COSTA DE ALMERIA

COSTA DE ALMERIA

A HANDFULL OF EUROS!

The Costa De Almeria, is probably the least exploited of the Spanish Costas, but a gem in more ways than one.

With a subtropical arid climate, the Costa De Almeria boasts over 3000 hours of sunshine every year and the city of Almeria, the regions capital, enjoys the warmest winter weather of any other European city. The perfect place to escape the woes of winter weather in the UK!

Traditionally a prolific producer of olive oil, Almeria is now better known for its hothouse horticulture. An amazing 70,000 acres of greenhouse's litter the landscape, apparently visible from outer space, producing a massive proportion of the fruit and vegetables found daily in your local supermarkets.

Unlike most of the other Spanish Costas where the focus is very much on the coastline, Almeria is more famous for its hinterland, which is home to the only desert in Europe, the Tabernas Desert, which has striking similarities with the deserts of Arizona, Arabia and North Africa. A fact recognized by film maker Sergio Leone when searching for the perfect locations for his famous Spaghetti Westerns. He wasn’t the only movie mogul to embrace the potential of Almeria’s topography. You probably won’t be surprised to find that Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren shot many scenes for El Cid in Almeria. However, if you have seen David Lean’s epic blockbuster, Lawrence of Arabia, and remember the iconic scene where Peter O’Toole is leading the charge across the desert, mounted on a camel, screaming “No prisoners”! Yes, you’ve guessed it, it wasn’t shot in an Arabian desert, but in Almeria! The list is endless, Taylor and Burton’s Cleopatra, Indiana Jones, the odd Bond movie and even 2001-A Space Oddity.

Almeria is a truly inspirational destination, which has ignited the creative juices of many. None more so than the legendary Beatle, John Lennon, who whilst shooting the film How I Won The War, found time to pen the immortal lyrics to Strawberry Fields Forever “Let me take you down because we’re going to”….brilliant!

As a golfing destination, Almeria can be conveniently divided into two main areas. To the north close to mystical Mojacar, a typical Spanish village of whitewashed buildings and narrow, winding cobbled streets which clings, almost precariously to a hillside, is Desert Springs, Europe’s first desert style course. This is complemented by the quality courses Valle del Este and Aguillon. Whilst in the south there is the Gary Player designed, Almerimar complex plus La Envia, Playa Serena and Alboran. More than enough to keep even the most avid golfer occupied!

The dusty, rocky plains of the Tabernas Desert provided a brilliant backdrop for Clint Eastwood’s Spaghetti Western, A Fistful of  Dollars, such is the tremendous value for money in the Costa De Almeria you’ll only need….

A HANDFULL OF EUROS!