Flights to Almería airport from the UK often change according to season but generally can be booked through the following:
EasyJet (from Stansted and Gatwick)
Monarch (from Luton, Manchester and Birmingham)
MyTravel Lite (from Birmingham)
Ryan Air (from Stansted, Dublin)
Sometimes it’s possible to get better deals flying with Iberia travelling via Madrid airport. Please see Iberia.com for further details.
Accommodation – please note that some hotels, hostals & campsites are seasonal.
We are based in San José and would encourage clients to stay close for logistical reasons. There is a very good standard of accommodation available in San José, here is a selection of the best.
For staying elsewhere along the Costa Almería, i.e. not necessarily in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata:
Food & Drink
There are numerous options for food around Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata including some amazing sea food restaurants. Please bear in mind that ownership does occasionally change hands and what might be good one day may not be good the next. San José has many great places to eat but some are very expensive and frankly not worth the money. Here is a list of the ones we currently favour although with over 50 bars in San José alone it’s difficult to choose! Here’s a tip though, when you go for tapas ask what is available as what you see written on the board might not necessarily be what they have!
Tapas (main meals available in most but tapas recommended):
Abacería Avesivá – A new wine bar and delicatessen in San José? Really? Well, yes “really” and what a great place it is too!
Arrecife – good traditional tapas, seasonal opening.
Bar Iruña – lovely revamped bar, open all year round. Now with great tapas!
Café Andrea – good but only cold tapas, open all year round.
El Duende – excellent and sometimes different, open all year round.
El Octopus – excellent, modern and open all year round. Good selection of wine.
La Raspa – excellent, traditional and open all year round.
Restaurants (avoid ALL along the way to the port although I am told that the “portside” Brigantino is fast becoming a favourite):
Aniceto – very good but expensive, seasonal opening.
Atalaya – good food, service sometimes a bit “iffy”, seasonal opening.
Bla-Bla-Bla – excellent value burgers & pizzas, open all year round.
Casa Miguel en Tierra de Cine – good quality food, a must for cinema lovers.
Casa Pepé – reasonable / good food, even more amazing views, seasonal opening.
El Otro Parque – nice, mostly Italian food, on the expensive side, seasonal opening.
Il Brigantino – very good value for money, seasonal and random opening.
Mesón el Pescador – a bit hit & miss, when it’s good it’s great, seasonal opening.
Rione Trastevere – great food, especially the pizzas, seasonal opening.
Tercera Edad – good food, especially the menu del dia, open all year round.
Yamina – nice “basic” pizza & pasta restaurant, good value, seasonal opening.
Restaurants (a little out of San José):
Alba, Los Albaricoques – a must for Spaghetti Western fans, good food, not sure of opening times.
El Refugio, Cala Higuera – fantastic food, even better views, seasonal opening.
Las Forcas (Casa Maria), Boca de los Frailes – best value food, open all year.
Rincón del Castillo, Retamar – good value food, rapid service – sometimes too fast, seasonal opening.
There is an almost unlimited number of fantastic traditional places to eat in the various villages around the Almería province and we have been to quite a few of these villages. If you are taking a photography experience with us and would like to sample a true taste of Spain, let us know and we will arrange a combined photography & culinary experience you will remember forever :-)
Generally the quality of the bar is defined by the quality of the tapas and all the places listed under the Tapas heading above are also good bars. There are a number of nice bars however that don’t sell tapas (or quality of tapas not worthy of note) that are worth mentioning.
Jo Bar – biker’s bar sometimes live music @ weekends & BBQ, open all year round.
Kalimba de Luna – recently taken over by new owners, nice music & atmosphere.
Maimono (El Pirata) – nice vibe & music, open all year round.
If anyone has had a good experience of any restaurant in San José that isn’t mentioned above and feels it should be, please let us know, contact – firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no shortage of supermarkets in Cabo de Gata though some of the better ones are located in Almería. There is also an excellent Sunday market for fruit & veg in El Alquián, near Almería airport.
We are very environmentally focused and do not promote activities such as quad biking, motor-cross, etc… There are a number of alternative activities to become involved with in the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata and a good source of knowledge is our very good friend Jesus Contreras. Please visit his Facebook page to see what he can offer. We are hoping to be working with Jesus more and more as time goes on. Please also see the website for Unique Almería which offers some great ideas of things to do.