Supporting MACS cancer charity mega-fundraiser on Sunday, February 5th at Marina Playa Hotel, Mojacar Playa

Jackie and Charlie will be supporting the mega-fundraiser for MACS Mojacar, Almeria charity event tomorrow, February 5th from 12.00-20.00 at Hotel Marina Playa at the end of the beach road. Love music all afternoon, both inside and outside stages.

All the magic of Carnival at Aguilas, who needs Rio?

 

Be sure to come and visit our stand for the best tours in the area, booking now - Aguilas Carnival, Lorca Semana Santa Procession, Cabo de Gata, wine-tasting and olive oil tasting, Almeria city tour, La Alhambra Granada and of course St Patrick's day with a Spanish twist in Lorca! You know you want to...

Let us show you "Secret Spain"...

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Watch out! There's a "Coach Trip" about! Costa Almeria Tours take out Brendan Sheerin and his gang of contestants to the Almeria Alpujarras. Coming soon on E4. Shhhhhh..."Secret Spain"

 Watch out! There's a "Coach Trip" about! Costa Almeria Tours take out Brendan Sheerin and his gang of contestants to the Almeria Alpujarras. Coming soon on E4. Shhhhhh..."Secret Spain"

Costa Almeria Tours joins the greatest Tour Guide ever! Brendan Sheerin and E4 begin the trip again tomorrow Monday, 16th January, Look out for us on 19th February as the series continues 5 days a week at our Secret Spain bodega in the Alpujarras in Padules, Almeria. Thanks all of you guys in the team and Manolo and Enriquecita at the bodega, we had a special day with you all!

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Who needs Rio?

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Who needs Rio... ? When we have one of the best carnival extravaganzas in Europe on our doorstep in Aguilas.

Costa Almeria Tours Aguilas Carnival Trip - February 13th, 2016


Special thanks to Keith Hancock, one of our very special guests on the night for the great photos.

Oh what a night that was! Now taking reservations for 2017 - no deposit necessary.

We will transport you to the delights of Aguilas Carnival - not to be missed. Please see our other tours booking now below, with transport from where you are (Mojacar and surrounding areas.)

Night Star constellations, the night sky in Almeria revealed with hug telescopes to open up the universe, Sunday, March 6th, plus dinner in a mountain top cortijo, special treat for Mother's Day or just because you fancy it!

The most spectacular Semana Santa Easter Processions in Lorca, booking for 2016 and 2017, front seats only with full dinner and transport

And so much more - do not forget to check our website for all tours booking now:

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Underground in Almeria City

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The Civil War refuges built for the people of Almeria, as Franco's forces attacked a defenceless civil population with the help of the Hitler's German forces, was little known to us and other visitors until today. Join us to discover the truth of Spain's forgotten city in Franco's times and beyond.

A specialist mining architect gave his time (as did every individual in the city who could help to build the shelter in any spare moment), to hide away the terrified Almerian's who had no defences against the bombing from both land and sea - this was a race against time.

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Keith and Artemis imagined how it must have felt to have no lighting at all - pitch black as the bombs were dropped and everyone sat on stone benches at each side of the shelter. "I would have felt afraid just because of the dark", admitted Artemis as the stories unfolded of the times in the shelter. It was forbidden to talk of religion or politics in case a fight broke out, which could have resulted in unbridled chaos within the tension of the tunnels.

Out day trip to Almeria City reveals those secrets, including a visit to the war refuges, with a hope that the atrocities will never repeated again along these shores. Then we can celebrate the freedom we can now experience. 

A 70th year birthday party for Fergus, who loves the history of the area and following the refuges experience with the Almeria City tour yesterday. He now celebrates his landmark birthday in the unparalleled Casa Puga, with tapas galore (more than 150 years old - not the tapas, Casa Puga!).

Not to be missed!

OUR DAY BEGINS AT THE OLD CENTRAL FOOD MARKET FULL OF LOCAL AND SEASONAL GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS The central food market in Almeria is a sensation - newly renovated, it still retains its original flavour. Any delicacies you wish for can be found here. From local olive oil, embutidos, the freshest of seasonal produce and cheese and pickles to blow the taste buds.  

OUR DAY BEGINS AT THE OLD CENTRAL FOOD MARKET FULL OF LOCAL AND SEASONAL GASTRONOMIC DELIGHTS

The central food market in Almeria is a sensation - newly renovated, it still retains its original flavour. Any delicacies you wish for can be found here. From local olive oil, embutidos, the freshest of seasonal produce and cheese and pickles to blow the taste buds.

 

Walking to the top of Almeria at the Alcazaba  

Walking to the top of Almeria at the Alcazaba

 

A gentle slope upwards over a little time offers 360 views of the city when you reach the top. We at Costa Almeria Tours will take you there. Worth the effort and second only to the Alhambra in Granada and designed by the same architect in its recent history.

Booking now for a date of your choice, on request. Go where you want to go...just click on the link to find out more...

Also booking now with Costa Almeria Tours - Aguilas Carnival, Saturday, February 13th

Wild Dolphin watching - 19th February

Night Star constellations, the night sky in Almeria revealed with hug telescopes to open up the universe, Sunday, March 6th, plus dinner in a mountain top cortijo, special treat for Mother's Day or just because you fancy it!

The most spectacular Semana Santa Easter Processions in Lorca, booking for 2016 and 2017, front seats only with full dinner and transport

And so much more - do not forget to check our website for all tours booking now:

 www.costaalmeriatours.com

 

New Year's Resolutions with Costa Almeria Tours

Christmas is well over, the tinsel should come down tomorrow, January 6th and the hangovers of Nochevieja - New Year's Eve should finally have subsided, so what about those pesky resolutions?

Well, I've made a very simple resolution that I know is easy to keep - to get out and about and see more of the beauty that is Almeria - it is simple to do, fun and enriches your life and of course gets everybody out enjoying themselves out in the sunshine - within our stunning landscapes, incredible gastronomy and rich and diverse Andalusian culture. This resolution will not be broken, promise. Why not make it yours...

So, I have resolved:

To see more dolphins and to spot a whale if at all possible. Tick.

Costa Almeria Tours are out again on the ocean waves on our Dolphin and Whale watching trips scheduled for February 19th and March 27th, booking now. (Or you can make a date of your choice subject to availability) Click here for full details.

And here is a little tempter from our first Dolphin and Whale watching trip:

To sit in a front row seat at the magnificent Lorca Semana Santa Processions in March. Tick. 

For both the reverent and the irreverent, this is a night which will stay with you forever. The equine displays are out of this world. Costa Almeria Tours provides only front row seats, the best seats in town following a sumptuous speciality four course meal with wine. Click on the photo for more details.

To dance the night away at one of the biggest carnival extravaganzas in Spain in Aguilas on February 13th. Tick.

Costa Almeria Tours offers coach transport to and from Aguilas with pick-ups where you are. The party starts on the coach with free drinks in true carnival spirit. Click on the photo for more details.

I admit, I have a few more resolutions, which are gong to be a little more tricky to keep! But perhaps I should keep those to myself for now!

In the meantime, Feliz y prospero 2016 to everyone, may your wishes come true! Hasta pronto!

 

Happy New Almeria Year 2016!

View from our room for New Year's Eve Dinner

View from our room for New Year's Eve Dinner

New Year's Eve in Secret Spain location!

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Lesley and blood drinking Geoffrey

December 31st 2015

No-one does it quite like Costa Almeria Tours, especially on a fiesta night - Noche Vieja, New Year's Eve, 7-course dinner, copious amounts of wine, cava and grapes in a Spanish run "Secret Spain" fishing village location in Cabo de Gata and  our own rooms to collapse into following the nights revels of family flamenco and guitar - Oh what a night and then we took you home too. Just the seven rooms available and boy did this sell out fast. Thanks to our fab guests, Clive and Ann, Dwight (TT) Beare, the beautiful Tash, Jan, John and James, to besties Geoff and Lesley and mates Rog and Dude, couldn't have made it into the wee hours without you. We love you Don Antonio and Dona Antonia and all our mates at La Isleta del Moro for making it happen! Here's to the best 2016 ever!

Dwight and Tash after the 12 grapes episode

Gourmet Christmas Shopping Trip for those who like to lunch

So, it is upon us - the 'soooo' looked forward to, "Goodwill" season of spend, spend, spend on a load of trash. But those of us, who dislike buying "things" which nobody wants, but instead believe food and drink gifts to be the ultimate in cool pressies, Costa Almeria Tours is with you.

We are offering a gourmet delight of food shopping with a little lunch and drinking thrown in. We will transport you from your door (within reason) to the stunning Food Hall full of fresh local produce, we bring the cold boxes with ice for your purchases and follow you around like personal shoppers (and collect your bags and return them to the car). We will also bring you home, following the eating and drinking, shopping fest, so no driving necessary at all...

Lunch of course is at Casa Puga, (standing only, but masses of wine and tapas). Food market first, where we will treat you to a little fish or meat to be cooked on the plancha in the great bar withing the market! All inclusive, 48 euros per person (33 euros if you just want a ride and no lunch). Transport, nibbles, lunch with wine or beer! Happy Christmas gastronomers, this is the way to escape the Christmas demons!

All this takes place on Thursday, December 17th in Almeria city - no deposit necessary. Just email Jackie with your reservations or any questions at info@costaalmeriatours.com or call anytime on (0034) 646 760 389

Bah humbug - yes! We'll eat them, thanks

Fab day on boat trip in Aguillas

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Starting with a Cava breakfast on board the 30 foot sail boat, the day was set to be great. 10 of us set sail for the open sea and had the time of our lives. After a couple of hours enjoying the beautifaul coastline we had our first swim in 8 metre dept crystal clear water. When we passed the cape of Aguillas, the wind got up to 5 knots so we opened the main sail and took off in total quite. A dolphin kept us company as we rounded home and after another hour had our second swim. The day was complete after docking back at the harbour and the start of our fabulous lunch at a quayside cafe where we ate like kings. What a day.

Lorca Easter Processions

Guided Tour of the spectacular Lorca Semana Santa Easter Processions on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. Tickets have to be reserved about six weeks in advance for the night of a lifetime in front row seats - with floats of biblical stories and Roman Chariots - Bookings taken throughout the year. Maximum 18 people in a small coach, includes dinner. DON’T MISS OUT ON one of Spain’s most impressive designated international touristic treasures and one of the most spectacular Easter processions ever to be seen - no exaggeration!

Aguilas Carnival

Led by British guide (fluent Spanish) with local knowledge to give you the best experience in town for a night of a lifetime at the Aguilas Carnival. Guided tour includes transportation from various pick-ups to and from Aguilas for one of Spain's ultimate carnival extravaganzas; a view of the procession from a prime location; bonfire and ritual burning of Don Carnal followed by stunning firework display. Plus free drinks on the coach, 28 euros per person. The carnival dates change yearly according to Easter dates and fall in February/March each year.

Sierra Cabrera

A full day guided tour with transport and British guide to experience the glory of the Sierra Cabrera mountains on for a leisurely day’s walk tailored to your needs taking in the incredible mountain views (and at a slow pace - everyone can do this, including children). The pilgrimage or ‘Romeria’ for the Virgin Saint Inmaculada de la Concepcion begins at la Carrasca, a mountain top village and continues through the forgotten villages of the Sierra, as the effigy of the patron saint is carried lovingly on the shoulders of local people throughout the journey. The total covered walking distance is six kilometres. Ticket price of 48 euros includes picnic lunch with wine and beer and refreshments and cakes and hot chocolate in the afternoon. A truly unique experience in the mountainsides of Sierra Cabrera, Almeria, without the exertion you would expect! This tour occurs on the final Sunday of March.