Almerimar

Situated 40 kilometres west of Almeria City, the seaside resort of Almerimar is an idyllic location for all those searching for the perfect beach getaway. Stretched out over 13 kilometres, the sandy beaches which adorn the coast of Almerimar play host to the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. Aside from the picture-perfect backdrop which allows for maximum relaxing time, there is an absolute plethora of activities to experience, in and on the water. Ideal for water sports, you can partake in some windsurfing, swimming, snorkelling and diving, whilst there are also 1,000 berths in the marina and yacht club where you can rent vessels or take tuition if you need it. 
If you prefer your activities on dry land, then there are a few more options to choose from in the resort. Almerimar has its own luxurious 18-hole golf course with all the trimmings; from buggy hire to a pro shop offering lessons, this links course is sure to cater for all your golfing needs. But if golf is not quite your speed and you would rather something a bit higher-octane, then the Sierra Nevada Ski resort is just a 90 minute drive away. Skiing and snowing is of course on offer here during the right seasons but don’t let that fool you into thinking there is nothing to do there off-season because that would simply be untrue. Hiking, rock-climbing, canoeing, and cycling are just a few of the other activities available at this beautiful resort based in the baking Andalusian sun. 
In addition to the beautiful beach, the scenery around Almerimar is equally picturesque. The quaint local fishing harbour attracts lots of foot traffic all year round and it’s easy to see why. This beautiful and idyllic piece of seafront harkens back to a simpler time and provides copious opportunities to snap a perfect picture to make all of your friends and family back home jealous. Also while visiting this scenic harbour make sure to check out the local restaurant menus, where Tuna is a speciality, and try some of the catch of the day.
And when you’re as full as possible with the beautiful Spanish cuisine, there are a number of places open until the early hours of the morning which cater to a more liquid-centric diet. So grab a cocktail and bask in the ambience that is Almeria at night. 

 

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Overview

Almerimar is a relatively new town, designed and built especially with holidaymakers in mind. But what it lacks in history, it more than makes up for with its sense of brightness and leisure. Almerimar is an attractive community of grand hotels and newly built, private villas in the Spanish style, and its seafront areas already have the pleasantly lived-in quality of more traditional towns. The central attraction in Almerimar is its fabulous Marina, with enough space for 1000 yachts and sailing boats to moor, and the view out to sea during the warmer months is filled with white masts and sails.

To the east of the town is a long curving beach around Punta Entinas and Punta Gallarda, with lush fertile wetlands continuing for 20km all around the coast to the larger resort of Roquetas de Mar. Visitors seeking a little more activity and nightlife will find plenty to enjoy in this neighbouring town, which has been a popular local destination for decades. Roquetas de Mar hosts numerous annual festivities such as the celebration of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fisherman who has inspired many street processions and ceremonies across the coastal communities of southern Spain. 

The Almerimar coast offers endless quiet stretches of sand and sea, and its town centre is a haven of well-maintained public gardens and welcoming cafe bars. Many visitors make return trips here and are happy to see Almerimar grow in popularity and develop year upon year.

Key Facts

  • Currency:  Euro
    Language: Spanish
    Approximate flight time from the UK:  2 hours
    Time zone: GMT +1

Great For

Families: Visitors will find there are enough activities available to entertain children, especially if they love days in the pool or by the seaside. There are playgrounds and water parks within easy distance, as well as opportunities to sail, swim, and snorkel.
Golfers: For those who love to spend a day on the fairways, Almerimar has its own 27 hole golf course in the grounds of a modern hotel complex. Further east along the coast, the Golf Playa Serena is an 18 hole course near Roquetas de Mar, where the rough is lined with pine, olive and eucalyptus trees.
Relaxed holidaymakers: Almerimar was tailor-made for relaxation and rest. The hotels are impressive and luxurious and the seafront offers more than enough bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy the locally-sourced fish dishes and tapas.

Punta Entinas-Sabinar Natural Park

This 15km strip of coastline between Almerimar and Roquetas del Mar is a protected nature reserve where over 150 bird species have been spotted, including storks and pink flamingos. Inland from the long and quiet sandy beach, visitors can walk across sand dunes and along the banks of several saline and freshwater lakes. The wide open spaces of Punta Entinas offer unobstructed views for miles, across the nearest roads and villages to where the mountains rise in the distance. This natural park is never overcrowded, offering a great opportunity to wander undisturbed and take in the natural beauty of the Costa Almeria.
Address: The AL-3300 is the closest inland road, which runs along the length of the park.
Opening hours: N/A
Entry cost: Free

Hotel Golf Almerimar

Originally built in 1976, this was the first golf course in the whole of Almeria. In recent years the course has been expanded and improved, with a new lake installed and a further 9 holes added to the original 18. Golf Almerimar is the main feature of a huge 5-star hotel complex, situated across from the Marina in the centre of town. With several indoor and outdoor swimming pools, pristine gardens and a fantastic restaurant, the hotel is one of Almerimar's most lavish and luxurious locations.
Address: Avenida Almerimar, 04711 El Ejido
Opening hours: N/A
Entry cost: Enquire at Hotel

Club Nautico de Almerimar

Almerimar's sailing club occupies a prime position at the centre of the Marina, surrounded by hundreds of moored fishing boats and yachts. The Club Nautico offers a variety of excellent water sports and swimming activities, such as snorkelling, sailing, water-skiing and daylong fishing trips. Visitors can recharge after a day's adventures on the water by stopping at the Club Nautico's own bar and restaurant, with its outdoor terrace and great views out to sea.
Address: Muelle de Levante, s/n, 04711 Almerimar
Opening hours: Daytimes.
Entry cost: From €25 to €65 
Website: http://www.cnalmerimar.com/

Mario Water Park

Families will find plenty to keep them entertained at the Mario Park just outside Roquetas de Mar. There are six exciting flume rides, a wave pool, and several swimming and play areas, all surrounded by sun loungers and greenery. Two visitors can ride the dinghies of Rio Bravo at a time, and dive into the unknown at the Black Hole flume. Food and drink are available onsite at the cafe and pizzeria. The Aquarium Roquetas is situated next door, for those wanting to make the most of a day in Roquetas de Mar. 
Address: Camino de las Salinas 10, 04740 Roquetas de Mar 
Opening hours: 11am - 7pm every day
Entry cost: Adults €23, Children and Concessions €16
Website: http://mariopark.blogspot.co.uk/

Castillo de Santa Ana

The late 16th Century castle at the seafront of Roquetas de Mar has been restored in recent years and developed into a fascinating modern museum and gallery. Only one of its original towers remains, but the castle is still a striking monument to Spanish history. During the summer months, performances and concerts are held in the beautiful inner courtyard and at the Amphitheatre on the castle grounds. Situated at the South end of the city's modern port, the Castillo de Santa Ana is one of Roquetas de Mar's proudest centrepieces. 
Address: Ctra. Faro Sabinal, s/n, 04740 Roquetas de Mar, Almería, Spain
Opening hours: 11am - 1pm and 5pm - 8pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am - 1pm Sunday.
Entry cost: Free
Website: http://castillodesantaana.wix.com/castllodesantaana

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