Vera (pop. 15,000) was originally situated at the coast but was moved to the hills of Espiritu Santo by the Arabs. In 1518 an earthquake destroyed the town. According to the tales, Queen Isabel shot an arrow and ordered the building of Vera to be built on the spot where the Arrow landed. The church in the centre has been built as a stronghold to resist the attacks
of the of Moors. Vera boasts that it is the sunniest place in Spain.
At 10km distance lies the Mediterranean-seacoast where over a distance of some
kilometres a number of holiday parks with two or three floor properties are built. Some of these parks have a naturist purpose.
One of them is Vera-Natura, which lies immediately at the beach. Go to the website of Vera
Garrucha (ca. 6km) is a fishing town with a beautiful promenade. Every Friday there is a market. Several Internet cafes are in town. Go to the website of Garrucha
Some kilometres inland the dazzling old town of Mojácar is build on a mountain. There you will find picturesque streets, little shops and lively terraces.
Mojácar has a 4000-year-old history. Strategically strong by its high position and it's wide view over the area. The Greek and the Moors occupied it. Since the 8th Century it grew as an important town for trading. This growth reached its peak in the mid 19th Century. The populations rapid decreas was caused by several dry periods until 1960. Since then tourism developed and Mojácar is flourishing again. Go to the website of Mojacar
Further south (ca. 60km) lies Nijar. This town is well known for its hand-made pottery and rugs, named “jarapas”. Traditional carpet making can be seen in the local textile mills. These products are sold in the many shops. Go to the website of Nijar
is an area famous for its cave tunnels of more than 50km. Its marvelous underground world is really worth a visit provided you do not suffer from claustrophobia since it is almost a journey to the centre of the Earth.
Go to the website of Sorbas
90 kilometers from Vera lies Almería, a town with many attractions. The name "Almería" is taken from "Mariyat", Arabic for "View over sea". The town had one of the most important harbours of the Islamic world during the Kalifaat of Córdoba. The Arab fortress of Alcazaba build on a hilltop is a sign of the greatness of the town in that time (now 170.000 inhabitants). The stronghold still is a place where styles and influences are found of the nearby North-African coast. Go to the website of Almeria
Murcia (140 km) is a town with a long history and historic architecture.
Granada (approximately 210 km) too is well worth a visit (Alhambra). Top
Near Vera Natura there are two golf courses.
Just north of Vera Natura, in Palomares (ca. 10km), lies the unique golf course “Desert Springs”.
Some call it the most spectacular golf course in the world, lying in the middle of a desert like landscape.
Desert Springs Golf Club, Calle Desert
04618 Cuevas del Almanzora, Almeria
Tel +34 950 467 411 Go to the website of the Desert Springs Golf Club
4. Amusement parks
In Tabernas is “mini-Hollywood” (Two wild-west towns built for movies like “Lawrence of Arabia”, “Indiana Jones”, “A Fistful of Dollars”, “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”, “For a view dollars more”, “Once Upon a Time in the West” and many more. Go to the website of 'Mini Hollywood'
Nearby is situated the 'Reserva Zoológica'. A wildlife park where you can find a wide range of wild animals. It is possible to take a jeep safari through the park. Go to the website of Reserva Zoológica
As well as the swimming pool in the complex there are kilometres of sandy beach next to the complex. There you can enjoy a long walk or just sunbathing. In the summer water bikes and canoes are rented out. The sun beds at the pool are free of charge. On the beach they are for rent. Top
In the surrounding area nature gives a western-like impression. Huge cactuses and palm trees.
The wild park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar lies on the eastside of the Gulf of Almeria. 45 Kilometres untouched coast with a rough volcanic landscape. The highest mountaintops lie within the Sierra de Gata, a chain of mountain, which forms a natural front for rain clouds. In the desert like landscape are walking dunes, salt lakes and secret bays.
Go to the website of Cabo de Gata-Nijar