Flora and fauna
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.
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.
Overlooking the Alboran Sea, this stunning landscape, dotted with inlets tucked between overpoweringly sheer cliffs and covering some 50,000 hectares, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1997.
The dark sand and gravel beach at El Toyo stretches out for an impressive 1,300 metres and is backed by a long promenade peppered with viewpoints offering spectacular sea views. It has all the necessary facilities, including disabled access, showers, a car park and lifeguard station, to name but a few.
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).