An Essential Guide to Carboneras, Spain

Carboneras is a beautiful yet quiet little Spanish town on the South Coast of Spain. Sleepy in the winter months but comes alive in the summertime. Hot weather, some of Spains most beautiful beaches, and fantastic gastronomy.
Even though the town is small, there is still plenty to see and do thanks to its surrounding beauty.
Carboneras is a secret that only a few know about that I just want to share with you all in this essential guide. A place I called home for 2 years.

How to get there:

Almeria airport is the closest airport. There are fewer flights out of season, but during the summer months, there are a lot more flights to various places around Europe.
From there, you would need to take the bus into Almeria city, to the central bus station where you can catch a bus directly to Carboneras but there are only 4 buses daily on weekdays and one daily at weekends.
The easiest option is to hire a car at the Airport and drive there. That way you also have a car to explore the surrounding areas.

Carboneras Spain
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Things to do:

There are a few beautiful spots to explore in Carboneras;

Playa de Los Muertos- This is hidden beach is one Spains most natural beauties. Concealed below a cliff, the beach is only accessible by foot. It is a bit of a rocky walk down, But it is worth it when you reach the bottom.
Clear blue sea and lots of snorkelling to be done. Nudists are welcome.
It is said that sailors who were washed away on stormy days reached this beach due to strong currents. Definitely one of the highlights of this coastline.

Playa De Los Muertos, Carboneras Spain

Playa El Corral- A quiet beach, clear waters, surrounded by cliffs but is unfortunately close to the industrial site.

Castillo de San Andres- One of the most important monuments, originating from the 16th Century. It was built to defend the coast and today sits in the centre of the town.

Meas Roldan- A flat top extinct Volcano topped with a magnificent life house and tower.
The Watchtower (Torre de Mesa Roldan) derives from 1497 and has a rich history from the Moorish times protecting the Cabo de Gato Natural Park from Moorish invasions.
The lighthouse (Farros de Mesa Roldan) which was built in 1863 and is the highest lighthouse on the Iberian coast.
You may recognise Meas Roldan as a filming location in Season 6 of Game of Thrones and was the setting of outside the state Meereen City on the Bay of Dragons.

Diving- Carboneras is the perfect place to go and explore the reefs. You can get your padi here and enjoy some of the surprising dives in Europe. Isla de San Andres offers some great diving.

Carboneras Beach
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Parque Andaluz- A stroll through this beautiful park will allow you to witness the hustle and bustle of local life. It has a lot of features, from the plants to the water features. It is the perfect place for a stroll.

Molino de Carboneras- A marvellous windmill that is one of the first features you as you drive along the road into the centre of town. It is now a museum providing information on cereal, the territory of Carboneras, mills and traditional grinding activity.

Molino de Carboneras

Where to eat:

Asador Ajo y Guindilla I can’t really describe this place other than it’s kind of like a ‘steak house’ in a way. They grill your meat of choice right in front of you, outside on their beautiful, tranquil terrace. It has a cosy indoor area, but it is the perfect place to enjoy an evening meal in the summer.

Akaba Tapas y Vino A small tapas bar with a lively atmosphere. You choose as many tapas as you want on the daily tapas menu they give you when seated and mark off in tally form. IT’s situated right in the centre of town and on a hot day is the perfect place to sit back and watch the world go by in the sun.

Alborán A new and modern restaurant that offers both Tapas and Full Menu. With an Argentinian vibe on the menu. This is a place that shouldn’t be missed on any visit to Carboneras. It is also the perfect place to sit in the sun on the beach front and enjoy a cold, refreshing Caña.

Where to stay:

Hotel El Dorado- Located right on the beach, this hotel has some sophisticated interiors. Spacious rooms, with lots of light and the sound of the sea. A restaurant on site and a swimming pool filled with Sea Water. It’s the perfect escape.

Apartamento Delamar If having an apartment is more your cup of tea. Then look no further than Apartamento Delamar. Located just off the beach and close to restaurants and bars. The rooms are bright and spacious, and it has all the amenities that you would need. And the owners are the most hospitable people and will make you feel so welcome and help you out with anything you may need.

Air BnB- is also a great option here. You can find some beautiful rentals for a reasonable price. If you would like £25 off your next Air BnB stay, then click here. This only works for bookings over £55. *Disclaimer* If you use my link, I will get £15 in Air BnB credit. So we all win.

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9 Comment

  1. I have never been to Carboneras, but now I want to visit. Beaches, a windmill and tapas? Sign me up!

  2. Looks very peaceful and in a way reminded me of the very little I saw of Sardinia. I was in Sardinia on a layover because Ryanair was cheapest through Alghero, and although I did not have the proper time to explore much, I had 6 hours so I went out of the airport, hopped on the first bus and just asked the driver to drop me off somewhere close enough to the sea so that I could spend some time on a beach reading a book. I have no idea what part of Alghero I ended up in – if that was actual Alghero city at all, or just a village between the city and the airport, but looking at the photos in your post brought those memories back. Calm, serene, lots of stone and sea and fresh air and just not so many crowds. Lovely!

  3. Great post on this little town. I love the deserted beach! Usually so packed in Spain!

  4. What a lovely place to live or visit. I hadn’t heard of Carboneras before. It definitely sounds like it is best to rent a car. I love that it is quiet in the off-season. Do a lot of places close during that time?

  5. This is such an interesting place. I don’t like crowded beaches and this beach is so much my kind. Clearwater and clean beach make it a perfect holiday destination.

  6. Very lovely guide, it looks like a very peaceful place, it’s the kind of places I love to explore. So much nicer than packed places! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Your article greeted me with a dash of blue. Loved reading about this lovely little town in Spain. I haven’t heard about it until now. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’m surprised I’d never heard of Carboneras! That coastline looks lovely, and there’s obviously no shortage of things to check out there. Maybe on my “someday” Spain trip I’ll spend a week or so relaxing here 🙂

  9. I’ve always wanted to go to Spain, but I’ve never heard of Carboneras! It looks beautiful! Your photos are just stunning. Great post. Pinning for later.

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