I have only just spotted that San Javier airport in Murcia is closing in January 2019. This has been talked about and written about for a number of years. However it is now happening in a couple of months time.

The replacement airport opening in January 2019 is Corvera. Corvera is closer to Almerimar than San Javier. Corvera is accessible in less than 2 1/2 hours according to Google maps. The route without toll roads is just under 2 /12 hours with dual carriageway all the way. Or you can use toll roads and get there even quicker - probably around 2 hours to 2 hours 15 minutes.

Although it is a little further away than Málaga it is quite a bit closer than San Javier.

I understand that Jet2 and Ryanair are among the airlines that are planning to use the new airport when it opens in January.

I wonder who will be the first Almerimar resident to use Corvera airport.

One of our readers, Ken P, has pointed out that the summer BA direct flights between Heathrow and Almería are now coming to an end.

I have to admit I did not know that there were any direct flights on this route.

I have just checked and you can book direct flights for June 2019. So I guess they are starting again at some point next year.

Bodegas Perfer - 16 October 2018

Over the years we have lived here Jacqui and I have visited many bodegas in the area. Most of them are located in the Alpujarras (foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains). Only a few of them are located in the Levante (east) part of the province of Almería.

Early this year a friend, Alan S, spotted on Facebook that there was a bodega in the desert part of the province. He also spotted that the bodega was unusual as it sells a lot of blue wine in many countries around the world. The bodega is called Bodegas Perfer.

On Tuesday 16 October 2018, in conjunction with the Friday Golf Society and the El Ejido Bowls Club, we visited the bodega. Alan, his wife Sharon, Jacqui and myself organised the trip.

Read More for details of the day trip.

Read more: Visit to Bodegas Perfer - 16 October 2018

I was looking at the Vueling website recently and I have noticed that the site is now showing flights for late June 2019 onwards.

I know that among many other places they have flights between Malaga and London.

At present it looks like they have filled in the calendar of flights for the period through to the middle of October 2019. However if you try to book any flights after late June they are currently unavailable to book. So my guess is that they should be releasing these flights for booking pretty soon.

Perhaps they release flights for different routes at different times over a period of time to reduce load on the booking part of their website.

I have just noticed that Jet2 flights to and from Almería are now available for summer 2019. You can see more details here.

The same link is also available in the Featured Tourism menu on the site.

I was chatting to some friends yesterday and I mentioned the Alpujarras (foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains). This area has some magnificent scenery and is a great area to visit. There are two parts to it - the part in the province of Granada and the part in the province of Almería.

I said I would pass on some information to them about the area. This morning I thought I might as well do it in the form of an article here.

Here is an article about a long weekend trip we did to the area a few years ago.

We went back to play the golf course again later and it was not as good the second time. It was not in great condition. However the rest of the information is still useful I guess.

If you want a day trip rather than a longer stay then the end of the article might be useful. You could perhaps go to Pampaneira and/or Trevelez.

Another alternative day trip is the following route:

Almerimar to Laujar de Andarax - there is a small bodega and a small tourist centre when you enter the town. Just north of the town there is a walking and bbq area with a small waterfall. This is called Nacimiento Del Rio Andarax.

If you wish you can stay down in the valley area closer to Laujar and visit various villages and bodegas in the area.

Alternatively, if you do not mind heights, you could go up the mountain. To do this you go from Laujar to Bayácal. Then up the mountain to Puerto de la Ragua. This is a high mountain pass with narrow roads. It is an area where people go cross country skiing in the winter.

Once you are over the top of the pass at Puerto de la Ragua the road goes down past some towns/villages on the way to a motorway. The motorway is the inland route to Almería from Guadix. You can take the motorway back to Almería then come home to Almerimar via the motorway from Almería to El Ejido.

Another good day out is market day in the town of Ugijar. This takes place on the 5th and 20th of each month (or at least is used to). The town has a nice, simple restaurant that serves a filling menu del día lunch. The restaurant is called Pepe Aguado and it can be found behind the church in the town. If you do go on market day or Sunday the price of the lunch is a little more than other days. Also, it might be worth calling in and booking a table as it can get busy on market days or Sundays.

There are lots of other places to visit in the Alpujarras. So have a poke around on Google maps and plan your own day trips or short breaks away from Almerimar.

The article here on the Sol Times site has details of more Jet2 flights into Almería for 2018. From Belfast, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Leeds, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle.

On many occasions we have taken day trips to the Cabo de Gata nature park. Having just had a look at the article here on the Voz de Almería site I have found out that later this month there will be the 30th anniversary of the natural park being founded.

Read More for a Google translation of the article (and click on the link to the article to see a few good bird watching photos).

Read more: Cabo de Gata - 30 years a national park later this month

The article here on the Euro Weekly news site has details of a significant increase in the number of arrivals at Almería airport in April 2017 compared with a year ago. With big increases from the UK and Belgium. Also it is expected there will be more people from Germany this summer.

I guess this might be a sign that we are in for a busy summer.

Tourism attractions in Almería

Almería tourist attractions map

Last Sunday we played in the Onda Cero golf competition at Alborán. After the competition we got given a goodie bag with loads of things. Including some tourist information about the city and province of Almería.

The two images above have been pieced together from some A4 sized scans I have done of one of the leaflets we were given. This one describes tourist attractions in the city of Almería.

Almerimar tourism

The article here on the town hall website has details of a boost for the commercial sector and tourism in the area.

Reading the not very good Google translation of the article it looks like the Junta de Andalucía has declared Almerimar and Balerma areas that have officially got a large influx of tourists. This among other things will allowing more flexibility in opening hours for businesses during the busy parts of the year (e.g. Easter and the summer months).

Read More for the full Google translation of the article.

Read more: A boost for the commercial sector and tourism in Almerimar

Alhambra, Granada

I normally only write about things happening not too far away from Almerimar. However having just seen the article here on the Eye on Spain site I thought it worth a mention. The 360 degree views that you can see via the article are very good indeed.

With the motorway to Granada now all open via Motril I guess it should take a little less than 2 hours to reach the Alhambra from Almerimar. It is well worth a visit if you have never been before. Remember to take some warm clothes with you if you go in spring, autumn or the winter.

Apparently 42 km of ski slopes are already open in the Sierra Nevada this winter according to the article here on Olive Press site.

I guess this is good news for those people who like to do a bit of skiing as well as soaking up the winter sun in Almerimar.

You can certainly see quite a bit of snow on the mountains at the moment. I guess this is the result of all of the bad weather that we have had in the last week or so across a lot of Spain including the Granada and Almería regions.

I spotted the story here on the Euro Weekly News site about promotion of "Almeria’s Dollars Trilogy Route, dedicated to Sergio Leone’s famous Spaghetti Western films" at a tourism event in London.

After a little look on the internet I found some more information about the route here on the andalucia.org site.

Gabriel at the tourist office has been in touch with information about lunch at the indoor market at Santa Domingo......

"Just drop you a line to tell that they have the very same lunch service as in El Ejido indoor market in Santo Domingo indoor market. It can be reached with bus lines 1 and 2, which have a stop right next to it.

Their contact details are:
Avenida Oasis, 117
04700 El Ejido
(+34) 669 59 65 43
https://www.facebook.com/fergocafeteria/"

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