When you arrive in Roquets de Mar, one of the delights you will discover is the Castle of St Ana. This was a fortification in the 17th Century where many local inhabitants took refuge, mainly in the area around the entrance. Since that time, the only place people could find protection from pirates was withinin this castle. Sadly, most of the building has been destroyed, but several parts have been rebuilt. Today, you can still enjoy the beauty of this great monument, now used as a cultural centre for regular concerts and exhibitions.
For a long time, the Roquetas de Mar lighthouse guided boats and then served as accommodation for the person in charge of the city's port, before new facilities were built.
A restoration operation then commenced, restoring the former beauty of this historical landmark.
Today, the lighthouse remains an exhibition venue where visitors can admire various works of art.
The lighthouse is located within a cultural complex that includes the amphitheatre and Santa Ana castle, equally fascinating historical buildings.
Punta Entinas-Sabinar Nature Reserve is one of the best preserved areas of sand dunes on the Iberian Peninsula. It is also home to long stretches of fine sandy beaches. The vegetation has adapted to the specific conditions of the area such as sandy ground, high temperatures, very little water and high concentrations of salt.
As for wildlife, there are lots of sea birds, including several species of gulls.
Posidonia meadows thrive on the seabed.
The perfect place for nature lovers, the Punta Entinas-Sabinar nature reserve covers a fringe about a kilometre wide between the sea shore and the Los Alcores hills. There are several natural habitats to be found in this one nature reserve: sandy beaches, dunes held in place by mediterranean scrub, an area of salt water lakes, and salt marshlands. This diversity of habitat means there are numerous vertebrates to be seen here, in particular shore birds such as the curlew, the flamingo and the seagull.
You will be enchanted by the Alcazaba of Almeria, a palace of Arab origin erected during the reign of Abd al-Rahman III in the middle of the tenth century. This impressive construction consists of three sections: the first would have been dwellings and communal baths, which have now been replaced by gardens. The second contained the palatial rooms. The third holds the remains of a castle built by Catholic kings after taking the city in 1489. Steeped in history, the Alcazaba of Almeria represents an architectural and historical wealth that is sure to captivate you.