Wildlife, Motorcycling, Walking, Cycling, Caving, Golf, Riding, Scuba Diving, Fiestas, Painting, Photography and so much more:-
This is a great base for exploring the rich wildlife, birds and flora of eastern Andalucia.
Because of its rural location and because it is at the foot of the Sierra de Los Filabres many birds and flowers can be seen in the immediate vicinity. There are also a number of diverse habitats to explore on easy day trips. The only true desert in Europe at Tabernas, high mountains of the Sierra Nevada and coastal salt lagoons, steppe and volcanic hills of Cabo de Gata are just a few.
Birds typical of the Mediterranean and southern Europe are plentiful and are joined by rare and specialised species such as Trumpeter Finchs and Dupont’s Lark and Sandgrouse as well as a wealth of migrants in spring and autumn.
The flora in Andalucia is one of the richest in Spain and coupled with quiet roads and many areas of natural habitat and great scenery anyone who enjoys nature, bird-watching, botany and the outdoors will enjoy exploring the area.
A few areas to visit :
· Cabo de Gata · Sierra de Los Filabres· Desierto de Tabernas · Sierra de Alhamilla· Sierra Nevada · Sierra de Maria-Los Velez · Sierra de Cazorla · Hoya de Guadix ·
Whether you are interested in birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies or flowers these are some of the best areas for searching for them all. There are many other areas of interest close by although just searching and exploring any suitable area can be rewarding. For a Report and Description of the Area - compiled by Andrew M. Allport (February 2013) click here.
You may also be interested in our Almeria: Miracle in the Desert tours.
Motorcycling :- We have the well known Circuito de Almeria a short 15 minute ride away, where all the major UK trackday organisers and Spanish companies run events through out the year. We can offer alternative accommodation for participants not wishing to use the standard hotels which can be some distance from the circuit. We can also arrange transfers to and from Airports and to the Circuit.
For those touring, motorcyclists are always welcome at Almond Reef. If you are riding the fabulous Roads or exploring the towns or Coastal areas of this beautiful part of Andalucia, we can provide accommodation for any duration along with secure bike parking.
Walking :- Enjoy glorious scenery in beautiful warm sunshine throughout the winter months as you discover the peace and tranquility. There are many largely undiscovered walks in the area. Discover too the smells of lavender & thyme as you walk amongst the mountain herbs & flowers, particularly Jan - May. The house is actually situated on a long marked circular walk. Note: Most walks are un-signposted so a good compass and map reading skills are useful. However if required we can arrange guided walks for groups.
Cycling :- The area surrounding Almond Reef is fabulous cycling country for the enthusiast ! There are miles of quiet roads crossing open countryside with gorgeous views of the heath land, mountains, almond, olive, orange and lemon groves. Its often hard going so strictly for the fit and adventurous. The mountain biker too has many hill and mountain tracks to choose from.
Note: If you do not wish to bring your own bike we can arrange cycle hire for you. If you book as a group of 8 -10 we can arrange transport from Almeria airport for an additional fee.
Golf :- There are currently two golf courses within 25mins drive in addition to the unique Desert Springs course which is just 35mins Drive away.
Caving :- The Enormous Sorbas cave system is nearby. There are guided tours of the caves from easy going for beginners to more advanced for those with experience. Equipment can be provided by the center.
Riding :- There are a number of equestrian centres in the area giving many different terrains from riding in the Cabrera Mountains, Desert riding in Tabernas (just like Clint Eastwood did in the Spaghetti Westerns) or on the beach in Mojacar.
Scuba Diving :- There are a number of diving centres along the coast. Pre booked diving packages may be arranged through Almond Reef.
Fiestas :- There are numerous fabulous fiestas & events throughout the year, however August is the main season with a fiesta in all the Towns and Villges.
Painting / Photography :- Andalucia is famous for its amazing light, varied landscapes and pretty villages. If you belong to or lead classes in these subjects why not contact us about bringing a group out to us, we will make you welcome and arrange transport to suitable locations. We also have facilities for classes at Almond Reef itself. An excellent artist will also be available if booked in advance. So many activities you'll just have to come and visit us again.