With a hint of traditional Spain, beautiful scenery and one of the largest marinas in the med, the Costa Almeria is less commercialised than other parts of the Spanish coastline. There is still plenty to see and do here though, from dolphin spotting to hiking to waterparks. If this all sounds too energetic for a relaxing holiday, simply stretch out on a sandy beach with a cocktail and book.
The Costa Almeria is one of the best places in Spain to find deserted sunspots – close to the resorts the beaches will be busy but take a wander into Cabo de Gata National Park and you’ll find a stretch of coast all to yourself. The lovely whitewashed town of Mojacar is a perfect day trip, and the city of Almeria has a beautiful cathedral and an old fortress.
In this less developed area of Spain, it’s no surprise that traditional tapas restaurants are everywhere, serving up appetising dishes of patatas bravas, cured meats and paella. Enjoy fresh local seafood at an outdoor restaurant, or if you’re staying all inclusive, head out after dinner and treat yourself to a glass of local wine or a scoop of ice cream.