Costa Almeria - Climate and temperatures
The province Almeria is the warmest and sunniest region on the European mainland with the highest sunshine duration (3.035 hours / years). The climate is Mediterranean, warm and dry, there hardly falls precipitation. The temperatures are moderated the whole year through. In winter the average temperature does not lie as a rule under 13 º C and in summer she does not exceed for usual 35 º C brand.
The town of Vera was built in the 16th Century in Renaissance style and later in the 18th Century expanded and is now one of the most important commercial centers in the region. The main square, Plaza Mayor, has several notable buildings. The Church de la Encarnación (1520) is flanked by four large towers and was built as a fortress to protect themselves against the frequent Moorish attacks. Their architecture is remarkable, and inside there are magnificent altarpieces. Alongside is the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) from the 16th Century, is housed in the ground floor of the ethnographic and archaeological museum. It has a history of exhibitions, folklore and local tradition. The Town Hall also houses the city archives of Vera.
The Plaza de Toros (bullring) in 1879 was built in the Mudejar style and restored in 1993 completely. The patron saint on 25 September will also find bullfights take place. At this final three-day fiesta with fireworks there come traveling visitors from all over Andalusia. Vera is a prosperous city with a large selection of shops with locally made handicrafts. Every Saturday there is the traditional market and the downtown will be blocked. An equally strong attraction for tourists, the local cuisine can be found in many classic Vera restaurants and tapas bars.
The nude beaches "Vera Playa" have evolved over the past 20 years to become the largest and most famous nudist region in Spain. The roads and paths in the "Zona Naturista" are publicly accessible, but it may be nude in this area exclusively practiced. The beaches are easily accessible by car and there are plenty of public parking for visitors.
The 8 km long sandy beach has two main nudist bars with restaurants. On smaller bars and kiosks, refreshments are available. Sun beds and umbrellas can be rented and there is a boat rental. Toilets and showers at intervals along the entire beach is available. In the vicinity of Vera Playa is also the only water park in the area, the Parque Acuatico. Here you can experience a thrilling ride through one of the many canals, or relax in one of three pools. The park is open from May to late September.
The small town counts as one of the nicest in the Spanish Levant of Almería. It owes a large part of his attraction to his white houses, his beaches and the nice surroundings. Mojácar applies on a hill in the runners of the Sierra Cabrera. Still today the place stamped by the Moor's rule preserves his unusual structure from gradated terraces, hidden corners and narrow streets. With the places of interest are especially the Renaissance church Santa María from from the 16th to the 19th century, the castle of Mojácar which comes from the 15th century as well as to emphasise the city gate and the fortress storm - the only remains of the city wall. To the feet Mojacars lay marvellous beaches of more than five kilometres.
It makes fun to walk through the interesting medieval Old Town of Almería in which quiet, pretty places and curves pull the look at themselves. The archaeological museum is worth a visit, and the unique cave flats in the hills about the old Gipsy's quarter repay a visit. Almería counts to the cities of Andalusia with the best of all preserved cultural heritage: the Arabian fortress Alcazaba coming from the 10th century. Also the cathedral is hard fastened - not without reason: It was established in the 16th century, as pirates made the region unsafe.
Nature park Cabo de Gata-Nijar
The coast has to offer beside his romantic fishing villages still true treasures, like the nature reserve Cabo de Gata-Níjar, an underwater paradise and scenery paradise with dreamlike bays and fine-sandy, golden-coloured beaches which have formed the scene of some of the big cinematic adventures. The Playa de los Genoveses and Playa de Mónsul, with his dunes and rocks in the form of fossilized waves, was the scenery for films like Indian Jones and James Bond. Since 1987 the nature reserve is a water protection and landscape protection area and was explained in 1997 by UNESCO to the biosphere reserve.
Desert of Tabernas
The Sierra Alhamilla, the only natural desert of Europe, rises to the north-east of Almería on up to 1,500 metres. Precipitation virtually do not exist in the driest area of Spain and thus the flanks of the mountain massif rise bald and only here and there from some scanty bushes covered in the sky. Nevertheless, there are in the immediate sphere of the desert some small places, like Tabernas and Sorbas, some of them already since the Moor's time settled which protect themselves at least a minimum of water with ingenious methods. The inhospitable scenery graceful in her meagreness reminds of the southwest of the USA. A fact which numerous film producers came along to benefit to turn west stripe in the Sierra Alhamilla. The former cardboard town with her scenery was converted to the new leisure park „ Texas of Hollywood “ where daily shows with wild gunfights and saloon dancers are shown. Even today, the Sierra Alhamilla has been part in many actual movies and series, like Exodus - gods and kings, Risen, James Bond, Indianer Jones and latest the season 6 of Game of Thrones!