Almanzora is a beautiful town in the desert landscapes of the Costa de Almeria. Cuevas de Almanzora, to give the town its full name, is a fantastically unspoilt, rural market town which stands in the imposing shadow of its huge castle. Almanzora is among the oldest towns in Andalucia, and after the silver rush in the Sierra Almagrera Mountains, Almanzora became one of the wealthiest too, the legacy of which is still clearly visible in the beautiful buildings and elaborate villas in Almanzora.
Almanzora’s past wealth makes the town a real pleasure to explore. The Castillo de Cuevas del Almanzora is an elaborate mixture of castle and Gothic palace, set high on a hill above the town. The castle is still amazingly intact, offering a huge amount to see from any Almanzora accommodation. The beautiful baroque Church de la Encarnacion and the numerous cave dwellings in nearby Terrera del Calguerin also make for almost essential viewing on any Almanzora holiday. The bi-weekly fresh food markets, held on a Tuesday and a Thursday come highly recommended too.
The Indiana Golf course, part of the Desert Springs resort, is a huge asset for those taking holiday rentals in Almanzora. Indiana is the first desert golf course in Europe, offering similar standards of golf to the famous courses of Arizona and California, as well as sensational desert views. The fairways are beautifully landscaped to produce wide, lush fairways so any standard of golfer can enjoy a fantastic round of golf in the sun.
Although the infamous Almanzora Country Club is awaiting completion, there is still a vast amount to entertain the whole family on an Almanzora holiday. The nearby Desert Springs Family Resort and Desert Golf Course, which lie between Almanzora and the coast, provide visitors to Almanzora rentals with a huge range of sporting facilities, including swimming pools, golf course, driving range, tennis courts and walking and mountain biking trails.
During the summer, the beaches of Villaricos and Vera are hugely appealing. Located within easy reach of any of the self catering rentals in Almanzora, a quick swim before breakfast is absolutely bliss, completely reinvigorating and relaxing both body and mind. The beaches of Vera have been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness, and there are few finer ways to spend a summer’s day than by stretching out on the fine, golden sand and soaking in the sun’s warmth.
Almanzora enjoys the warmest and sunniest winters in the whole of Europe, making it one of the most popular places to find winter sun. There are over 300 days of sunshine every year in Almanzora, and during July and August, temperatures can routinely soar to 40°C. A holiday rental in Almanzora is an absolutely superb getaway at any time of year.
A holiday rental villa in Almanzora is just 45 minutes from Almeria Airport (LEI). Almeria is very well linked to the UK, with airlines including easyJet, Monarch and Thomas Cook providing flights from airports throughout the UK.