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Almeria Villages

Almeria is divided in two main areas, the western and the eastern region.  Continue reading to know more about the main villages in Almeria if you are planning a visit to this beautiful province located at the southern Spain:


Situated along the right-hand side of the Antas river, this municipality of Almeria has been the chosen place for the settlement of different Mediterranean cultures over the history. Known for being the renown birthplace of El Argal, a prehistoric culture that arose between the year 1800 and 1300 before our era and which was characterised by its fast adoption of bronze.


A small originally Muslim municipality with small houses and that was developed thanks to the iron mines. Today its economy is based on the agriculture and tourism and has a wide gastronomic offer for the visitor. In Bedar one can still find the typical Moorish constructions that still stand around the El Marchal area.


This municipality in the Almeria province of a fishing tradition situated at the foothill of the Sierra Cabrera, it stands out for its excellent location inside the Cabo de Gata Natural Park and the Beach of the Corpses, a natural beach with a nudist character, highly recommendable for the lovers of nature and naturism.

Cuevas de Almanzora

Situated to the northeast of Almeria, it has 14 kilometres of coast and that has several touristic places that we can visit like the Marquis of the Velez castle, the Fuente Alamo Archaeological Museum, the Sotomayor Museum and the Cave-Museum amongst others, this Cave-Museum represents the life in the caves in the mid 20th century.


For centuries it was prey of numerous pirate attacks due to its proximity to the coast, although the wealth that the mining provided it made that its urban nucleus ended up growing. Its gastronomy stands out for its red prawn and rock fish, as well as its artistic and monumental patrimony with a town hall built upon the remains of an old deposit of Arab salt.


This municipality is situated in the basin of the Almanzora river inside the Almeria’s eastern region and has a long history that goes from before our era, passing through the Arab reign and the subsequent conquest of the Christians in the late 15th century.

Los Gallardos

Its origin comes from a captain named Gallardo who was awarded with a title thanks to the king’s favour during the 16th century. It is unknown if this very same captain or his family were the first to live in the area that would later on grow thanks to the nearby mining exploitation of the Sierra Almagrera in the early 19th century.


Situated in the eastern region in Almeria, a peaceful village with traditions.


One of the important tourist destinations inside Almeria, 90 km away from the capital city and considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Its history goes back to the Bronze Age, passing through the Phoenicians and Romans until the Arabs gave it the name of Mojacar during their long reign of 800 years in al-Andalus. Mojacar has always been a growing city until in 1960 it began to be depopulated, although luckily the tourism invested this tendency being currently one of the main tourist destinations inside the Spanish coast.It’s in Mojacar where they say Walt Disney was born, son of a mother who had emigrated to the United States giving her son in adoption to Elias and Flora Disney.


At about 100 km from the capital city of Almeria, this municipality is well communicated both by road as well as by its two suburban C-2 train stations. In Pulpi we’ll find beautiful beaches where to cool off and relax.


This Spanish municipality is situated 409 metres above sea level and about 53 kilometres away from the capital city of Almeria. Its origin dates back to the year 2000 before our era, being in its beginnings, according to what was discovered in its archaeological remains, an Iberian village that had commercial relations with the Phoenician settlements of the area. It is thought that it’s possible that it was founded by the Greeks although there is no specific evidence. The houses situated by the cliff, known as “casas colgantes” (hanging houses) are what most most stand out in Sorbas.


It’s situated at about 4 km away from the coast of Almeria at the foothill of the Sierra Cabrera. Turre has a long history that begins from the prehistoric period, passing through the Romans, the Arabs and the Christians with an important population nucleus for that period, it launched economically like many other municipalities in the Almeria province during its mining growth until this activity was abandoned in the early 20th century.Currently Turre is a cosmopolitan residential place where people from all over the world coexist in search of Almeria’s good climate and its proximity to the sea, being the small establishments and restaurants the main economic engine.


Residence of the first Gallardo of which there is evidence in Almeria and possible founder of the adjacent municipality of “Los Gallardos”, Vera has about 7 km of beaches that go from the beach of Puerto Rey until El Playazo. There is proof of human presence from the Carthaginians, passing through the Romans and the long Muslim reign until it was conquered in the late 15th century by the Christians.The mining sector provided an economic development similar to other nearby municipalities that was stopped during the 20th century, currently being the tourism one of the main incomes.

West side of Alicante - Poniente

As we mentioned in the beginning, this municipality in the Poniente region in Almeria is characterised by its great amount of greenhouses, visible even from space. The main attractions of this region are its beaches where apart from sunbathing we can also enjoy several different activities like scuba-diving or sailing. The Poniente region has a rich patrimony transmitted over the centuries with Roman and Arab remains.

Roquetas de Mar

Situated only 19 km away from the capital city, it’s currently quite a populated place and the chosen holiday destination of many tourists  that decide to visit southern Spain.

The history of Roquetas de Mar began with the Phoenicians and Romans who used the resources of the area that was later on conquered by the Arabs. During the Roman period the municipality was known as Turiana and had great relevance in fish salting with the trade of Garum (a very popular Roman sauce) that was sent to Rome from Almeria.

The Arabs left a legacy of constructions that can be visited today to transport us back to the past, the Wicker Tower (‘Torre del Esparto’) or the Roquetas Castle are two examples of this.

Fishing is still currently one of the main economic engines of Roquetas de Mar, so if you visit you cannot leave without having tried its delicious fish in one of its many restaurants. More than two thirds of Almeria’s tourism decides to visit Roquetas de Mar...if you wish to discover what this municipality has to offer we recommend a visit during July or August and enjoy its wide tourist offer both in hotels and services.


With remains that show us some of the first inhabitants of the bronze age, Vicar is a village that has been the home of several civilizations, amongst them the Roman civilization who showed interest in the Sierra de Gador and its mining exploitation. Further on, after the fall of the Roman empire it was the Arabs who reigned until the subsequent conquest by the Christian armies.

Alongside the municipality of Vicar pass the most important roads: the Mediterranean Motorway, the National Road 340a and several autonomous and provincial roads like the A-391, the a-1050, the AL-302 which starts from the Venta Corsario and finishes in La Mojonera and the provincial road AL-3400.

In Vicar we’ll find several monuments that we can visit like the three roman aqueducts and the 16th century San Benito Fortress in the village.

La Mojonera

It’s the most recent municipality in Almeria, from 1984 to be precise, year in which the municipality was created, formerly belonging to Felix.

El Ejido

This municipality has its origin in the exploitation of the area by the farmers and the shepherds from the Alpujarra who would take their flocks to graze. The municipality in itself is recent and bases its economy in the intensive agriculture with greenhouses and the beach tourism.


Situated 53 km away from the capital city of Almeria and to the southeast of Sierra Nevada in the so-called Lower Alpujarra. Its origins aren’t clear perhaps being a Greek colony known as Abdara where there is evidence of the existence of a temple to worship the goddess Athena, or Phoenician from at least the 8th century before our era according to a few archaeological remains found. Further on, during the Roman period, Adra was the port of departure of the minerals from the mines near the Sierra de Gador, wood, fish salting and the famous Garum which was exported to Rome for its consumption.

The arrival of the Muslims brought the continuity in the generation of wealth, it was the port of Adra from where the last Muslim leader of Granada "Boabdil el Chico" abandoned the peninsula.

Currently Adra doesn’t have an industry, being the agriculture and fishing its only economic engine, so if you visit Adra don’t forget to try the fresh fish in one its many restaurants.


This area has human presence since the prehistoric period, although it was during the period of Muslim dominion when its population nucleus appeared that resulted into the current municipality after the Christian conquest. The main source of wealth in the area was the mineral extraction from the Phoenician period till the 20th century.

If we go for a stroll along its streets we’ll realise that it maintains its Arab structure, with its typical homes with orchards and irregular traced streets.


This municipality of the Almeria province is situated at the foothill of the Sierra de Gador, 14 km away from the coast and 8 km away from the previous village of Dalias. Its Phoenician origins settled a population that had great relevance during the roman empire with remains of an amphitheatre and an aqueduct. After the presence of the Paleo-christians came the Arabs who built the Alcazaba upon an old walled roman premises. This Arab reign in Dalias came to an end with the Christian conquest in the late 15th century and after Boabdil gave these lands together with others to the catholic kings before abandoning the peninsula from the Port of Adra.

In Berja they built these mines of lead that are currently closed, industrial patrimony of the municipality.


A small village of the Almeria province with less than 500 inhabitants.


With an Arab origin, situated by the hill of La Matanza, name that comes from the collective suicide of the Muslims besieged by the Christians, who preferred to throw themselves into thin air before going through the humiliation and the submission.

Its economy was based on the extraction of lead from a mine, with a great smelting industry and the cultivations of olives, almonds and the vines, although the mining industry ended up closing in the whole of Almeria during the 20th century.

Felix has beautiful viewpoints that we recommend to visit and a restored 11th century Arab castle that dominates above the Almeria bay.

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