Levante beaches and beach resorts - Almeria
An introduction of the beaches of Almeria
- accessibility guide
- naturist beaches
- map of the coastline
Almeria - Andalucia - Southern Spain
The Levante Beaches, from north to south, include the municipalities of Pupli, Cuevas del Almanzora, Vera, Garrucha, Mojacar and Carboneras.
A region of unspoilt beaches with clean waters, surrounded by stunning scenery.
Secluded rocky coves offer a place of tranquillity and isolation for relaxation, fishing and snorkelling.
The main resorts, centred around small fishing villages, tend to be low key, uncrowded, and traditional, with chiringuito beach bars serving the local dish of the day under the shade of the thatched roofs and straw parasols. A broad range of water sports are available, and for the main part are non motorised in keeping with the harmonious settings, windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoes, pedaloes, scuba diving and sailing are all very popular.
The resort beaches are extremely well maintained and facilities are prevalent, there are play areas for children, showers, red cross facilities, and in peak season, namely July and August, many have lifeguard services, at these times some of the beaches can be much busier than the rest of the year.
Quick links to the Levante beach resorts:
The list is compiled by municipality
- Pulpi beaches - including San Juan de los Terreros
- Cuevas de Almanzora beaches - including Villaricos & Palomares beach
- Vera and Garrucha beaches - including Vera Playa Naturist Zone
- Mojacar beaches - including the secret beaches of Mojacar
- Carboneras beaches
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The Levante beaches have something for everyone, the ultimate diving experience, the perfect waves, a secluded spot or a family day out... In this page I would like to share with you the details, photos and locations of, in my opinion, the best beaches on the Levante coast of Almeria.
Beaches and beach resorts
Beaches of Pulpi
Beside the main resort beaches of San Juan de los Terreros a choice selection of remote bays line the shores of the municipality of Pulpi, access to the beaches can be achieved from the A-322 coastal main road.
Starting at the border betwen Murcia province and the province of Almeria and heading south the first two beaches, Playa La Carolina and Cala Cerrada, collectively known as Los Cocedores are a hidden surprise, unseen from the main road, it would be easy to drive straight past without ever knowing they existed. Both are located from the first road junction just after the border by following a signpost for playas along a gravel track and passing a second signpost indentifing the beaches as Playas de los Cocedores, the parking zone for both beaches lies directly ahead. On facing the coast Playa Caroline is on the left, a beach of fine golden sand in a picturesque bay with calm waters perfect for swimming and bathing. To the right of the car park is Playa Cerrada, this horseshoe shaped cove has tranquil shallow waters well suited to children and a lovely sandy beach. Enriched by its surroundings, it is said that the prominant caves etched into the sandstone cliffs that edge the bay were once inhabited dwellings, even then the property market was all about location and you couldn't get a better sea view than this! There is one chiringuito beach bar, aptly named Chiringuito Cocedores, that services both of the playas, it is situated next to the car park between the beaches with its terrace overlooking Playa Cerrada providing a superb setting for refreshments. Apart from the chiringuito the only services available at these beaches are wc and waste bins. Much importance is placed of the quality and cleanliness of the beaches here in the Levante, and quite rightly so, on visiting any of the beaches the term 'leave it as you would expect to find it' applies and is adhered to, making a visit to even the most rural beaches a very rewarding and special experience for everyone.
It was a Sunday afternoon when I visited Los Cocedores, and as these beaches are kind of off the beaten track I was surprised to find quite a few bathers here, though even if the numbers had been doubled the beaches would still not have been crowded. Mainly the bathers were Spanish, enjoying their weekend free time, obviously they know the best places to go, I would imagine that during the week these beaches could almost be deserted.
The coast road towards the tourist beaches of the resort of San Juan de los Terreros offers access to further rural beach areas, easily seen from the road, they offer masses of space and somewhere to find a private place to enjoy the serenity, clear waters and sunshine. There are no services whatsoever on the beaches along this stretch of coastline so it is important to take supplies, though the resort of San Juan is a very short drive away.
I did notice one or two fishing rods set up along the beaches here, I would expect that this is a good spot for the sport. It certainly looks like a good place for the necessary peace and quite.
The Beaches of San Juan de los Terreros
San Juan de los Terreros is the only coastal resort in Pulpi, even after much modernisation the town still retains a traditional ambiance. The bay of San Juan creates a calm sea for safe bathing and the well maintained sandy beaches gently slope into the water making them ideal for children. All the main beaches here provide shower facilities and have lifeguards in the summer season. A palm tree lined promenade extends the length of the beach area, from Playa Calypso all the way along Playa Serena to Playa Rabisoa, these paseos have lots of recreational facilities, such as play areas for children, table tennis tables, and even a basketball court. There are also first aid services, several mini supermarkets, and plenty of tapas bars and restaurants perfectly situated with views over the beach. Parking is convenient and plentiful and the beach car park has direct access to the spacious golden sands of Playa Serena via an underpass. Besides the three resort beaches here at San Juan, there are other sandy coves nestled along the bay to the north east of Playa Rabiosa.
I stumbled accross one such cove while investigating the urbanisations along coastline, at the end of an attractive street of townhouses and villas, I looked out over the bay and directly beneath was this secluded unnamed beach. I must admit to a little day dream, and imagined myself living in one of these properties, just a stones throw away from this solitary spot where I would go for a swim in the sea each morning... hard to believe it is just two minutes from the thriving resort centre.
San Juan de los Terreros, an inviting Spanish resort with a modern paseo, luxurious properties, characteristic chiringuito beach bars, and a mix of quiet coves and family beaches that remain uncrowded for most of the year. A holiday destination or a place to relocate, San Juan will not disappoint.
Isla de Terreros and Isla Negra, the two volcanic islands just off the shores of San Juan de los Terreros have been declared as natural monuments. Enviromentally they provide an important refuge for the nesting and breeding grounds of a variety of marine birds, while under the water the sea beds, rich with Posidonia sea grass, provide a habitat for an abundance of sea life.
Isla de Terreros is also a popular Sucba dive site, The Calypso centre in San Juan offers the excursion.
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Beaches of Cuevas de Almanzora
Cuevas de Almanzora coastline
Joining the AL-1065 after leaving San Juan de los Terreros extends down the Cuevas de Almanzora coastline, past the modern yet sleepy town of Pozo del Esparto, through the main resort area and quaint harbour town of Villaricos, then on to the biggest beach of the municipality, at Palomares.
All the beaches between these two towns are natural and undeveloped, consisting of fine sand and rocks, concealed in sheltered coves and a wild and rugged setting. The waters are calm and clear, and the sea bed, teeming with sea life, attract snorkelling, diving and fishing enthusiasts. Apart from the quiet town beaches of Playa Pozo del Esparto and Playa El Calon these coves are remote, secluded and have little or no facilities, most are signposted from the main coast road, and some have designated areas of rough ground and gravel set aside from the highway for parking and for admiring the views. Access is varied, though mainly via rocky tracks, either by vehicle or on foot, some of the coves can be seen from the main coastal road, others are hidden from view.
In my opinion Cala Cristal is the prettiest of all of these beaches, a man made path with a wooden hand rail makes for an easy descent down to this particular cove. Everyone, I am sure, will have their own favorite, however I would say these areas are still quite undiscovered, on the day I visited, a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon, there were no more than maybe six people at any one beach, and some were deserted.
Remember to take supplies to these beaches, and a mobile phone in case of emergencies is always a safe bet.
List of the Cuevas de Almanzora beaches
- Playa Pozo del Esparto
- Cala Panizo
- Playa la Escribania
- Playa El Calon
- Cala Cristal
- Cala de las Conchas
- Playa Penon Cortado
- Cala Invencibles
- Cala de los Dolares
- Cala Verde - Villaricos
- Playa de Luis Siret - Villaricos
- Playazo - Villaricos
- Playa Quitapellejos - Palomares
The Beaches of Villaricos
The two small harbours of Villaricos, Puerto de la Balsoca and Puerto de la Esperanza, linked by a modern promenade, are the central focus of this charming fishing village. The Cala Verde cove, mainly consisting of pebbles and shingle, separates the two classy port areas, with the villages two primary sandy beaches being situated to the side of the pueblo, just a ten minute walk away.
This really is a dream location, a small resort, with a fantastic Sunday morning market, it has had a couple of very tasteful housing developments built close to the harbour and a few quality bars and restaurants, including some British establishments.
To the north of the village the Almagrera mountain range tumbles towards the sea, the mining history of the village is appreciable in many structural remains scattered along the coastline in this area, they are pinpointed on a placard next to the tourist information centre, which is located inside the Torre Vigia, an 18th century defence tower holding a prominent position by the side of the main road on arrival at Villaricos.
The atmosphere here in the village is traditionally Spanish, warm and welcoming.
Playa de Luis Siret, the closest main beach to the village, is wide and sandy with its own beach bar serving meals, snacks and ice cream. The neighbouring Playazo Villaricos is very popular with families, there is even a play area for children positioned directly on the beach. The waters here are calm and gently shelving, there are showers facilities and parking couldn't be more convenient, available right next to the beaches just off the coast road, with the village amenities easily accessible and close at hand.
Villaricos is a highly recommended destination for day trips, holidays, and semi or permanent living. Friendly locals, delightful surroundings and luxury properties are the ingredients that make this such a special place.
Playa Quitapellejos - Palomares, the southern most beach of Cuevas de Almanzora is also the largest of the municipality, located on the edge of Vera Playa close to the inland village of Palomares. Much less frequented than the neighbouring beaches in Vera, this spacious sandy beach is easy to reach with parking available right by its edge, it has basic facilites such as showers and a beach bar for refreshments. At one end the beach forms a sheltered bay from where there are fabulous views down to Vera Playa, and in the distance, to the Cabrera mountain range that drops down to meet the sea on Mojacar Playa.
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Vera Playa and Garrucha
The Beaches of Vera
Vera town itself is located inland from the coast, about a twenty minute drive away. The beaches of Vera extend southwards from the Quitapellejos beach of Palomares, including the beach at Puerto Rey, to Playa Las Marinas, close to the harbour town of Garrucha, though the areas primary beach is the Playzo. The resort of Vera Playa, which runs the full length of El Playazo, is a recent development, taking advantage of its wide sandy beaches it is characterised by modern, top quality urbanisations consisting of holiday homes and permanent residences, a couple of hotels and numerous bars, shops and restaurants. The complexes are a mix of beach houses, villas, townhouses and apartments in beautiful surroundings with landscaped gardens and swimming pools.
Playa El Playazo - Vera Playa
A super beach with a lengthy promenade and far reaching coastal views that stretch to Mojacar Pueblo and the Sierra Cabrera mountains. The sea here is usually calm and peaceful in the earlier part of the day, however in the afternoons, depending of the strength of the sea breeze, the waters can become quite choppy, and on occasion, swimming can be inadvisable. The beach is maintained daily throughout the year and has numerous shower facilities, during the summer months the lifeguard stations are manned and there are several chiringuito beach bars serving typical Spanish cuisine.
Vera Playa Naturist Zone
The northern half of Playa El Playazo is officially naturist, part of the Naturist Zone of Vera Playa it not only includes a large section of the beach but a selection of beach side naturist urbanisations, and a naturist hotel.
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Hotel Vera Playa is a four star Naturist Hotel and Resort, the only one of its kind in Spain, offering nudist holidays here in Vera Playa.
Playa Puerto Rey is basically an extension of the Playazo,
long, wide and sandy its edge is lined with several privately owned villas. The beach has showers and is maintained regularly all year round, out of season the beach can be virtually deserted and in the summer months when the beach bars open and the life guards are present the area is much busier, although, due to the size of the beach, it never really gets crowded.
Playa las Marinas is a narrower beach located in a buzzing little area known locally as Las Buganvillas at the end of Vera Playa, and just before the Mar y Ceilo beach of Garrucha. This beach is situated on the edge of an urbanisation of pretty townhouses and apartments and is serviced by a wide selection of both British and Spanish establishments with all the attractions of Garrucha just a short walk away.
The above paragraph and photo was written and taken prior to the floods of September 2012, a natural disaster which devastated the Buganvillas area (as well as many other areas in Almeria, Murcia and the Costa del Sol).
The strong community spirit prevails as the courageous residents and business owners rebuild their lives and livelihoods in a mammoth clean up operation.
With sincere thoughts for those who lost family members, homes and businesses.
The Beaches of Garrucha
Garrucha is a traditional harbour town and fishing port well known for its seafood, the port area was expanded in 2011, and after building works were completed a new and improved marina, Puerto Deportivo, was opened in February of 2012, with new walkways, parking spaces and over three hundred moorings for private boats. The port and marina hold a central location and separate Garruchas two beaches. Playa de Garrucha, is situated adjacent to town centre, its admirable golden sands attract popular beach sports such as volleyball and football, and yet still offer plenty of space to find a quiet spot to sunbathe. The palm tree lined paseo, spanning the town from end to end, makes for an excellent evening stroll after a day at the beach, there are play parks for children and perfectly positioned seating areas ideal for enjoying the views over the beach and marina. With an enviable selection of shops and coffee bars the promenade is also home to miscellaneous seafood restaurants, many of which will be serving a menu from the local catch of the day.
Playa de Mar y Cielo, aptly translated as the beach of sea and sky, is the second spacious, sandy beach of Garrucha. Situated at the opposite side of the port, it is close to the modern urbanisations and harbour front apartments of the town. The welcoming beach promenade, closed to traffic, is popular with walkers and there is a separate cyclist pathway, decorated with palm trees, which runs alongside the paseo. The atmosphere is warm and traditional, and there are plenty of tapas bars, chiringuitos and restaurants in this family friendly area.
Parking is available close to the port area.
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Beaches of Mojacar
Mojacars beaches are just amazing, living just a fifteen minute drive away, would I say I was biased? Yes definitely, home is where the heart is as they say. Though this is, in the main, a Spanish holiday resort there is a reasonable size British expat community here and the mix of Spanish coffee bars, seafront restaurants, and beach Chiringuitos are complimented by the fantastic selection of classy and classic British establishments, many catering to the whims of those who enjoy a good home cooked dinner, or breakfast for that matter. While on the subject of food, there are further venues offering variety of delicious international dishes, including Italian, Chinese and Indian. The key factor here is diversity, from culinary delights to idyllic seashores each of Mojacar beaches offers something for everyone.
Mojacar village itself is an historical and charismatic whitewashed pueblo nestled on a hilltop in the Cabrera mountains, it overlooks the beaches of Mojacar Playa and the clear blue Mediterranean sea. The shoreline of Mojacar measures some seventeen kilometres, from Garrucha out towards Carboneras, once past the urban centre of Mojacar Playa there is a preserved rural zone with its own secret beaches. The resort beaches of Mojacar are mostly of a fine golden or white sand, with a few rocky sections exemplifying the areas natural surroundings.
Mojacar has seen much transformation since the arrival of tourism, golf resorts and urbanisations have been developed, yet there are no high rise buildings or hotels. Water sports are enjoyed on many of the beaches, and include canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, snorkelling, wake boarding and banana riding.
The sea off the coast of Mojacar can be both dead calm and distinctly boisterous, depending on the time of day and the strength and direction of the wind.
I do recall, on celebrating my 40th birthday at one of my favourite beaches in Mojacar, almost loosing my bikini while attempting to 'wave jump' and being practically washed up on the beach all dishevelled and a little surprised by the force of the sea! Do take notice of the warning flags for bathing as the currents can be deceptive.
There is a regular bus service that runs along the coastal road providing easy access to all the beaches, though it is quite feasible to walk the full length of Mojacar Playa from Marina de la Torre to Playa de la Venta del Bancal.
Mojacar Playa resort beaches
- Playa Marina de la Torre
- Playa de la Rumina
- Playa del Palmeral
- Playa del Descargador
- Playa de la Piedra Villazar
- Playa Vista de Los Angeles
- Playa el Cantal
- Playa del Lance Nuevo
- Playa Cueva del Lobo
- Playa de las Ventanicas
- Playa de la Venta del Bancal
Each of the resort beaches of Mojacar has an appeal all of its own, spacious and restful, water sports orientated, child friendly, young and lively... all are equally adorable and very rarely get crowded.
Marina de la Torre beach is located at the Garrucha end of Mojacar Playa, across from a residential and hotel area, and the Marina de la Torre golf resort. There are less bars and restaurants here then the rest of the resort, though all the venues of Garrucha town are just a stroll away. The Aguas river lagoons, formed by the mouth of the river, separate the beach from the rest of the resort, a protected area with high ecological values, the habitat is a common residence for all kinds of birds. Playa de la Rumina and El Palmeral are popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing, again situated at the northern, quieter end of Mojacar, though there are a good selection of bars and restaurants along this section of the beach road.
The Parque Comercial shopping centre, situated at the bottom of the road that leads to Mojacar Pueblo, has a nice selection of shops, cafes and quality restaurants, it faces the sea, the tourist information centre, and a couple of bars and restaurants that nestle between and separate the two undeveloped beaches of Playa Descargador and Playa de la Piedra Villazar. Playa Descargador was named after an ancient mineral loading platform which is now completely disappeared, and Playa Villazar is named after the stone of Villazar, a small rocky protrusion along the shoreline. Incidentally there is a regular bus service up to the village of Mojacar from the bus station beside the commercial centre, across from the taxi rank.
Many of Mojacars beaches have a paseo, somewhere to stroll or sit and enjoy the views, others almost extend right up to the main road offering parking directly beside the beach. Playa Vista de Los Angeles has parking and a little play area for children, located close to urbanisations and hotels along with a few bars and restaurants, it is one of the quieter beaches of Mojacar Playa. From here, heading south, the beaches do tend to be a little busier, especially in the summer months. Between Easter and October the beloved Playa el Cantal is one of the most frequented beaches of Mojacar Playa, made so by the assortment of beach side establishments spread out along its perimeter, in particular the centrally located and distinctive beach bar area, where a variety of chiringuitos are clustered together on the edge of the beach. Each of these haunts has a unique feel of its own, hip and trendy, chilled and laid back, or family orientated, with some offering entertainment during either the afternoon or evening. Typically Spanish and totally authentic, these rustic venues service the beach areas with sun beds and parasols, everyone has their own favourite, and once visited will return time and again. There is a large parking zone available by the side of this beach area, though it can get quite busy in peak season and on the weekends. The chiringuitos in this section of the beach, at the moment, do tend to close in the winter months, though there are still one or two places on Cantel beach that remain open all year round.
Playa del Lance Nuevo, comprised of fine sand and shingle, is another popular beach, and a firm favourite with families and children. With easy access it is partly protected by a breakwater, and has life guards, showers, sun beds and parasols. Canoe hire and banana boat rides are available in high season, and there is a good choice of beach bars for refreshments close by. Playa de Cueva del Lobo, with the peculiar name of The Cave of the Wolf, is named after one of the first properties that was built in the area and is siutaed along a rocky section of the coastline. Playa de las Ventanicas, the largest of Mojacars beaches, is located in a desirable area almost at the end of the urbanised zone. An absolutely gorgeous beach, decorated with palm trees and well maintained, it has some terrific views of the coastline and of Mojacar Pueblo. There is a play area for children, a beach volleyball court, parasols, sun beds and showers. The Ventanicas promenade has a really great selection of Spanish, British and International bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues, many of which stay open all year round. This beach, a strong favourite for everyone, never really gets crowded, even in the height of the season.
Playa de la Venta del Bancal is the last, or the first, beach of the Playa, protected by a breakwater, it begins at the seafront promenade just before the road turns away from the coast, and where the Sierra Cabrera mountains appear to meet the Mediterranean sea.
Although the main extent of Mojacar Playa, with its shops, bars, restaurants and hotels, finishes when the coast road heads inland, for some, the beaches of the municipality of Mojacar have only just begun. Further south of the commercialised beaches of Mojacar Playa, hidden from view in the Sierra Cabrera foothills, are some really special secluded beaches and coves, many who visit Mojacar would perhaps never know of their existence.
Beaches of Carboneras
Carboneras still remains a traditional fishing village, though its town has grown in size and it now has an industrial zone located at the far end of the beach areas, just past Las Marinicas and the port area. Its coastline stretches from the end of the natural zone of Mojacar to the protected natural park of Cabo de Gata, its beaches are kept scrupulously clean and the clear, calm waters provide an ideal location for windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
It is worth noting if visiting Carboneras from the Mojacar area, via the ALP-118 coast road, a good head for heights would be required, on the approach to Carboneras the road winds up, around and down the cliffs, affording a dramatic route to the town and spectacular views of the coastline and sea. An alternative route would be to take the N-341 road from the AP-7 motorway, signposted for Carboneras.
I have previously mentioned my aversion to heights and cliff roads but the coastal route from Mojacar to Carboneras just has to be done if only to experience the fantastic views from the Granatilla Mirador, a special observation balcony at the highest point of the ALP-118. Now believe me this spot is very high up indeed and I certainly recommend that it be visited once, in particular for the views over the Algarrobico beach, though for me once was sufficient and I will take the long way round in future.
Playa El Algarrobico is the largest of the Carboneras beaches, and the first one encountered on the coastal route from Mojacar. It is actually located within the boundaries of the Cabo de Gata Natural Park although Carboneras and its other beaches are outside of the parks border. This unspoilt and isolated sandy beach was originally used as a location for the legendary film Lawrence of Arabia. In recent years there has been much controversy surrounding this protected area after a large hotel was constructed by the edge of the beach, still the subject of much debate, the hotels future is uncertain, it has been neither completed or knocked down and a decision is still to be made as to whether it will be developed into a luxury resort or if in fact it will be demolished with the area being restored to it natural beauty.
Of the three main resort beaches of Carboneras town, Playa El Lancon, and Playa de Los Cocones (also known as Playa Barquicos) are both located closest to the town centre, within easy access of all the shops, tapas bars and restaurants. Los Cocones is slightly more popular offering water sports and having its own beach volleyball court, football pitch and promenade. Playa de Las Marinicas is located closest to the harbour, its calm sheltered waters and selection of play areas, both on and by the side of the beach, make it a favourite with families. All three beaches are sandy, spacious and popular for a variety of water sports, though scuba diving is certainly the most prominent.
The small volcanic island, Isla de San Andres, located just off the shores of Carboneras has been declared a natural monument, on land it provides a sanctuary for many bird species and under the water a home for much sea life. The island itself, being a protected area, cannot be visited without permission, however local diving schools offer some fantastic subaquatic experiences in the waters that surround it. Aside from the sunken fishing boats and rich marine world, the underwater caves of El Crater situated about forty metres west of the island are an amazing diving spot and a paradise for Scuba enthusiasts.
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Isla de San Andres, further information provided by the Junta de Andalucia website, in English.
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Its hard to believe there is such a vast choice of quality beaches on one stretch of coastline, and I am certain that you will find your favourites as I have mine.
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