Almeria Motorhome Rental, Spain
RV Hire and Campervan Rental in Almeria
Almeria, also the name of its host province, is the easternmost city of Andalusia, on the southeast coast of Spain. The name was derived from Arabic ‘al-mariyya’ (the watchtower) which referred to the grand Alcazaba, the only Islamic structure left in town. Almeria is bordered by Murcia to the northeast, Granada to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the east and south, making it an ideal starting point to explore its coast and the nearby Costa Calida by Almeria motorhome rental, campervan hire or RV rentals.
Almeria Coast by Campervan Hire
The coast of Almeria is one of the least crowded areas in Mediterranean Spain, and one of the unspoilt and most beautiful, too. Pitch your Almeria motorhome rental in one of the many ‘playas’ that line its shore, starting from the popular, well-equipped resort, Roquetas de Mar. If stunning rocky headlands and sandy coves are what you are after, head east to Cabo de Gata with your RV rental in Almeria and enjoy sublime sunsets while enjoying cocktails in nearby ‘chiringuitos’ (seaside restaurants). Then scope out the shore for pink flamingos and other waders that make the salt flats their home.
Perhaps no other stretch of coast defines Costa Almeria than the one in Mojacar, a small town to the north two hours away by Almeria campervan hire. This elevated mountain village has a coast 17 kilometers long enjoying 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.
Drive from Catalonia to Valencia
From Almeria, you can choose whether to go up the coast to Barcelona, passing through Murcia and Alicante, or go down via Granada and Malaga to reach Cadiz, the oldest inhabited city in the West, on Spain’s southernmost tip.
The northern coast offers a selection of wine and castle trails, the deserted beaches of Costa Calida, pockets of resorts in Alicante’s Costa Blanca, Valencian cuisine like ‘paella,’ and Catalan culture and arts in Barcelona. The Jumilla wine route in Murcia proves to be the most popular, along with a sampling of Murcia’s fruits and vegetables cultivated using Muslim-planned irrigation systems. If time permits, the Catalonian capital of Barcelona is eight hours up the coast by Almeria motorhome rental.
Southern Andalusia by Motorhome
A shorter coastal route would be a drive in your campervan rental in Almeria down to Cadiz via Granada’s Costa Tropical and Malaga’s Costa del Sol. This trip presents an opportunity to sneak into Granada’s majestic Alhambra Palace, with perhaps a quick jaunt to the snowcapped Sierra Nevada. Then it’s on to Malaga’s 11th century Gibralfaro Castle and Museo Picasso, with a bit of partying in Costa del Sol’s upscale beach resorts.
For a deeper peak into southern Spain’s history, Phoenician-founded Cadiz provides an apt introduction. The world capital of Sherry and the cradle of flamenco, Jerez de la Frontera, is a mere 30-minute drive inland. Sevilla, the capital of Andalusia and home to the largest cathedral in the world, is another hour north by campervan hire or RV rentals. Going south across the Strait of Gibraltar, which is the narrowest point between Africa and Europe, rewards the intrepid traveler with the exotic sights and smells of Morocco.