The Costa de Almería, ("Coast of Almería") is part of the autonomous community of Andalucia on Spain's sunny South Eastern Mediterranean coast. Almeria is one Spain's least developed costas with around 217 km (135 mi) of beautiful, unspoilt coastline and contrasting landscapes. The Costa Almeria stretches from Pulpí which is located on its Northern border with the region of Murcia down to Adra in the South on the border with Granada.
Like all of the Spanish Costas the term "Costa de Almeria" was established purely for the purposes of promoting tourism in the area and was actually originally promoted under the name of the “Costa Del Sol." This term referred specifically to the coastal area around city of Almería and has of course now become associated with the coast of the province of Málaga.
Some of the key tourist destinations on the Costa de Almeria are Vera, Mojacar, Roquetas de Mar and Almerima. In addition, Almeria has some of the most stunning natural parks in Spain such as the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, the Punta Entinas-Sabinar Nature Reserve and the Island of San Andres.
Almeria has been home to many different civilisations throughout its history. Significant traces of their presence can be seen in the archaeological remains scattered all over the province. For example; evidence has been found that a very special prehistoric culture existed in Los Millares and el Argar. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Greeks all inhabited the area at some point attracted by the areas rich mines which they all took their turns at exploiting. The Romans, who settled here in the 3rd century B.C., renamed the area "Porto Magnus" and dominated the area until the later arrival of the Visigoths in the 7th century. The Arabs created the current capital in the 10th century, and from here they ruled over one of the most important taifas (kingdoms) in Muslim Spain. They remained in Spain for almost eight centuries leaving behind them many examples of their architectural and cultural influence on the area. Due to the areas rich mines and strategic importance it was often exposed to conflict throughout the centuries. As a result The province of Almeria has a large number and variety of castles and fortresses.
The Sierra María-Los Vélez Nature Reserves with their castle, their caves and their rich fauna, and the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Nature Reserve, with its deserted beaches, wild cliffs and transparent sea beds, bring alive a landscape which offers the traveller the magic of snow, the Mediterranean forest, the desert and the sea.