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Roquetas de Mar is perched on Costa de Almeria, famed for its fabulous weather. It was once a traditional fishing village but is now a popular holiday destination. It is only a 40 minute journey from Almeria airport, which makes this a very convenient location. The soft white sandy Blue Flag beaches stretch for miles. Almeria has the driest, sunniest and warmest climate in mainland Europe, because it's protected by the mountains, with an unrivalled 320 days of sunshine a year. In barely two and a half hours, you can be under blue skies in glorious sunshine and surrounded by the sea. Lastminute.com offer an affordable flexible holiday of your choosing.
There is provision for great water sports at Roquetas de Mar such as water skiing, jet skiing, snorkelling, scuba diving and windsurfing and there is also a nearby water park. But for those of us who like to be on land, there is a golf centre, go-karting, and plenty of bars and restaurants. Regarding cuisine, most palates are catered for including British, Italian, local food and Chinese. For nightlife, the nightclubs, karoke bars and casinos are very popular. Plaza de Toros which is a bullfighting arena may also appeal as well as the nearby Mini Hollywood for those who love westerns, complete with a standard spaghetti-western town. For those who like to mooch around the shops, jewellers, boutiques and souvenir shops are plentiful.
But for something a little more relaxing, Cabo de Gata is well worth a visit, with its desert landscapes. Along the volcanic cliffs of Cabo de Gata there is a great view of the hilltops and white Moorish villages. During the day you can take a walk to the extinct volcano and spend the evening lying on the warm rocks by the sea watching the stars. Or, if you are interested in gardening, just a couple of miles from the beaten track of the main centre is a world of greenhouses which export salad.
Whether you want to lie on a beach and suck up the sun or live it up in the bars and discos, lastminute.com are a firm favourite with families attracted by the safe beaches and quality accommodation. Lastminute.com allow you to book a flexible holiday to Roquetas de Mar and make savings when you book both your flights and hotel together. Get away for less with lastminute.com.