The beaches along the coastline vary from long sandy beaches to small rocky coves. There are beaches with plenty of facilities and others that are secluded and quiet. Whatever type of beach you enjoy you are sure to find it along the Almeria Coastline. The nearest beaches are less than an hours drive away and there are many more along the coastline that are worth a visit for the day.
The sandy beaches of Aguilas: and San Juan are less than an hour's drive away. Aguilas has two large bays and plenty of restaurants and beach bars to choose from.
The beach in San Juan de los Terreros is ideal for families with young children. Its sandy beach and shallow waters make it a haven for children. There are showers and children's play areas on the beach. There a several beach bars and restaurants along the promenade and they are all very reasonably priced. There are many small coves along the coastline towards Villaricos ideal for those looking for somewhere a little more secluded.
Villaricos is a fishing village with a few bars and restaurants. The beaches around this area are more rocky with little rock pools. An ideal place for diving and snorkling.
The beaches between Villaricos and Vera are rocky and not as easily accessible.
Vera has one of the largest naturist complexes in Spain with a large sandy beach stretching for miles. Even if you are not so keen on the idea of nudity on the beach you can enjoy the far end of this beach which stretches all the way to the fishing harbour of Garrucha
Garrucha: Garrucha has a large fishing port and a well equipped beach with showers, children's play areas and many restaurants and bars along the promenade, a popular place to take a stroll or stop for an ice cream. The waters here are calm due to the breakwater.
Mojacar this popular beach resort starts just south of Garrucha. Some of the beaches do have rocks in the water but the larger stretch of beach towards the far end of town is rock free and a safe place to swim.
Travelling further south from Mojacar you pass Macenas and the new Golf complex currently under construction. There are several small coves accessible from the mountain road that leads to Carboneras. Just before Carboneras, Algorrobico beach is a haven for snorklers and swimmers alike with its crystal clear waters. This area has no beach bars or restaurants but is an ideal place for those seeking tranquillity.
Carboneras: this fishing town has a large bay safe for swimming and plenty of beach bars and restaurants in which to take a meal.
If you continue on the coast road out of Carboneras you arrive at one of the most beautiful beaches on the Almeria coast, Playa de los Muertos. The beach is only accessible by foot, about a 15 minute walk. It has crystal clear waters, rock pools and fine white shingle beach.
Further south is the sleepy fishing village of Aguamarga, with its whitewashed houses, and large open bay surrounded by limestone rocks. There are showers, play areas and several beach bars and restaurants to be found here.
The coastline between Aguamarga and San Jose has some beautiful small coves that are only accessible by foot. For this reason they are unspoilt and relatively empty.
San Jose is another fishing village that is rapidly growing. It is popular with artists and back packers and has a sandy beach with showers, children's play area and many small restaurants and bars.
Just outside the village of San Jose the beaches of Los Genoveses and El Monsul are a must for anyone searching for unspoilt beaches. They are within the natural park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar and therefore in a protected area. There are no facilities here but the beaches are spectacular, as is the scenery surrounding them.