The 10 best beaches in Almeria

26 Jan
Last update: 28 April, 2023

Find out the best beaches in Almeria you must visit at least once in your life!

The province of Almeria offers its visitors more than 100 km of astonishing and breathtaking beaches and coves that you may recognise as the shooting places of your favourite movies.

If you fancy spending a day as if you were the protagonist of famous películas, or simply enjoying the sun while taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea, come to Almeria and have the best experience during your stay.

Choose one of the fabulous beaches in Almeria. They won’t disappoint you!

1. Mónsul beach (San José)

El Monsul beach in San José, Almería

Despite being a semi-virgin, isolated, 300mt-long shore, the beach of Mónsul is very much attended by tourists with families. It lies within the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, and one of its most famous features is a lava formation right in the middle of its shores, where tourists usually shelter themselves from the hot sun rays.

Its fine sand and limpid, slope-free waters will make you forget the total absence of facilities. You will only find a parking lot near the beach, but being it limited-access, you’d better go by bus.

The beach of Monsul is the Natural Park’s most famous beach, also thanks to the plenty of movies that have been shot there, among which some scenes of the film series “Indiana Jones.

2. Aguadulce beach (Roquetas de Mar)

This 2500mt-long beach is one of the most frequented beaches in the South of Almeria, especially during weekends and summer. The dark sand and quiet waters have made it possible for it to gain the Blue Flag, an award given by the EU, as well as other prizes that certify its quality.

There are plenty of services, such as rescue service, local police, Red Cross, in addition to the most common facilities (toilets, showers, bins, umbrella and deck-chairs rental service). Moreover, the beach provides a safe access for disabled people.

But there is more to do! If you fancy spending a good time with your friends, you can go for a stroll alongside the picturesque paseo marítimo or enjoy a tasty meal in one of its chiringuitos, the typical Spanish restaurants on the beach.

3. Los Genoveses beach (San José)

Beach of the Genoveses, San José

This fabulous beach is situated 2km far from the little town of San José, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. It is 1200 metres long, full of fine, gold sand and the total absence of buildings and streets makes it an entirely virgin cove.

The only way to get there is on foot, through a natural path full of lavender bushes. While walking, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the whole bay and the Morrón de Los Genoveses, an outstanding, 85-metres-tall volcanic headland.

The beach is famous because some famous movies were shot there, among which we recall “The Wind and the Lion” with Sean Connery. A curiosity: the beach owes its name to the Genoese fleet that helped the Castellan troops liberate Almeria from the Muslim kingdom of Granada in 1147. This aid is the reason why the Almerian and Genoese flags are the same.

4. Las Negras beach (Las Negras)

Las Negras beach

You can find this 850 mt-long beach at the heart of the town of Níjar, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. Its sand mixes with little pebbles, while its crystal-clear waters and the natural barriers, which repair you from the wind, make it the ideal spot where to bathe.

This large family-friendly beach offers lots of facilities, such as showers, rescue service, an access specifically designed for disabled people, a parking area, in addition to a sea ferry that connects the area with the small secluded bay of San Pedro.

Las Negras beach, Almeria
Living las Negras – Cabo de Gata. Photo by Miguel Angel Sánchez-Gerrero Ros

The peculiar shape of Cerro Negro surrounds the beach, a dark cliff of volcanic rocks under whose shadow you can enjoy a quiet and very relaxed atmosphere.

5. Los Muertos beach (Carboneras)

Los Muertos beach (Carboneras, Almeria)

The beach of Los Muertos is what they call “a heaven on earth”, despite its name, which reminds of the corpses that used to reach the beach after shipwrecks. In fact, crystal-clear water characterises this 1600 mt-long virgin beach, which allows tourists to engage in scuba diving. The thin gravelled sand and the landscapes are other noteworthy features.

Located in the protected natural park of Cabo de Gata, it is attended mostly during high season by tourists and nudists from every nationality, thus being low and middle seasons the ideal moments to rejoice here and enjoy this virgin land at best. Here you won’t find any services, except for surveillance service, to prevent unwanted dangers provoked by the easterly wind, that may blow uninterruptedly. When this happens, it is advisable not to dive into the waters, since the wind makes it hard to get out.

The access to this beach is far from simple, but, at the same time, it makes this beach even more charming. In fact, you will have to go down a steep, 800 mt-long path, after leaving your car in the nearby parking, whose cost rounds €4/5.

6. Los Escullos beach (Níjar)

Los Escullos beach

Los Escullos is a little town of fishermen in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, whose beach finds itself between the Isleta del Moro and the beach of Arco. This quiet and not much frequented little spot lies surrounded by dunes of fine sand. From there, you can enjoy the view of the Castle of San Felipe, built by Charles III in the XVIII century.

The beach owns a surveillance and a coastal protection service, as well as a few not-so-far restaurants and bars. It has become famous thanks to the shooting of movies such as “Les Dalton” or “Never say never again.

7. Cala de Enmedio (Níjar)

Cala de Enmedio, Cabo de Gata, Almeria
Cala de enmedio. Photo by Jose Luis RDS

This beach finds itself in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata, and it has been elected as one of the best beaches in Europe by the New York Times. The only way to get there, and enjoy its dark sand, its crystal-clear blue waters and its white-rock geological formation, is on foot or by boat. The isolation it is known for has made this beach one of the ideal spots where to practice nudism or scuba diving.

8. El Playazo beach (Rodalquilar)

El Playazo beach in Rodalquilar, Almeria
Cabo de Gata – El Playazo de Rodalquilar. Photo by Jordi M.J

Despite finding itself at about 3 km far from the town of Rodalquilar, this impressive beach relies on an easy access. Its limpid blue waters and its fine, gold sand are looked after by the breathtaking castle of San Ramón, situated on a nearby fossil dune. The beach of El Playazo is completely safe, thanks to the slope-free entry to the water. Therefore, the beach is particularly indicated for families with children.

You can find the beach along the path that runs through La Molata cliffs, whose unusual shapes you can spot while sunbathing on the sand. Due to its isolated position, the beach is frequented by nudists, too.

9. Agua Amarga beach (Níjar)

Agua Amarga beach in Nijár

This fine-sanded public beach finds itself in the town of Níjar, in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. It provides tourists with every kind of facilities (surveillance and rescue services, ice-cream stands, bars, restaurants and a disabled people access), therefore being the ideal beach for the whole family.

You can find small rocky coves on the right side of the beach, one of which is famous for the mud baths you can take there. On the left side, there is a loading platform that was used to bring the mineral from the Lucainena de Las Torres mine to the boats waiting in the port. The 40km route has recently been turned into a hiking path.

10. Las Salinas beach (Cabo de Gata)

Las Salinas beach with Church of Las Salinas

With its almost 5 km, the beach of Las Salinas is the biggest beach in the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata. The variety of its sand (with pebbles, or thinner) satisfies everyone’s preferences, making it the ideal place where to spend a sunny day with your family.

You can get to the beach by walking on wooden footbridges, after leaving your car parked right on the side of the beach. The only thing you have to remember is bringing something to eat or drink, as there aren’t any bars nor restaurants.

Whether you love architecture or birdwatching, this is the right place to be. In fact, in the middle of the beach, you can enjoy the picturesque church of Las Salinas, a famous symbol of the Park. Moreover, all around the sand, there are unique spots where to spy on the birds of the natural ornithological reserve of Las Salinas.

Places to stay in Almeria

If you need a place to relax while and after enjoying the best beaches in Almeria, check out this selection of the cosiest holiday homes in the province of Almeria. You will find your next holiday accommodation among them!

As you have just verified by yourself, Almeria has a lot of amazing and breathtaking beaches you should visit if you are in Spain.

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