Vera is 90 km north of Almeria, the capital city of the Province of Almeria and 45 minutes from the airport.
Vera is a proper Spanish town, a town to visit and use as a base to explore this fascinating part of Spain, or perhaps somewhere to consider if you are thinking about making a move to Spain.
Vera area information
Vera is a renaissance town, laid out as we see it today in the 16th century and then enlarged in the 18th century. With its gracious buildings and grand squares it is a historic town but in no way sleepy. It is a prosperous place with good schools, great facilities, an impressive and eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants, all this with history and culture combined.
The population has doubled over the last decade and 24.81 % of the population in Vera are foreign nationals, with well over 3,000 British citizens. This makes it a reassuring place to start a life in Spain as you know you will be able to find English-speakers whilst you work on your Spanish.
Saturday is market day when the whole of the main street is turned into a bustling market place and it’s a great opportunity to meet the local community as well as buying your weekly shopping of course.
The town of Vera takes every opportunity to celebrate and the bull ring, built in the late 1800s is a popular setting for many fiestas. Check out the local press and the Town Hall website to find out when the next fiesta is taking place, it’s always a real spectacle and great fun.
Vera has an excellent Aqua Park spectacularly built into the side of the mountain making it the perfect setting for flumes and slides of all levels, from gentle slides with a separate pool for younger children to ‘The Black Hole’ which is definitely an adrenalin rush. Spend all day going between the wave pool, a large pool for normal swimming, sun loungers, bars and restaurants.
For those who don’t want to have any sun tan lines, Vera Playa is a world renowned nudist beach and resort.
Vera is a wonderful base for exploring this eastern side of Almeria, just some examples of the diverse and interesting places to visit include:
Almeria, the regional capital to the South is well worth a visit. The city is an ancient settlement, with many Moorish influences. Overlooking the town is the Alcazaba, first built in 955 and occupied and developed over the centuries. Modern day Almeria is a lively Cosmopolitan city with bars, restaurants, galleries and museums. This is set against historical buildings such as the magnificent 16th century cathedral – a mixture of gothic and renaissance architecture.
The town of Mazarrón, to the north of Vera is famous for its mining history, having been an important supplier of minerals to the Phoenicians and Romans. The port of Mazarrón gives access to 35 km of pristine coastline with 26 beaches and coves to explore. A must is to visit the Bolnuevo beach from which can be seen the spectacular sight of what can only be called natural sculptures – sandstone monuments sculpted by millennia of wind and waves.
Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park is one of Almeria’s most famous natural areas. The park is of volcanic origin and is centred around the Cabo de Gata headland which is an hour’s drive south from Vera. Its climate is semiarid, to the extent of being the driest location in Europe. In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The beaches within this area are often empty and the walking opportunities through dramatic scenery are excellent. Take your binoculars because the bird life, especially around the salt lakes is fascinating.
The climate in this part of Spain creates desert type conditions and the Tabernas desert has been used extensively for shooting Spaghetti Western films, including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and the region was also used to shoot some parts of Lawrence of Arabia.
The village of Tabernas is situated on the edge of the only real desert in Europe and here you can visit what is known as Mini Hollywood where many of the film sets have been preserved and are opened for visitors.
8 km from the town are the internationally recognised Blue Flag beaches of El Playazo and Puerto Rey.
Nearby is Garucha, a charming fishing port famed for its bustling harbour and lively restaurants serving locally caught large delicious prawns. Garucha also has a yacht club and can provide facilities for many water sports.