The little-known south
The highlight of the Almeria’s stunningly beautiful coastline is Cabo de Gata, a vast expanse of outstanding environmental and ecological value. This vast, untamed area of natural heritage is home to a large number of protected species.
The area is the ideal starting point from which to explore more closely this impressive Mediterranean landscape formed from a large expanse of volcanic soil. From here, visitors can follow the numerous trails that crisscross the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Park, explore the underwater geo-routes or enjoy any of the countless outdoor sports on offer.
On the coast, dotted between the cliffs and inlets, large beaches such as El Toyo, which stretches out some 1,300 metres, offer superb leisure options for all the family.
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Almeria’s coastline boasts an immense ecological wealth; in fact, it attracts a number of tropical Atlantic species that cannot be seen anywhere else in the Mediterranean.
In this seafaring land, it is quite understandable that fresh fish and seafood form an essential part of the local cuisine. Yet this region is also famed for its delicious stews and casseroles made from fresh local produce such as ajoblanco (chilled garlic and almond soup), sopa moruna (lamb and lentil soup) and tabernero (stewed pepper, onion and fresh tomato).
Eastern Almeria’s vast cultural and environmental treasure trove includes the Millares archaeological site, the Alcazaba Arab fortress, the Muslim Torre García fortification and the Phoenician ruins of Abdera, in Adra, and Villaricos , in Cuevas del Almanzora.
El Toyo’s warm, sunny climate coupled with extensive leisure facilities guarantee a great holiday for all the family. The activities on offer include adventure sports, hiking, horse riding, scuba diving, windsurfing and golf.
The residential development of El Toyo is situated just 13 km outside Almeria, next to one of the Mediterranean’s most jealously-guarded natural areas, the Cabo de Gata - Níjar Nature Park.