Beaches in Almeria: crystal clear waters and golden sands

The beaches of Almeria are known for being crystal clear and for their blue waters, with fine golden sand, framed in virgin and peaceful environments, free from buildings or services (that's right, they don't even have beach bars!). They are the perfect space for getting away from it all, relaxing, sunbathing and enjoying the spectacle of nature in its purest form.

Almeria, located on the southeastern coast of Spain, is a province known for its beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters and breathtaking landscapes. Whether you are looking for a quiet place to relax or a destination full of exciting activities, you'll find what you are looking for here!

San José and its beaches

San José is a town in Níjar, which is also the capital of Cabo de Gata Natural Park. This beautiful corner with low whitewashed buildings give it an irresistible summer atmosphere, and San José is in a more than privileged setting, surrounded by some of the most beautiful and famous beaches in Almeria:

  • Playa de Mónsul: a volcanic beach, known for having been the setting for films, advertisements, video clips, and more. Its crystal clear waters and fine sand will definitely have you falling in love. Careful! This beach can only be accessed by a forest track from San José, and in summer access is restricted.
  • Playa de los Genoveses: probably the most famous beach in Cabo de Gata, and there's no wonder. Boasting fine golden sand and crystal clear waters, this virgin dune beach is a natural spectacle for beach lovers and the perfect place to get away from it all. It's also the perfect beach for taking a family dip!
  • Playa de Las Negras: Located in the picturesque fishing village of Las Negras, this beach will impress you on account of its crystal clear waters and natural surroundings. It is the perfect place for relaxing, taking a stroll along the shore or enjoying sports such as kayaking.
  • Playa de San Pedro: Located in Níjar, Playa de San Pedro will surprise you on account of its crystal clear waters and golden sand. The perfect place to take a swim, snorkel or just kick back in the sun. 


Other beaches in Cabo de Gata

In addition to Mónsul and Playa de los Genoveses, Cabo de Gata Natural Park boasts other beaches that are well worth a visit, or two!

  • Playa de Los Muertos: this beach has a reputation for having the bluest and clearest water in the area. As it is located at a distance from villages, peace and disconnection are guaranteed. But be careful, it is not recommended for children as the beach drops off very quickly and can be dangerous to bathe in if there are strong currents.
  • Playa de Agua Amarga: with access for people with reduced mobility, this beach is located in the town of the same name. Unlike other beaches in the area, this features services including restaurants, hotels or kiosks, and it tends to be quite busy in July and August. Nevertheless, its sands and water make it the perfect place to spend your holidays.
  • Playa de Carboneras: located in the village of Carboneras, this urban beach for spending the day with children. It is spacious, easy to access, has lifeguard services and tends not to be very crowded. 
  • Playa de Cuevas del Almanzora: This beach, located in Cuevas del Almanzora, boasts impressive natural beauty. Its cliffs, caves and rock formations make it a unique place to be explored. Make sure not to leave you camera at home!
  • Playa de Vera: Spanning more than 6 kilometres, Playa de Vera is famous for its fine sand and its calm waters. It is a popular destination amongst nudists, with areas dedicated to this practice. It boasts a wide range of services and amenities for visitors, including restaurants, beach bars and water activities. 

And make sure not to miss out on the region's cultural and culinary wealth. Almeria is home to a variety of charming villages, including Mojacar, boasting an old town with cobbled streets and panoramic views, or Nijar, famous for its handmade pottery and local products.

When it comes to gastronomy, make sure not to miss the typical dishes from the area, such as the famous "ajo colourao", gachas, migas or fresh fish caught off the coast. Got your mouth watering?

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