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Top Choice Park in Costa de Almería

Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Boasting glorious beaches, vertiginous cliffs and a semi-desert hinterland, this 340-sq-km park occupies Andalucía’s southeastern corner. It’s a wild and often hauntingly beautiful place, its largely empty landscape…
Top Choice Beach in Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Playa San Pedro

Set between dramatic headlands 3km northeast of Las Negras, this sandy hideaway is the holy grail of the park's numerous beaches. The 250m-long playa, backed by a pocket of verdant scrubland dotted with the thatched…
Top Choice International in Mojácar

Tito's

Picture the ideal beachside bar and chances are it would look something like Tito's, a cane-canopied hangout set amidst palm trees on the southern promenade. It's a wonderfully laid-back spot to sate your thirst on …
Top Choice Seafood in San José

4 Nudos

Of San José's various seafood restaurants, the 'Four Knots' is the star performer. Aptly housed in the Club Náutico at the marina, it serves classic Spanish dishes – paella included – alongside more innovative creat…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Agua Amarga

Restaurante La Villa

La Villa is a sophisticated restaurant with a romantically lit dining room and an elegant outdoor terrace. Dishes are original and artfully presented, ranging from Tex-Mex starters to steak tartare and gourmet black…
Beach in San José

Calas del Barronal

The Calas de Barronal consist of four beautiful little beaches (El Lance del Perro, Cala Chica, Cala Grande and Cala Principe) that run along the coast in an isolated string east of Playa del Barronal. If the tides …
Viewpoint in Mojácar

Mirador del Castillo

Perched on the highest point in town – originally the site of a castle and now home to the hotel El Mirador del Castillo – this hilltop mirador (viewpoint) looks down to the sea and over a hazy brown-green landscape…
Beach in San José

Playa de Mónsul

The most celebrated of the playas off the San José beach road, Playa de Mónsul is a fabulous sandy wedge hemmed in by sharply eroded lava rocks and a towering dune. A distinguishing feature is its central rock stack…
Fusion in Mojácar

Arlequino

The Arlequino's studiedly mismatched bohemian decor and panoramic rooftop terrace pair well with the fusion Middle Eastern cuisine it serves. Vegetable samosas pave the way for mains such as lightly herbed lamb, ele…
Beach in San José

Playa de los Genoveses

The first beach southwest of San José is Playa de los Genoveses, a lovely, 1km-long stretch of sand framed by two headlands. It owes its name to the Genoese navy, ships from which landed here in 1147 to support the …