Golf Holidays in Cuevas del Almanzora, Almeria, Spain

 
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Cuevas del Almanzora is set in the valley of the Almanzora river in south east Spain.  Surrounded by colourful mountains, the valley meets the Mediterranean coast along a stretch of 7 kms of sandy beaches. 

It enjoys a unique desert climate, with the least rainfall (less than 20cm/year), the most sunshine (3308 hrs/year) & the warmest winter in Spain (average annual temperature 20+ degrees c).  It is amongst the oldest inhabited regions of Europe, its caves occupied since man first appeared on the continent; then early Greeks, Phoenicians, Hannibal & his Carthaginians, Romans, Vizigoths, Byzantines, Arabs & Christians all followed, drawn by the Almanzora’s rich agriculture, gold & silver.  A 19th century mining boom in the local coastal village of Villaricos resulted in the ornate homes (mini-palaces) of the burgers of Cuevas, which also posesses a striking Moorish/Christian castle, set a background of dramatic cliffs, punctured by pre-historic cave dwellings.  Today, whilst the municipality of Cuevas remains one of the least developed of all on the Mediterranean coast, it is home to Europe’s only Arizona style luxury desert resort and international championship golf course.

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Why Cuevas del Almanzora?   Map:
  • Dramatic scenery
  • Driest, sunniest & warmest winter climate in Europe
  • Unspoilt by mass development
  • Many sandy beaches, large & small
  • Historic town & countryside
  • The only luxury desert resort & golf course in Europe
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Eating out

In the immediate vicinity, this is centred on the locality’s fishing village of Villaricos. It has a number of excellent bars, cafés and restaurants, serving both Spanish and English food, including local fish, barbecued meats and traditional Spanish dishes; notable are the La Esperanza and the Las Brisas bar on the sandy beach.Meanwhile the only “Three Fork” restaurants in the region can be found at Desert Springs; the popular family oriented Crocodile Club & Pool (pastas, pizzas, fish, grills) and internationally awarded El Torrente Restaurant with its romantic deck on Powder Creek

Night life

Local nightlife for the fairly young is at El Porton, in the countryside behind Villaricos and at Los Vampiros in the village itself, where there are also a number of late bars, including Las Brisas down on the beach.  For slightly older celebrants, there are any number of night clubs, discos and other late night redoubts, at a safe distance at the other end of the beach, in Mojacar.   Over and above that, there are frequent local fiestas with dancing on into the night and Desert Springs itself holds events from time to time.

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