Vera is a charming walled, renaissance town with many attractive buildings,
several of which can be found in its main square, the Plaza Mayor. Vera
is a prosperous town with a great variety of shops, many selling locally
made handicrafts, and on Saturdays there is an street market that seems
to take over the town. An equally strong attraction is the local cuisine,
found both in classy restaurants and tapas bars.
The surrounding area
The Almeria coast boasts many blue-flag beaches, including the
nearby Vera Playa and Mojácar Playa.
The Vera Aqua Park is a short drive away and provides a fun family day out. Several golf courses are within easy reach: Cortijo Grande (9-hole), Club Marina Golf, Desert Springs and Valle Del Este (all 18-hole).
Garrucha is a beautiful and lively fishing town that still retains much of its original charm. It has a great selection of restaurants and bars with many excellent seafood restaurants to be found along the seafront serving the fresh catch of the day. The town is particularly famous for the quality of its large red prawns, only fished in the local waters. One of the pleasures of Garrucha is taking a lovely evening stroll around the bay – for almost two kilometres there are landscaped areas to sit and relax while watching the sunset over the Mediterranean sea.
Mojácar town is a picturesque sight of whitewashed buildings and steep and winding, cobbled streets. Perched high on a hill in the Sierra Cabrera it overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. It was a centre of trade for the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans but the Moorish influence dating from the 8th Century, is most visible. The place is a melting pot of cultures, indeed, it is said to have proportionately one of the most international blend of people in Spain. It is also a haven to people with an interest in the arts, many writers, painters and photographers have made Mojacar their home.
A visit to the nearby Cabo de Gata Natural Park is a must. It is Andalucia's largest coastal nature park. The park covers some 38,000 hectares of land and another 12,000 hectares under water. It is an area of unspoilt beauty with unique scenery, volcanic craters, rocky headlands and sandy coves. Apart from walking and enjoying the scenery there is much for the visitor to do including cycling and climbing. The crystal clear waters form an ideal setting for underwater photographic safaris and all forms of fishing.
Cuevas del Almanzora is one of the oldest towns of the province. In the early 19th century silver was discovered in the nearby mountains. The news spread like wild fire and Cuevas del Almanzora became home to many a fortune hunter. The town got its name from the many artificial caves in the nearby hills once inhabited by the miners. The impressive legacy of this silver rush can be seen all around from the elegant family houses of the mining barons to the grand avenues, churches and statues. A visit to the cave dwellings is highly recommended.
As the only true desert in Europe, Tabernas became a popular destination for film producers and their film sets in the 1960s, especially westerns. More than 100 films have been at least partially shot here, including 'A Fistful of Dollars', 'The Magnificent Seven', 'The Good, The Bad & The Ugly' and 'Lawrence of Arabia'. The climate here is extreme and rain is scarce. In the summer months it reaches temperatures of 45º C, whilst some winter nights register 0º C. For anyone with an interest in cinema history the film theme parks Mini Hollywood and Texas Hollywood offer film sets and daily live shows. However, for the more energetic and adventurous, there are numerous inland walks as well as four-wheel drive routes.
How to get to the Vera Al-Andalus Holiday Apartment
Almeria Airport - 80 km (45 mins)
Murcia (San Javier) Airport- 135 km (90 mins)
Alicante Airport- 200 km (2 hours)
www.aena.es | Flight routes and airline information for Almeria, Murcia and Alicante.
By Road >>
Vera is on exit 534 of the Autovía del Mediterráneo A7/E15(salida 534).
From Almería > Autovía A7/E15 (N-340) > Total km: 90
From Alicante > Autovía A7/E15 (N-340) > Total km: 199
From Murcia > Autovía A7/E15 (N-340) > Total km: 124
www.viamichelin.com | Michelin - Online Road Maps and Directions
By Train >>
Almería is the nearest train station, the journey on to Vera can be made by bus or taxi (€70-€80).
www.renfe.es | Renfe - Train Timetables and Routes
By Bus >>
www.alsa.es | Alsa - Bus Timetables and Routes
Routes include -
Almeria > Vera
Alicante > Vera
Madrid > Vera