Adra Travel Guide
The delightful holiday resort town of Adra is the western-most coastal town in the province of Almeria, and is surrounded by magnificent beaches. Its history stretches back to the 8th century, and it remains a working fishing harbour where early-rising visitors can enjoy daily fish auctions at dawn, as well as dining out at the many tempting seafood restaurants.
The clean, neat town centre has many squares and parks, and is split by the attractive Paseo de Natalio Rivas promenade. Sights to see include the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the Partridge Tower (which houses the tourist office), an historic restored mill and the town's museum. Adra also boasts the Poniente blue flag beach among its stretches of beautiful sandy shore.
Quiet and relatively undiscovered, Arda is a less-expensive destination than the more famous, established Spanish resorts, and is a great option for relaxed family holidays. The little town is said to get more than 360 days of sun a year, making it a reliable hub for a beach getaways, even outside of the hot summer months.
Apart from a couple of tourist shops selling suntan lotion and beach-themed souvenirs, there's no shopping to speak of in Adra. There are, however, frequent markets and the daily ritual of bargaining over the fishermen's catches. Those who fancy a shopping spree should make the short trip to Almeria.
Visitors should head to the tapas bars on Paseo de los Tristes in the town centre and along the beachfront. This is probably the tastiest and most authentic food in town. Restaurants are few and far between, and tend to be fairly expensive. Fresh seafood is the speciality. The cost of living in Adra is unusually low for Spain, and it's relatively cheap to buy fresh produce if visitors don't mind doing their own cooking.
Adra has no nightlife to speak of, although it's less than one hour away from Almeria where there are some clubs and bars for nighttime revelry.
The whole point of coming to Adra is to do as little as possible, so most activities are centred on the three main beaches: Poniente, San Nicolas and Censo. Travellers can also visit the charming 16th-century Parish of the Immaculate Conception and Church of Our Lady of Angustias. In June various bonfire festivals are held around Adra, making this a festive time to visit. Alternatively, the Museum of Adra provides visitors with an extensive look into the history of the town. Next door to the museum visitors to Adra can view the Molino de Lugar, a beautifully restored mill originally built in 1772. The San Sebastian Hermitage is just a short trip away from the beach, and holds statues of Adra's two patron saints, Nicholas de Tolentino and the Virgin of the Sea.
Although for many the laid-back and down-to-earth atmosphere of this sleepy resort town is its main appeal, Adra can be a little quiet and uneventful for those holidaymakers looking for a party.