.
The diversity of landscapes and geographical terrain gives rise to an array of environments that go from the heat of the Guadalquivir River valley through to luxuriant mid-mountain areas, volcanic landscapes such as the Tabernas desert, and the snow-capped peaks of Sierra Nevada.
The Guadalquivir is Andalusia’s most important river and brings life to many areas in its journey across the region.
In barely forty kilometres you can go from Alpine mountain landscapes to tropical areas on the shores of the Mediterranean. The coast of Andalusia stretches for almost 900 kilometres and is home to a large number of cities, towns and beaches that are a delight to visit.
The whole ensemble represents a range of attractions for tourists that goes from impressive monuments in large towns to typical small villages, which have provided a constant source of inspiration for all kinds of artists.
Andalusia today is a modern region with well-developed infrastructure. It offers a warm welcome to visitors and, while conscious of the need to modernise and move forward with the times, it is also careful to take care of its roots and maintain its important cultural heritage and monuments, legacy of the region’s ancestors.
Andalusia is the main holiday destination for Spanish nationals and one of the principal destinations for overseas tourists.
Welcome to Andalucia. Welcome to the south...
The region’s network of main roads and motorways now covers more than 24,000 km.
The rail network also has two high-speed lines: Seville-Cordoba-Madrid, which has been running since 1992, and the recently inaugurated Malaga-Cordoba-Madrid line.
Air traffic in Andalusia has modern, large airports, offering an array of flights to and from the main Spanish and European cities along with many destinations around the world.
Andalusia’s strategic position at the meeting point of Atlantic and Mediterranean make its ports, especially Algeciras, major hubs for international maritime traffic.
Other ports such as Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga and Almería are the base for major transport services, while the Andalusian coast is also home to thirty-seven marinas; Seville also has various river ports. They are all responsible for generating a great deal of commercial and tourism activity.
The Costa de Almeria
Lies just to the south of the Costa Blanca, yet can be a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist areas and the high density development that is beginning to spoil many parts of the Costa Blanca and Costa del Sol.
Costa de Almeria is a land of contrasts ranging from the secluded coves of the Cabo de Gata national park, the long, golden sandy beaches of Mojacar, Puerto Rey and Vera Playa, the whitewashed Moorish hillside village of Mojacar, the gentle sloping valleys of Cortijo Grande and the arid desert landscape of the Tabernas and Almanzora region. This region has a perfect year long climate with the best record in the whole of Spain for warm, dry weather.
Beautiful unspoilt beaches, majestic coastlines and whitewashed mountain villages invite you to discover this hidden delight. All these characteristics have resulted in Almeria becoming one of the most varied provinces in Spain, and seemingly, one of Spain's 'best kept secrets'. Almeria is also approximately 2 hours from the fabulous winter ski resorts of Sierra Nevada!
If you are looking for a quieter lifestyle yet still within easy reach of family resorts such as Mojacar, Vera Beach and Aguilas then this may well be the area for you. Here you can go rambling up the rambla……... meandering up the mountains.......… or basking on the beaches…....it’s up to you.
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