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The Surrounding Towns

 

Turre

A large portion of Turre’s own limits are formed by the Sierra Cabrera, which reaches the altitude of 919metres.  In this sierra, significant populations of cork, oak and centenary pine trees can be found, as well as the remains of the ancient villagesTeresa and Cabrera.  Time passes unhurriedly in Turre, marked by wealth of opportunities for the active tourist, such as horse riding, cycling, trail walking and golf among many others.  Not forgetting some of Turre’s restaurants, where a host of exquisite local dishes are o­n offer.

 

Los Gallardos is a well laid out modern town. Because of its convenient location, it serves as an excellent starting point for various hiking trails throughout the region of eastern Almería. We may delight in following the courses of the Aguas and the Juato rivers, as they wind through the impressive canyons and archaeological sites, such as the old Ibero-Roman city in Cadima.  There we find ancient city walls that still hang over the riverbanks.  Not to mention the old threshing floors, which maintain their original stone structure and look out over vast landscapes.

Antas is an authentic oasis, positively scattered with fruit orchards, orange groves and vegetable plantations, irrigated by the river that gives the town its name. The richness of this area was discovered long ago by Neolithic Man, as the founding of the Argar community bears witness.  During the Bronze Age Antas was an important settlement that gave its name to the Argaric culture, which flourished between 1900B.C. and 1300B.C.  Antas is set in nature, surrounded by picturesque landscapes.  Routes of archaeological interest come to the fore of its cultural wealth.  Together with the unbeatable climate and its privileged location of being 12km from the sea and well communicated by the Autovía del Mediterráneo (the area’s main motorway), makes Antas a perfect place to put your life at ease.

 

Two kilometres from town we find El Real, where we will be pleasantly surprised by a curious stone aquaduct dating from the early 20th century, with two superimposed arches that served to transport water.

 

Vera and its stretch of coast are the ideal place for rest and relaxation.  The beaches here (including an official naturist beach) are internationally known for their quality and purity, which have earned them the “blue flag” rating.  Outdoor activities include golf, windsurfing, small-engine plane rides, tennis, or of course just strolling along the promenade.  Also worth visiting are Vera’s recently renovated historic area, the lagoon at Puerto Rey, declared a nature reserve, its museums (of bullfighting, water and ethnography) and the Convento de la Victoria.  Fun awaits you at Vera’s water park and fine dining is another possibility as some of the region’s most prestigious restaurants can be found here.  A sunny and warm climate all year round and the carefully planned development, ever mindful of preserving the natural environment, make Vera an ideal place to live.

Bédar

Set in the sierra of the same name, Bédar preserves the charm of lost times.  Its Arabic past is alive everywhere: in the narrow, winding streets, built into the natural shape of the ground; the limestone houses of all shapes and sizes, with tiled roofs, the stepped lowlands irrigated from natural springs, the old Moorish estates scattered across the countryside and the down-to-earth townspeople that are so welcoming to visitors.  All this makes for the attraction and fascination of Bédar – no wonder so many people from around the world have chosen to take up residence here.  Resident actors, musicians, intellectuals and visual artists give rise to shows, exhibitions and other cultural events.  These activities sometimes take place in a stone amphitheatre near the fountain of Bédarin, which preserves a traditional public washing place.

 

Cuevas del Almanzora

This town has some of the richest history of eastern Almería and its beginnings can be traced back to Neolithic Age.  It was the site of Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman settlements.  Traces of its medieval past remain, and there is an abundance of caves, that give the place its name, which were used by the townspeople as homes for centuries o­n end.  The splendour of this place can be strongly felt in the historic part of town, where the main attraction is the Renaissance fortress of the Marquis de los Vélez.  There is a museum inside, and frequent cultural events take place there.  In addition to this legacy, Cuevas del Almanzora boasts of a coastline of cliffs, small coves, such as Pozo del Esparto, El Calón and open beaches in Palomares and Villaricos.  These last two areas have increased their tourist offering with a campsite, several residential developments, a pleasant promenade and two nautical sports sites.  The two main outdoor activities here are diving and golf.

Garrucha

This long standing marine town has responded to the modern tourist demand in style, offering such a choice of fine seafood restaurants that it is truly a seafood lover’s paradise.  The traditional preparation styles are maintained, and among the host of sea delicacies o­n offer the Garrucha prawns are not to be missed.  Garrucha is definitely a town o­n the rise.  Its many premises include hotels and apart-hotels, flats and a complete range of services, bars and clubs.  Garrucha’s spectacular promenade that is perfect for strolling, with its white Macael marble balustrade, is soon to be lengthened and will provide a charming outline for the excellent, golden-sanded beaches, all the way to Mojácar.

 

Pulpí forms a natural border between the provinces of Murcia and Almeria.  Its coast, San Juan de los Terreros haspretty, shallow coves which are ideal for the family.  New urban developments, such as hotels and the modernised cave houses, offer a wide range of accommodation to those who choose Pulpí as a tourist destination.  Golf will soon join the long list of outdoor activities already available in Pulpí, such as scuba diving, fishing and hiking.Also distinguishing this area is the discovery in an old silver mine of the world’s largest geode.  This rock formation is covered with highly transparent chalk crystals and has attracted great scientific interest.

 

Carboneras

Situated at the entrance to the National Park of Cabo de Gata, 80% of its territory is protected as national park and nature reserve land.  It boasts kilometres of virgin coastline and crystalline waters, found at beaches such as Ancón, los Barquicos, los Cocones, la Puntica, la Marinica, los Muertos, el Algarrobico, and San Andrés island, declared a fishing reserve.  These are all ideal places to spend your free time fishing, scuba diving and sailing amongst countless other activities.  In the near future, a special port for nautical sports will be built, under the auspices of the nautical club, Isla de San Andrés.  The new port will include 650 moorings for boats between 6 and 20 metres long.