Almeria: Why go

This province of Andalucia is best known for its arid landscape, much of it desert and part of the beautiful Cabo de Gata Natural Park. It is a land of hot breezes, palm trees, fiery sunsets and thick night skies.

Compared to the rest of Andalucia, it is relatively untouristy, yet its Mediterranean beaches are beautiful, still largely undeveloped. Come here for pretty fishing villages, to hike through sand dunes and rugged terrain, to marvel at dramatic rock formation and to birdwatch on the salt flats and lagoons of Las Salinas, where you can see storks, plovers, herons and crowds of greater flamingos.

With thanks to Martyn Johnson of Cabo de Gata Photography for the use of his photos

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