Andalucia Diary – Seasonal Travel Notes

La Almendra Y El Gitano Almeria

Tranquility in hidden Europe – ‘La Almenda y El Gitano’, near Agua Amargas, Almeria, Andalucia

The dry heat is glorious; we’re in Almeria, the eastern province of Andalucía.  It’s not well known, and most know if from a motorway journey heading either east or west heading through the sea of plastic. Almeria has become Europe’s vegetable garden and more many it’s a shock to see the price the environment pays to deliver our insatiable appetite for fruit and veg during every season.

La almendra y el gitano, agua amarga, almeria, andalucia, andrew Forbes
La almendra y el gitano, agua amarga, almeria, andalucia, low light, andrew Forbes

Yet Almeria is SO much more than it’s produce industry; its south and eastern coast and sea is a protected natural park of extraordinary natural beauty. I have been here before a few times, but never to the east coast and it really is beautiful.

Rodalquilar, landscapes, almeria, andalucia
Playa de los muertos, almeria, andrew forbes

We’ve hear on retreat and have checked into the alluringly peaceful ‘La Almendra y El Gitano’ rural cortijo – a beautiful, small bed & breakfast/hotel that offers informal, welcoming hospitality.It’s close to some amazingly beautiful coves too.


This is my article for the Sur in Englisg Travel Supplement.

La almendra y el gitano guest terrace

La almendra y el gitano guest suite

Cala plomo, la almendra y el gitano, almeria, spain, andrew Forbes

Cabo de Gata Nijar Natural Park - near Agua amargas, almeria, andalucia

Costa almeria, cabo de gata, almeria, andalucia, spain, andrew forbes

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