Al Andalus Thalassa
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Al Andalus Thalassa is a brand new development in Vera Playa Costa del Almeria, built in the attractive Andalucian style. Every effort has been made to make both the apartment & extensive gardens a relaxing & comfortable place to spend your well earned holiday.
Al Andalus Thalassa faciliities on site include 2 large and 2 children's outdoor pools,Tennis court, Paddle Tennis court, childrens play areas, extensive landscaped gardens with relaxing seating areas, waterfalls & fountains.
The Spa Centre at Al Andalus Thalassa is where you will find, an indoor Heated pool, Sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym, Foot Spa, Hydro massage showers and Steam room.
The complex is a secure & safe environment, with controlled access, CCTV & allocated car parking space.
Our lovely retreat is a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom (sleeps six) top floor (2nd floor) apartment with a private terrace from where you have both sea and mountain views. The terrace also overlooks the well maintained gardens and water features.
All the rooms are bright & comfortable, with quality furniture throughout and air conditioning/heating.
The area has a plethora of bars and restaurants. The nearby fishing port of Garrucha has some fantastic seafood restaurants and there are many other options within easy reach of the complex (the closest being a 10 minute walk) . Mojacar Playa has lots of different styles of restaurants catering for all tastes as well as bars and clubs. Mojacar Pueblo is definitely worth a visit, it is set slightly inland from the Playa and has winding, cobbled streets with plenty of quaint shops, bars and restaurants.
There are two large supermarkets a 2 minute drive from the complex and a fantastic sports facility that includes a driving range, tennis courts, pitch and putt also gym facilities. For Golf lovers there are five quality golf courses within 20-30 minutes drive of the complex.
What sets the Al Andalus Thalassa Resort apart from other developments are its on site facilities which include 2 large outdoor swimming pools with full time lifeguard attendance for added safety and piece of mind, sunbathing lawns, 2 children's outdoor splash pools, floodlit tennis court, 2 paddle tennis courts, children's play areas, free WiFi on the complex (but not actually in the apartments), extensive gardens with palm tree lined walkways, benches, shaded area's, green area's with wonderful palm trees and water features including waterfalls and fountains.
Luxury air conditioned living accomodation
Free WiFi in the resort
2 large outdoor swimming pools & 2 children's splash pools with lifeguards (open mid May to mid October)
Spa centre incorporating indoor heated swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, foot spa, hydro massage showers, gym, table tennis and relaxation area.
Extensive gardens and palm tree lined walkways with many water features includinga superb cascading waterfall
Secure gated community and secure allocated parking space
A relaxing holiday experience in a truly unspoilt region of Spain
8 kms of award winning beaches as well as many other beaches and coves
within easy reach
3 minutes from Parque Aquatico and within easy reach of 5 top quality golf courses
we have many extra's at the apartment for your comfort and enjoyment
Electric inflatable double bed
Tennis bats /table tennis bats
Deckchairs (4 ) / sun umbrella
Three adult bicycles (free of charge)
Beach towels / cool bag
Safety deposit box
Play station and games (DVD Player)
Iron / ironing board
Satellite / Cable TV
Spanish DTD TV
Air conditioning / heating
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vera Playa 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Almeria, Murcia or Alicante|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Table tennis, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
The Costa de Almeria region
Vera is a typically Spanish town with a smallish population of around 14,000 and has many streets, plazas and interesting historical buildings including its own bullring. If you happen to be in Vera in the month of September, you will not want to miss the nine-day Celebration of San Cleofás. The celebration dates back to the 1500's when the Moors and Christians finally ended their battles. Today, the nine-day event offers parades, games, races, culinary delights, bonfires, and more!
The Vera Bullring Plaza de Toros is located at the Calle Mayor roundabout to the south of the town. It is the oldest bullring in the province and was built in 1879 using money generated by the local mining industry. Its Mudejar style has suffered slightly through several restorations during the years, but nowadays, it can be seen and enjoyed during the bullfighting season or by just visiting the ring and its small museum of memorabilia. It has a capacity of some 6,500 spectators and still holds many bullfights each year.
It is possible to walk along the shoreline all the way from Vera Playa to the attractive small harbour of Villaricos to the north or the larger fishing harbour and town of Garrucha to the south. The beach is predominantly sandy, though on the shoreline it can sometimes be pebbly.
The beach stretches approximately 7 kilometres, from just south of Villaricos down through Vera Playa itself, and on to Puerto Rey and Garrucha.
The sea is swimmable all year (even in the depths of winter it is warmer than the seas in northern Europe in summer!). Less hardy souls, which probably includes most Spanish people who are acclimatised to Spanish weather conditions, would probably say that the sea is swimmable from about May to late October. At the height of summer (mid June until mid Sepember) it is wonderfully warm.
Villaricos is a small, unspoilt fishing village, both charming and tranquil, which maintains a typical Spanish feel. The village is located at the foot of the Sierra Almagrera Mountains. Villaricos (rich village) derives its name from ancient silver mines, which have their place in history, as it's from here that Hannibal paid his mercenaries when he besieged Rome.
There is a good selection of restaurants and bars with food at very reasonable prices and cuisine ranging from native Spanish to British pub food. There is a small market every Sunday morning in the village square. There is a superb restaurant called El Mar La Mar which can be found at the entrance road into the village.
If you are travelling with children, you must spend a day at the Water Park (Parque Aquatico Vera). This water park is packed with water slides, flumes, and wave pools. The slides range from the thrilling kamikaze to the less challenging kiddies slides. The water park is open from May to September. Overall there are 21 attractions at the park including 5 slides, 3 pools, a bar, mini golf & a picnic area. There is also a special area set aside for the younger ones.
The park is right next to the Consum supermarket and is just 3 minutes away by car or a 30 minute walk, alternatively you can catch the bus from the bus stop near to the south pedestrian gate.
Garrucha is a beautiful and lively fishing town that still retains much of its original charm. Its tourist slogan is "Garrucha, Sun & Seafood"; the town is famous for the quality of its large red prawns, only fished in the local waters. One of the pleasures of Garrucha is taking a lovely evening stroll around the bay. A palm tree lined promenade framed by white marble balustrades spans the length of the town, almost 2 kms. There are landscaped areas to sit and relax whilst watching the sunset over the Mediterranean sea and delightful play areas for the children. The beach opposite the town centre is the only 'town' blue flag beach in Europe. You have a great choice of shops in Garrucha as well as a huge Friday morning market.
Mojacar Pueblo is the kind of vacation spot that you would expect to see on a postcard. A fairytale village, with its cluster of white sugar cubed buildings clinging to the side of the hilltop. For visitors the village is a delightful place to explore, you will find charming trinket shops, restaurants, bars and terraces. The village is a browsers delight. Arty shops beckon with their bits and pieces hanging from walls and make shift stalls. The winding streets lead you past smartly renovated houses decked out with potted plants and flowers and hole-in-the-wall shops selling everything from trendy clothing to locally made souvenirs.
Look out for the great value hand woven rugs, jarapas and the famous Indalo Man. At the heart of the mountaintop village is the Plaza Nueva where you stand on what appears to be a marble dance floor overhanging the side of the mountain. The views of the unexpected green carpet of agriculture land surrounding the village, Sierra Cabrera Mountains and coast line are magnificent. For those with the energy, further spectacular views await at the Mirador Castillo, which is Mojacar Pueblo's highest point.
High temperatures and the lowest rainfall in the Iberian peninsula has created Cabo de Gata, a large semi-desert area and national park. Cabo de Gata covers 45,663 hectares and is Andalucía's largest coastal protected area, a wild and isolated landscape with shrubby vegetation and dwarf fan palms and some of Europe's most original geological features.. The mountains comprise Spain's largest volcanic rock formation with sharp peaks and crags which fall steeply to the sea creating jagged cliffs and hidden coves with numerous white sandy beaches, some of which are the most beautiful in Andalucia. Offshore are numerous small rocky islands and underwater extensive coral reefs which teem with marine life.
The park encompasses an outstanding variety of habitats from coastal dunes, beaches, steep cliffs, saltpans and salt-marshes and dry river beds, and shelters a wealth of wildlife, including many rare plants and endangered fauna. One of Spain's most important wetland areas for breeding birds is called the Salinas de Cabo de Gata, a saltwater lagoon that runs parallel to the beach, separated from it by a 400m wide sand bar. Located between San Miguel and the Cabo de Gata headland, this lagoon is of outstanding ecological interest. The salinas (saltpans) are the only ones still in operation in eastern Andalucia and are home to pink flamingos.
Cabo de Gata is the perfect place to visit fishing villages, a lighthouse and the unusual beaches of Mónsul, Genoveses and San José. The latter is perhaps the most picturesque village along this route and is the nerve centre and main tourist centre in the park, with a gorgeous harbour flanked by wonderful seafood restaurants. Much of the coastline is only accessible on foot, via some well-marked footpaths and walks, especially between Cabo de Gata headland and San José and Las Negras and Agua Amarga.
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22 Sep 2013
"beyond my expectations"
what a wonderful apartment and resort, the apartment had everything we needed it was so well equipped, it was like home from home. The beach and sporting equipment was a huge bonus as were the bikes (great to send my husband for fresh baguettes in the morning). The indoor pool and spa was lovely and great to unwind especially after a tense game of tennis with the children. The surrounding areas are beautiful and its well worth having a car to be able to explore a bit further afield. We used the buses quite alot in the evenings to go to Garrucha and Mojacar as we enjoy a glass of wine with our meals and thoroughly enjoyed exploring and sampling the great cuisine in the plethora of restuarants. Will definitely return and have already recommended to our family and friends
15 Sep 2013
"Excellent apartment in a secure fab complex."
Excellent service from start to finish, brilliant directions and we were met by Dave who showed us direct to the apartment. The apartment was spotlessly clean and very well furnished and equipped with sports equipment plus the use of bicycles, the bedding and towels were lovely and fresh. There was a book providing lots of local information plus loads of suggestions of places to visit and restaurants to try out. We loved sitting out on the balcony enjoying the sea view and the view of the complex. The complex is ideally situated not too far from the supermarket and bus stops, plus local restaurants.
You really need to book early to avoid disappointment, we wanted to return last year but they were fully booked. I can highly recommend this apartment and Gail and Martyn were so friendly and extremely obliging. I can honestly say I have not got anything negative to say. We are hoping to return next year. Thank you Gail and Martyn Humphreys and not forgetting Dave!
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